End the Silence

From First Thoughts

Katrina Lantos Swett and I, in our roles as Vice Chairwoman and Chairman respectively of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have an op-ed piece in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer calling attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and beyond. This . . . . Continue Reading »

Impeachment Day

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Fifteen years ago today the United States House of Representatives impeached William Jefferson Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice. At the time, many believed that the Republicans in the House would lack the guts to do it. Despite the President’s shameful conduct with a White House . . . . Continue Reading »

Frank Wolf, American Hero

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I don’t often find myself shouting “amen” to the opinions of the editorial board of the  Washington Post . And my list of heroes is scarcely crammed with politicians. But today a hero of mine who happens to be a politician was praised in a  Washington Post  editorial. . . . . Continue Reading »

A Medal of Freedom for Bill Clinton?

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Presidents have it in their gift to honor civilians who have served the nation with distinction with prestigious medals that are conferred at White House ceremonies. Of course, there is bound to be controversy about whom presidents choose to honor. In particular, one can hardly expect universal . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope Francis on the Joy of the Gospel

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Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Exhortation titled Evangelii Gaudium . The Pope presents the “Joy of the Gospel” in its wholeness, which has been the theme of his pontificate from the very beginning.  Among many other things, including our obligations to the poor and the duty . . . . Continue Reading »