A Question for the President

From First Thoughts

Dear Mr. President: Thank you for taking time to share with us, more than once now, your reflections on the Zimmerman case, just as you took time to share your thoughts on the case involving Professor Gates of Harvard. But Mr. President, if you could spare just another moment, I respectfully . . . . Continue Reading »

An Unlicensed Sermon

From First Thoughts

A little Sunday sermon from a guy with no license to preach: For those of us who are Christian—-and I suspect the same is true of our friends of other religious traditions—-it is tempting to embrace those doctrines and teachings of our faith that are acceptable to the “beautiful . . . . Continue Reading »

Public Discourse

From First Thoughts

Somehow, five days a week—-week in and week out—- Public Discourse , the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute, manages to post an illuminating and engaging essay on a significant issue in our public life.  Yesterday it was Matthew Franck’s powerful reflection on . . . . Continue Reading »

Let Us Love and Pray for Gosnell

From First Thoughts

Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted yesterday of first degree murder of three babies, has agreed not to appeal a sentence of life in prison in return for the prosecution’s agreement not to seek the death penalty. Having publicly opposed the death penalty for Gosnell, I am . . . . Continue Reading »

In Gosnell Case, Abortion on Trial

From First Thoughts

Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of first degree murder for killing babies after delivering them alive. The trial now moves into the penalty phase, and we wait to hear whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty. But Dr. Gosnell is only the front man; and the real trial . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Gosnell Really So Shocking?

From First Thoughts

Honestly, is it so hard to understand Kermit Gosnell? If respectable and influential people—-cultural and political leaders—-spend decades trying to persuade the public that “it’s not really a baby, it just looks like a baby,” are we shocked—- shocked . . . . Continue Reading »

What Few Deny Gay Marriage Will Do

From First Thoughts

Masha Gessen is a talented writer. Her widely praised (and sharply critical) biography of Vladimir Putin is only the most recent of her books across a range of subjects from Russian history, to mathematics, to the social implications of modern genetics. On top of her exertions . . . . Continue Reading »