Category: Society & Common Good

Bored With the Culture Wars?
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Bored With the Culture Wars?

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If you’re bored with the culture wars, you are not alone. I often feel like Bill Murray’s character in Goundhog Day. Instead of having I Got You Babe seared into my brain on a daily basis, I wake up every morning to news of another skirmish in the culture wars. I read on Facebook that […]

Witnesses Tell UN of Genocide of Christians in Middle East
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Witnesses Tell UN of Genocide of Christians in Middle East

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Held by terrorist captors, an Iraqi woman named Khalia resisted their demands that she abandon her Christian faith.  Her story was told at the UN this week, along with other accounts of atrocities suffered by Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS. According to experts, […]

Dominican - Black Friar
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Western Civ in the Crosshairs

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Students are enmeshed with a secular worldview.

The Big Deal With Bathroom Laws
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The Big Deal With Bathroom Laws

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About ten years ago Regina and I were going through a stretch of pretty rough road together, and all the hidden fault lines in our marriage were exposed. My best friend who had been one of the priests on the altar at our wedding heard my confession one day and said, “Gerry, for your penance, […]

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The Fallacy of Focusing on Islamic Radicalization

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Islam is the unique cause of Islamic terrorism.

Putin Sends a Message to Obama
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Putin Sends a Message to Obama

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Weakness begs for bullying.

What’s the Deal with a $15 Minimum Wage?
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What’s the Deal with a $15 Minimum Wage?

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More money, fewer jobs.

In the City of the Decadents
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In the City of the Decadents

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Civilizations: Barbaric, Vigorous, Decadent.

US Presidential Election
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“Pigasus” for President: Chicago 1968 Speaks to 2016

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History doesn’t repeat itself, but it can rhyme.

Male Privilege and Women's Bathrooms
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Male Privilege and Women’s Bathrooms

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has become a whipping boy for the advocates of the latest round of the sexual revolution. The Human Rights Campaign has gathered a bunch of business owners to bully the governor in an attempt to get him to back down. “Your bigotry is bad for business,” is their mantra. […]

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Surrendering to ISIS is the Only Way to Defeat It

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Unlike our leaders, ISIS doesn’t confuse victory and defeat.

Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case
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Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case

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Less than a week after it heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of asking for additional information, telling both sides to discuss alternative ways to avoid forcing religious women to provide services against their faith. “This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court […]

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The Perils of Cooking Intelligence

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From Vietnam to ISIS

America's Act of Contrition
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America’s Act of Contrition

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The use and the abuse of apology as a political weapon, gambit, or statement has a long and varied history. It often includes a demand for a statement of sorrow and of responsibility, an “act of contrition.” Not a week goes by that some persons, group, institution, political party, or political leader requests (demands) an […]

Youmerica
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Youmerica

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Without virtues, politics are reduced to tribal emotion and personal greed.

An Eight-Member Court Can Work
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An Eight-Member Court Can Work

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Most of its decisions will not be close.

Smartly Stupid
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Smartly Stupid

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Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing.

Patient Progress
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Patient Progress

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My son called from graduate school, somewhat discouraged. As part of his degree program, he works with ninth graders, spending his days trying to convince jaded 13 and 14 year olds to care about literature. He’s new to the field and discovering that the major struggle in teaching is not making a lesson plan, but […]

The Keys to Health and Happiness
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The Keys to Health and Happiness

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Get this: Wealth, fame and success don’t make us happy, but strong relationships do. That’s according to a 77-year-long Harvard Study of Adult Development that I read about in The Independent. The study began in 1938 with 724 men from two distinct groups. The first group included 268 sophomores from Harvard. The second group included […]

Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton
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Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton

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She gets their first-ever presidential primary endorsement.

Natural Family Planning as Self Defense
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Natural Family Planning as Self Defense

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My comment was met with a blank stare, a look of confusion. Fortunately, it only lasted a few awkward seconds. I was visiting my nurse practitioner for a nagging abdominal pain. Having concluded that I should have a CT scan (a detailed, in-depth x-ray) she had asked me if there was any chance I might […]

Hey, Bernie, the Robots Are Coming!
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Hey, Bernie, the Robots Are Coming!

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Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thinks he can wave a magic government wand, impose lots of new taxes and government programs and make the world grand. Reality has another notion. Take the minimum wage. Bernie says he’ll raise it to $15 an hour, more than doubling it. If I worked at a fast-food restaurant for […]

Antonin Gregory Scalia (1936-2016)
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Scalia and the Constitution

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The original Originalist.

Antonin Gregory Scalia (1936-2016)
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Antonin Scalia’s Death: Inestimable Loss for Constitutionalism

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Requiescat in pace.

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