Monthly Archives: October 2011


by on October 31st, 2011

A recent appellate court ruling in favor of a Westboro Baptist protester shows the decline of judicial ability to protect decency standards for public discourse.

by on October 28th, 2011

Concern about overpopulation is unfounded; rather than implement population control policies, let’s invest in the human person.

by on October 27th, 2011

A new proposal for reducing unnecessary divorce gets to the heart of the problem: the current system seeks to meet a divorcing couple’s every need—except for time and education on reconciliation.

by on October 26th, 2011

Rawlsian “public reason” approaches to human capabilities are insufficient bases for social justice.

by on October 25th, 2011

Private property should be preserved and protected because of its deep contribution to human well-being.

by on October 24th, 2011

The Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence appears to protect a right to abortion even for reasons of sex selection. Yet this gruesome reality might provide an opening for a frontal assault on the premises of Roe v. Wade.

by on October 21st, 2011

In order to curtail human sex trafficking successfully, we must take seriously that street gangs are a large part of the problem.

by on October 20th, 2011

The decline of manhood and norms around sex, marriage, and family produces for young women what may in fact have to be endured. But it shouldn't be celebrated.

by on October 19th, 2011

New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse refuses to see the truth about contraception, conscience, and religious liberty.

by on October 18th, 2011

Modern science does not require us to abandon notions of nature and human nature upon which so much of traditional ethics depends.

by on October 17th, 2011

Every member of the community has an interest in the quality of the culture that will shape their experiences, their quality of life, and the choices effectively available to them and their children.

by on October 14th, 2011

The presumptive starting point in the natural law and, more specifically, Christian tradition is one of absolute opposition to intentional killing of beings created in the image of God, for which exceptions must be earned; but the traditional justifications for such exceptions fail.

by on October 13th, 2011

While not explicitly denying the principle of proportionality, Tollefsen implicitly rejects it, leaving his argument not only counterintuitive but incoherent.

by on October 12th, 2011

An “adaptationist” approach to pornography is dangerous because it ignores widespread research showing that pornography harms society at many levels.

by on October 11th, 2011

Political legitimization of “private” sexual and marital choices causes much public harm. We have been personally harmed by the regimes of abortion and easy divorce.

by on October 10th, 2011

An upcoming Supreme Court decision might give government, rather than religious organizations, the final say on who counts as a religious minister.

by on October 7th, 2011

New research on Down syndrome presents an overwhelmingly positive picture of how Down syndrome can affect individuals and families. These findings need to be shared as they will affect decisions made to accept prenatal testing and following a prenatal diagnosis.

by on October 6th, 2011

In a new bestseller, David Brooks contends that the “new sciences” point to the incredible reality and importance of old-fashioned things like education, character formation, and virtue.

by on October 5th, 2011

Religious conversions can be pivotal in turning an inmate away from a life of crime, but only if the process of spiritual transformation continues outside the prison walls.

by on October 4th, 2011

Pure scientism is insufficient as a basis for criminal justice.

by on October 3rd, 2011

The Judiciary doesn’t have the final word on the meaning of the Constitution, and Congress could step in to protect the 14th Amendment rights of the unborn.

In Depth: Islam and Religious Freedom

What is the status of religious freedom in Islam, and what are its prospects?

  • by Jennifer S. Bryson on June 20, 2016

    True religious freedom demands that we allow space in our society for difference, even when we don’t understand the reasons for a particular religious practice. Having to live without fully understanding others comes with the territory of genuine diversity.

  • by Thomas F. Farr on September 23, 2011

    The advancement of international religious freedom is crucial for terrorism’s defeat.

  • by Abdullah Saeed on June 29, 2011

    As the call for freedom advances in Muslim-majority countries, we have good reason to be optimistic that religious freedom will increase as well.

  • by Mustafa Akyol on July 1, 2011

    With extremism losing momentum, there is hope that the Muslim Middle East is beginning once again to embrace the liberalism of early 20th-century Islam.

  • by Michael Novak on June 27, 2011

    By the year 2020, the Islamic nations of the Mediterranean Basin will resound with positive cries for democracy, human rights, individual liberty, and the dignity of every man, woman, and child.

  • by Daniel Philpott on January 30, 2017

    What is the status of religious freedom in Islam, and what are its prospects? An answer to this question must begin with a nuanced appraisal of the political theologies that govern different Muslim nations. The first in a two-part series.

  • by Daniel Philpott on January 31, 2017

    Contrary to what one often hears in Western media, Islam needs neither a Reformation nor an Enlightenment. Islam must—and can—find resources from within its tradition to defend the full human right to religious freedom. The second in a two-part series.

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