Monthly Archives: September 2012


by on September 28th, 2012

A pilot program in New York City to give minors emergency contraception in school without telling their parents is an ineffective response to a non-existent “epidemic” of teen pregnancy.

by on September 27th, 2012

If we encourage people to turn away from what is objectively true and good, to cherish instead their beliefs, whatever those may happen to be, we are teaching them not to think at all.

by on September 26th, 2012

The Hebrew Scriptures, read as a work of political theory, offer egalitarian, communitarian, and individualistic themes; two recent books incompletely capture the presence of all three.

by on September 25th, 2012

Young women now have to defend themselves not only from stereotypical sexual predators, but also from older women and gay men who seek their eggs.

by on September 24th, 2012

Constitutional law has often been used to shape economies, but there are limits to the law’s ability to influence economic culture, especially when societal priorities no longer accord with constitutional principles.

by on September 21st, 2012

Tolerance of wrong-doing is freely given; it is an act of graciousness, and not the paying of a debt. Therefore it rests with the offender, at the very least, to refrain from aggravating the burden of tolerance.

by on September 20th, 2012

Is inequality the cause of our worst social ills?

by on September 19th, 2012

Governments don’t legally recognize a certain type of relationship because they are suckers for romance; they do so because they are understandably afraid of the potentially destructive consequences of such romance.

by on September 18th, 2012

Slavery was a great evil, but the Constitution was neither its source nor its guarantor.

by on September 17th, 2012

The authors of the Hebrew Scriptures shape their presentation of God by using three metaphors from the political realm: law, covenant, and teaching.

by on September 14th, 2012

Praise for Bill Clinton’s recent address at the Democratic National Convention overlooks the fact that his promiscuity and perjury as president make his presence there a scandal.

by on September 13th, 2012

A recent address encouraging Democrats for Life to re-elect President Obama is marked by flawed reasoning and misleading statistics.

by on September 12th, 2012

Nathan Harden’s “Sex and God at Yale” graphically shows what moral bankruptcy and relativism has produced at the Ivies.

by on September 11th, 2012

Rape is tragic, awful, horrible, gut-wrenching—an unspeakable crime of great emotional harm—but rape is essentially irrelevant to the morality of abortion.

by on September 10th, 2012

A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their lives. The supposed need for California’s SB 1476 flowed directly from the drive to normalize same sex parenting and recognize same sex unions.

by on September 7th, 2012

The question of surrogacy has always been more about us than about the participants in the relationship. Will we use the power of the people to take a child from the arms of her mother when the mother is perfectly fit, loves her child, and desires to discharge her duties to her child?

by on September 6th, 2012

Governor Christie’s recent veto of a “gestational” surrogacy bill should prompt us to look at the legal history of surrogacy and the terrible injustices that it causes.

by on September 5th, 2012

A new effort to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts reminds us that we are not our own to dispose of at will.

by on September 4th, 2012

Though many liberals are eager to denounce regulations of the right to vote as “voter suppression,” requiring citizens to show that they can cast a properly-informed ballot ensures that the right to vote, like other rights, is exercised prudently.

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