Positive Secularism and the American Model of Religious Liberty
At its fullest, the American model of religious liberty is not a freedom from religion or a freedom of religion; it is a freedom for religion.
The Impact of Parental Notification Laws
Professor Michael New writes that, contrary to claims by the Guttmacher Institute, parental involvement laws do have a significant effect in reducing abortions.
A Diverse Bioethics Council?
President Bush created a council that represented the range of viewpoints held by reasonable and responsible Americans on the most urgent and divisive bioethics questions facing the country. Will President Obama do the same?
Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation
In remarks delivered yesterday at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, Robert P. George reflected on the history of the pro-life movement and offered advice for its future.
Hillary Clinton, Public Diplomacy, and the Middle East
America’s public diplomacy should be focused on fostering ideas in our interest that matter in key foreign audiences, not just on pro-America image marketing.
Islamists Killed Tahar Djaout: We Should Give Life to His Ideas
The Algerian novel The Last Summer of Reason provides a powerful and strangely beautiful reminder of the danger of letting violent ideological fundamentalism fester. We would do well to heed this reminder now, not later.
Risky Business: Keynes, Moral Hazard, and the Economic Crisis
If governments do not take moral hazard seriously, their response to the present recession may sow the seeds of a future economic crisis.
An Absolute Liberty of Conscience?
Freedom of conscience is an important, though limited, right. In some cases a state may prevent someone from acting on her conscientious judgments. But in other cases—such as those in which a pro-life doctor is required to perform an abortion—the violation of conscience is intrinsically unjust.
“Does Economic Liberty Merit a Public Defense?”
Despite the financial crisis, markets deserve a spirited public defense that acknowledges both their virtues and limits.