Emergency Contraception Won’t Decrease Teen Pregnancies
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.
Lemmings, Unite! Be True to Yourself?
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.
Individualism, Community, and Moral Obligation in the Hebrew Bible
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.
The New Sexual Predators
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.
Constitutions, Culture, and the Economy
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.
Tolerance and Reciprocity
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.
Inequality and Elite Failure
Is inequality the cause of our worst social ills?
Civil Marriage: The View from a State of Nature
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.
Slavery and the Constitution
Slavery was a great evil, but the Constitution was neither its source nor its guarantor.
Political Metaphors in Hebrew Scripture
The authors of the Hebrew Scriptures shape their presentation of God by using three metaphors from the political realm: law, covenant, and teaching.
The Overlooked Meaning of Bill Clinton’s DNC Address
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.
Poverty, Abortion, and Budgets: Democrats for Life Need Better Arguments
A recent address encouraging Democrats for Life to re-elect President Obama is marked by flawed reasoning and misleading statistics.
A Tale of Two Ivies: How Our Nation’s Most Elite Universities Lost Their Way and Sold Their Souls to Porn Stars, Sadomasochists, and Sexual Obsession
Nathan Harden’s “Sex and God at Yale” graphically shows what moral bankruptcy and relativism has produced at the Ivies.
The Right to Life and the Irrelevance of Rape
Rape is tragic, awful, horrible, gut-wrenching—an unspeakable crime of great emotional harm—but rape is essentially irrelevant to the morality of abortion.
Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable
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.
The Surrogate Uterus: The AGR Case and Melissa Brisman
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?
The Surrogate Uterus: Baby M and the Bioethics Commission Report
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.
Respecting Uncle Jack: On Death With Dignity
A new effort to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts reminds us that we are not our own to dispose of at will.
In Defense of Voting Regulations
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.