Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature.

The Problem of Neutral Rhetoric

It is impossible to make a political argument without also making a moral claim. Demanding tolerance often functions as a way to evade robust discourse about the merits of one’s principles.

Marriage Redefinition and a Lifelong Commitment

The commitment to be faithful to one’s spouse—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—is not a pledge to keep the same feelings. It is a pledge to do certain things, to voluntary conduct.

International Religious Freedom Policy and American National Security

The Obama administration has failed to advance the cause of international religious liberty, and that failure has endangered American national security. But there are concrete steps Congress can take to improve implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act. Adapted from testimony delivered before the National Security Sub-Committee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, September 18, 2014.

Happiness at Yale

College students, like everyone else, want to be happy. Educators should help them ground this desire for happiness in acts of virtue.

Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying “I Do”

Despite the lack of cultural support for positive practices that help couples toward healthy marriage relationships, the good news is that individuals have control over their relationship choices.

Sexual Assault and College Practices

To effect a real change in behavior, colleges must not only change the messages they send—they must establish new patterns for college life.

Prudence and Moral Absolutes

Refusing to make exceptions to absolute moral norms is not unrealistic, imprudent, or inhumane. The purpose of norms is to promote human flourishing and protect what is good

The Global Citizen without a Country?

Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation and without a clear conception of human nature.