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Analysis and Commentary

Turkey’s New Mosque A Monument To Western Decline

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, July 13, 2020

We may think we’re exhibiting high-minded principles, but our enemies know the score.

In the News

Bakker, Swaggart Among Televangelists And Religious Organizations That Received PPP Loans

quoting Michael McConnellvia The Hill
Thursday, July 9, 2020

More than 10,000 religious organizations received financial aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for a total of at least $3 billion, according to an analysis by The Guardian.


Is It Finally, At Long Last, Time For Religious Charter Schools?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Seventeen long years ago, I urged the creation of “religious charter schools,” either encouraging their start from scratch or—more realistically—allowing extant Catholic and other faith-based schools to convert to charter status without having to forego the religious elements that distinguish them and that many parents crave for their children.

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Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society

interview with Ross Douthatvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 2, 2020


In his new book, The Decadent SocietyNew York Times columnist Ross Douthat presents a theory: “Western society stopped advancing in the second half of the 20th century."

Analysis and Commentary

The Progressive 'Brights' Are Pretty Dim

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The current virus crisis, the utopian faith -- and the road lined with mountains of human corpses.

In the News

California Can't Omit Churches From Re-Opening Plans, Justice Department Says

quoting Michael McConnellvia Catholic News Agency
Thursday, May 21, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's efforts to lift some anti-coronavirus restrictions cannot single out churches for stricter treatment than other similar public activities, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.

Analysis and Commentary

Stanford Prof. Michael McConnell On "Who Is A 'Minister'?"

featuring Michael McConnellvia Reason
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Can the Supreme Court draw the line?


If Liquor Stores Are Essential, Why Isn’t Church?

by Michael McConnell, Max Raskinvia The New York Times
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The new conundrums created by the coronavirus can be addressed by some very old materials: the principles of the First Amendment.

Analysis and Commentary

Alan Lightman On Stardust, Meaning, Religion, And Science

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, April 27, 2020

Physicist and author Alan Lightman talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the origins of the universe, meaning, transcendence, and the relationship between science and religion.


The Centrality Of Religious Liberty

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Since last month when government officials at all levels began to direct Americans to practice social distancing, avoid events involving more than 10 people, stay at home, and shelter in place, public gatherings have been discontinued without much fuss or fanfare. Bars and restaurants, theaters and concerts halls, and even professional sports quickly and quietly closed their doors, turned off their lights, and sent employees home for the duration. 


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