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Ripping Off The Necklace

Ripping Off The Necklace

September 20, 2012 at 10:30 am 2 comments

by Peter Smith Who decides what a valid religious practice is, and is it really better to be unemployed if an employer changes an employee’s terms and conditions? For the past few years, four cases have been winding their ways through the judicial system in Britain, and this month they […]

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Sandra Fluke, Free Exercise, and the Contraception/Abortion Mandate

Sandra Fluke, Free Exercise, and the Contraception/Abortion Mandate

September 20, 2012 at 9:30 am 0 comments

by Adam Freedman No speaker at the recent Democratic National Convention – with the possible exception of Bill Clinton – generated more buzz than Sandra Fluke.  Fluke, of course, is the former law student who made headlines when she testified in Congress in favor of a then-proposed rule that would […]

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The HHS Mandate’s Other Victims – The Needy

The HHS Mandate’s Other Victims – The Needy

September 20, 2012 at 9:00 am 1 comment

by Casey Mattox The Obama Administration’s mandate that religious employers provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization for their employees is a monumental attack on religious liberty: never before has our government chosen to force American citizens to violate their consciences so directly. Yet while Alliance Defending Freedom successfully makes the case […]

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A Cricket’s Conscience Conundrum

A Cricket’s Conscience Conundrum

September 20, 2012 at 8:30 am 1 comment

by Marie A. Connelly Jiminy Cricket once urged Pinocchio to “always let your conscience be your guide.”  He instructed Pinocchio to do the right thing and summon his conscience to help him distinguish right from wrong.   The story of Pinocchio teaches us that a well-formed conscience is necessary for moral […]

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Hate Speech Hates Free Speech

Hate Speech Hates Free Speech

September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am 1 comment

by Dan Kinning Free speech and expression have often held a precarious and fragile place within British society, subject to the changing political and social forces of the time.  In the last century, the coercive power of the state was used to quell opposition to the World Wars, the right […]

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No Market Exception for Affirmative Action

No Market Exception for Affirmative Action

September 19, 2012 at 10:15 am 0 comments

by John Francis Delano The Supreme Court has held that affirmative action can be squared with the Equal Protection Clause on several occasions, but it has never stated a clear standard to distinguish between acceptable affirmative action, and invidious discrimination on the basis of race. That may change next year when it […]

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Paul Ryan and the Children of Keynes

Paul Ryan and the Children of Keynes

September 19, 2012 at 9:45 am 2 comments

by Piero A. Tozzi Mitt Romney’s nomination of Catholic congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has generated criticism from certain members of the “Catholic Left,” who accuse Ryan of being a ”cafeteria Catholic” – a charge more typically levied by the orthodox against those who deviate from church teaching […]

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Liberty: The Most Basic Right

Liberty: The Most Basic Right

September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am 0 comments

by Roger Pilon Moral, political, and legal thought employs many basic terms, all of which must be defined and systematically related if the thought is to be coherent and sound. Among those basic terms are adjectives like “good” and “right” and nouns like a “right.” The former are grounded in […]

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Constitutionalism

Constitutionalism

September 19, 2012 at 8:00 am 2 comments

by Prof. Patrick Garry Our electronic media culture reinforces an ever-shortening attention span. It focuses all attention on the immediate, the here and now. The past seems to disappear as quickly as a plate of cookies in the employee lounge. But no matter how much sensationalism is crammed into 24-hour […]

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Casey, Originalism, and the Moral and Legal Personhood of the Unborn

Casey, Originalism, and the Moral and Legal Personhood of the Unborn

September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am 3 comments

by Ryan Mulvey Twenty years ago, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey,  the Supreme Court was given the opportunity to revisit the question of a woman’s so-called “right” to obtain an abortion before her unborn child’s “viability.”  Encouraged by the recent appointments of Justices Clarence Thomas and David Souter, pro-life advocates […]

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