Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Is Hillary a Political Leader or a Religious One?

This past weekend, Presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton spoke emphatically about the need to improve women’s welfare. She cited a decrease in maternal mortality rates as progress, but said there was still much work to do to ensure safe births and “reproductive health care”, which—for Clinton—most definitely includes unlimited access to abortion.

Now here is where a number of conservative commenters have rightly pricked up their ears about threats to religious liberty. Clinton went...

Sparta Revisited

The ancient city-state of Sparta has been the subject of widely divergent evaluations. Jean-Jacques Rousseau took it as a model for his highly influential book, The Social Contract. He praised Sparta as a “republic of demi-gods rather than of men.” According to Rousseau, Spartans were people of “natural simplicity,” whereas civilized men “have been corrupted in proportion as the arts and sciences have improved.”

To be Spartan was to exhibit valor and discipline to a...

Cookie Cutter Christians

A hostess for a Catholic radio station once told me of a Protestant gentleman who was making a pitch to get on her show. The point he wanted to make for the benefit of her radio listeners is that it is not important for Christians to hold the same views, but far more important that they avoid becoming “cookie cutter Christians.” The hostess offered him a polite but emphatic, “Thank you, but no...

Including People Out

One of the most effective lies that has been perpetrated in recent years is that “liberalism,” as the word is now commonly understood, is “inclusive.” The plain and readily documentable truth of the matter is that contemporary liberalism is exclusionary.

Certain governors and mayors have stated publically, for example, that businesses run by people who defend traditional marriage are not welcome in their respective states and cities. Bishop Murphy of Rockville Center, New...