Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation


The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

The American Creed and the Christian Gospel


On the Fourth of July, when I have raised the American flag over my house, I will step back, put my hand over my heart, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance aloud. No one will see me do this. No one will join me. It will be a personal expression of love for my country as well as a fervent prayer that “the Republic” will indeed become “one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” My patriotism is part family history, part intellectual conviction. As far as I can tell, my father’s and mother’s ancestors all came … Continue reading The American Creed and the Christian Gospel

Marriage and the Constitution: What the Court Said and Why It Got It Wrong


This is the best article-length critique of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision I have read. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The ruling is as clear an example of judicial activism as we’ve had in a generation. Nothing in the Constitution justified the redefinition of marriage by judges. The Court simply imposed its judgment about a policy matter that the Constitution left to the American people and their elected representatives. In doing so, … Continue reading Marriage and the Constitution: What the Court Said and Why It Got It Wrong

You Will Be Assimilated | The Weekly Standard


Here’s your controversial post of the day, courtesy of Jonathan V. Last: …the same-sex marriage movement is interested in a great deal more than just the freedom to form marital unions. It is also interested, quite keenly, in punishing dissenters. But the ambitions of the movement go further than that, even. It’s about revisiting legal notions of freedom of speech and association, constitutional protections for religious freedom, and cultural norms concerning the family. And most Americans are only just realizing that these are the societal compacts that have been pried open for negotiation. You Will Be Assimilated | The Weekly … Continue reading You Will Be Assimilated | The Weekly Standard

A Dad’s Life | The Weekly Standard


From Jonathan V. Last: As a general rule I try not to talk in the conditional mood, especially when it comes to family life. Everyone has their own circumstances and I respect that. I really do. But if you aren’t otherwise engaged in some duty that precludes it—say, the priesthood—and you have the opportunity, then you should be a father. There is nothing more vexing, exhausting, noble, or manly.  Read the whole thing: A Dad’s Life | The Weekly Standard. Continue reading A Dad’s Life | The Weekly Standard

Media Gets Pope’s Abbas Comments Wrong | The Weekly Standard


I’m shocked–shocked!–that major news media misreported what the Pope said. Double-shocked (!!!) that it pertained to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC should stop repeating agency copy without verifying it, here is an important example from this weekend. Media Gets Pope’s Abbas Comments Wrong | The Weekly Standard. Continue reading Media Gets Pope’s Abbas Comments Wrong | The Weekly Standard

Later-Term Abortion and Science Denial


Over at Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin writes: Instead of mulling whether the late term abortion ban (passed on the second anniversary of the sentencing of late term abortion butcher Kermit Gosnell for slaughtering infants born alive after such procedures) is politically wise for Republicans or a godsend to Democrats eager to replay their 2012 “war on women” attacks on their foes, we should be discussing the real life implications of medical innovations on public policy. The real issue isn’t the legality of abortion as a whole — which isn’t in question — but the lives of infants who could survive … Continue reading Later-Term Abortion and Science Denial

George F. Will on the Comprehensive, Aggressive, and Dangerous Threat to Free Speech in Contemporary America


George F. Will spoke at the Inaugural Disinvitation Dinner of the William F. Buckley Program at Yale University. His thesis? “Free speech has never been, in the history of our republic, more comprehensively, aggressively, and dangerously threatened than it is now.” Take a look! Continue reading George F. Will on the Comprehensive, Aggressive, and Dangerous Threat to Free Speech in Contemporary America