Author Archives: Ed Mannino

Supreme Court Protects Free Speech in Two New Decisions




Speaking to a graduating class of Catholic seminarians in Philadelphia in May of this year, Justice Samuel Alito warned against growing incursions on the right of free speech, observing that “The idea that speech can be banned if it expresses … Continue reading




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Some Thoughts on Warnings in Product Liability Cases




It is impossible today to purchase a product which is not heavily laden with warnings about what might happen if the purchaser is not careful with the product. Many experts have concluded that the proliferation of warnings is counterproductive, and … Continue reading




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Wedding Cake Wars: Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Liberty




Cake makers who have refused to design cakes for same sex weddings have been sued under public accommodations or other anti-discrimination laws and held financially liable to the couples who sued them in several jurisdictions, most notably in Colorado and … Continue reading




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The Conversion of Saint Augustine: A Case Study in Evangelization




Today all Christian churches face the necessity of evangelizing not only non-Christians, but also nominal or cultural Christians. In facing this challenge, the churches struggle to determine how to be effective in their efforts. As St. Augustine records in his … Continue reading




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The Catholic Church on Immigration




Much of the debate regarding immigration has centered on the religious and moral obligation to welcome immigrants. Some take the position that it is immoral to restrict immigration on the grounds that the Bible teaches the imperative duty to respect … Continue reading




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Three Proposals to Address the Admission of New Refugees




As new refugees are admitted to the United States, here are three suggestions for assisting them to fully function as members of the American society: 1. Assimilation The European experience teaches that a major issue with the admission of refugees … Continue reading




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Improving Our Infrastructure: The Trump Plans




Improvements to the nation’s infrastructure have been a major contributor to the success of American businesses throughout the course of United States history. In my new book, Politics and American Business: The Growth of Industrial America, 1860-1960, I document how … Continue reading




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Significant Dates in New Mexico History




Many Americans are unaware of the rich and long history of New Mexico, which predates the English settlements at Jamestown and in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Here are some of the key dates in New Mexico’s history under Spanish and … Continue reading




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My New Facebook History Publications Page




Friends: I have just opened a new Facebook page featuring my publications on American History. Please take a look on Facebook at Edward F. Mannino @ManninoHistory. This describes all my books, including the just-released Politics and American Business: The Growth … Continue reading




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Fray Angelico Chavez’s My Penitente Land




Manuel Ezequiel Chavez – better known as Fray Angelico Chavez – was a Franciscan priest born in northern New Mexico in 1910. He was a genuine polymath, known not only for his artistic talents, which explain his Franciscan name (a … Continue reading




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