Category Archives: Politics

The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: An Analysis of the Three Opinions

Click on the link below for my summary and analysis of the opinions in Hollingsworth, Windsor, and Obergefell: Obergefell Summary and Analysis

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Obergefell and the Free Exercise of Religion: Some Initial Thoughts

In the considerable wake of the Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), people of faith have suggested  a number of different responses, many of which seem unwise to me. Here … Continue reading

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The Wall of Separation Between Church and State: Whom Does It Protect?

The “wall of separation between Church and State” has become an all-too-familiar metaphor in our constitutional jurisprudence. Originating in a phrase from a private letter Thomas Jefferson sent to the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptists in 1802, the phase has been invoked … Continue reading

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Hilaire Belloc on Islam

Is Islam a Christian heresy? The Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc thought so. In his book, The Great Heresies, Belloc contended that Islam, like other heresies including Arianism, sought to simplify Christian belief by removing the mystery of such doctrines as the … Continue reading

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What Caused the Great Depression?

The Great Depression, which began in 1929 and persisted through much of World War II, crippled the American economy, generated massive unemployment, and challenged the American spirit. What caused the Great Depression? As trial lawyers recognize, there can be multiple … Continue reading

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The President, the Pope, Robert Kennedy, and the Problem of Income Inequality

President Barack Obama has identified income inequality as a major focus of his second presidential term. He has sponsored or implemented programs to raise the minimum wage; extend the period during which unemployment compensation will be paid; and subsidize the … Continue reading

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Why the Populists Lost

Some polls in the last two years report that nearly a majority of the American people would vote for a third party because of their disillusionment with both the Republicans and the Democrats. The prospect of a third party being … Continue reading

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The U.N. Should Condemn the Widespread Violence Perpetrated Against Christians

In recent years, the United Nations has passed resolutions condemning violence perpetrated against minorities by factions in such places as Bosnia, Libya, and Syria. It is now well past time for the U.N. equally to condemn the widespread violence aimed … Continue reading

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