Category Archives: Religion

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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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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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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From Cain to the Good Samaritan: The Conversion of Ivan Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is generally considered one of the greatest novels ever written. It tells the story of three brothers, Alexei (Alyosha), Dmitri, and Ivan. Alexei is the good brother, a follower of the saintly Orthodox priest … Continue reading

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When The Knights of Malta Saved Christian Europe

September 8 commemorates the 450th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Malta by the Ottoman Turks in 1565. The Turks laid siege to Malta as a key ingredient of their plan to invade and take over Europe for … Continue reading

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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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Supreme Court protects right of Muslim prisoner to grow a short beard

In Holt v. Hobbs, No. 13-6827 (January 20, 2015), the Supreme Court held unanimously that a state prisoner had the statutory right under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to grow a 1/2 inch beard in accordance with … Continue reading

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