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Barack Obama: Let the Show Trials Begin

This speaks for itself: (You'll need to get about 4 1/2 minutes into the video to get to that particular question and response.) I've been predicting this kind of thing since before the election.  I've also observed that, as President, Barack Obama is caught in the middle on this.  As a liberal, putting these people …

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Regulating How Churches Govern Themselves

The Connecticut legislature, for the moment at least, throws in the towel on trying to restructure Roman Catholicism: State legislators have tabled for the rest of the session a controversial bill that would have mandated changes in the corporate structure of parishes and institutions affiliated with the Catholic Church... The proposed bill raised by the …

Roman Catholicism and Mark Foley: Maybe It Is Better to Wait to Convert

One of our more viewed pieces is Think Before You Convert, an overview of the pros and cons of Anglicans who are thinking about "swimming the Tiber" and becoming Roman Catholics. It looks like we have yet another reason to think about it, because now we see that Rep. Mark Foley's Maltese priest at Sacred …

Electing the Unelected

One of the enduring fixtures of American politics is that elections are largely decided by a relatively small group of "independent" voters in the centre. Or at least that's where we think they are. One of the great principles that such voters will enunciate is that they "vote for the man (and when called upon …

Marriage in Massachusetts: We Knew It Would Be Like This

Somehow we're getting a bad case of "deja vu all over again" in the proposal to restrict Episcopal churches to simply bless people rather than actually marry them. This, of coure, is the usual practice in Europe. We still think that the long-term objective of many gay rights activists--inside and outside of the Episcopal Church--is …

South Korea and their Neighbour: Calling Their Bluff

Although the press covers it as if it's a total shock, North Korea's nuclear test is anticlimactic. Everybody--well, almost--knew they were working on nuclear weaponry. Now it's official. The main loser in this blast is South Korea, and not just for the obvious reason. They have been obsessed with reconciling themselves with their northern bretheren …

The Democrats and National Security: Dzerzhinskii’s Dilemma

At long last, we are entering the season where most Americans who do take interest in the November election actually take that interest. I find this botheresome but inevitable. Back in the spring I sat on a school Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee, and even with all of the rancour we had experiened over the years …

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