Harmony and Order: Giving Thanks

By |2018-11-23T23:30:14-05:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Living, Community, First Amendment, Leisure, Mayflower Compact, Thanksgiving|

In a season of disharmony, discord, distrust, and disorder, it is often painful to stop, to pause, and to give oneself distance enough to consider what must be recognized as good, and true, and beautiful, even in what seems a cesspool of existence. To give thanks, though, is not only necessary, it is salubrious! In [...]

How Would a Justice Kavanaugh Rule on Religious Liberty Cases?

By |2018-08-04T22:04:21-05:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Politics, Supreme Court|

Despite candidate Donald Trump’s explicit promise to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, as president he declared in his introduction of Brett Kavanaugh that, “like Ronald Reagan,” he did not ask potential nominees where they stood on controversial cases… If one overarching theme emerged from the decisions handed down in June in the most [...]

Religious Liberty Wins Again in the Supreme Court

By |2018-01-22T09:41:28-05:00July 4th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom of Religion, Government, Religion, Thomas R. Ascik|

In favor of Trinity Lutheran, the Supreme Court ruled that a government program cannot require a church “to renounce its religious character in order to participate in an otherwise generally available public benefit program for which it is fully qualified…” In its decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer this week, the Supreme Court took [...]

Are “Hate” and “Racist’’ Speech Protected by the Constitution?

By |2019-03-05T14:03:22-05:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Featured, First Amendment, Free Speech, Supreme Court|

Freedom of speech and press is the lifeblood of a free society. And the abuse of free speech, however outrageous, is the price we must pay for this freedom... Recently, I was asked by a federal judge to appear on a panel of three at an Inns of Court in Houston on the topic, “Free [...]

Charleston, Vandalism, and Political Correctness

By |2015-06-24T17:38:32-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, First Amendment, Rule of Law|

We understand and sympathize with people’s anger and frustration about recent events in Charleston, but the misguided effort to damage the statue of Vice-President John C. Calhoun in Marion Square, as well as the many other destructive acts throughout the nation, is a sign of how we as contemporary Americans have a tendency to [...]

The Irreconcilable Conflict

By |2014-01-28T09:16:40-05:00October 17th, 2012|Categories: First Amendment, Islam, Muslim, Pat Buchanan, Politics, Religion, War|

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, “Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.” Thus did Kipling, the Poet of Empire, caution the British about the Eastern world the Victorians and Edwardians believed to be theirs. And with that world so inflamed against [...]