Religious Liberty in an Age of Pandemic

By |2020-05-16T20:17:34-05:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom, Liberty, Politics, Religion|

Is our nation witnessing a soft form of religious persecution beneath the cloak of public health? I pray and hope that this is not the case and that governments, preventing the free exercise of religion, will reverse course and allow church leaders to reopen their doors to once again proceed with the most essential [...]

Can No One Be Left Alone? The Little Sisters of the Poor Case

By |2020-05-05T17:42:45-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Government, Politics, Religion, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

The Catholic order of nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, are apparently not little enough or poor enough to avoid governmental coercion and interference with their works of charity. For almost a decade now, they have been involved in court cases resisting governmental attempts, first federal and now state, to require them to [...]

Religious Liberty Wins Again in the Supreme Court

By |2018-01-22T09:41:28-06:00July 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 |2019-11-12T15:10:52-06:00March 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 |2014-01-28T09:16:40-06:00October 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 [...]