Why We Should Study the History of Western Civilization

By |2016-01-13T22:33:13-06:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Education, Freedom of Religion, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Western Civilization|Tags: , |

Over the years I have gotten into trouble more than a few times for things I have written or said in public, but I suppose the chief cause of my notoriety is a speech I gave to the freshmen of Yale College suggesting that they would be wise to make the study of Western civilization [...]

Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance”: A Jewel of Republican Rhetoric

By |2019-11-22T13:41:38-06:00June 7th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, E.B., Eva Brann, Freedom of Religion, James Madison, St. John's College|

The document entitled “To the Honorable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, A Memorial and Remonstrance” is a jewel of republican rhetoric.[1] Nor has this choice example of American eloquence gone without notice. And yet, compared to the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address, it has remained obscure—more often quarried for stately [...]

A Tale of Two Companies: HSBC, Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom

By |2014-12-30T17:00:28-06:00January 8th, 2013|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Freedom of Religion, Natural Law|

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. It has the best of times for HSBC, the giant British bank caught using American personnel and facilities to launder money for Mexican drug cartels and various rogue states. How so? HSBC’s stock value has continued to rise since the U.S. government announced a [...]

Cultural Amnesia and the Separation of Church and State

By |2014-12-30T16:42:12-06:00December 19th, 2012|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Christmas, Constitution, Freedom of Religion|

One of the sadder aspects of Christmas time in America is the display of ignorance on the part of so many Americans regarding the constitutional tradition of our country. Why at Christmas? Because it is at this time of year that we hear the whining call of “that song” or “that play” or “that display” [...]

Burke’s Wise Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2017-08-13T15:36:37-05:00July 27th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Freedom of Religion, William F. Byrne|Tags: |

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British statesman, has long been a popular figure for political conservatives to cite. But his views on religion get relatively little attention. This is a shame, because Burke has a lot to offer those concerned about matters of religion, morality, and politics in contemporary American life. He is a figure who [...]

Religious Liberty in America: The Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon

By |2017-07-12T23:20:04-05:00March 21st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Freedom of Religion, John Willson, John Witherspoon|

This is adapted from my 1993 short book, John Witherspoon and the Presbyterian Constitution. It is intended to tell part of the story of the early American understanding of religious liberty, and to leave to the reader its bearing upon the current controversy, so utterly wrongly pictured by many as a “Catholic” issue or one [...]

Religious Freedom

By |2016-09-18T19:45:52-05:00February 21st, 2012|Categories: Communio, David L. Schindler, Featured, Freedom of Religion, Stratford Caldecott|

In the US, the so-called contraception mandate proposed by the Obama administration has been bitterly contested by the Catholic bishops and others—such as Steve Krason of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists in his “Call to Action”, and President William Fahey of Thomas More College in his “Open Letter”. Requiring Catholic employers to provide (or [...]

An Extraordinary Revolution: The Creation of the Catholic Church in America

By |2019-05-29T14:10:33-05:00May 17th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Catholicism, Freedom of Religion, Religion, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

In these United States our Religious system has undergone a revolution, if possible, more extraordinary than our political one. —John Carroll, 1783 John Carroll and his fellow priests did not go so far as to declare independence in the religious sphere as the American patriots did in the political realm. Doing so would have obliterated their [...]

Faith and the American Founding

By |2019-11-27T14:06:19-06:00February 17th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Freedom of Religion, Religion|

An increasingly heated debate is taking place in America to redefine the role of faith in the public square. Faith has been a part of the American experience since the earliest days of the founding. As the nation now considers the relationship of the sacred and the secular, it may be helpful to reconsider our roots. [...]

Uneasy Americans: English Catholics in the Colonies

By |2017-06-26T13:07:38-05:00February 4th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Catholicism, Freedom of Religion, Republicanism, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Much more is to be dreaded from the growth of POPERY in America than from Stamp-Acts or any other Acts destructive of men civil rights. —Samuel Adams, 1768[1] Roman Catholics have always been uneasy Americans, a religious minority in a country dominated by Protestants often hostile to their beliefs. Catholics have repeatedly felt tension between [...]

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