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September/October 2009

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The Power to Change

Gay Rights and the Limits of Religious Liberty

Public Morality

In a pluralistic society a fundamental assumption of public policy is the recognition that everything immoral need not be declared illegal. The public...

Oh Columbus

Nothing so defines the modern capital of the Dominican Republic as the Columbus monument, which dominates a hill just above Santo Domingo. Its soaring...

A Matter of History

I am writing this editorial while on vacation in France. More specifically it was written in the guest room of the chateau my wife discovered on the...

Religious Liberty {Redefined}

What is liberty? It is freedom from undue restraint; it is the sum of the rights and immunities of all the citizens of an organized civil community, with...

The Killing Time

Sometimes it’s an indignant murmur, sometimes it’s an angry tirade, but lately you hear it louder and louder. “America is taking God out...

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In a pluralistic society a fundamental assumption of public policy is the recognition that everything immoral need not be declared illegal. The public morality that is expressed in law reflects a consensus derived from public debate. . . . Social realities as well as religious principles must be taken into account in judging the wisdom of any legislation. Citizens who come to different conclusions are not necessarily immoral or unchristian. The tendency to so brand one’s political opponents suggests a kind of moral fascism.

—An editorial, September 13, 1980, in America.

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