Good-bye, Reagan Revolution
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Trump’s decision to remove himself from the final debate was tactically brilliant.
He doesn’t do well in the debate format anyway. And his absence left Cruz as the front-runner ...
On Economic and Social Issues, Trump Is No Conservative
It’s time to face the facts after last night’s debate, and two weeks out from when the voting begins in Iowa: Either Trump or Cruz is going to be the GOP nominee, and if Cruz loses Iowa as ...
Will Trump Protect Christians Here at Home?
Three out of the top four GOP candidates just committed to passing the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in their first 100 days in the White House.
Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Trump: Which one would you guess refused to make that commitment?
When a Mother Chooses Jihad over Life
‘The motive is unclear.”
That’s the headline CNN is flashing on its screen Thursday evening. “They haven’t ruled out terrorism,” Don Lemon intones. Is this a newscast or an Onion parody?
Sure, somehow the San Bernardino shooter got ...
Yale Wasn’t Made for People Like Me Either
Illiberal attacks on free speech are nothing new. In the early 1970s, the Yale administration pressured the Yale Political Union to disinvite William Shockley, who was in fact a racist. A small group of students had risked the ire of ...
The conventional view is that Ben Carson’s debate performance was a problem.
“Clinton would have him for lunch,” Dick Morris declared. “Carson combines the limited knowledge of government and budgeting of Sarah Palin with the soft voice of John ...
Death and Other Scandals of Surrogate-Mother Contracts
On October 8 2015, a young mother died of complications from childbirth.
If we can believe the GoFundMe page put up under the name of Kathleen McRoberts, an Idaho and Utah fertility lawyer, this woman’s name was Brooke: “She was a ...
Fiorina and Rubio Are the Biggest Winners — Kasich and Cruz Lose Ground
In this confusing and fascinating election cycle, I find it most useful to think about this as two races — or possibly three — not just one.
The first is the race for who will be the Great Outsider candidate, leading the ...
By the time you read this, Kim Davis will be sitting in a federal jail cell. Buzzfeed is already gloating over Davis’s perp photo.
Kim Davis’s crime? Refusing to affix her name to a same-sex marriage license, despite ...
Resolving the Kentucky Kerfuffle
The Sixth Circuit just upheld a lower federal judge’s direct order to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Davis’s lawyers say she is discussing all options, including filing a request for a stay to the ...
RNC Passes Strong Stance on Marriage and Religious Liberty
Time magazine claimed the RNC was retreating from “antigay” issues, based on some resolutions that weren’t taken up unanimously. But the big story from the summer meeting that nobody is reporting is the really strong resolutions against the Supreme ...
Five O’Clock Winners: Santorum, Fighting for the Middle Class; Fiorina, Sounding Like a Commander in Chief
If you ask me who the biggest loser in the undercard debate was, I would say Rick Perry. I suppose I could say George Pataki, for boasting about how he ended corruption and brought reform to New York State (he ...
At Least One Pro-Life Democrat Is Standing Up to Planned Parenthood
I tried, I really tried to explain to the GOP donor and pundit class that fighting abortion is part of a winning political strategy. The old “truce strategy” is just a way of letting the Democrats define what being pro-life ...
On April 20, 2012, Tom De Troyer received a letter from his mother Godelieva de Troyer in the past tense. It told him she had been euthanized on April 19 at a university hospital and left him the number of a friend who ...
Rick Santorum and Justice Roberts — Our Moral Champions
Six cameras are trained on the stage of the National Organization for Marriage’s gala at the Willard hotel in Washington — more cameras than ever before, testimony to the media’s desire to cover leading speaker Rick Santorum, who is ...
If Race and Gender Are Social Constructs, Why Not Sexual Orientation?
By some mysterious providence, three things happened in the past few weeks: Rachel Dolezal was outed as a white woman. Bruce Jenner was lauded as a white woman. And in a New Jersey consumer-fraud case against JONAH (Jews Offering New ...
The Battle for Religious Freedom Comes to New Jersey
As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) continues its campaign to portray major Christian conservative leaders like Tony Perkins and groups like the Family Research Council as the equivalent of racist hate-mongers, it now faces a different kind of opponent ...
Why Are Palo Alto Kids Killing Themselves?
This week, San Francisco Magazine published an anthropological incursion by Diana Kapp into the lifestyles of the most privileged teens in the nation in order to ask: Why are the kids of Palo Alto killing themselves?
A cluster of teen ...
Hey, Frank Bruni, Lay Off Our Fathers!
Progressivism has now progressed to the point that it wants to be the pope — and not only of Catholics but of the whole world.
First Hillary Clinton declares her job is to change “deep-seated” religious beliefs around the world that ...
Bobby Jindal, in an act of real leadership, went deep into enemy territory to make an announcement: He will not retreat on defending our right to make a living, even if we disagree on marriage — my right and yours, too, ...
The ‘Party of CEOs’ and Religious Liberty
Since Indiana, the need for a new, well-funded political arm for Christians and other traditional believers has never been more obvious.
In so many ways, the days of cheap grace are over. It is going to get increasingly costly and ...
Who's Really Showing Courage in Indiana?
When Tim Cook, the powerful CEO of Apple, bravely announced he was opposed to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he urged others to follow. “Opposing discrimination takes courage,” Cook wrote.
Meanwhile back in the real world, an Indiana TV ...
The Diocese of Metuchen Attacks the Jannuzzi Family
I wrote last week about Patricia Jannuzzi, the Catholic teacher removed from a Catholic school for defending Catholic teachings about marriage.
This week the plot thickens, with the diocese telling the New Jersey press that Jannuzzi has never been told ...
Thanks, Human Rights Campaign
The Utah compromise contains way too much legalese for me to comprehensively evaluate it today. But reading the bill, and the response to it from the gay-rights establishment, leads me to say, sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, ...
Walker Supports 20-Week Abortion Ban
Jim, I am guessing it was this really bad interview on life on Fox News Sunday that prompted the open letter from Walker. His pitch is that he can appeal to all parts of the conservative coalition. Even appearing to ...
God Talk Is Not Enough Anymore
If Republicans win all three branches of government in 2016, what legislation will get passed?
Economic growth, ending middle-class stagflation, reversing the debt divide in college students, repealing Obamacare. Into the policy mix, social conservatives have an important question to ask ...
The Triumph of Mark Burnett
A few days ago, I shook Mark Burnett’s hand.
That would be me and a 50 or so other adoring fans who were gathered at the Motion Picture Association of America with Comcast-NBC Universal executive David Cohen to get a ...
It’s been a good week for Governor Scott Walker. He received rave media reviews for his speech at Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Fest.
An unnamed “Republican Party observer” informed the Washington Times that Walker was a smash in ...
The Failure of the Monetarist Creed
In the late 1980s, I attended a speech by my friend, the brilliant George Gilder, in which he said: “When I was a single man, all I thought about was sex, and all I wrote about was sex. Now that ...
The news about marriage is not very good. A Pew Center analysis of American Community Survey data, released a few weeks ago, found that less than half of American children live with a married couple who are both in their ...
The people of Paris and the civilized world, looking for a way to express solidarity after the heinous murders of twelve editors and illustrators, have leapt upon the phrase “I am Charlie Hebdo,” or sometimes, “Nous sommes Charlie!”
The instinct ...
It Doesn't Look Like We're Getting a New Huckabee Strategy
Ramesh predicts that Huckabee will have to run “a very different kind of campaign, one much lighter on evangelical identity politics” if he wants to win the nomination.
Huckabee apparently disagrees, judging from the title of his new book, “God, ...
Last week I wrote about one piece of data that jumped out from the Austin Institute’s fascinating new study, Relationships in America: the Mormon advantage in transmitting traditional Christian practice and views on many things, from life after death ...
Rand Paul: Jeb Has a Common Core Problem
Rand Paul is right; Jeb Bush has a Common Core problem. Many other conservatives who once supported Common Core have since turned against it, in part because the standards, touted as “internationally benchmarked,” turned out unsurprisingly to have been dreamed ...
Someone should start a website, because it turns out our “mainstream” British media made up and reported a story that Pope Francis told a boy with a dead dog that his dog would go to heaven.
Just. Made. Up.
The Dems Refocus on Paychecks, Social Security
The Democrats are responding to their latest defeat by recognizing that they failed under Obama to focus on voters’ core concern: the declining standard of living of the middle class. Caitlin Huey-Burns reports in Real Clear Politics:
When the main ...
Separation of Marriage and State Watch
Almost 60 percent of Americans want to separate marriage and the state, according to a new poll. This is probably a combination of leftists who want to undermine marriage as a norm, and traditionalists who want to protect marriage from the ...
Rome’s Extraordinary Ecumenical Event
Rome — We stood, as for a head of state, and Pope Francis was ushered into the very room in the Vatican in which the bishops held the famous synod on the family this October. With his warm smile and a ...
When Goldy Gopher Wore a Sombrero to a Galactic Fiesta
A letter of apology from the University of Minnesota Office of Student Affairs:
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
I am writing you today to apologize.
It has come to my attention that the student-led Game Room Programming committee in Student ...
Losing the Marriage Debate
My friend Austin Ruse is contemplating why we are losing the marriage debate. I myself am struck by the fact that given politicians and the academy and Fox News have all abandoned the issue, exit polls show Americans continue to ...
It was a deft trick by the Left’s culture warriors over the last two election cycles: Persuade rich Republicans donors that social issues were the GOP’s core problem, especially with women.
Take high-end investor Mark Cuban’s word ...
Bring Back Our Girls, in Iraq
I just heard a report from the head of Catholic Media International, who is on the front lines in northern Iraq, six miles from Islamic State–controlled territory. Catholic churches are opening their doors to both Christians and Yazidis, the ...
The Must-Read Book of the Synod
If you want to understand what the big deal is with what’s going on in Rome, this is the one book you must read: Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.
Update on Maggie's Religion
I woke up this morning and said to myself, “Oh ye of little faith.” I disagree with George Weigel in the sense that he chose to respond to the New York Times (which I did not bother to read), and ...
In Which Chris Christie Dubs Himself and Jeb Bush ‘Most Electable’
In a strange rewriting of history, Governor Christie, who is an excellent governor for New Jersey, thinks the lesson of recent history is that if you nominate an extremist or “purist” for president you will lose, and he indicated to ...
The Best Cities for Women Looking to Marry
Pew creates a map with the urban areas with the best sex ratios for women (and some employment data too).
Hint: Do you know the way to San Jose . . . and Kalamazoo . . .
Couple Faces Bankruptcy for Refusing to Violate Their Conscience
A $150,000 fine for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake will bankrupt Melissa and Aron Klein, a young evangelical couple with five children. You guys happy about this?
Tennesee Teachers Reject the Common Core
A new poll of Tennessee teachers found 56 percent now want to scrap the Common Core.
Monica Wehby's Gay-Marriage Fail
A new poll out shows Oregon senator Jeff Merkley’s lead over Monica Wehby has grown to 20 points, up from either 13-point (Rasmussen) or 8-point (Polling Company) lead before she ran her pro-gay-marriage ad.
I don’t know if her ...
Gay-Marriage Support Falling
The Pew Forum just released a fascinating new poll on religion in public life. Among the headlines: 72 percent of Americans say the influence of religion on politics is declining, and the vast majority of these people say that’s a ...
Sarah Palin’s Disgusting Excuse for Her Son’s Violence against His Girlfriend
It’s the political season, and I want to cut Sarah Palin some slack. She and her family have endured disgusting, unjust verbal abuse over the years, and I like her, personally.
But some things cannot be overlooked. I would ...
Rubio or Cruz: Who Will Emerge as the Hero of Common Core Moms?
‘Common Core, the set of education standards that were adopted by 46 states five years ago but have since become toxic with the conservative base, has not been at the center of the Republican primary debate, which has so far been ...
The GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain
The success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz this year is a great and anguished shout from Republicans voters to the powers-that-be in Washington: The system is broken; it’s not working for us.
If you want to ...
Sorry Trump, People Have a Right to Be Muslim-American
Religious freedom is a core American value, one of those things that really do make us different. We invented it. We practiced it from the beginning. And I am not going to let it go without a fight.
Watching President ...
Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Have a Houston Problem
It was a shocking election, shocking to Democrats who fell victim to their own bubble propaganda that social issues are going to be the key to their comeback, and shocking to establishment conservatives who have fallen victim to the “truce ...
As I write I do not know what the final synod report will say. One of the drafters described it as being more questions than answers. “The questions will be clear,” said Oswald Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai at a press ...
They hugged. Kim Davis asked in advance whether it would be okay to hug the pope and was told yes. So she hugged him and he hugged her back.
Preach incessantly. Use words when necessary.
#ad#The Left was confused, ...
Is Judge Vance Day of Oregon the Next Kim Davis?
Let’s pause a moment to savor and celebrate that on Monday morning Kim Davis will be back at work in Rowan County, Ky. She not only survived, she has triumphed, thanks to a special extralegal conscience protection fashioned specifically ...
Ben Carson, Marriage Champion
Dr. Ben Carson, who has come under criticism from social conservatives (including me) for some of his rhetoric on abortion and (in my case) for his lack of rhetoric on gay marriage, has just emerged as a marriage champion, signing ...
Trump Joins Kasich as the Anti–Anti–Gay-Marriage Candidate
Even as the Phillips family is struggling for financial existence against punishing government fines for refusing to bake a gay-wedding cake, Donald Trump is doubling down (along with Kasich) on his position as an anti–anti–gay-marriage Republican.
As Paul ...
Scott Walker: Front-Runner No Longer
Just a month ago, Scott Walker was quietly riding high, the front-runner in the first GOP contest, Iowa, preferred by 22 percent of Republicans there. Walker was the outsider politician, the bare-knuckle fighter who had stood up to the unions and ...
A Report Card on How Candidates Responded to Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Over at ThePulse2016.com, I’ve just released a report card on how GOP candidates responded to the Supreme Court ruling overturning the classic understanding of marriage.
The humongous field (not then including Jim Gilmore) divides into three basic tiers:
What’s behind the Trump Bump
The good news is that we have a GOP front-runner. The bad news is that his name is Donald Trump.
The latest ABC News poll shows Trump at 24 percent, eleven points ahead of number-two Walker, and twelve ahead of number-three ...
Oregon Wedding Cakes Are Just the Excuse
Theoretically, liberalism picks pluralism over public morality, nowhere more so than in the intimate realm of human sexuality.
But the regulatory state has gotten so large, and so powerful, with such extensive reach into Americans’ livelihoods, that the Left cannot ...
What I Want GOP Candidates to Say about Marriage
The Supreme Court has ruled 5–4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to gay marriage. Will this decision be the Brown v. Board of Education of our times or this generation’s Roe v. Wade? The difference, of course, is that ...
Carly Fiorina Has Earned the Right to Run as a Woman
It was a deft and striking piece of gender display. Carly Fiorina made it clear: She’s running for president as a woman. Last night at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., she delivered what she called “the ...
A Pro-Middle Class Economic Plan for the GOP
Rick Santorum has a work ethic like nobody else. As he launched his campaign today, this work ethic made his signature issue the needs of the average “working family.”
“Working families don’t need another president tied to big government ...
At Last, the House Passes a Late-Term Abortion Bill
The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, thank God. And thank John Boehner.
This is the bill that would ban abortions if the unborn child is 20 weeks or older. The bill was supposed to be passed by the ...
A Letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy
Dear Justice Kennedy:
The forces for gay marriage are powerful. You have been their hero in the past, when gay people were not so powerful. The tables are turned now, as I think is clear to everyone. The LGBT community ...
Why I, Unlike Senator Rubio, Would Not Attend a Gay Wedding
Senator Marco Rubio, one of our most attractive and charismatic leaders in the rising generation, just announced he’s running for president. So naturally he’s being peppered with the one question uppermost in the minds of American voters: What ...
Catholic College Now Refuses to Play Gordon College
Orwell, call your office. In the name of tolerance Emmanuel College is actually refusing to permit its athletes to play a game with Gordon College athletes:
“At Emmanuel College, a Catholic school in Boston, athletic director Pam Roecker said that ...
Our Emotional-Fragility Epidemic
Why are we all so emotionally fragile?
Both men and women, right-wingers and feminists, are beginning to ask that question, especially about the next generation of college students.
#ad#In The Federalist, Chris Hernandez, a cop and former Marine combat ...
Who Is Patricia Jannuzzi?
I can’t get this question out of my head: Who is Patricia Jannuzzi?
These last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of religious organizations publicly wrestling with gay rights. The Mormon Church authorized new protections for gay people, ...
It looks like gay-rights people and the LDS church have come to a compromise with this proposed new legislation that protects the rights of gay people and religious people. Religious-liberty experts will need to analyze this, but I was told ...
Progressive Elites' Anti-Christian Animus
Lately I’ve had the idea of essays pairing Hollywood movies with scholarly works I am reading: American Sniper, say, with the classic book On Killing, for example. By some strange coincidence I walked out of a showing of Kingsman ...
The Washington Post on Rick and Karen Santorum’s important new book, Bella’s Gift. I look forward to buying and reading it. It seems to be an amazing thing for a presidential candidate to do, to tell the unvarnished ...
I am not sure I want presidential candidates weighing in on matters of etiquette, either, but frankly Megyn Kelly’s success in getting props as a journalist by attacking Huckabee on something so trivial is unattractive on so many fronts. ...
Yep, the House GOP Has Rubbish PR Skills
Mollie Hemingway nails it on the sheer idiocy of the House leadership in pulling the bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks:
They have zero public relations skills.
It’s not news to anyone that our media are supportive of abortion ...
Others Who Are Not Charlie Hebdo
In my column, I said I am not Charlie Hebdo, because I do not believe in gratuitously offending other people’s religion in juvenile ways, and because I do not deserve the title, as I am no martyr. No hero ...
How Could Huckabee Win the Nomination in 2016?
Over at RealClearPolitics, Scott Conroy explains why “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy” looks like a good strategy to Team Huckabee.
He first notes the conventional wisdom on Huckabee’s weaknesses:
He has been an anemic fundraiser in the past and ...
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson writes movingly of the generational challenges the young men in her family face, after her father rose from dirt poverty to live the American dream.
Marquette Suspends Professor Who Blogged About Free-Speech Violations
A student taped a Marquette teacher telling him opposition to gay marriage would not be permitted in her class. Another Marquette professor blogs about this inappropriate conduct. Guess who gets disciplined at this Catholic university?
I joke but this is ...
Gay, Celibate, Christian?
The Washington Post talks to Eve Tushnet and others, about the new movement of young Christians affirming both their sexual orientation and traditional Christian teaching. (Eve Tushnet is the author of a new book Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, ...
With even New York Times columnists and distinguished social scientists like Andrew J. Cherlin reinforcing the core truth that the retreat from marriage is causing core inequalities in the opportunities of millions of American children, it is worth asking: Who ...
On the Middle Class, Schumer Is Right
Almost exactly one year ago, I and my colleagues at the American Principles Project released an election autopsy on the lessons of 2012. Countering the conventional wisdom that conservative social issues were distracting voters from the GOP’s winning economic message, ...
The always interesting Jonathan Rauch writes about the science of middle-age disappointment (sometimes the precursor of the classic “midlife crisis.”). According to Gallup data, life satisfaction in the U.S. peaks at age 15 and declines steadily, reaching a nadir between 45 ...
How to Save Capitalism from Libertarians
I have a prediction to make. Something new is going to emerge in the 2016 election — a genuine conservative populism.
The Democrats have made it clear — with President Obama signaling he will impose his unilateral immigration non-reform asap along with climate-change ...
Heading to Rome to Discuss the Family with Pope Francis
I will be at the Vatican for the interfaith Colloquium on Marriage, which Pope Francis is going to open and speak to us at.
The sponsors are producing some interesting videos at their website.
Look forward to reporting on what ...
Why did the Democrats lose?
It wasn’t Obamacare.
While 49 percent of voters said the health-care law “went too far,” just 25 percent of voters picked health care as their most important issue in this election, and they broke for the ...
On Chai Feldblum's Claim That I Misquoted Her
Apparently an interview I did with Professor Chai Feldblum eight years ago is being quoted in a court case and Professor Feldblum says on Twitter I misquoted her.
Here is the full interview I did with Chai Feldblum from the ...
Over the weekend, Catholics like me breathed a sigh of relief — reassured by some textual changes, disconcerted a bit by the decision to keep communion-without-annulment on the agenda, deeply moved by our Holy Father’s call for us to trust:
The Church’s Crisis of Faith and Mine
After the initial shock, many leading Catholic voices are regrouping to refocus their public response to the synod report, which is after all not a teaching of the bishops (as the New York Times misreported), but a mid-session committee report.
Is That Me in the Corner?
I hope to respond intellectually to the synod report. Tears right now are streaming from my face, and it is not about objections to welcoming gay people. There is something more profoundly at stake for me.
Is this me? In ...
Four Things I Will Not Fear . . .
We live in a world where we are urged to be in a constant state of fear. Through the Internet we are bombarded with horror stories, most of which are true, but most of which we and our loved ones ...
The Forgotten Freedom: Freedom of Association
I would prefer to be turning my gaze to a new subject, but reality keeps yanking me back.
In the last few weeks, the government of the State of California, acting through the California State University, has announced that Christian, ...
Cory Booker Is Vulnerable
A new Quinnipiac poll has Cory Booker up by only five points among those who’ve have made up their minds, 39 percent to 34 percent for Jeff Bell’s guerilla unfunded campaign for the U.S. Senate. (Booker leads Bell by ...
People Born Male Allowed in Girls' Locker Rooms In Kentucky
This is a policy that does not apply only to people who have had surgery or hormonal treatment to modify their bodies. The right to shower with girls is now an absolute right. You are a girl if you say ...
Heritage’s Daily Signal released this video of a New York couple punished by the state of New York for refusing to host a same-sex wedding at their family farm, which is also their business and livelihood:
Rubio and Lee: Naming the Problem
Whatever you think about the specific policy changes proposed in their plan (and I would like to see details but find the overall idea attractive), Rubio and Lee deserve enormous kudos for naming the problem — something Republicans have had enormous ...