Building a Culture of Life & Civility, One Dinner, One Public Life at a Time

The Archdiocese of New York is suing the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to fight for its religious liberty. And yet Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the same archdiocese extended President Obama an invitation to the Al Smith Foundation’s annual charity dinner, raising money for some of the very charities the HHS mandate threatens. 

At a time when a lot of people talk about civility, this is it. (Cardinal Dolan talked to me about his approach to the decision shortly after his prayer at the Republican convention in Tampa, here.) 

But there is another dinner in town that night, one that deserves as much attention as the dinner at the Waldorf where campaign press will find themselves, one that has much cheaper tickets, and one that honors a man at the heart of the National Review family: Jim Buckley.

Senator Buckley will be honored for a role in which many a New Yorker will remember him, as a Great Defender of Life, by the Human Life Foundation, which puts out the invaluable treasure that is The Human Life Review.

In an interview we’re running today on NRO, Senator Buckley talks about the upcoming election and threats to freedom we’re facing today at home. He also talks about the upcoming Human Life Review honor and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade we’ll be marking come January.

If you want to join the celebration honoring him for his work in defense of life in the public square, there’s more information on The Human Life Review’s website here

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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