Category Archives: Rights Talk

Punching down

More than 20 states have incorporated sexual orientation into their anti-discrimination statutes. As Charlotte Allen documents in “Punching Down,” this has empowered well-educated and well-paid gays to punish less educated, less wealthy neighbors who dare to refuse to bake a … Continue reading

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Trade-offs of pluralism

Sohrab Ahmari and David French finally faced off live at Catholic University of America Thursday evening, moderated by Ross Douthat. In debating terms, it was no contest: French cleaned up. In fairness to Ahmari, his wife had a child on … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Evangelicalism, free speech, liberalism, lifeworks, Pluralism, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Roman Catholicism

The GOP deathworks

What conservatives like [George] Will and I believe, and what we think Trump supporters either don’t understand or deny, is the destructive revolution in manners and mores that Donald Trump is ushering in, the enormous cultural and social blast radius … Continue reading

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Ephemera, 2/12/19

“Ephemera” seems apt since one snippet uses it and another snippet evokes it. Continue reading

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Guilty of being accused (and more)

Do read item 1 even if you have no time for the rest. Continue reading

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Hauerwasian “modernity” today

“… no story except the story they choose when they have no story.” Continue reading

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Calming the discord

A “Kavanaugh Court” should overturn the Roe line of cases — but might not. Continue reading

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The autonomy ethic

My micro.blog account isn’t working as expected this morning, so I’m posting this here: Justice Anthony Kennedy didn’t invent the shift from community to autonomy, but in 1992 he articulated it more crisply than anyone else: “At the heart of … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

Progressives goring their own ox. Continue reading

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Sins of the fathers

How came it to pass that we have zillions and zillions of guns protected by the Second Amendment? Continue reading

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