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The PCUSA’s move from mainline to flatline

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Religion | The Presbyterian Church (USA) is in the news again. The mainline denomination’s General Assembly last week voted by a 61 percent majority to allow clergy to…

This age of distrust

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Government | Trust and trustworthiness. From marriage to business, life is much the worse without them. But our political system seems to be founded on distrust. Our…

Charity and scrutiny in the Bergdahl swap

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Government | Pity the soul that gets mixed up in this bizarre circus that is the Obama administration. At 4 a.m. on June 30, 2009, a U.S. soldier reportedly abandoned his…

Who’s working for you?

Who’s working for you?

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Government | Whom can you trust these days? Businesses work for their own advantage. Government works for the public good. How you understand these two statements places…

Obama’s problem with actual people

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Government | Barack Obama rose to office on a wave of messianic excitement that was unprecedented for Americans. It was as though this man, on the strength of his…

The Benham blues are your blues, too

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Religious Liberty | Here we go again. Having just come off the Brendan Eich scandal—the scandal being that Mozilla essentially fired him—and not long after the Phil Robertson…

You can be replaced

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Economy | Machines are putting people out of work. You’ll notice there are no more elevator operators. You push your own button, and the thing moves. And when you…

Kiev’s dilemma: To fight or not to fight

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Ukraine | If Machiavelli were advising the Ukrainian government, he would share what he wrote in The Prince . In that oft-read but less-often-followed 16th century manual…

There’s no shaming the shameless

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Culture | Shame is a good thing. The capacity for shame humanizes us. Try as I might, I simply cannot bring my cat to embarrassment. But even one of the 19th…

Happy Government Day

Happy Government Day

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Government | On a beautiful spring Saturday I looked out my picture window at my happy neighbors, a young couple in their 30s. Bela is Hungarian and Susan is English, but…

Liberty as secure as your books

Liberty as secure as your books

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Technology | I own books. Many books. They are the tools of my academic trade. But they are also the highways of my political and even spiritual liberty. Access to my…

Free speech and civil behavior

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First Amendment | Overt government violations of our rights seem to be multiplying these days—NSA snooping, IRS persecutions of tea party organizations, and Obamacare…

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