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Monday, December 18, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering…...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator…...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: CELEBRATING UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them…...

Friday, November 03, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: DO NO HARM - WHAT WOULD HIPPOCRATES THINK?

A core tenant of the pledge taken by all physicians is their promise first and foremost to do no harm. A physician’s vow to care for patients in a manner…...

Friday, October 27, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: COLORADO’S “HALF-BAKED” DECISION

Who would have guessed that the religious liberty and free-speech rights of Americans would be tested in a dispute over the baking of a wedding cake? A case will be…...

Monday, October 16, 2017

DR. GEORGE VAN PELT CAMPBELL: THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT: WHY I SIGNED

The Nashville Statement is a recent document addressing contemporary issues of sexuality and affirming traditional Christian views. It has been signed by a significant number of Christian leaders. Unfortunately, as…...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES: COMMUNISM “MADE LIFE BETTER” FOR CHINESE WOMEN

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. I recently wrote about a shocking piece in the New York Times peddling a line we literally…...

Monday, September 25, 2017

MARLON “BIG DOG” BROWN: A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION

I recently had the privilege of sharing two meals with Marlon “Big Dog” Brown and hearing him tell his life story and describe his work in Memphis, Tennessee. At 6…...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: FORGOTTEN CONSERVATIVE: REMEMBERING GEORGE SCHUYLER

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. It was 40 years ago, August 31, 1977, that George Schuyler died. He has been largely forgotten,…...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

RICHARD KUCOR: AMERICA’S CHARLIE GARD? THINK AGAIN…THE VALUE OF FREE-MARKET HEALTHCARE

In late July, Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with the rare and typically fatal genetic disorder known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, died. Charlie was at the center of a…...

Monday, August 14, 2017

DR. DAVID HOGSETTE: RELEVANCE OF THE 2009 MANHATTAN DECLARATION

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity,…...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” - A HALF-CENTURY LATER

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced…...

Monday, August 07, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: RONALD REAGAN AND KAROL WOJTYLA - FREEDOM FIGHTERS 1976

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to…...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

DR. CALEB FULLER: PRUVACY AT WHAT PRICE?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to…...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: STATE’S GAMBLING GAMBIT - CREATING LOSERS

While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has passed…...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RICHARD KOCUR: THE LIFE OF CHARLIE GARD: WHOSE DECISION IS IT ANYWAY?

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is suffering and you are powerless to do anything about it. In most cases you would exhaust all treatment options, consult leading specialists, and…...

Monday, July 24, 2017

DR. GARY WELTON: MY HUMAN IDENTITY TRANSCENDS GENDER

Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I…...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DR. LISA L. HOSAK: BUILDING RESILIENT YOUNG PEOPLE

Many years ago, I overheard a coworker reflecting on parenting. She had 13 children—an astonishing 10 of them adopted. She said that the parent-child relationship was “everything.” She said that…...

Monday, July 17, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP’S EXCELLENT SPEEDH IN POLAND, ON POLAND

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Before I write this defense of Donald Trump in Poland, let me remind readers—from the right and…...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: LIFE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR

The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’…...

Monday, July 10, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE PLAYGROUND FIGHT OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It…...

Monday, July 03, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE FOUNDERS AND THE PRESIDENTS - A JULY 4 REFLECTION

It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we…...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE FAITH OF H.W. BUSH

George H. W. Bush recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. In four and half months, he is on course to surpass Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford as the former president who…...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: REMEMBERING THREE GREAT ATHELETES

May was a poignant month for those of us who were avid Detroit sports fans in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Three of our heroes passed on within two…...

Monday, June 19, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE NEW CONSERVATIVE LEGAL MAINSTREAM

Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy claimed that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was not in the “legal mainstream.” They were referring to the “living Constitution” approach to…...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DR. EARL TILFORD: A VISION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE AND SECURITY

President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel as part of his first foreign trip is as historically significant as President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 visit to…...

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

DR, MARK HENDRICKSON: ZUCKERBERG’S CALL FOR A “UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME”

Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement speech at Harvard made a big splash. It was a warm-hearted, encouraging, interesting address, enriched by some endearing personal vignettes. It was also…...

Monday, June 05, 2017

DR. JAMES THRASHER: CALLING ALL UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE GRADS

Well, your college career has come to an end. You have walked the aisle, received your diploma, hung up the cap and gown, but have no job. You have cleared…...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DR. MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: THE JOYS OF LIFE

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Ricochet.com. In an effort to squeegee politics out of my life for a long weekend, I recently attended several sporting…...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TWO PRESIDENTS AND TWO POPES

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Thirty-five years ago, on June 7, 1982, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II met for the first time at the Vatican.…...

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