The Supremacists–A Judiciary Out of Control

Phyllis Schlafly put herself through college working the night shift at the St. Louis Ordnance Plant, firing rifles and machine guns in order to test ammunition for troops during World War II. Sixty years later, she has lost none of her nerve, none of her energy, and none of her aim. Now, she has leveled her powerful intellectual guns at an out-of-control judiciary, and her new book The Supremacists is a powerful manifesto for our times.

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The Enigmatic Faith of John F. Kerry

Senator John Kerry has been introducing himself to the American people, even as he is running for the nation’s highest office. Through his public appearances, televised debates, and political events, he has revealed a great deal about his political positions, personal history, and plans for America. Missing from this picture is any substantial understanding of John Kerry’s faith. When it comes to his religious convictions, John Kerry is a portrait in paradox.

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Controversy and Credibility–The Scandal at CBS News

The scandal and controversy at CBS News continues to unfold, even as the network announced a two-person panel appointed to review its now discredited report on President George W. Bush’s military record. The full extent of the damage to CBS’s reputation and credibility is yet unknown, but the Dan Rather-led “Memogate” scandal is certain to become a landmark case in journalistic ethics. Beyond this, it may very well be the final blow to the credibility of CBS News and to network news coverage itself.

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Engaging the City of Man: Christian Faith and Politics

Over the last 20 years, evangelical Christians have been politically mobilized in an outpouring of moral concern and political engagement unprecedented since the crusade against slavery in the 19th century. Is this a good development? With the 2004 presidential campaign now under way, the issue of political involvement emerges anew with urgency.

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Bill Clinton’s Bully Pulpit

On the very eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention, former President Bill Clinton took to the pulpit of one of New York’s most famous churches. Aiming his sights at George W. Bush and Christian conservatives, he delivered a message designed to mobilize religious liberals.

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Can I Take Your Faith, Sir?

When it comes to politics, must Christians check their beliefs at the door? That question–and a host of others–was debated at a symposium recently sponsored by the Brookings Institution. Entitled “One Electorate Under God?,” the symposium featured some of the leading names in American politics and academic life. In the context of a presidential election year, the symposium was well timed and well executed.

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The Strange Postmodern Parable of Ron Reagan

Pop icon Andy Warhol–famous for his bizarre appearance as well as for his paintings of Campbell soup cans–once predicted that eventually everyone in the world would have fifteen minutes of fame. With the rise of the media culture and the cult of celebrity, every single individual, he said, would enjoy at least fifteen minutes of the cultural limelight. Well, it seems that Ron Reagan’s fifteen minutes should have expired by now.

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A Man in Motion: John Kerry on Same-Sex Marriage

The protection of marriage constitutes the great moral challenge of our age, framing not only the 2004 presidential election, but determining the future shape of our civilization. Given the stakes, no issue rivals the question of marriage, for to destroy humanity’s central institution is to launch the greatest social revolution in human history.

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‘Checkpoint’–Assassination Porn Hits the Bookstores

Postmodernism thrives on a steady diet of the outrageous, as postmodern authors push new boundaries in order to “transgress” conventional morality. But transgression takes on an altogether new meaning when, in Nicholson Baker’s new novel, a central character seriously contemplates the assassination of President George W. Bush.

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The Democratic Convention–An Exercise in Evasion

The Democrats left Boston last week, confident that their presidential nominee is within striking distance of winning the White House in November. The 2004 Democratic National Convention generated both media support and public momentum for the Democratic ticket, but at the expense of candor, truth telling, and political responsibility.

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Why Do Europeans Hate America? Jean-Francois Revel Explains

“Democracy may, after all, turn out to have been a historical accident, a brief parenthesis that is closing before our eyes.” With those words, French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel sounded an alarm as the ramparts of democratic conviction were under attack by the political left. Revel, one of the most important conservative thinkers in France, saw European intellectuals and the political left in America undermining the very foundations of democracy.

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Who Is Senator John Kerry? It’s Time to Take a Closer Look

“We in Iowa are marking the beginning of the end of the Bush presidency. That’s what this is about.” Thus declared John Kerry as he celebrated his come-from-behind victory in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Time will tell if John Kerry is any real threat to the Bush presidency, but his decisive win did put an end to the presidential hopes of Rep. Dick Gephardt and threw into question the viability of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a national candidate.

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Why Doctrine Matters

The 20th century witnessed an increasingly energetic revolt against doctrine. A denial of specific formulations of classical Christian doctrine has been evident in some quarters, while others have rejected the very notion of doctrine itself.

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Looking at the Record: Judicial Activism at the High Court

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and one of the most influential voices in American evangelicalism, claims that Anthony Kennedy, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is “the most dangerous man in America.” That’s quite a claim. Where’s the evidence?

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Is The Religious Right Really Right?

With the 2004 presidential election looming before us, the secular media are sure to begin issuing ominous warnings about the influence of the so-called “Religious Right.” Every four years or so–roughly following the pattern of presidential elections–the media rediscover conservative Christians and set out to warn the rest of the population of the supposed threat posed by evangelicals active in the political sphere.

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A Twisted Tale–Bill Clinton’s Autobiography

Former President Bill Clinton’s much promoted autobiography has hit the bookstores in a big way–and it’s a big book. Coming in with more than 950 pages, the book is the literary debut of the summer, and it represents Bill Clinton’s effort to explain himself, his presidency, and his scandals.

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Religious ‘Progressives’ Mobilize for Political Action

“Round up the usual suspects, ” ordered Captain Louis Renaud, the Vichy police chief played by Claude Rains in the movie classic, Casablanca. Those famous words apply to the “Faith and Progressive Policy” conference held June 9 by the Center for American Progress. When it comes to religious liberals, most of the usual suspects seemed to gather for this major event in Washington–and they all had plenty to say.

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Leadership Lessons from President Ronald W. Reagan

Today’s state funeral for President Ronald W. Reagan offers an historic moment of reflection for the American people. Central to that should be a renewed appreciation for the founders’ vision of the presidency as a uniting force for leadership in the nation.

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Ranking the Presidents–A New Look at the Best and the Worst

How would you rank America’s presidents? That question is a matter of historical preoccupation for a large number of presidential historians, both amateur and professional. Various schemes for rating America’s presidents have been attempted, but none so comprehensive as a recent project undertaken by The Wall Street Journal and The Federalist Society.

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A Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan’s Enduring Legacy

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” Those words catapulted Ronald W. Reagan onto the stage of national politics. Though the “Great Communicator” has left the scene, his ideas continue to define the political landscape.

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