The American tradition of religious freedom has long included exemptions from laws that impose a burden on the exercise of faith. The Volstead Act implementing Prohibition, for example, made an exception for the sacramental use of alcohol. In recent years, though, liberals have started to turn away from that tradition — and come up with ever more inventive ways to justify doing so.
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The soundtrack of my youth was provided by my mother — a masterful piano player who filled our home with the sound of practice sessions for Sunday church.
MOSCOW — For the state of Russia’s finances, consider places like Chukotka, the territory separated from Alaska by a narrow strait.
I edit the National Registry of Exonerations, which compiles stories and data about people who were convicted of crimes in the United States and later exonerated. The cases are fascinating and important, but they wear on me: So many of them are stories of destruction and defeat.
These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between world powers and Iran is dangerously misguided are now compelled to criticize Israel’s best friend and ally, the government of the United States. In standing up for what we think is right, for both our people and the world, we find ourselves at odds with the power best able to protect us and promote stability. And instead of joining the hopeful chorus of those who believe peace is on the horizon, we must risk giving the impression that we somehow prefer war.
“Opportunity for all” is a goal Americans from across the political spectrum can embrace. But it won’t be more than an aspiration unless we know whether we’re making progress toward that goal.
The national conversation around how and why to test kids in public schools has gone astray. Loud and persistent voices have been decrying a culture of “test and punish,” which they say hurts teachers, stresses kids and compromises creativity in the classroom. I’d join them in their chorus if what they were saying was true. But it isn’t.
Believe it or not, the presidential race has been astonishingly stable for the past six months. But will it stay that way for the rest of the “invisible primary” — the period leading up to the primary season that begins next winter?
When debates over highly ideological issues like abortion erupt, one of the most common attacks on conservatives is that their support of pro-life policies is hypocritical.
The recent defacing of the Confederate Heroes Memorial on the Grayson County square is a slap in the face to all veterans who have ever served their country and especially those who served during the Civil War. The people who did this should be considered “racists” themselves since they are discriminating against brave men and women who fought a war not about slavery but about big business — “king cotton.”