Where Free Speech Collides With Abortion Rights
Adam Liptak, New York Times
The Supreme Court’s 2000 decision upheld a complicated law that established 100-foot buffer zones outside all health care facilities, not just abortion clinics. Inside those larger zones, the law banned approaching others within eight feet for protest, education or counseling without their consent.
Get Thee to a Nunnery
Timothy George, First Things
How did a modest order of women religious—only 2,700 members worldwide—with a mission to care for the elderly poor become the center of a raging social and political controversy?
The State Marriage Defense Act
Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse
The age in which all states were united in understanding marriage as the exclusive union of man and woman for life has passed away. Now, new legislation seeks to protect the right of each state to define marriage for those who reside within its borders.
Catholicism, Islam, and the Perils of Arguing from Authority
William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine
Was there something about Islam that prompted such violence? Or were the terrorists distorting and misinterpreting their religion? The consensus seemed to favor the latter view, and for a long while I was inclined to go along with it.