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Kenneth L. Connor is the Chairman of the Center for a Just Society, 1220 L St. NW, Suite 100-371, Washington, DC 20005. Email: info@centerforajustsociety.org and website: http://www.centerforajustsociety.org.

The Winds of Change
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The Winds of Change

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In the flurry of post-government-shutdown analysis, the talking heads are speculating about the demise of the Tea Party. According to the New York Times, “In the aftermath of the U.S. government shutdown and a close call with default, there is a political consensus among Democrats, many Republicans, establishment conservatives, business leaders and the inside-the-Beltway commentariat: […]

All Creatures Great and Small
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All Creatures Great and Small

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“The righteous care for the needs of their animals….” Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) Here at the Center for a Just Society we spill a lot of ink discussing issues that touch upon questions of human dignity and the sanctity of life. The guiding principle underlying our position on abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, elder abuse, and other […]

Is Christian Education an Oxymoron?
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Is Christian Education an Oxymoron?

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Today in many intellectual circles, Christians are viewed with condescension and derision. We are seen as naïve simpletons who lack the courage to accept the world at face value. We insist on weaving elaborate theologies and worshiping a God who is invisible because we are too weak to cope with the fact that existence is […]

Refuse to Render Unto Caesar
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Refuse to Render Unto Caesar

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[R]ender therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s (Matthew 21, KJV). It’s been 18 months since Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a new requirement that all U.S. employers must provide insurance coverage for birth control, including abortifacients, at no cost to their […]

Welcome to the Club
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Welcome to the Club

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In the last 50 years or so, America has become a nation obsessed with rights. Elites in government, academia, the media, and entertainment take great pains to inculcate an attitude of tolerance, acceptance, multiculturalism, and diversity in the American people. The self-evident truths articulated by our Founding Fathers have been expanded upon and augmented in […]

A Person's a Person, No Matter How Small
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A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

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“Imagine in a thousand years someone doing IVF with a long-frozen embryo just to see what a 21st century – or, in this case, 20th century – human being was like. Just keeping them frozen – kicking the can down the road a little farther – seems wrong to me. . . . If you […]

Time to Make "Unborn" the New Gay?
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Time to Make “Unborn” the New Gay?

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Last week marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fifty years ago, if someone had told the audience assembled at the National Mall that they would see a black man elected President in their lifetime, […]

Emasculating the Faith of Our Fighters
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Emasculating the Faith of Our Fighters

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“There are no atheists in foxholes.” When Barack Obama ran for President, he promised to “fundamentally change” America. Over the last five years or so, the American people have gotten a pretty good idea of exactly what those words meant. We’ve seen that President Obama’s vision of America is one in which we are entirely […]

Big Brother is Watching You
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Big Brother is Watching You

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month or so, chances are you’ve heard the latest revelations regarding the NSA’s unlawful invasion of American citizens’ privacy. According to the Washington Post, “The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted […]

The Court of Law v. The Court of Public Opinion
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The Court of Law v. The Court of Public Opinion

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Well, it’s finally over. The verdict is in. George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin. Despite the sensationalism and emotion surrounding this trial, the State of Florida failed to meet the burden of proof required for a conviction. No words can describe the pain a parent feels at losing a […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls
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For Whom the Bell Tolls

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“When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk.” So says the American Civil Liberties Union on the section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants’ rights. “No Human Being Is Illegal” reads the banner at the top of the […]

Exchanging Liberty for Tyranny
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Exchanging Liberty for Tyranny

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“The only foundation for .  .  . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” Benjamin Rush Conservative Christians like myself love quotes like this, and the nice thing […]

The Lost Art of Education
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The Lost Art of Education

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When American parents send their children off to college, the deluge of emotion can be overwhelming. No matter how much time and money you spent preparing yourself for this most pivotal transition in the life of your child, you always feel as though you could have done more. Will they succeed? Will they be safe? […]

Vive La France: It's About the Children
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Vive La France: It’s About the Children

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When we gaze across the pond at our European cousins, the general assumption is that we’re looking at our future. From food and fashion to politics and culture, Europe is on the cutting edge – the avant garde. Depending on your ideological sympathies, this is either seen as a good thing or a bad thing. […]

Father: Feminism's Four Letter Word
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Father: Feminism’s Four Letter Word

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In a recent Washington Post article, “The New F-Word: Father,” Kathleen Parker discusses a recent study on household income dynamics by the Pew Research Center which shows that 40 percent of U.S. households with children under 18 are run by women who are either the primary or sole breadwinner. Parker recognizes that this data is […]

Resisting the Tide of Secularism
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Resisting the Tide of Secularism

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“What we’re seeing today is a secular liberalism that wants to expand the prohibition of establishment to silence articulate religious voices and disenfranchise religiously motivated voters, and at the same time to narrow the scope of free exercise so that the new secular morality can reign over American society unimpeded.”?? So said First Things editor […]

Collusion and Corruption at the IRS
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Collusion and Corruption at the IRS

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They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Try as we might, it’s virtually impossible to escape the clutches of the Grim Reaper or the Tax Man. Both will get you eventually. And as anyone who has been through an IRS audit or suffered a tax penalty can attest, the […]

What's Wrong with Crony Capitalism
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What’s Wrong with Crony Capitalism

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Thanks to a renewed interest in the works of Ayn Rand and high-profile figures like John Stossel, Glenn Beck, and Rand Paul, libertarianism is enjoying a moment in the political sun. And just like America’s two major parties, libertarians can often be blind to faulty logic and flaws within their own ideology. Timothy P. Carney […]

Want to Know How Washington Really Works?
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Want to Know How Washington Really Works?

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“You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books . . . . Men should hold it up in front of them every single day […]

An Abortion Ghoul's Chamber of Horrors
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An Abortion Ghoul’s Chamber of Horrors

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Last week, I wrote a column entitled “Brutality in the Brave New World” discussing an appalling movement within the scientific community in which researchers are exploring the “therapeutic” potential of the eggs of aborted baby girls. In a similar vein, a bioethicist writing for the Huffington Post in 2009 famously suggested that pregnant women wanting […]

Brutality in a Brave New World
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Brutality in a Brave New World

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In his seminal work, Nichomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle begins his meditation on the subject of morality and the ultimate end of human life with an observation that certain first principles of ethics are self-evident to a person who has been raised up in a virtuous manner. A good man simply “knows” certain things to […]

Discounting Parents' Rights
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Discounting Parents’ Rights

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For people of faith in America, the Obama administration’s birth control mandate represents an unprecedented assault on religious conscience. It seems that the President and his surrogates have little appreciation for the role that faith plays in the lives of many Americans, and even less respect for the Constitution’s protection of religious liberty. As if […]

Don't Wait 'til It's Too Late to Decide
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Don’t Wait ’til It’s Too Late to Decide

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This past week, health care journalist Charles Ornstein wrote a compelling piece for the Washington Post detailing his personal experience with heart-wrenching end-of-life medical decisions.  Ornstein’s story of his mother’s death highlights the complexity of this little-discussed topic, and should serve as a wakeup call to every American family: End-of-life issues should not be avoided […]

Defending the Right to Self-Defense
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Defending the Right to Self-Defense

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The recent spate of mass shootings has prompted President Obama and his allies in Congress to pursue new gun control laws with special urgency.  Mr. Obama is correct in sensing that the American people are ready for serious action on this issue, but he is mistaken in thinking that they are in agreement with him […]

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