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When Hollywood celebrated Christmas and marriage

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A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that — something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances — and all with a similar happy ending. Read More»

MLK, Jr. at the Berlin Wall

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[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Washington Post.]

When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we don’t think of King. Yet, 50 years ago, the civil rights icon delivered historic remarks on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Read More»

The liberal religion of ‘tolerance’

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I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point.

A new survey by Pew Research finds that when it comes to teaching children, liberals place a far higher priority on teaching “tolerance” than teaching religion. That liberals do this in schools is abundantly clear, but they apparently do it in their homes as well. Read More»

Q & A: Ronald Reagan’s principles

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[Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute. June 5 was the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death. To honor and remember the president, Dr. Paul Kengor discusses Reagan’s long life and legendary core principles.]

V&C: How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a Reagan conservative?

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‘Heaven is for Real’ and Gospel of Life

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[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org.]

I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception.

The story is about the near-death experience of a 4-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. Read More»

The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

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[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.]

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion.

Recently, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether the federal government can compel a business to fund abortion drugs in defiance of the religious beliefs of the business owner. It’s merely one such case amid a flurry of lawsuits that even includes the Little Sisters of the Poor. Or, consider these situations involving gay marriage: Read More»

The progressives’ crusade against any and all tax cuts

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[Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.]

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic indicator is far worse under Obama — but to permanently discredit the value of tax cuts. Tax cuts are an unmitigated evil that progressive crusaders must forever exorcise. Read More»

Worried about privacy? Check Common Core data collection

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There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” a major effort to implement a set of federal education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Though it isn’t my area of expertise, I’ve received numerous impassioned emails on the subject. Among them, one person’s concerns particularly struck me. Read More»

Liberals embrace fatherless families

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[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.]

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families. Read More»

The progressive income tax turns 100

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[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.]

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now.

In fact, President Obama and fellow modern progressives/liberals should be ecstatic all this year, rejoicing over the centenary of something so fundamental to their ideology, to their core goals of government, to their sense of economic and social justice — to what Obama once called “redistributive change.” Read More»