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Religious Liberty Abroad: Where is Obama?

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While the USCCB seems more interested in the plight of Christians at Hobby Lobby than the plight of Christians in the Holy Land (with the exception of Bishop Pates), Yleem Poblete, writing at American Thinker, makes the case for Obama to appoint, at long last, a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Ms. Poblete is a new fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies where I serve as a visiting fellow.

MSW on Marsden

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My review of George Marsden's wonderful book, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, has been published at the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can find it here. You can also listen to a fine interview with Marsden conducted by Art Remillard of St. Francis University by clicking here. And, most importantly, I cannot strongly enough urge readers to get Marsden's book and read it. 

Donohue Attacks MSW

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There are few satisfactions in life greater than earning a rebuke from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. He took issue with my column on Friday calling upon Archbishop Nienstedt to resign. The last thing I want to do is get into a shouting match with Bill Donohue: He has far more practice shouting than I do. But, I take the liberty of sharing with readers how being attacked by Donohue makes me feel. 

USCCB & LGBT Non-Discrimination

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President Obama is set to release a new rule that bars federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians in their employment practices. The new rule lacks the kind of robust exemptions for religious organizations that many Church leaders, including prominent Obama supporters, sought. The President paired this new rule with a decision to retain a 2002 George W. Bush-era rule that allowed Church-affiliated organizations to discriminate in favor of their co-religionists in hiring.

+Wilton Channels Pope Francis

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently gave the invocation at the UNITE Here convention. He chose the occasion to channel Pope Francis. No minimizing the message here. And, he did it with people with ears to hear, the workers who staff the nation's hospitality industry, workers who are too often denied the respect they deserve and whose pay is not commensurate with the work that they do. The alliance of Church and labor is as natural as whipped cream on a sundae and it is good to see an American archbishop cultivating that alliance. Kudos upon kudos to Archbishop Gregory. 

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