"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. / I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see."
Each week brings new proof of how little understanding the current generation of college students has of our system of government or the liberties it was created to protect -- and what is at risk as a result.
One hundred years ago, it may have made sense for those who called themselves Christians to gravitate to a new sociopolitical movement called "progressivism" as a means to improve the plight of the poor. But progressivism has wandered far afield from that uncontroversial objective.
For many Christians -- and for some Catholics in particular -- self-identification as politically "progressive" is as much a part of their identities as religious affiliation itself.
Late last month, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article titled An Epidemic of Anguish, in which the author describes the skyrocketing rates of student mental illness on campuses.
Since the horrific shooting, each time I see pictures of Vester Flanagan (aka Bryce Williams), my heart is broken. For his victims. For his family. And yes, for him.
National Review magazine had Carly Fiorina on its cover recently, with the headline "Carly the Communicator."
A few months ago, when the first Republican presidential contenders threw their hats into the ring, I tweeted this message a number of times, to widespread amusement among my Twitter followers: "2 Cubans, a black neurosurgeon, and a female CEO walk into a bar ... And the joke's on the Democrats," with the hashtags "RealDiversity" and "GOP2016."
Today's news is tomorrow's history. What stories do we see about black Americans in the news every day? Riots. Robberies. Mayhem. Murder.
The country is reeling from one videotaped disclosure after another exposing Planned Parenthood's practices of dissecting and selling the body parts of aborted pre-born infants, and the callous, cavalier way its medical officers describe the processes and the victims themselves.
It is interesting to watch the scramble to denounce Planned Parenthood for the potentially illegal sale of body parts of unborn babies aborted in their facilities.
President Obama finally has his "deal" with Iran, and even the most enthusiastic supporters of the administration admit that Iran is the real winner here. Reading the terms of the agreement, it's not hard to see why.
"The Donald" has the chattering classes up in arms with his comments about illegal immigration across the border with Mexico. From misquoting him, to characterizing his statements as "racist" (last time I checked, "Mexican" wasn't a race), to refuting statements he never made, this has been a textbook example of media obfuscation and trumped-up (sorry -- couldn't resist) outrage intended to score political points, obscure facts and silence legitimate concerns.
Writers commenting on the Supreme Court's recent discovery of a constitutional right to gay marriage have (quite logically) cast this as the latest chapter in the sexual revolution begun by the Baby Boomers. But it must also be seen in the context of the larger "gift" left for us by that same generation.
Pope Francis is in the news again, not only for his recent environmental encyclical, "Laudato Si," but also for his off-the-cuff comments about businesses that manufacture weapons and those who invest in those businesses.
Now that Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have officially thrown their hats into the ring, there are two dozen official candidates for the Republican presidential nomination and a handful of others expected to announce their candidacy any day. Of these, approximately 15 enjoy the kind of name recognition (and/or fundraising capabilities) to be considered reasonably serious contenders.
Over the past few years, we've more frequently seen articles and editorials about the increasingly hostile climate at our colleges and universities, with a new one appearing almost every week.
This week, an article is making the rounds describing the millions St. Paul, Minnesota, taxpayers have spent on "white privilege" training for teachers and administrators in their public schools.
It's graduation time again, and that means speeches, speeches everywhere. As someone who has taught at universities for the past 25 years, I have heard plenty of them.
If there is one thing that most failed policy initiatives (not to mention entire political and economic systems) have in common, it would have to be the refusal to acknowledge human nature.