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A Different Kind of History

thomas2304 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:41 AM
In 1990, the Supreme Court handed down it decision in the Smith case (Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872). At issue was whether consuming peyote was a freedom of religion matter; the Court said it was not. This is relevant because good people want to argue that a proviso in Obamacare requiring employers to purchase health insurance with contraceptives and abortifacients violates their freedom of religion. The courts will undoubtedly seek precedents and these will show Obamacare to be correct on this count (And one of the justices siding with the majority was Anton Scalia.). I bring this up because conservatives need to oppose judicial review, and they need to do it quickly, or they will l

"Before there were houses in this land, there were altars." A timelier reminder you could not get, as we confront realities about immigration and secularization in the United States. It's a point made by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose H. Gomez, as he tries to morally educate, animate, and challenge.

Gomez promotes learning the entire story behind our country's founding. "Immigrant missionaries were naming this continent's rivers and mountains and territories for saints, sacraments and articles of the faith," as he put it in a speech to the Napa Institute last summer.

"Catholics founded America's oldest settlement,...