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Judge Sides With Company on Contraceptive Coverage
Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law.

No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism
Robert P. George, First Things

Economic and social conservatives need each other—and not merely to win elections. The marriage of economic and social conservatism, while not always a love match, is no mere marriage of convenience.

Atheist group sues over religious electioneering
Associated Press

A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin-based group representing atheists and agnostics argues that the Internal Revenue Service is violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns.

The Federal Welfare Explosion
John Hinderaker, Powerline

Welfare is now the largest item in the federal budget, and under Barack Obama’s budget.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • RogerMcKinney

    McCormick: “Having said that, I should note that I am not a supporter of the laissez-faire doctrine embraced by strict libertarians. I believe that law and government do have important and, indeed, indispensable roles to play in regulating enterprises for the sake of protecting public health, safety, and morals, preventing exploitation and abuse, and promoting fair competitive circumstances of exchange.”
    One would think that a college professor would be more careful about the fact, and a Christian one would worry about bearing false witness. Libertarians agree with McCormick on the importance of government. Where libertarians differ with conservatives like McCormick is where to draw the line of limited government. Conservatives are so anxious to compromise with socialists that they wake up one day and find they have a socialist government. As US conservatives have demonstrated over the past 50 years, conservatism amounts to nothing but gradual capitulation, socialism by a thousand cuts.

    McCormick: “Moreover, the growth of crime and other pathologies where family breakdown is rampant will result in the need for more extensive policing and incarceration and, again, increased taxes to pay for these government services.”
    And yet a large part of spending by the federal government is in the form of transfer payments, but not to the poor, to the middle class for Medicare and Social Security. Police, courts and prisons cost us very little in taxes.
    Still, if McCormick wants to be consistent in his ideology, he should favor legalizing marijuana and cocaine so as to reduce the burden on police, courts and prisons.