Richard Weaver on Liberty and Christianity

Painting of ‘Render Unto Caesar’ by Peter Paul Rubens.Richard Weaver, one of the great intellectuals of the 20th Century, and author of Ideas Have Consequences, published an essay in the early 1960s on Lord Acton (pdf only). Continue Reading...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Issue ‘Special Letter’ on HHS Mandate

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a “special letter” regarding the Obama administration’s HHS mandate. The USCCB, meeting this month in Baltimore, passed the letter unanimously. Calling the HHS mandate “coercive,” the bishops state that they have tried to work with the current administration, to no avail. Continue Reading...

Fighting A Cold, Fighting For Life

Students For Life, an organization for high school, college and grad students, has produced an undercover video showing two women posing as young teens buying Sudafed and Plan B. Guess which one they were allowed to buy? Continue Reading...

Obamacare’s HHS Mandate Loses Another Round

The HHS contraceptive-abortifacient mandate lost another round last week. “This is a significant victory for protecting the religious beliefs of individuals and corporations,” said Edward White, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ who is representing a family-run business in Illinois. Continue Reading...

Video: John Blundell at the Acton Lecture Series

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at the Acton Institute, hosting a number of events here in Grand Rapids including a couple of Acton Lecture Series presentations. The first of those came on October 15, as we welcomed John Blundell, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Continue Reading...

France: What Not To Do

Since the French Revolution, Americans have glanced over to our friends across the Atlantic Ocean as a model of what a country should not do. That tradition continues. France’s centralized planning of the economy, health care, education, the family, religion, and so on is not working. Continue Reading...

Hollywood Gets Half A Million Dollars To Push Obamacare

It’s a bit hard to imagine. Maybe during your favorite medical drama, as the fictional doctors and nurses rush to save a life, one of the doctors will slip in a line like, “Thank goodness this patient is covered under the Affordable Care Act!” In an effort to pitch Obamacare to the masses, The California Endowment, a private fund, has given a $500,000 grant to ensure that Hollywood writers work the Affordable Care Act into television story lines. Continue Reading...

Babysitting Via The Village Idiot

I live in a fairly small town. It’s probably a lot like the places many of you live: a handful of churches, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a hardware store, small businesses and restaurants plus the schools, public and private. Continue Reading...