Hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters, as proven by the increased numbers of cases and attacks documented in this report. This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience. It is eroding the bedrock on which stand vital American institutions such as government, education, the military, business, houses of worship, and charity. It has the potential to wash away the ground that supports our other rights, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, and government by consent of the people. – Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty Institute

The First Liberty Institute has documented hundreds of cases of religious persecution and hostility here in the U.S. in their new study, “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America.”  The authors suggest that hostility towards those of faith is increasing and expanding.  This is a difficult, but important topic, and I recommend reading the study.

Milton Friedman discusses which system, collective socialism or capitalism, results in more social justice and equality.

 

 

 

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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers a very readable article by Alfred S. Regnery summarizing what Conservatism is, where it comes from, and where it is today.  “The Pillars of Modern American Conservatism” includes a concise summary of conservative values and expands on Russel Kirk’s “Four Cities” as it gives a brief history of the movement.  Definitely worth the read.

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The conservative is concerned, first of all, with the regeneration of the spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its highest. – Russell Kirk

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Congressman Trey Gowdy asking the tough questions (as usual), this time in a speech* at Liberty University:

 

(It’s a bit long.  But worth listening to.)