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  • New York Times Columnist: Hobby Lobby Majority is Like Boko Haram

    Really, I mean it. It’s tough to keep pace with the monumental, colossal stupidity these days about this case. It woul...

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  • Is ISIS Ready to Move on Aleppo?

    This is very disturbing news. Walter Russell Mead reports that ISIS, last seen expelling the Christians of Mosul, Iraq, from their ancestra...

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    • Is ISIS Ready to Move on Aleppo?

      …This is very disturbing news. Walter Russell Mead reports that ISIS, last seen expelling the Christians of Mosul, Iraq, from their ancestral homeland, may be readying an attack on Aleppo in Syria: A Syrian army officer interviewed by al-Monitor is entirely certain … Continue reading…

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    • Peter Berger on the Anglican Establishment

      …At The American Interest, Peter Berger has an interesting post on the benefits of the Anglican establishment. He suggests, citing sociologist Grace Davie, that other countries should consider a soft establishment along Anglican lines, as a way “to combine a specific religious … Continue reading…

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    • The Dhimma Returns in Iraq

      …Sad news from Iraq this weekend. In response to an ultimatum from ISIS– the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” or, if you prefer, just the “Islamic State”– Christians have evacuated the northern city of Mosul. For thousands of years, … Continue reading…

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    • The Necessity of Legal Sacralization

      …One of the topics of a Libertas Project session concerned the maxim, “Christianity is part of the common law.” There is a fascinating debate between Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Story (both in their unofficial capacities) about the maxim, much of … Continue reading…

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    • #BringBackOurChristians

      …Last spring, Boko Haram, a jihadist group fighting to establish an Islamist state in Nigeria, kidnapped hundreds of girls from a public school in the city of Chibok. The kidnapping led to a worldwide hashtag campaign, #BringBackOurGirls. Media celebrities signed up; political leaders, … Continue reading…

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    • Shiffrin on Hobby Lobby

      …First Amendment scholar Steven Shiffrin has a typically thoughtful post on the Hobby Lobby decision. Part of what makes the post so good is that it follows from Steve’s own longstanding and (to me) persuasive criticisms of the extraordinary lengths … Continue reading…

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    • À La Lanterne

      …A reader points out that today is Bastille Day, the anniversary of the French Revolution, which brought laïcité to Europe. In commemoration whereof, here is a fun quiz from NPR about the Marseillaise, an anthem that will raise the ire of all Throne-and-Altar … Continue reading…

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    • Hamilton’s Religion, and Ours

      …This past weekend was the 210th anniversary of the death of Alexander Hamilton in a duel with Aaron Burr. Commemorations took place around New York City–at the Weehawken, New Jersey dueling site; at Hamilton’s home in upper Manhattan, recently restored and … Continue reading…

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    • Former FDIC Chief Answers The Question I Asked Bob Corker

      … Nearly a year ago, I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Senate Banking Committee Ranking Minority Member, Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]. OK . . . the imperative of full disclosure requires that I admit that I was merely one of about 150 people attending an industry group event in Nashville. Sen. Corker, home for the August recess, was making…

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    • Uptick in Bank IPOs

      … Interesting uptick in the number of bank IPOs this year according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. According to the May 2014 M&A Monitor put out by investment banking firm Olsen Palmer, there have been 28 banks that have announced an IPO since the beginning of 2013.  The markets have warmed up considerably to bank deals, and banks…

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    • Wall Street Journal Publishes Commentary on Johnson-Crapo

      … by a parasitic system in which the prime borrower overpays to fund subprime mortgages and community action groups.” Graham and Wallison’s commentary suggests that Johnson-Crapo increases the federal government’s involvement in the housing credit market, imposes higher costs on prime borrowers to subsidized their subprime counterparts, funnels…

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