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  • Backgrounder posted August 31, 2006 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Grace Smith Human Rights and Social Issues at the U.N.: A Guide for U.S. Policymakers

    Whittaker Chambers once described the Cold War as the "critical conflict of…the two irreconcilable faiths of our time-Communism and Freedom."[1] Freedom prevailed in that grave clash of the 20th century, but it remains embattled in a new cold war of ideas. As the United States defends its freedom at home and abroad, it can expect to be endlessly engaged in cold…

  • Executive Summary posted May 15, 2006 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Jennifer A. Marshall, Grace Smith Executive Summary: Patients' Freedom of Conscience: The Case for Values-Driven Health Plans

    Ethical and moral issues are inseparable from health care and are usually addressed by employers' health insurance plans, government agencies, and national and state lawmakers. Through the delibera­tions of their elected representatives, Americans will define and refine the laws concerning abortion, medical care at the end of life, and such other com­plex and…

  • Backgrounder posted May 15, 2006 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Jennifer A. Marshall, Grace Smith Patients' Freedom of Conscience: The Case for Values-Driven HealthPlans

    Ethical and moral issues are inseparable from health care. These issues include bitter debates over the taxpayer and insurance funding of controversial procedures such as abortion, contraception, in vitro fertilization, and, more recently, physician-assisted suicide and the protocols governing end-of-life care. While concerns over health care have been deepening—driven by…

  • Commentary posted March 13, 2006 by Grace Smith Forum: Rethinking the first freedom

    Despite the increasing appeal of democratic ideas around much of the world, a core democratic principle -- freedom of religion -- continues facing stiff resistance. The problem is especially acute, of course, in much of the Islamic world. Dhabihu'llah Mahrami, a lifelong Bahai, died last month in an Iranian prison, 10 years into a life sentence on charges of…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2006 by Grace Smith Rethinking the First Freedom

    Despite the increasing appeal of democratic ideas around much of the world, a core democratic principle -- freedom of religion -- continues to face stiff resistance. The problem is especially acute, of course, in much of the Islamic world. Dhabihu'llah Mahrami, a lifelong Baha'i, died last month in an Iranian prison, 10 years into a life sentence on charges…

  • WebMemo posted October 25, 2005 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Grace Smith, Jennifer A. Marshall Values-Driven Healthcare: Freedom of Conscience for the Consumer

    Americans are deeply concerned about health care. By nearly all accounts, rising health care costs are contributing to their anxiety about health care financing, while complex and impersonal administrative systems leave many feeling personally disenfranchised when it comes to making key health care decisions. The current system of third-party payment, which governs…

  • WebMemo posted September 22, 2005 by Grace Smith, Jonathan Butcher Congress Should Protect Faith-Based Organizations When Reauthorizing Head Start

    Congress has the opportunity to protect faith-based organizations' hiring freedom this week as it moves toward reauthorization of Head Start. The right of faith-based groups to take religious beliefs into account in their hiring practices is fundamental to religious liberty and should be protected when a faith-based group works with the government to provide…

  • Backgrounder posted February 28, 2005 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Melissa G. Pardue, Grace Smith Beyond the Words at Beijing + 10: How U.N. Policy Falls Short ofWomen's Best Interests

    The United Nations held its Fourth World Con­ference on Women in Beijing in September 1995, and First Lady Hillary Clinton raised the event's profile by leading the U.S. delegation to the confer­ence. The conference and its resulting docu­ments-the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action-covered an expansive agenda organized around 12 topics, from "Women and…

  • WebMemo posted September 29, 2004 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Grace Smith The Transatlantic Divide on Marriage:  Dutch Data and the U.S.Debate on Same-Sex Unions

    In the debate over the redefinition of marriage, advocates of same-sex marriage have made a variety of arguments. Many have argued that same-sex marriage would be good for homosexuals. Some have gone so far as to propose that the change would strengthen the institutions of marriage and family by reaffirming commitment and fidelity.[1] Early data from…

  • WebMemo posted September 3, 2004 by Grace Smith What Parents Should Know for Back to School

    As the summer winds down, children everywhere race to finish their summer reading assignments and parents begin their search for new notebooks, bigger backpacks, and maybe even better schools. Two years after the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act parents have access to more information about the quality of public schools than ever before. No Child Left…

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