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  • Commentary posted August 7, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. After Court's Gay-Marriage Ruling, We Need Peaceful Coexistence, Not Culture War

    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage, a question arises: Should we protect the rights of Orthodox Jews, Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Latter-day Saints, and Muslims who believe that marriage is a union of husband and wife? Two bills recently introduced in Congress show diverging answers. One seeks to promote tolerance and peaceful…

  • Commentary posted August 3, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Why Is Religious Freedom At Risk?

    In recent political memory, religious liberty was a value that brought together conservatives, libertarians, and progressives. As recently as 1993, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by a nearly unanimous Congress and signed by a Democratic president. Today, the same value is a political liability. Bakers, photographers, and florists are being…

  • Commentary posted August 3, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Same-Sex Marriage and Heresy

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, many people have been wondering what do we do now. In my just-released book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, I argue that the pro-marriage movement should take its cue from pro-lifers after Roe v. Wade. At The Federalist earlier this week, I highlighted three practical…

  • Commentary posted July 31, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Rebuilding a Marriage Culture: A Fourfold Mission for the Church

    The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, redefining marriage everywhere in the United States, has left many of us wondering: What do we do now? In my just-released book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, I present a comprehensive roadmap on how citizens of every walk of life should respond to the Court’s ruling. Here I want to…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Making The Case For Traditional Parenting

    Over the weekend, John Farrell published an odd critique of an essay of mine that ran at First Things. The essay is an excerpt from my new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. In the book, I argue on the basis of philosophy, social science and public policy that the judicial redefinition of marriage will have negative consequences for our…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Will Marriage Dissidents Be Treated As Bigots Or Pro-Lifers?

    With its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court has brought the sexual revolution to its apex—a redefinition of our civilization’s primordial institution, cutting its link to procreation and declaring sex differences meaningless. The court has usurped the authority of the people, working through the democratic process, to define marriage. And it has shut down…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Judicial activism on marriage isn’t the end — here’s what to do now

    Friday’s Supreme Court decision is unadulterated judicial activism. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent: “Today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to. . . . Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the…

  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide: Respect Human Dignity and Offer True Compassion

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Issue Brief posted May 11, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-Assisted Suicide Betrays Human Dignity and Violates Equality Before the Law

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Issue Brief posted May 4, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-Assisted Suicide Compromises the Family and Intergenerational Obligations

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Issue Brief posted April 20, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-Assisted Suicide Corrupts the Practice of Medicine

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Issue Brief posted April 14, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Global Experience Shows that Physician-Assisted Suicide Threatens the Weak and Marginalized

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-assisted suicide is social contagion

    In 2012, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, campaigned against physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts. She pointed out that most people wish for a good death “surrounded by loved ones, perhaps with a doctor and/or clergyman at our bedside.” But with physician-assisted suicide, you get “a prescription for up to 100 capsules, dispensed by a…

  • Issue Brief posted April 7, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Purported Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide Are Ripe for Abuse

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2015 by Edwin Meese III, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Religious-liberty protections promote tolerance

    A national firestorm has erupted over an Indiana law that, in all essentials, mirrors the legal standard protecting religious liberty in all federal courts and 31 state courts. Why? The answer, unfortunately, is “the culture war” — and, contrary to media portrayals, conservatives aren’t the aggressors here. Who favors coercion in this debate? Who opposes tolerance and…