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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 28, 2015 by Rachel Sheffield, Christine Kim We can’t ignore culture if we want America to thrive

    A thriving society needs a strong economy. The reverse is just as true: A healthy economy is built on a vibrant culture that promotes individual and social well-being. It’s helpful to think of a society as an ecosystem — one in which cultural, political and economic spheres greatly overlap. As in any ecosystem, change in one sector reverberates across the entire…

  • 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 24, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Tracking opportunity for all

    "Opportunity for all" is a goal Americans from across the political spectrum can embrace. But it won't be more than an aspiration unless we know whether we're making progress toward that goal. To do that, as the management adage says, we need to measure what matters. That means taking stock of the social and economic factors shaping opportunity in America today. That's…

  • White Paper posted July 23, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Index of Culture and Opportunity 2015

    The 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity takes stock of the cultural ecosystem that is needed to sustain freedom and opportunity. Through charts that track social and economic changes, and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future. What We Track The Index tracks…

  • 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 13, 2015 by Grace Melton At U.N., Radicals Regret Lack of “Progress” and Seek to Feminize Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations over the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates and activists from around the world met at the U.N. headquarters in New York last month for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which this year commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women that was held in…

  • 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…