The U.S. Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” It does not say “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of inoffensive speech.” But the First Amendment may succumb to that interpretation, as the U.S. follows the course of many Western countries in passing laws against “hate speech,” which, for many people, includes statements of religious belief.
For more than 30 years, we’ve been hearing that overpopulation is one of the biggest threats to the human race. For almost as long, this “threat” has prompted radical population control measures, including forced abortions and sterilization. As it turns out, the facts behind population science point to an entirely different scenario: one that should have us worried about too few people, instead of too many.
Boot camp is every soldier’s initiation into the rigors of military life—and it’s very often baptism by fire. But soldiers know that the rigors of basic training have very specific applications on and off the battlefield. For the Catholic apologist, the order and discipline demanded by military life also offer some useful strategies in the war for souls.
For most people the words “Germany” and “tyranny” instantly evoke the Führer and Nazism. But 60 years before Hitler’s rise, Catholics in Germany were already well acquainted with oppression, courtesy of their “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck.Their heroic resistance in the face of official persecution offers a lesson for post-Christian Westerners today.
~ Bishop Edward Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas; one of only two bishops at Vatican Council I who had opposed the definition of papal infallibility in the final vote; publicly acknowledging his acceptance of the truth thus defined.