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The Church Community at Its Worst—and Its Best

Churches are havens and shelters for needy humans. They contain no perfect specimens. Nevertheless, they are held to high standards and are embarrassed when their building doors are locked during a local crisis. Yet their mission goes on, and we would be most miserable without strong churches. For example, as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer,… Read more »

North Korea: Apocalypse When?

Are Western intelligence services—primarily America’s—stupid or is North Korea a convenient toreador’s cape for problems so enormous the Trump administration and the Congress cannot begin to handle them? Look at history. Why did the most powerful nation on earth in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy backed down the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis… Read more »

Forgotten conservative: Remembering George Schuyler

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. It was 40 years ago, August 31, 1977, that George Schuyler died. He has been largely forgotten, and that’s a shame. At one point, Schuyler was one of the most recognized and read columnists in America, particularly from his platform at one… Read more »

2017-2018 Opening Convocation – Grove City College – Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80

On August 29, 2017, Grove City College’s ninth president, the Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80, delivered the 2017-18 Opening Convocation. The inspiring address embraced students, faculty, administration, and staff to the College’s interconnected values of faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship and independence. “What we claim to be must match what we really are,” McNulty said. “Only… Read more »

100% Pro-Life

In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton argued that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” By contrast, a March 27, 2017 article in The Washington Times was entitled, “Safe, Legal and Not So Rare,” and argued that abortion has instead become “a young woman’s rite of passage.” The 2016 Democratic Party platform took a very… Read more »

Remembering Michael Cromartie — Red God, Blue God: Is there a God Gap Between the Parties?

On Monday, August 28, 2017, the Center for Vision & Values lost a friend—a man who is accurately being remembered for his integrity, friendship, and bridge-building between Christians and the media. Michael Cromartie, vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C, died at the age of 67. To help honor Michael’s… Read more »

VIDEO — Reagan Forum Lecture — featuring Dr. Paul Kengor

On August 8, 2017, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and political science professor at Grove City College, gave a Reagan Forum lecture at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. Kengor discusses his new book, A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary… Read more »

America’s Charlie Gard? Think Again … The Value of Free-Market Healthcare

In late July, Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with the rare and typically fatal genetic disorder known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, died. Charlie was at the center of a legal battle between his parents and the British healthcare system over who ultimately had the authority to decide if, and when, to remove the infant’s… Read more »

V&V Q&A: “Our Vietnam Veterans Were Cheated”—Teaching the Truth About Vietnam … A Conversation with Charlie Wiley

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is an intriguing look at media coverage during the Vietnam War with longtime journalist Charles Wiley. Wiley is a veteran reporter who has been lecturing about journalism and other subjects… Read more »

The Prescient Relevance of the Manhattan Declaration in an Age of Caustic Division

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity, tolerance, or acceptance as other identities, despite the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty. Indeed, what happens in the bedroom of two consenting adults is nobody’s… Read more »

The Summer of ‘76: Ronald Reagan and Karol Wojtyla — Two Freedom Fighters in America

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to America that bicentennial summer for a festive celebration of intimacy with Jesus: the Church’s Forty-First International Eucharistic Congress. It was held in Philadelphia, where the… Read more »

The State’s Gambling Gambit: Losing Your Way to Fiscal Health

While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has passed a budget. Governor Tom Wolf has not announced his intentions about signing the budget. A key sticking point is that the budget is estimated to… Read more »

Can the Conservative Message be Saved?

Since 2000, conservatism has been in retreat. For those who believe in limited government, freedom, the rule of law, secure borders, lawful immigration, traditional values and a restrained foreign policy, the past two decades show very little accomplishment. We have now elected three presidents since then and yet the federal government continues to grow, agencies… Read more »

1967 and “The Summer of Love:” A Half-Century Later

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced it. Certainly, 1967 wasn’t a blissful, carefree summer of love for the hundreds of thousands of Americans serving in Vietnam. It didn’t feel much like… Read more »

Privacy at What Price?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to uneasy coexistence with the snakes, the occupying force did not take kindly to their ubiquitous presence. Seeking their eradication, authorities devised a bounty program to… Read more »

Trump’s Excellent Speech in Poland, on Poland, and about Poland

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Before I write this defense of Donald Trump in Poland, let me remind readers—from the right and the left—that I come to this subject with some credibility. Not only have I written many articles and even books on the likes of John… Read more »

Life is Worth Fighting For

The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’ permission to discontinue life support despite his parents’ objections, saying his rare genetic disorder can’t be effectively treated and that keeping him on a ventilator… Read more »

The Playground Fight Over Religious Liberty: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It recently found itself in a major case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s why: The state of Missouri instituted a limited-grant program intended to enable… Read more »

Marking Natural Law with Mark Levin

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Take in something lasting and satisfying this summer. Take a look at Mark Levin’s new book, Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism. The latter half of the title will draw eyes right away. Glancing the table of contents, I almost jumped straight… Read more »

The Founders and the Presidents: A July Fourth Reflection

It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we should recognize that millions of our ancestors, by their creative thinking, hard work, devotion to the common good, and personal sacrifices have helped make our… Read more »

Talking with the Russians

There is nothing new or untoward in American and Russian leaders talking. President Franklin Roosevelt met Joseph Stalin at Yalta and referred to him as “Uncle Joe.” President Dwight Eisenhower entertained Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his whirlwind tour of America in the summer of 1959. Khrushchev withdrew Eisenhower’s invitation for a reciprocal visit the next… Read more »

Remembering Mary Sennholz

Mary Sennholz—a Grove City College legend and the widow of another GCC legend—passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning. She was 103, she was ready, and she did it her way: She never moved into a nursing home, but lived out her days in the longtime Sennholz home on Pine Street, a block… Read more »