EPPC Briefly: Freedom and Its Enemies

December 3, 2015


A Thanksgiving Meditation on Freedom and Its Enemies
The victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris “were murdered because they embodied, for the murderers, the West and its commitment to freedom,” explains EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel.

ISIS Is Barack Obama’s Creation
EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen argues that, because of the Obama administration’s mishandling of Iraq and its refusal to confront Bashar Assad in Syria, “ISIS has metastasized [as] a direct outgrowth of President Obama’s decisions.”

President Obama’s Hypocrisy on Syria
In his New York Times column, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner faults President Obama’s “failure to act in any meaningful way to avert the humanitarian disaster now engulfing Syria.” (See also Mr. Wehner’s praise for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “prudent and sensible” plan to deal with the refugee crisis.)

Obama’s Foreign Policy Fecklessness
Writing from Paris, EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is vexed by President Obama’s response to the terrorist attacks: “Last week, the president of France was in the United States asking for help from its NATO ally in defeating ISIS. In response, Obama gave us a lot of very nice phrases, and almost nothing else.”

Dr. Albert Raboteau at the November 2015 Faith Angle Forum

At the recent Faith Angle Forum, led by EPPC Vice President Michael Cromartie, Princeton University professor emeritus Albert Raboteau delivered a stirring presentation titled “Forgiveness and the African American Church Experience.” Dr. Raboteau’s remarks were widely praised by the attendees and offer a timely and profoundly personal look at race and religion in America. A full video and transcript of the presentation may be viewed here.

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George Weigel on City of Saints
In a recent lecture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discussed his new book City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Krakow. (See also this video of Mr. Weigel’s interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on City of Saints and other recent events.)


Campus Mobs Reject Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Even Facts
In a transcribed video interview with Ginni Thomas, EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz explains that the rise of left-wing campus activism shows that college has become a new form of “divinity school … for the secular, leftist political religion.”

An ACA Provision You’ve Never Heard of Could End up Being Very Costly
EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta and co-author Joseph R. Antos explain that an obscure provision aimed at making room in the budget for Obamacare’s insurance subsidies likely means that “the ACA’s higher spending will be with us long after savings from the productivity adjustment factor have been reduced or eliminated altogether.”

Rediscovering Kirk
EPPC Senior Fellow Wilfred M. McClay reviews a “splendid and exhaustively researched” biography of Russell Kirk and encourages conservatives to reclaim Kirk’s “disposition of grateful wonder that calls us to acknowledge our deepest places, the sources of our being, and to strive to live in respectful and loving harmony with them.”

Reclaim Republicanism for the Conservatives
In the Financial Times of London, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner explains the rise of Donald Trump and urges conservatives to confront his “splenetic, embittered populism.” Why the Stewardship of Every Living Thing Matters

Why the Stewardship of Every Living Thing Matters
EPPC Vice President Michael Cromartie explains the new Every Living Thing campaign and makes the case that “we as Evangelicals cannot ignore this call from our Creator to responsibly care for animals.”

Progressives’ Deplorable Reaction to the Planned Parenthood Shooting
EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes that the media narrative linking pro-life activism to violence “is not only insane — as in, utterly divorced from reality — but deeply, deeply saddening as it reveals a profound inability to understand people at a basic level.”

Mission Abandoned: Did We Betray John XXIII’s Vision for Vatican II?
Fifty years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel revisits Pope St. John XXIII’s original purpose in calling the council, which was “to renew the Church’s understanding of the patrimony of truth it bore as a gift from Christ himself … so that the Church might become a more effective witness to the truth about humanity.”

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