Luma Simms Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

INTERVIEW: The Complicated Journey of Becoming an American

Luma Simms, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes learning how to describe her identity, what the American identity should include, and how she synthesizes each day her American self and her Iraqi self.

The Pursuit of Home

When it comes to immigration, the fundamental question is: how can we help people find a home? The answer is not no borders, but humane ones.

Thinking Is Self-Emptying

Wounds can be a gift to the world, if they can help other people to know themselves.

The Secret Desire for Barrenness

Barrenness was considered a curse for most of human history. Even after Christ, and the birth of his church, when fruitfulness transcended the fertile womb, it has been understood as a matter of pain, of something not as it should be. Yet today, barrenness is a condition that is often deliberately chosen, through the use of contraception.

What Does Conservatism Mean After The Iraq War?

An Iraqi-American reflects on the impact of the war in Iraq on Christians in the country and conservatism in America.

People and Their Relationships

When our conception of relationships and relationship-building is based on a vision of the human person as an atomized choice maker who forms bonds for his or her benefit, we should not wonder why institutions decay. Our institutions are in crisis because we are in an identity crisis.

The Need For a Humane Immigration Debate

The immigration restrictionists at the turn of the 20th century were driven by eugenic doctrine, and they built their arguments on racial theories. So what do we do today with this legacy of the immigration restrictionists of old?

Persecution, True and False

The key for Christians—from the beginning—has always been how they respond to trials and tribulations, and the most genuinely Christian responses historically have not been via force or politics but rather acts of care and love of neighbor.

If You Don’t Find Your Identity in a Family, You’ll Look For It in the Primal Screams of Identity Politics

The ascent of identity politics reveals that people are having an identity crisis, and they are having an identity crisis because the sexual revolution resulted in family—and, by extension, individual—breakdown.

Immigration and the Desire for Rootedness

National conservatives need to help create an America that knows who she is, one that can give immigrants more than just a place to get a job—an America that can draw them in, giving them a sense of belonging.