Bernie Sanders is a dangerous combination of idealist and fantasist

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The problem Bernie Sanders poses for Democratic primary voters actually is an old one in public life: How are we to distinguish an idealist from a fantasist? Thursday night, in his Brooklyn Navy Yard debate with frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and Friday, when he addressed a Vatican conference marking the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s social encyclical Centesimus Annus, the crusty Vermont senator came across as a bit of both. This only increases the problem he poses for the party and, particularly for younger Democrats. It’s also true that, when it comes to his electoral survival, Sanders converts rather conveniently to realpolitik. ...

State statues against gays are just homophobia masquerading as religious liberty

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Late in one of the most remarkable of American lives, Thomas Jefferson wrote this to one of his many correspondents: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, ...

Why so little outrage over ISIS genocide against Christians?

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Easter Sunday’s terrorist attack on a Pakistani park that killed 72—25 of them children—and injured more than 300 was simply the latest incident in what ought to be recognized as an ongoing global pogrom against Christians. The park in Lahore, which is designed with play equipment for children, is a longtime favorite of the city’s Catholic and Protestant minority, who congregate there with picnic hampers following Easter services. According to the ISIS-affiliated faction of the Pakistani Taliban, which said it sent the suicide bomber wearing a ball-bearing filled explosive vest into the park, it was targeted because the terrorists wanted to ...