Liberty and Conscience

Published Date: September 22, 2013 | Topics: Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Issues, Politics and Current Affairs

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The Obama administration has brought the question of religious freedom and the rights of conscience to the forefront of American politics. But to understand that question, we need to consider the origins of our traditions of liberty — and of conscience — and to consider why the First Amendment put the freedom of religion first among our rights.

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Remarks at the Catholic Information Center Annual Dinner

Published Date: October 23, 2019 | Topics: Politics and Current Affairs, Religion

Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C. October 23, 2019 Robert P. George It was the distinctive claim of late-20th century secular liberal political philosophy that sound principles of justice require that law and government be neutral as between controversial conceptions of the human good. Critics, including me, argued that the “neutrality” to which the orthodox secularist liberalism […]

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Law and Moral Purpose

Published Date: January 1, 2008 | Topics: Natural Law, Philosophy, Reviews and Commentaries

The obligations and purposes of law and government are to protect public health, safety, and morals, and to advance the general welfare—including, preeminently, protecting people’s fundamental rights and basic liberties. At first blush, this classic formulation (or combination of classic formulations) seems to grant vast and sweeping powers to public authority. Yet, in truth, the […]

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