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A population implosion?Richard Doerflinger

Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth ...

Who speaks for Charlie Gard? Richard Doerflinger

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally ...

Making suicide routineRichard Doerflinger

You would not know it from the national secular news, but a lot is happening on the contentious issue of physician-assisted suicide. One remarkable fact is that no state has passed a law allowing the ...

A myth of neutrality Richard Doerflinger

Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of "freedom of choice." Politicians assured us they were "personally opposed" to abortion but couldn't ...

Reading the signs of the timesRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. The musician is Chris Cornell, who died alone in a hotel room in Detroit on May 17. He had been lead singer for Soundgarden ...

Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders Richard Doerflinger

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent "to vigorously enforce federal law's ...

Tired of religious discrimination?Richard Doerflinger

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year's most important case. At issue is a Missouri program for safer playgrounds ...

Do we need a March for Science? Richard Doerflinger

In January, there was the Women's March, in which many women took part to affirm human equality and diversity -- often unaware that the march's premier sponsor was abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Now ...