Flirting and Flag-Waving: the Revealing Study of Holidays and Rituals

December 13, 2002

“Flirting and Flag-Waving: the Revealing Study of Holidays and Rituals” Chronicle of Higher Education (December 13, 2002). p. 16B.
My colleagues in the social sciences may wish to bring along their laptops, or at least their notebooks, as they join family and friends during the winter holiday season.

Public Health Law: A Communitarian Perspective

December 12, 2002

American society has often favored individual rights disproportionately over the common good. In the aftermath of September 11, there is a need to readjust our criteria to allow for the strengthening of security, public safety, and public health policies.

Iran May Present Greater Threat than Iraq

December 10, 2002

“Iran May Present Greater Threat than Iraq” USA Today (December 10, 2002). p. 24A.
Much attention has been paid to the dangers posted by North Korea and Iraq, which this past weekend turned over a 1,200-page report to the United Nations that declared it had no weapons of mass destruction.

Suffer the Children

November 30, 2002

“Suffer the Children” Education Week (November 30, 2002). p. 56.
Several leading civil libertarian groups and advocates (and libertarians) argue that minors of all ages are entitled to First Amendment rights.

Killing Christians

November 11, 2002

“Killing Christians” The Weekly Standard (November 11, 2002). p. 20.
On October 17, bombs killed 6 people and wounded 143 in Zamboanga, the Philippines. While press accounts mentioned in passing that the victims were CHristians, few conveyed to the reader that these were people assaulted by Muslim extremists because of their religion.

Harsh Lessons in Incivility.

November 01, 2002

“Harsh Lessons in Incivility.” The Chronicle of Higher Education; The Chronicle Review. (November 1, 2002) pB14-15
This semester, the hottest class on campuses coast to coast is a course in incivility.

Religious Goodness & Political Rightness: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Debate

November 01, 2002

“Religious Goodness & Political Rightness: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Debate,”Journal of Church and State 44, No. 1 (Winter 2002), pp. 173-175.
In Religious Goodness and Political Rightness, Yong Huang asks, "What is the propper relationship betwwen people's religious ideas of the good and their political ideas of the right in a religious plural society" (p.247)?

Seeking Middle Ground on Privacy Versus Security

October 15, 2002

“Seeking Middle Ground on Privacy Versus Security” Christian Science Monitor (October 15, 2002). p. 9.
Since Sept. 11, discussion has swirles around whether Americans have sacrificed too many rights to shore up on national security.

Safety Cards

October 03, 2002

“Safety Cards” American Enterprise (June 1, 2003) p. 7-8.
In March 2003 the FBI issued a worldwide alert for Adnan El Shukrijumah, who is sought for questioning in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States.

In and out

October 03, 2002

“In and Out” National Review Online (October 3, 2002).
A major reason policymakers and the public are told we should not exorcize Saddam is that after we rid the world of him, we will have to stay in Iraq, at huge costs and risks. Phebe Marr, author of The Modern History of Iraq, testified before the Senate that if the U.S. embarks on this project, it needs to be prepared to see it through to an acceptable outcome - including, if necessary, a long-term military and political commitment to ensure a stable and more democratic government.

Treat Driver’s Licenses as What They Are

September 23, 2002

“Treat Driver’s Licenses as What They Are” Los Angeles Times (September 23, 2002) p. 11.
California Gov. Gray Davis is weighing whether to sign a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

The Silver Lining of 9/11

September 13, 2002

“The Silver Lining of 9/11″ The Christian Science Monitor (September 13, 2002) p. 11.
One year ago, terrorists left deep marks on American society, but hardly those they intended.

How Democracy is Preserved

August 26, 2002

"How Democracy is Preserved." Christian Science Monitor (August 26, 2002) p. 9. Also published in "The Record," August 28, 2002, as "Ashcroft's Policies Strengthen Democracy."
Civil libertarians claim that John Ashcroft and Co. have endangered our civil liberties since 9/11, as we enter the inevitable assessments around the first anniversary of the attacks.

Opening Islam

August 14, 2002

In 1982 President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as the “evil empire;” in 2001 President Bush referred to the terrorists as the “evildoers.” Both were chastised for using such stark, biblical, moralistic terms. Both had a point, as the confrontations with militant forms of socialism and of Islam entail much more than a war over boundaries and resources, shifting balances of power, or avenging national slurs. These conflicts do speak to and for core moral and social values; both do concern the defense of liberty from enslaving forces.

Why Martha ‘Needs’ More

August 13, 2002

“Why Martha ‘Needs’ More” The Christian Science Monitor (August 13, 2002) p. 9.
The new law on corporate responsibility will accomplish nothing without a profound change in American culture.