Kresta in the Afternoon – December 23, 2013 – Hour 2

+  COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2013 - #29 – Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism

  • Description: Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack. Showcasing the talents that have made him one of America’s most acclaimed and influential thinkers, Robert George explodes the myth that the secular elite represents the voice of reason. In fact, George shows, it is on the elite side of the cultural divide where the prevailing views frequently are nothing but articles of faith. Conscience and Its Enemies reveals the bankruptcy of these too often smugly held orthodoxies while presenting powerfully reasoned arguments for classical virtues. Robert joins us today.
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    • Robert George
      Princeton
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+  COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2013 - #29 – Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (continued)

+  COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2013 - #28 – Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA and Prop 8

  • Description: The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced disturbing decisions on two important cases regarding marriage law, but the high court refused to create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the court declared that the federal government can't define marriage as the union of one man and one woman for its own policies and laws but must accept whatever the states decide about marriage. The court's ruling, though, doesn't affect Section 2, which provides that no state is required to give effect to another state's recognition of same-sex marriages. The court got it wrong with DOMA. The justices ignored the votes of large, bipartisan majorities in Congress in 1996. It is absurd for the court to suggest that Congress doesn't have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes that Congress itself enacts. This is a serious loss for federalism and democratic self-government. We must work to reverse it -- and to defend the rights of all Americans to make marriage policy.
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