First Topic- Why Politics Needs Religion
Lately it seems all the leading presidential candidates are discussing their religious and moral beliefs -- even when they'd rather not. As we witness the clash of religious and secular worldviews Brendan Sweetman claims that our pluralistic democratic society will be best served when the faith elements of secularism are acknowledged and the rational elements of religious arguments are allowed to inform the momentous debates taking place in the public square. In fact, Sweetman contends that "politics needs religion if it is to be truly democratic, concerned with fairness among worldviews, equality and a vigorous public discussion."
Second Topic- Gonzales v. Carhart: Cause for Renewed Hope
In upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a significant course correction in the very erratic path of abortion law. Susan Wills of the USCCB pro-life office argues that Gonzalez v. Carhart (“Carhart II”) breaks away from the expansive majority and concurring opinions in Stenberg v. Carhart (“Carhart I”) in at least five ways that bode well for the future of abortion law. She makes the arguments.