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Fact of the Week

Fact of the Week

Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, recently went out of his way to make a startling statement. He wrote an article defending capital punishment as just in the journal First Things, the darling of theological conservatives. (Imagine the outcry if a liberal on the Supreme Court had written something for New Left Review.) To take just one of his solecisms, he wrote that "it seems to me that the more Christian a country is the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral." It seems to us that the Holy See, the country most steeped in the traditions of Western Christianity, and the country ruled by the leader of Scalia's particular brand of Christianity, does in fact view the death penalty as immoral.

Sources: First Things, May 2002.

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The Disease of Suspicion
Paul Corrigan

The new Justice Department initiative, Operation TIPS, threatens to infect the American polity.

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Four of a Kind
Tim Francis-Wright

In all of the turmoil and debate surrounding the latest dismal days in the American stock markets, four salient issues remain firmly in the background.

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