The Personalist Project

The internet is abuzz with stories of the clash between the Obama Adminstration and the Catholic Church over the new healthcare mandate. And today in the Corner, I find two items drawing attention to other flashpoints in the conflict between Christianity and the Zeitgeist.

A plug for Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Newsweek cover story on Islamic persecution of Christians, in which she condemns the media's "conspiracy of silence."

An account of Eric Metaxes' speech at the National Prayer breakfast and its implicit challenge to President Obama.

And then comes the news that the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has today declared California Proposition 8 limiting marriage to one man and one woman unconsititutional.

It's hard to avoid the impression that battle lines are being drawn.  Are we facing a new persecution?  Will we witness a new wave of evangelization?  Or both?  Or something else?  

One things seems clear.  The status quo is unsustainable.  Something's gotta give.

Comments (1)


#1, Feb 8, 2012 10:41am

Nothing new in the 9th Circus Court ignoring the democratic process, but hopefull yit will stay in the spotlight. 

It does seem like there's something of a moral awakening going on right now, though that may just be an optimistic assumption from the recent prominence of the abortion issue. 

I have been wondering lately what will happen in the Presidential election if the economy recovers a bit. If Romney is still favored as the frontrunner, what will he do if the economy improves and he has to show himself to have other conservative values he can bring to the table? In that regard, Santorum is certainly better prepared than Romney, and either way it will force the debates about America's social values to return to center stage, back from its economically imposed relegation.

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