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Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letters for families — find common ground in conversations about liberty

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write at a time when some people describe America as being more deeply divided than ever. Through this series of letters, we intend to demonstrate that most Americans have substantial common ground, including shared approaches and values in many parts of life. We begin with basics. Consider the final phrase of the Pledge...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Exceptionalism through respect for faith, a positive message for youth

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Every thoughtful person knows religion raises some of life’s biggest questions. Should a person believe in a higher, godly power? If so, is that godly power good, bad, or maybe even a little of both? What type of religion, if any, should a person practice? The purpose of this column is not to say which religious faith,...

Pew Trusts: What are Americans thankful for now? See what survey says makes life meaningful

What makes life meaningful? Answering such a big question might be challenging for many people. Even among researchers, there is little consensus about the best way to measure what brings human beings satisfaction and fulfillment. Traditional survey questions – with a prespecified set of response options – may not capture important sources of meaning. To tackle this topic, Pew Research Center conducted...

Lewis Donohew: It seems as if religion may promote both the development of civilization and conflict

Why do so many people seem to assume it is their duty to enforce what they interpret as the shalts and shalt nots of their religion? In the interpretation of ancient scrolls by scholars of various religions leanings, certain acts are said to be “against God’s law.” But how many of these “wrongdoings” are supposed to be punished by ordinary people? Isn’t there supposed to be a “judgment...

Lewis Donohew: First Amendment does not give clerks the right to refuse to give licenses

Following the recent Supreme Court ruling permitting same-sex marriage, the controversy that arose in some of our Kentucky counties involving the First Amendment has raised an emotion-laden question. The clerks state their religious beliefs won’t let them issue marriage licenses to these couples and claim having to do this would violate their religious freedom. Would it?   This caused me to...