WE, THE UNDERSIGNED RABBIS of all elements in American Jewish religious life, have noted with concern a statement by ninety of our colleagues in which they repudiate Zionism on the ground that it is inconsistent with Jewish religious and moral doctrine. This statement misrepresents Zionism and misinterprets historic Jewish religious teaching, and we should be derelict in our duty if we did not correct the misapprehensions which it is likely to foster.
Whereas the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled at Westminster, lawfully, fully and freely representing all the estates of the people of this realm, did upon the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty-eight present unto their Majesties, then called and known by the names and style of William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, being present in their proper persons, a certain declaration in writing made by the said Lords and Commons in the words following
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
When this universe had reached the period of firmly established continuancy, the original inhabitants of this world conjointly entreated the great king Mahasammata to become their ruler; the pouring of water (abhisekam) which inaugurated his reign took place beneath the Udumbara tree. King Mahasammata governed the world with righteousness. Now the king had a wise nobleman called Manu, who was well versed in the law. This nobleman Manu, desiring the good of all men, and being also opportuned by King Mahasammata, rose into the expanse of heaven, and having arrived at the boundary wall of the world, he there saw (this lawbook written in) letters of the size of a full-grown cow ; he committed them to memory and, having returned, communicated the same to King Mahasammata
I wanted to offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States; I wanted to pull the curtain back a bit and remind people that, for all its power and pomp, the presidency is still just a job and our federal government is a human enterprise like any other, and the men and women who work in the White House experience the same daily mix of satisfaction, disappointment, office friction, screw-ups, and small triumphs as the rest of their fellow citizens.
No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion.
A Catholic University, therefore, is a place of research, where scholars scrutinize reality with the methods proper to each academic discipline, and so contribute to the treasury of human knowledge. Each individual discipline is studied in a systematic manner; moreover, the various disciplines are brought into dialogue for their mutual enhancement.
Legislation, it is said, is a matter of politics, and politics is not rational. Politics is a power game, which results in compromises framed into a legislative or statutory structure. This power game seems to have its own logic and, most of the time, the results outweigh any other form of logic.
The Catholic Church did not always seek religious freedom for every believer. For centuries the Church held to the conviction that governments should be required to discourage and even ban not only non-Christian religions but any version of Christianity that differed from Catholicism. Butin the Second Vatican Council radically altered that doctrine, so that now the Catholic Church strongly states that any governmental coercion of individuals to adhere or not to adhere to any religion is wrong.
Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present-Keith Whittington
A hundred years ago there were serious and lively debates over whether courts should even have the power to strike down acts of elected legislatures. Those debates are largely in the past. Courts now routinely, almost casually, invalidate legislation. But the reaction judicial review now provokes is rather different. Few argue that judges should abandon the power to review and invalidate the deliberate acts of other government officials.
Now, I send my brother, my cousin and a reliable person in my relatives to you. If he writes that the opinions of most of you and your wise and elder ones is in agreement with what your messengers inform about and I read in your letters, I will soon come to you by the will of God; for I swear by my soul that Imam (a) is not anyone but one who rules according to the Book of God, rises to justice, observes the religion of truth and commits himself to what God has said and ordered.