Ken Connor

CP Contributor

Abortion and Immigration: For Whom the Bell Tolls

So says the American Civil Liberties Union on the section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants' rights. "No Human Being Is Illegal" reads the banner at the top of the page, a tacit indictment of any who don't tow the liberal line when it comes to immigration policy.

Exchanging Liberty for Tyranny

"The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." Benjamin Rush

The Lost Art of Education

When American parents send their children off to college, the deluge of emotion can be overwhelming. No matter how much time and money you spent preparing yourself for this most pivotal transition in the life of your child, you always feel as though you could have done more.

Vive La France: It's About the Children

When we gaze across the pond at our European cousins, the general assumption is that we're looking at our future. From food and fashion to politics and culture, Europe is on the cutting edge – the avant-garde.

Father: Feminism's New 'F' Word

In a recent Washington Post article, "The New F-Word: Father," Kathleen Parker discusses a recent study on household income dynamics by the Pew Research Center which shows that 40 percent of U.S. households with children under 18 are run by women who are either the primary or sole breadwinner.

Resisting the Tide of Secularism in America

So said First Things editor R.R. Reno in a speech delivered to a Hillsdale College leadership seminar this past February. In his address, Reno tracks the hostility that the Obama administration, the courts, and the ascendant "Nones" (those who, when asked in surveys to identify their religious affiliation, indicate "none") are exhibiting toward religious liberty in America.

Collusion and Corruption at the IRS

They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Try as we might, it's virtually impossible to escape the clutches of the Grim Reaper or the Tax Man. Both will get you eventually.

How Washington Really Works; Just Follow the Money

If you want to understand what makes your congressman tick, and whose voice is in his ear when he's casting his vote, you need to understand exactly what it is that lobbyists do and why their pervasive presence in America's halls of government is so damaging to American democracy.

An Abortion Ghoul's Chamber of Horrors

As if to emphasize the point, the nation is currently bearing witness to one of the most horrifying cases of slaughterhouse medicine in recent memory. Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been charged with the murder of seven newborn babies and one young woman after law enforcement raided his "clinic" on a hunt for illegal prescription drugs.

Brutality in the Brave New World

In his seminal work, Nichomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle begins his meditation on the subject of morality and the ultimate end of human life with an observation that certain first principles of ethics are self-evident to a person who has been raised up in a virtuous manner

With Easter Message, There is No Surer Bet

This past Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter as a memorial of Christ's resurrection. If Christians are correct about what happened on the first Easter morning, then the resurrection is the single most important event in human history.

Discounting Parents' Rights

For people of faith in America, the Obama administration's birth control mandate represents an unprecedented assault on religious conscience.

Is There Room in the GOP Tent for the Poor?

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks recently suggested that the G.O.P. is way off base in their assumptions about the moral arguments that resonate most with the American people. Their focus on the economic advantages of capitalism and "values-voter" issues like abortion and gay marriage miss the mark, Brooks suggests. Instead, Republicans must convince the electorate that they are just as concerned about the plight of the poor and downtrodden as Progressives, and further that Republican policies are more effective at addressing these problems than those implemented by the Liberal nanny state.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late to Make Health Care Decisions

This past week, health care journalist Charles Ornstein wrote a compelling piece for the Washington Post detailing his personal experience with heart-wrenching end-of-life medical decisions. Ornstein's story of his mother's death highlights the complexity of this little-discussed topic, and should serve as a wakeup call to every American family: End-of-life issues should not be avoided or delayed until the last possible moment. They should be carefully considered and clearly communicated. Even then, as Ornstein discovered, these decisions are never easy or simple.

Abortion: The New American Family Value

Most parents would agree that protecting your children from harm and doing everything possible to set them on a path of success and happiness are fundamental parental responsibilities. From the moment our children are born, their welfare becomes an almost singular obsession. Countless hours are spent dreaming about and planning for their future. We tell our children that they can be anything they want to be – the sky is the limit! Of course, as all parents quickly realize, things don't always go as planned. We make mistakes. Our children make mistakes. Life gets thrown off course. The challenge, then, becomes how we respond to the unexpected, the less-than-ideal, and how we teach our children to respond.

An Agent of Intolerance Seeks to Stifle Debate

When you hear the name Southern Poverty Law Center, it immediately evokes images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Freedom Rides... all iconic symbols of the civil rights movement. And rightly so, for these are the events that inspired its founding. Founded in 1971, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) made a name for itself by defending the poor and disenfranchised against organized forces of hate and bigotry in a society torn by racial tension. Unfortunately, as the years have passed, SPLC has allowed its work to become less about defending the constitutional rights of all Americans and more about prosecuting a far-left ideology in our courts of law and in the court of public opinion. In the process, it has become an agent of intolerance and an enemy of free conscience and religious liberty.

Defending the Right to Self-Defense

Criminals aren't stupid. They are shrewd and they know how to take advantage of a population that has become complacent and vulnerable. The surest defense against an armed criminal is to be armed yourself. In the end, we the people are responsible for our own safety and that of our families, neighbors, and loved ones – and we have a constitutionally-protected right to the tools necessary to secure that safety.

Progressives Embrace Moral and Medical Schizophrenia

Enter the Affordable Care Act and it's punitive treatment of smokers, who will be subject to as much as 50% higher premiums. Making other people sick and costing other people money, well that's wrong. It's downright immoral! If only the 55 million or so unborn children that have been aborted since 1972 had been the beneficiaries of such clear-eyed moralism.

A Call to Conscience

Americans are living in an age where the actions of government increasingly come into conflict with Christian values. As issues like abortion and gay marriage continue to insert themselves into the cultural milieu, Christians and other traditional-minded Americans – including those of other religious faiths – find themselves marginalized and even demonized.

Killing Begets More Killing

In the wake of the brutal, senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun control debate is once again aflame in Washington, D.C. Advocates of strict gun control laws are taking advantage of the visceral, emotional nature of the event to push their agenda, while the NRA and their adherents have been put on the defensive. As frustrating as it is for supporters of responsible gun ownership to witness the irresponsible politicization of this issue, we are seeing how government reacts when free men cease to govern themselves with virtue and restraint.