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Mandate Inhibits Liberty

February 6, 2013

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By JOHN P.CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST The Obama administration issued a statement Friday that is sure to reignite the debate surrounding the looming enforcement of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate.  The “religious exemption” regarding paying for employees’ insurance coverage and includes contraception and abortifacients was clarified; non-profit religiously affiliated organizations, such as Catholic hospitals and u...

I Am Pro-Life

January 30, 2013

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST I am pro-life. I say this not out of an attempt to win people to the cause through personal charisma or necessarily to advertise the pro-life cause, but out of a need to conquer my own fear. In some circles, I have consistently been, if not vocal, at least comfortable with other people being aware of my position on abortion. However, more often than not I smile and appear to nod in agre...

Obama Must Live Up to Hype

November 28, 2012

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST In his recent actions regarding his fiscal proposals, President Obama seems to be doing his best to prove his critics right: He is acting like a celebrity rather than the President.  Instead of working with Republican members of Congress, who will be responsible for editing, debating and possibly passing his plan, President Obama is engaging in a campaign-style strategy to advertise his...

Incivility Stains Coulter Debate

November 14, 2012

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST So, how about Ann Coulter? This past week, Fordham was abuzz with the news that Ann Coulter had been invited to speak on campus by the College Republicans. Due to her controversial, abrasive style and hateful remarks, a protest movement quickly started in an attempt to convince the administration to prevent Coulter from coming. Within 24 hours of the announcement of Coulter’s appearance,...

Election Is Not The End of World

November 7, 2012

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST It is done.  Finally, we know, maybe we almost know, who the next president of the United States is. Frankly, I am relieved.  For the past two years and especially over the past two months, the American public has been subjected to an endless barrage of campaign ads on television, radio and social media.  The media was only temporarily distracted by Syria, the attacks on the U.S. consulate...

Affirmative Action Must Go

October 24, 2012

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST Affirmative action has once again found its way into the national spotlight. On Oct. 10, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas (2012).  Abigail Noel Fisher sued the University of Texas at Austin after her application for admission was denied in 2008.  The district court and court of appeals were unimpressed with the arguments of Fisher’s...

Romney Has Privacy Problem

October 2, 2012

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By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY  COLUMNIST This week has been particularly difficult for the Romney campaign. Romney continued to fall behind in nationwide polls; Pew Research has him trailing Obama by 7 percentage points. In swing states, the picture is similarly bleak. Currently, CNN projects that Obama is leading Romney 237 to 191 in the Electoral College.  In addition to suffering in the polls, Romney has been unable to prop...

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