Townhall Review – June 22, 2019
The President launches his “Keep America Great” re-election campaign with an Orlando blockbuster.
Hugh Hewitt and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham talk about foreign hot spots and the challenges faced by the Trump administration.
Hugh Hewitt talks with Dr. Albert Mohler about his book, “The Apostle’s Creed – Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits.”Read More »
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Hugh Hewitt talks with Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, about a number of topics including George H. W. Bush, Orange County CA flipping from red to blue, Gavin Newsom’s 17% income tax, Urban Myers retiring, fires that threatened Pepperdine and how they protected the students.
This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.
Public policy is full of difficult dilemmas, tough cases where there are strong interests on both sides. Such dilemmas are not usually solved as much as they are managed.
That’s why two federal departments recently expanded the rights of religious employers. During the Obama years, the federal government had required religious employers to provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans even when contrary to their religious beliefs. And the government had limited the rights of religious employers to hire or favor people who shared their beliefs.
This action properly swings the pendulum back in favor of religious rights, which are protected by the First Amendment. Civil rights are also constitutionally protected, which is what creates the tension. In the end, both rights are powerful, but neither is absolute.
A liberal president pushes too far in one direction and a conservative administration appropriately pushes back. Ultimately, the Supreme Court may well have to decide how to manage this difficult dilemma.
I’m David Davenport.Read More »