I'm not fond of the words "conservative" and "liberal," particularly when they're used to describe Catholics. Being Catholic, after all, means being part of the Body of Christ.
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What makes Christopher Hitchens such a capable and persuasive debater is a mixture of his ides, arguments, and charm. But it's also the words he chooses and the way he presents them.
This conflict -- between tolerating the intolerant action and the government's responsibility to curb its damage -- is an American dilemma.
The part of me that initially flinched at the thought of a mosque so close to Ground Zero is not one of the better angels of my nature, and certainly not the part of me I'd ever want to be defined by.
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