Rich Lizardo

Rich Lizardo is an editorial intern with The American Spectator.

We Invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Yale—And Outrage Ensued

 

Just under three weeks ago, Yale President Peter Salovey delivered his freshman address on free expression. He quoted extensively from the Woodward Report, a document whose language he called “clear and unambiguous” in its defense of free speech, and he made the case for why “unfettered expression is so essential on a university campus.” Our […]

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Pope Obamus?

 

No, not quite. But the New York Times might as well have referred to President Obama with that title in a story by Jason Horowitz this past Sunday that tried to portray the president as being part of the Catholic experience in America. According to Horowitz (of Romney-was-a-prep-school-bully fame), President Obama began his professional career working […]

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Conservatives, Poverty, and Race

 

Debate over solutions to poverty has been dominating American politics as of late. Predictably, Democrats have harped on income inequality and have pushed for extensions in unemployment benefits and an increase in the federal minimum wage. Conservatives, in response, have thankfully done more than just voice opposition to these stock, unimaginative policy prescriptions. In fact, […]

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The Future of Reproductive Technology

 

The Pew Research Center released a poll last week evaluating Americans’ moral assessments, and it is well worth taking a look. The poll asked adults whether they viewed particular issues — including embryonic stem cell research and in vitro fertilization — as morally wrong, morally neutral, or morally acceptable. Pew’s results show that the vast […]

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The RNC’s ‘Rising Stars’

 

Today, the Republican National Committee publicly announced its “Rising Stars” campaign, a push to present “new voices” and fresh faces on the national stage. These Republicans “will be prominently featured on GOP.com and given a national platform to share their unique perspectives.” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also announced the first four Rising Stars — quite […]

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Saint Gilbert?

 

The bishop from G.K. Chesterton’s former archdiocese is now considering opening the cause for the canonization of this “prince of paradox.”  You can read more details of the cause for Chesterton’s sainthood here, but any opportunity to explore the depths of this man’s thought is always one worth taking. And in two of his most […]

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The Conservatism of Breaking Bad

 

Just yesterday, I wrote about the worth of watching shows like Breaking Bad with antiheroes like Walter White. I feel vindicated because today Jonah Goldberg has a superb cover story (for National Review‘s latest issue) on the show’s conservatism. Goldberg calls Breaking Bad “the best show currently on television, and perhaps even the best ever.” And […]

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NYT Doesn’t Skip a Beat, Jumps Right to Transgendered Persons

 

Barely a month after the historic Supreme Court decisions on marriage, The New York Times editorial board has declared the “next civil rights frontier“: transgenderism: Federal civil rights officials reached an important settlement late last month with a California school district accused of discriminating against a transgender student by denying him equal access to educational programs […]

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In Defense of the Antihero

 

For fans of the hit show Breaking Bad like myself, the premiere of its final season (well, technically, its second half of the final season), scheduled for August 11, can’t come soon enough. The show centers on the slow but sure downward spiral and moral decay of a former high school chemistry teacher turned meth […]

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Pope Francis: Same Teaching, Different Emphasis

 

At the end of a wonderfully rejuvenating World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis held an aerial press conference in which he commented on homosexuality.  Here’s what Francis specifically said, translated: If someone is gay and seeks the Lord and is of good will, who am I to judge that person? The Catechism […]

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