I've had the chance to hear some great lines offered up by conservative academics. Here are a couple:
Paul Kerry (BYU) on the difference between Robert George and Cornel West:
"Last year, Robert George was invited to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. Cornel West was similarly honored to be invited to meet with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez."
Russ Moore (Southern Seminary) on better relations between evangelicals and Catholics:
"Very few evangelicals today would still say the Pope is the Anti-Christ. Bill Maher might, but evangelicals wouldn't."
Union has done a tremendous job of putting this conference together. They may be on track to become another conservative favorite like Hillsdale, the graduate school at Claremont, and the political theory program at LSU (represented here by the delightful James Stoner).
Later, I'll have a report about the events of this evening. Richard John Neuhaus was slated to speak at the conference, but died recently, thus leaving a substantial hole in the conservative tapestry. It's a hole, thankfully, that we have men like Robert George and Father Robert Sirico to help fill.
Tonight, Robert George, Harry Poe, and others will host an informal conversation with the assembled guests. I'm guessing we'll have a great time hearing stories about the exploits of Father Neuhaus.
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