The Obama campaign in 2008 talked much about the work ethic of Obama’s mother but precious little about what she actually did with her life. One can assume that this was partly because being a professional anthropologist — living in villages in Java — would not resonate as a traditional American job (though it would…

Pro-life activists have opposed the current heatlh care bills in part because they would seem to leave the determination of what might be in a basic benefits package, for a public plan, up to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. To pro-lifers, this is proof that these bills all-but guarantee that abortion is covered.…

Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities at the US Conference on Catholic Bishops — and a key player on health care reform and the Catholic Church — posted this comment on the WSJ.com version of my modest proposal: ” I think Steve Waldman’s proposals on abortion neutrality are well worth considering, though I’d also…

Bill Donohue, the very-anti-abortion head of the Catholic League, responded to my trial balloon of having the basic public health care option not cover abortion but then offering consumers the ability to buy with their own money a rider that would cover abortion. Donohue’s reaction: “This is certainly a vast improvement, and it could break…

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Steve Waldman

Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

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