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Congressional Research Service: Gun Control Legislation

Author: William J. Krouse

"To gun control advocates, the opposition is out of touch with the times, misinterprets the Second Amendment, and is lacking in concern for the problems of crime and violence. To gun control opponents, advocates are naive in their faith in the power of regulation to solve social problems, bent on disarming the American citizen for ideological or social reasons, and moved by irrational hostility toward firearms and gun enthusiasts."

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Alas Denmark

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Elliott Abrams examines recent news of Jews in Denmark being warned against openly wearing religious symbols amid rising anti-Israeli sentiment in Copenhagen.

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Divided by the Same Father

Author: Reza Aslan
Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Reza Aslan says, "It has always been extremely easy to inject God into political conflicts... But if we are to find an equitable end to such intractable conflicts as the one between Israel and Palestine, we must learn to actively strip them of their religious connotations. Otherwise, we will never stop fighting them."

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The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy

Panelists: Ed Husain, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Monica Duffy Toft

In a conversation sponsored by CFR and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, experts Ed Husain, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Monica Duffy Toft, examine the role that religion plays in shaping foreign policy.

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Foreign Affairs Article

God's Politics

Author: Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

With its commandments and parables, its kings and its prophets, the Hebrew Bible has served as a reference point for Western politics for centuries. Almost every kind of political movement, it seems, has drawn its own message from the text.

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Op-Ed

Mainline Churches vs. Israel

Author: Elliott Abrams
National Review

While Christian communities in the Arab Middle East are decimated or endangered, the Christian community in Israel grows. Yet the mainline Protestant denominations in the United States continue to assault Israel and demand cuts in American aid to that country while ignoring the plight of their Christian brethren, says Elliott Abrams.

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Paradigm Shift: Efforts to Reform Drug Policy

Speaker: Gil Kerlikowske

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Policy, discusses global drug policy, including a new emphasis on programs that recognize drug addiction as a disease of the brain instead of a moral failure, domestic and international trends in drug consumption, and the diversification of transnational criminal organizations.

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