Heritage Events Podcast
The Natural Law Foundation of Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is not only an unalienable, fundamental right; it is essential to the protection of all human rights. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) cites man’s endowment with both conscience and reason as evidence of human dignity, the basis of universal human rights. However, in the seven decades since the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the UDHR, the human rights movement has come unmoored from its foundation in natural law. This has led to two dangerous trends: 1) the proliferation and devaluation of human rights and 2) conflicts between fundamental rights like religious freedom and newly asserted rights based on membership in special identity groups. For civil society leaders, government officials and victims who seek to strengthen protection of all human rights; restoring the natural law foundation of the right to thought, conscience and religion is essential. Please join us for this important conversation.
The Plot To Change America: How Identity Politics Divides America
Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book,The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.
Is the President Trumping Constitutional Norms?
Since taking office, President Trump has been derided by the mainstream media and his critics as running roughshod over constitutional norms, fueling the conviction of liberals and some moderate conservatives that the 45th President poses an ongoing threat to the Constitution. InDefender in Chief, constitutional scholar John Yoo argues that Trump’s adversaries have things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent danger to our nation's founding principles, Yoo contends that the Framers would have seen Trump as restoring their vision of presidential power. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional norms in order to unseat Trump, thereby inflicting permanent damage on the presidency.Join us for a lively and timely discussion on presidential power and constitutional norms in the Trump era, with the book’s author, John Yoo, and well-known legal scholar David Rivkin.
How to Start an Education Pod: Civil Society's Response to COVID-19
As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form “education pods,” pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. It is a real-time, large scale example of civil society in action; what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” that make America an exceptional nation. How do these education pods work for students, and how might they benefit teachers and families? How do you form an education pod of your own?Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and microschools.