ON-Lion Letter
In the December 20 edition of The New York Times Magazine, Times' Washington correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick extensively profiles Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George.  Describing George as "the reigning brain of the Christian right," Kirkpatrick writes of George's intellect and influence.

"In the American culture wars, George wants to redraw the lines," according to Kirkpatrick in "The Right Hand of the Fathers."  "It is the liberals, [George] argues, who are slaves to a faith-based 'secularist orthodoxy' of 'feminism, multiculturalism, gay liberationism and lifestyle liberalism.'  Conservatives, in contrast, speak from the high ground of nonsectarian public reason.

"George is the leading voice for a group of Catholic scholars known as the new natural lawyers.  He argues for the enforcement of a moral code as strictly traditional as that of a religious fundamentalist.  What makes his natural law 'new' is that it disavows dependence on divine revelation or biblical Scripture -- or even history and anthropology.  Instead, George rests his ethics on a foundation of 'practical reason':  'invoking no authority beyond the authority of reason itself,' as he put it in one essay."

George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University in New Jersey and founded its James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, which is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  He is also actively affiliated with several other Bradley-supported organizations, prominently including The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, and serves on the Foundation's Board of Directors.
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