From the January/February, 2015 issue of Touchstone
The Coming Perfect Storm by Randall B. Smith


The Coming Perfect Storm

Five Reasons Why Freedom of Religion & Conscience Is in Peril
by Randall B. Smith

There have been periods in American history when the anti-Catholic forces in our society, always rumbling just beneath the surface, exploded and flowed out like molten lava down the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. What brings about these periodic eruptions, I would suggest, is a particular confluence of events: a sort of "perfect storm," so to speak (if you will allow me to shift metaphors).

One such confluence of forces occurred in the early part of the last century, when American Protestant distrust of Catholic . . .

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