Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a contributor at The Federalist. She has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow her on Twitter.

How Pope Francis Affects The Struggle To Seize The ‘Radical Catholic Center’

In his latest book, ‘To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,’ columnist Ross Douthat examines why the pontiff’s reforms aren’t growing the church’s influence or spurring a renewed sense of mission.

Notre Dame’s Identity Crisis Over Contraception Isn’t New, Or Going Away

Notre Dame has been in turmoil over whether to pay for artificial contraceptives. Last week the university changed policy for the third time this academic year.

Turns Out Notre Dame Isn’t That Interested In Catholicism Or Religious Liberty After All

Why should courts take religious freedom more seriously, given that Notre Dame administrators have effectively admitted their conscience claims were unserious?

Notre Dame Displays Fidelity And Courage By Declining To Pay For Contraception

With this, Notre Dame distinguishes itself as one of the first employers in the country to take advantage of the Trump administration’s relaxation of the contraceptive mandate.

It’s Time To Declare Amnesty For Public Expressions Of ‘Thoughts And Prayers’

Prayer cannot be an inappropriate response to senseless murder. We should always ‘mourn with those who mourn.’

Moms, Don’t Let Your Sons Turn Into Hugh Hefner

Hefner built himself a male-adolescent fantasy world, and tried to sell it as a legitimate version of the American Dream.

How Not To Be A Wedding Guestzilla

Here’s my go-to advice for wedding guests. Cut people some slack. Nothing ruins a joyful occasion like a frowning, harsh wedding critic.

Americans Are Not Barbarians For Enjoying Football, Even If It Is Dangerous

Before we start shaming fans for enjoying a hard-hitting sport, consider how much good that sport has done for so many former players, at all levels of the game.

The Mike Pence Rule Is Great For Him But Not For Everyone

Surely it should be possible to respect marriage without self-selecting out of professional opportunities, or wishing my male friends au revoir?

Feminists Have More In Common With ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Than They Think

Both feminists and fundamentalists try to build a comprehensive account of womanhood using a radically incomplete set of parts.

Dear Liberals: It’s Really Absurd To Say Boring Pence Is Worse Than Dictator Trump

If you hate President Trump for his offenses against good government, have the decency to admit that Mike Pence is clearly much better.

Terrorists Are Cowards. Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

We shouldn’t confuse audacity with bravery. Terrorism has long been a preferred military tactic for the weak and the desperate.

How Expecting Police To Be All Things To All People Can Fuel Violence

We need police to be skilled, involved in their communities, and ‘smart on crime.’ But we especially need them to know when to be one and not the other.

There’s Nothing Wrong With A Few Butt-Kicking Heroines

When toddler girls are forced to watch ‘Braveheart’ until they join the guttural yells, I’ll gladly sound the alarm. Here, though, we’re talking about a statue and some fiction.

If Cornel West And Ross Douthat Can Discuss Their Differences Amiably, So Can You

Ross Douthat and Cornel West, despite their differences, shared a thoughtful conversation on politics and culture. Is this something others can replicate?

Fishtown Will Never Become Great Again If It Keeps Blaming Elites For Its Failures

Charles Murray’s ‘Fishtown’ has some real grievances. It also has some real social problems. Populists don’t love talking about those, unless to blame elites.

5 Reasons Millennials Should Never Go To Church

Millennials are dissatisfied with church because they’re going for all the wrong reasons, and none of the right ones.

How Anxiety Makes Americans Susceptible To Propaganda

Fear weakens society’s ‘immune system,’ undercutting the mechanisms by which it resists internal threats to order.

Why Outsourcing Jobs Is Not Immoral

The more we twist the system to make workers feel useful, the less useful they’ll actually be. At some point we must allow people the dignity of making a bona fide contribution.

How We Are All Responsible For BuzzFeed’s Fake News

Supposing the controversial dossier turns out to be just a tapestry of fabrication, who should be held responsible for keeping it alive? All of us.