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Cato Institute’s Bob Levy Shares Libertarian Views with Christian Rights & Freedom Institute

Dr. Robert A. Levy, Chairman of the Washington-based Libertarian think tank CATO Institute, spoke before a full house at the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute’s Tuesday, January 10 lecture in Naples, FL at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Hall.

Fr. Philemon Patitsas gave the opening prayer.  Fr. Philemon began his remarks by reflecting that in this time of philosophical and governmental transition in our society it is time to embrace and unite our citizens.  One way of doing so, he said, is by giving a platform to thoughtful voices, listening to a variety of views, while recognizing that individually we may agree or disagree with what is spoken.

Following his introduction by Institute Chairman Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, Dr. Levy began with the assertion that the US Constitution has been historically subverted, as the Libertarians believe, by both the Executive branch and the Congress, and even by the Judicial branch itself.  The latter has done so through “judicial over-reach”, interpreting the Constitution in ways the Founders never intended; and the former through legislating by Executive Orders.

Levy further stated that Congress has been remiss, in that it abrogated its responsibility by allowing the Executive branch to invade the realm of legislation and by not legislating itself.

In addition, he described the Libertarian view roughly as, “conservative on fiscal issues and liberal in social issues.” He elaborated on these arguments and displayed how they might apply to a variety of “hot” current social issues, such as Religious Liberty, Marijuana Laws, Same Sex Marriage, etc.

The audience followed by a robust and engaging Q&A period, which kept everyone in their seats for the duration of the talk.

The next presentation by the Christian Rights & Freedom Institute will be on Tuesday, January 24 at 3:30 p.m.  Featured speaker will be Richard Thompson, President of the Thomas More Law Center, who will discuss “Challenges in Assimilating Muslims into the US Community and Culture.”

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Carol Dimopoulos

Carol Hamilton Dimopoulos is a graduate of University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) ’66 with a major in Foods/Business and minor in Journalism. She worked as a reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, and as a medical editor for M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX. After her 3 children were born, she traveled the world with her husband’s work and settled in Bethlehem, PA where she became a volunteer for a non-profit regional youth ballet, Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. She served as Board President and CEO for 10 years for that organization. Six years ago Carol and Harry moved to Naples, FL where they became members and volunteers at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and 3 years ago for the newly-formed Christian Rights and Freedom Institute. Carol is honored to be a contributor on their behalf to OCN.