The Great American Pit Bull Experiment

July 17, 2014 – I’ll admit it: I’m not a huge pit bull fan. I don’t hate them with a fiery passion, as many people do. I’m not sure banning them is the greatest idea. But I’d certainly rather not hang out with them in my spare time, and I’d be alarmed to see one […]

The Transgender Religion

July 10, 2014 – “Religion,” well-known atheist Penn Jillette recently argued in the New York Times, “needs to go away and not be replaced by anything.” Jillette apparently understands the resilience of human faith. In 2003, the novelist Michael Crichton argued that, despite the hopes of atheists, religion will never really disappear. “I think that […]

The Progressive Togetherness Cult

July 3, 2014 – “Government,” former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank once said, “is simply the name we give for the things we choose to do together.” Depending on your point of view, the word “choose” might sound just a bit off, a little dicey, or even borderline hilarious. Various layers of taxes, along with the […]

Date Night At the Abortion Movie

  June 20, 2014 – Earlier this week, I did something terrible: I talked my husband into going to a screening of an “abortion romantic comedy” with me. It was his birthday. To my credit, we went to a manly steak dinner beforehand. Also to my credit, I usually have decent taste in movies. But […]

Panic, American Style

Commentary magazine, July/August 2014 - When it comes to the English language, few words rival the evocative power of panic. Standing alone, panic conjures up a wild batch of scenes in the human imagination, many of which, at least in my mind, are somewhat comical: the frantic, unbecoming dances inspired by a bee in the car or a giant bug […]

Two Cheers For Repression?

June 30, 2014 — Recently, I took my kids out for ice cream, which was a lovely, innocent, all-American sort of affair—that is, at least, until a group of high school kids plopped down behind us and started blasting multiple F-bombs into the air. Happily, my kids were too busy inhaling piles of mint chocolate […]

Feminists and Their Daddy Issues

June 12, 2014 - Back when I was an undergrad at Northwestern University, a crime spree struck the school. A mysterious assailant, appearing only at night, would approach female students on the way back from the gym or the library. After hovering for a few moments, he would dash forward, quickly grope them, and flee. His […]

The Great Income Inequality Sham

May 1, 2014–If you’ve ever met a Texan, you know that Texans love bragging about their state. You’ve probably heard the endless list—the bigness, the freedom, the trucks, the barbeque, the pride, the football—and, like many others, you’ve probably rolled your eyes. So please forgive me, for as a new-ish resident of the Lone Star […]

In Illinois, Tax Increases Become an Article of Faith

The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2014 - In Illinois—a state plagued by epic budget woes, a pension crisis, byzantine taxes and the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate—politics is rarely associated with godliness. Four of the past seven governors, most recently Rod Blagojevich, have been sent to prison. Locals will tell you that corruption is practically a […]

Gay Wedding Cakes and the Media Borg

February 28, 2014–A few weeks ago, I visited a Crate & Barrel store with my family. My goal was simple: to return a lamp. The goal of my three kids was twofold: first, to touch everything breakable in sight; and second, to run pell-mell up and down the escalators like a newly liberated troop of […]

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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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