Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright and was a Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute and a visiting International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Father Jose Palmar holds a rosary toward police on Jan. 5, 2016 as they block the access to the building housing the National Assembly in Caracas. Venezuela's opposition was sworn in that day as the majority in the National Assembly, the first time in 17 years that opponents of the socialist revolution begun by the late Hugo Chavez have controlled the legislature. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)
Politics & Society Features
April 19, 2017
When the state becomes predatory, the defenders of the faith are called upon to point people in the right direction, away from the violence of the authorities and back to God.