Friday, February 5, 2016

Liberty Counsel files to intervene in North Carolina magistrate case

Mat Staver

This is not complicated and I will get you up to date. On Thursday Liberty Counsel filed a motion to intervene in Ansley v. North Carolina on behalf of their client, a North Carolina magistrate. This case is about unconstitutionally allowing North Carolina magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Our side says that a law allowing them to do so violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. This is good news because once the inept Liberty Counsel gets involved, our side has an even better chance to prevail (although I think that we win on the merits anyway).

Robert George does "Poor Us" about as proficiently as anyone

Robert P. George

Dr. Robert P. George, the Pride of Princeton, made a speech at the orthodox Legatus Summit last weekend. Legatus is a Tom Monaghan enterprise, out of Ave Maria, Florida, comprised of Catholic business leaders. LifeSite News describes part of George's speech:
“It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel,” said Princeton Professor Robert George to a large crowd at the Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Professor George added that people can still safely identify as “Catholic” as long as they don’t believe, or will at least be completely silent about, “what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life.”

Thursday, February 4, 2016

140 Character Food Fight Over Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBT Citizens

Barronelle Stutzman
Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman
I am watching Zack Ford and Joseph Backholm (head of the Family Policy Institute of Washington) tweet-debate whether or not forcing someone to comply with non-discrimination laws is a form of slavery. Backholm's argument is that if he is being forced to provide goods or services it is involuntary servitude. That argument is fallacious, in part, because the person providing the goods or services is being properly compensated for doing so. A basic predicate of slavery is that it is labor that is being provided for free.

The greater problem with this debate

NOM has become what they always were

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage is, and always has been, a run-of-the-mill anti-gay hate group. The fact that the animus was cloaked in conservative Catholicism is irrelevant to its aspiration which was, and is, to devalue gay American citizens. This was true at the outset when Robert George lent a pseudo-intellectual veneer to NOM's doings. It is more obvious today as Brian S. Brown flails about in search of some salient raison d'ĂȘtre. There are brown stains on Mr. Brown's office wall corresponding to all those things that didn't stick.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Does the Cardinal Newman Society actually DO anything constructive?

The folks at the conservative Catholic Cardinal Newman Society are having one, continuous stroke over the fact that the best Catholic universities are LGBT inclusive and becoming more so. In late 2014 CNS had a hemorrhage over the welcoming and inclusive language of Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame (I love being able to point out that they are not all crazy).* It is just common sense if you want to attract the best students and faculty.

Only because it is Liberty Counsel

Mat Staver

To make a short story long, I am not qualified to write about Planned Parenthood and its travails. I simply have not followed the details in the same way that I am attuned to LGBT and anti-LGBT events. Sure, I am pro-choice but I don't like abortion. If I had a 14-year-old daughter who got knocked up I would like to know that one good option is to terminate the pregnancy. I also recognize that there is a considerable overlap of anti-choice and anti-gay activists. They are pretty much the same religious fanatics including the Vatican. They are our quaint villagers with torches.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

After yesterday a reminder of what is at stake

Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Antonin Scalia at Rhodes College in Memphis on 9/22/2015
Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Rhodes College in Memphis on September 22, 2015. As expected he delivered his “originalism” nonsense while calling the Court's decision decision in Obergefell “the furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants.”

According to Scalia's logic the Court was extreme in Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia since they defied the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Given the ages of the justices our next president might determine if there are several more Scalias or Ginsburgs on the bench.