Rand Paul quits–what happened to libertarianism?

Rand Paul is dropping out of the presidential race.  I’m disappointed.  To me, he represented a true anti-establishment voice, one based in his libertarian ideas and not just in being obnoxious.  Not that I fully buy into libertarianism, though I appreciate its concern for civil liberties.  But let me ask this:  What happened to libertarianism?  Supposedly the millennials, the internet subculture, the new entrepreneurs, and the zeitgeist in general are libertarian, wanting personal liberty, a free economy, and minimal government.  So why hasn’t libertarianism gotten more political traction?

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LCMS congregation will go before the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from an LCMS congregation.  Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, was denied a state grant to improve its school’s playground, in the name of the separation of church and state.  This could prove to be an important case in drawing those lines.  Watch for  Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley. [Read more...]

Religious hospitals may refuse to perform procedures against their beliefs

In what may be an important precedent, a California court ruled against a woman who sued a Catholic hospital for not performing a sterilization procedure that she requested, arguing that since the hospital took federal funds it could not discriminate against her.  (This is also the argument being used to force religious hospitals to commit abortion.)

The judge ruled that there was no discrimination, since the hospital wouldn’t sterilize men either, which would also violate Catholic teaching; and, more importantly, that the government should not interfere with religious hospitals acting on their religious beliefs. [Read more...]

Liveblogging the State of the Union address

I’m here.  Join me in commenting on President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Tonight’s “non-traditional” State of the Union

Tonight will be the president’s State of the Union message.  This will be President Obama’s last time to address the joint session of Congress and the American people in this constitutionally-mandated duty.  The White House is saying that it will be a “non-traditional” speech, in which the president will reach out to the American people rather than the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

Watch it and comment on it here.  I’m going to try doing so.  Join me here at the Cranach blog at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [Read more...]

Justice Scalia says government can favor religion

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a Catholic high school that the Constitution allows for favoring religion over “nonreligion” and that the government need not be completely secular. [Read more...]


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