“A third sex”

So far “transgender” has involved men identifying themselves as women, and vice versa.  But now another option has been legally recognized, changing your sex to “non-binary.”  This is being described as neither one nor the other, “a third sex.”

Perhaps this is the utopian ideal that all of the other sex and gender controversies have been pointing to.  Eliminating sex and gender as categories all together.  An individual might fall in love with another individual–or have sexual desire for that person–and it doesn’t matter what sexes or genders are involved.  The begetting of children has been ruled out anyway, so what does it matter?  (Is there any way to answer this?  We can invoke nature, but those caught up in these ideologies reject nature, though it always seems to have its way eventually.)

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California churches to be forced to pay for abortions?

The state of California has classified abortion as a “basic health service,” which means that under Obamacare, all insurance policies, including those of churches, must pay for abortions.  Churches have applied to the Obama administration for relief, but they were denied.  The issue is now before the courts. [Read more…]

Could a President Trump be checked and balanced?

Paul Ryan says that if a President Trump were to do something illegal, such as ban immigrants on the basis of their religion, he, as Speaker of the House, would sue him.  Ryan seems to be floating the possibility that a President Trump might not be so bad because he could be controlled by the law.  Congress and the courts could keep him in line.  Do you think Trump could be checked and balanced?

After the jump, an argument that he couldn’t.  Do you agree? [Read more…]

Supreme Court’s new pro-abortion decision

Some states have imposed regulations on abortion clinics–such as requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and making the clinics meet the standards for outpatient surgery–that have been shutting them down, grisly hell-holes that they are.  But now the Supreme Court has overturned those health and safety regulations, ruling, 5-3, that they amount to an unconstitutional barrier to a woman’s right to an abortion. [Read more…]

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” compared with Spirit’s “Taurus”

A lawsuit claimed that the opening riff to Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” was plagiarized from the earlier song “Taurus” by the rock group Spirit.  A jury has  just ruled in Led Zeppelin’s favor.

Go to this site, which lets you play both tunes.  Do they not sound EXACTLY THE SAME? [Read more…]

LCMS judge on trial for her views on marriage

More on Ruth Neely, the Wyoming judge and member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, who is facing removal from office, plus a $40,000 fine, because she told a reporter that she won’t perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs.  This, even though she is not obliged to perform weddings at all, isn’t paid for doing so, has never been asked to do a gay wedding, another judge in the community is willing to do it in her place, and the Wyoming constitution specifically says that no one can be removed from public office “because of his opinion on any matter of religious belief whatever.”

The state’s judicial commission has recommended her ouster, and the case is before the Wyoming Supreme Court.  More details and updates after the jump, as well as my own thoughts and questions. [Read more…]