Paying for sex makes it not adultery?

A Japanese court, ruling against a wronged wife, has ruled that if a husband pays for sex with a woman he is not married to, that is a business transaction and so cannot be considered adultery. [Read more…]

Christianity and the Magna Carta

Yesterday was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, which established the principle of the Rule of Law, to which even kings and other rulers are subject.  What often gets forgotten, as Eric Metaxas points out, is that the Magna Carta was a creation of the Christian church. [Read more…]

Appeals court upholds abortion restrictions

Pro-lifers have been battling abortion on the state level by pushing legislation requiring that abortion clinics meet the same standards as hospitals and other surgical centers.  This has been putting abortion clinics out of business.

Pro-abortion activists have challenged those laws.  But a federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Texas, which enacted one of the strictest set of regulations, has every right to regulate abortion clinics in this way.  This sets up an appeal to the Supreme Court.  But, in the meantime, the number of abortion clinics in Texas will dwindle from 41 to 7. [Read more…]

Postage rates are actually going down

Prices for a first-class stamp will drop from 49 cents back down to 46 cents after a federal court ruled that the latest postage increase could not be permanent.  The cost of the switch will be minimal, due to the US Postal Service reliance on “forever stamps” (though woe to the speculators who bough them as investments).

In the age of e-mail and UPS delivery, do we really need the U. S. mail anymore? [Read more…]

Prosecuting global warming skeptics

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says that some global warming sceptics should be prosecuted under RICO  (the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations act).  He argues that some of the anti-global warming research is funded by energy companies, which is what Big Tobacco did in funding research that played down the health hazards of smoking, which brought down the wrath of RICO.  That statute has also been used against pro-life activists, with the approval of the Supreme Court.  We are seeing how unpopular ideas can be criminalized.

You have to read the estimable Mark Hemingway’s response to Sen. Whitehouse’s op-ed piece, linked to and excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]

Soft persecution

Catholic journalist Russell Shaw analyzes the persecution of Christianity that is breaking out in our culture and that, he says, is likely to get worse.  It isn’t “bloody persecuction,” but a “soft persecution.”  But it is still persecution of religion by the state, and it takes two forms. . . . [Read more…]