Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gays is jailed

Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was found to be in contempt of court and put in jail.

I can see her losing her job if she won’t do what the state requires.  Actually, if she can’t do that job in good conscience, she should resign.  But putting her in jail?  Does this amount to criminalizing her Christian faith, which she says motivates her refusal? [Read more...]

ACLU gets Catholic hospital to sterlize a woman

The ACLU threatened to sue a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a sterilization procedure requested by a woman.  So it gave in, violating Catholic teachings.

I suspect the hospital could have won that legal battle.  But now not only lawsuits but the threat of lawsuits–with their huge financial toll even in a winning case–have become cudgels to extort compliance with ACLU demands.  I know of small towns that have removed religious imagery from their logos for similar threats.

Honest question:  Doesn’t the American Civil Liberties Union consider religion to be a civil liberty? [Read more...]

Boy Scouts will no longer ban gay leaders

The Boy Scouts of America will now allow gay leaders, a decision made by its Executive Board led by former Defense Secretary, now BSA president, Robert Gates.  The action applies to corporate employees.  Local troops, many of which are sponsored by churches, can make their own decisions.  But churches are worried that this just kicks the liabilities and possible discrimination charges down to their level.

Read the news report after the jump.  Then read the Family Policy Institute of Washington post entitled “New Boy Scout Policy Makes Host Churches Liable?”.   The group offers this legal guide: The Legal Ramifications to Churches of BSA’s New Membership Policy.

Some churches are apparently considering dropping their Scouting programs.  Here is a statement from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is convening a meeting in August to consider the issue.  (Hey, maybe this could be the catalyst for a rapprochement between the LCMS and the Wisconsin Synod, which has never approved of Boy Scouts!) [Read more...]

The “free exercise” of religion

Justice Kennedy, in his opinion establishing gay marriage, did affirm the right of religious people to disagree with same sex unions.  But the dissenting justices warned that this ruling could cause conflicts with religious liberty.  The Constitution protects not just religious beliefs privately held, they observe, but the “free exercise” of religion.  That is, what religious people do because of their religion.

The words of these opinions are likely to be parsed closely in the days to come, and the nature of religious liberty in this country is likely to be determined by legal wrangles about what the words “free exercise” mean.  [Read more...]

Newspaper won’t allow opinions against gay marriage

Where we are already, after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling:  A Harrisburg, PA, newspaper has announced that since  the gay marriage issue is now “settled,” it will not print op-ed pieces or letters to the editor that oppose gay marriage or say that homosexual acts are immoral or unnatural.  We won’t print racist, sexist, or anti-semitic letters, the editor explained.  “To that we add homophobic ones.” [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...]


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