Whispering in church

“I then considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” “For men’s religion to God is between God and themselves. The king shall not answer for it. Neither may the King judge between God and men. Let them be [Read More...]

Flaccid ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ fizzles for fathers

The “Fortnight for Freedom” was a flop. This was supposed to be a game-changer — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ big display of political might. But instead it exposed the bishops as inept campaigners and as generals without an army. I thought they’d be better at this sort of thing. They had some formidable [Read More...]

Turnabout is fair play (and vice versa)

Justice must be reciprocal. Otherwise it’s not justice. Turnabout is fair play and fair play is turnabout. Justice isn’t justice if it’s not the same when the shoe is on the other foot. Louisiana lawmakers do not understand this: We told you last week about Louisiana’s new plan for educating its youth, which is to [Read More...]

Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigade

Jim Garlow is a silly, silly man. We’ve written here before about the Münchhausen martyrs — privileged people who prefer the self-congratulatory fantasy of persecution. And, as Kyle Mantyla reports, Garlow is an extravagantly ridiculous example of this. Speaking at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall” conference (the name of which is, itself, [Read More...]

‘Rights for me, but not for thee’

“Rights for me, but not for thee” creates all sorts of problems. For example, if the rights are not for thee, then they aren’t actually rights, and so I can’t be confident in the rights for me either. “Rights for me, but not for thee” means that even my rights aren’t rights, merely privileges — [Read More...]

On thrones and princes, a clarification and an apology


I think there are (at least) two problems with my post yesterday about thrones — two problems arising from my mistakes. One of those problems requires some clarification, which I’ll try to provide here. And it requires an apology, which I will provide here. The other highlights what seems to be a deeper contradiction in [Read More...]

Unlimited arm-swinging is not a credible religious doctrine

Here is an ugly story from New Jersey, via David Badash, “‘For Going Against God’s Will’ Catholic Hospital Denies Gay Man HIV Meds“: “Joao Simoes sued Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Union County Superior Court,” the Courthouse News Service reports. “He says that the hospital admitted him in August 2011, but that requests for his [Read More...]

The Pennsylvania constitution is not constitutional

I did not know this about my state of Pennsylvania. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Article 1: Declaration of Rights Religion, Section 4. No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or [Read More...]