"Gender no longer…essential (to) marriage"

In an utterly unsurprising ruling, and one that is inarguable if one is peering through the narrowed prism of stringently secular law, and reducing marriage to a sort of contractual partnering, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled restrictions against same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. You can read the whole Prop 8 decision here. I was intrigued with this part: Race and gender restrictions shaped marriage during eras of race and gender inequality, but such restrictions were never part of the … [Read more...]

The Long Road to Jerusalem

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. Today's Gospel, from Luke 9:51-62, is one of those readings that sets some people on edge, as Jesus can seem a bit curt: But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead … [Read more...]

Heading out of weekend round-up

Heehaa! Time to round up those little doggies in my tab bar and send them into the corral afore the weekend gits busy. Here you go, cowpokes! I was in the middle of putting this post together when the Great Big Siege of First Things occurred and left me unable to finish culling together all the links. So, instead of opening your weekend with all these links, you can spend a leisurely Sunday perusing them! Start with this: a priceless and perfect economy of words Do you get the sense, as I … [Read more...]

Kagan not an automaton but…UPDATED

A morning email from a good friend: You predicted Bush would pick Bernard Kerik for Homeland Security (that didn't work out). You predicted Bush would pick Harriet Miers for the Court (also, ahem, didn't work out). You predicted Hillary would cry before the New Hampshire primaries in '08 (things...did not work out for her) and on In the Arena last week, you predicted Obama would choose Kagan. I think your successful predictions are like a kiss-of-death, and Kagan should be worried! Please … [Read more...]

Sex Abuse is about Control and Power

The Catholic League has taken out a full-page ad in the NY Times that tries to be a point-by-point rebuttal to the Times' reverberating prelude to Holy Week. As rebuttal it is a tad weak -that's what happens when your answer rightly requires 10,000 words and 350 is all you can manage in 18 pt Arial Narrow- but it hits its main targets; it manages to make one important point that is too-often ignored, that the church (and secular organizations as well) erred greatly in taking the advice of those … [Read more...]

Palate Cleansing Feel-Good Story

This comes my way via reader Dick, and I think we can all use a palate cleanser, about now. Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates' T-shirt campaignTwo Nova Scotia students are being praised across North America for the way they turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink. Two students stand up for the right to wear a pink shirt without being harassed (CBC) The victim — a Grade 9 boy at Central Kings Rural High School in the small community of … [Read more...]

Religion & Politics linkaround

The religion of man-made global warming climate change appears to be hitting a snag. Well, that only seems fair, to me. All the other religions had to have their growing pains and suppressions, after all. Do Christians know what they believe? Charles M. Blow at the NY Times wonders about it, in an unsurprisingly snarky tone: In June, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published a controversial survey in which 70 percent of Americans said that they believed religions other than theirs … [Read more...]

Quick links around

Happy Hannukah! Or Oy, Come all ye Faithful! Mulling Advent and Friendship over coffee. It's a nice, thoughtful piece by Patrick O' Hannigan, even though he does not say whether it was the delectable Mystic Monk Coffee being served. No, I can't recommend it enough! We'd like Rites and Rituals: but with no transcendence, please. Bush is mulling a farewell message. I personally think he should buy an hour of tv time and debunk the NY Times one distortion, spin or outright lie at a time. At … [Read more...]

"Movement" voters and other things

Just thought you might be interested in this - a buncha Catholics sittin' around gassing away about what lies ahead for Catholics as "movement" voters! Some interesting perspectives from center-right Catholic writers you may recognise, and in the middle I get to wag my finger and jump on a soapbox, declaring, first off that I dislike the notion of "movements" as a whole and besides, oversensitive Catholics (and hyper-hurt-feeling Christianity as-a-whole) are ticking me off with all the … [Read more...]

Christians & Gays & Proposition 8

My latest is up at Pajamas Media - my usual deathless pearls about the need for gays to man-up and act like citizens working within the confines of real democracy, and the need for Christians to find a better way to befriend them, and the past-due need for the churches to protect themselves from the litigation we all know is coming their way. An Excerpt: The Christians may have unintentionally come off as condescending. We may presume that they would not want a crowd of gays meeting on their … [Read more...]


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