SCOTUS asks if Marriage is a “Right”; Is it Something More?

I'm down with an illness that has rocked me with some high fevers, so posting hasn't happened, and won't for another day or so, but my radio is on and I'm hearing reports that Justices Kennedy and Breyer are asking questions that suggest they're wondering whether marriage ought to be considered a "right".That reminded me of my own wonderings on that question, which I shared at First Things in 2012: Is Marriage a "Right" or an "Office"? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality to be … [Read more...]

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Epistle of Obama 1:10 (Formerly Ephesians)

Found this floating around twitter; wish I knew who to credit.As concerns the Obamacare HHS Mandate forcing religious entities to pay for insurances covering employee sterilization, contraception and abortifacients, the more worn-out and tired non-thinking, knee-jerk phrase I've encountered this week in my email or in various comboxes and more than a few op-ed pieces or columns is "it's just birth control."As Kathleen Parker neatly informs: No, it ain'tActually there may be a tie … [Read more...]

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SCOTUS Unanimous For Religious Freedom – UPDATED

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unanimously in favor of a church's right to be itself, and its freedom to assign its ministries:This is an enormous and timely victory for religious freedom:In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination.But the court’s unanimous decision in a case from Michigan did not specify the distinction between a secular employee, who c … [Read more...]

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Pelosi and the “Lobbying” Bishops

I read this and couldn't stop laughing. And I don't know why I was laughing -- I guess because it all seems so perfectly on schedule or something:This lawyer apparently has a strong hate on against Catholics. And a touch of paranoia, I think.In the sedate and sober world of bankruptcy law, one lawyer's memorandum sticks out like a sore loser."Across the country the court systems and particularly the Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, are composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic … [Read more...]

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Constitutional Erosion: Freedom of Religion UPDATES

Over at First Things, I'm wondering about the apparent tag-teaming of the church by legislators and courts intent on reshaping the notion of rights and entitlements until they become difficult to tell apart:"But here is the question: if a church-based organization has—for decades—served the community through placement assistance for adoption or foster care, and if that service is now to be defined as an “entitlement,” is it one that should be lost or preserved under the constitution? The argume … [Read more...]

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