Are Civil Rights Asymmetrical? [Blogathon 7/12]

This post is number seven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. In the last two posts, I was focusing on what kind of data would make us think that gay marriage was a bad idea, but I think there's a different question lurking in the background.  Why are we on … [Read more...]

Let’s assume gay marriages were really worse, ctd… [Blogathon 6/12]

This post is number six of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.  Ah, but in my pleasure in quoting Waugh to make a mathematical point in the last Blogathon post, I skipped answering the actual question the commenters had asked. "If the marginal impact o … [Read more...]

Let’s assume gay marriages were really worse… [Blogathon 5/12]

This post is number five of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. This point came up a couple of times during the thread, so there's not any specific comment I want to link back to. Some of the Christians wanted to know if gay marriages actually turned out to be … [Read more...]

“We know where great sex is; we don’t know where great sex isn’t” [Blogathon 3/12]

This post is number three of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. I've done two posts of comments I disagreed with.   Now here's one from Jerry I quite liked. To paraphrase (butcher?) a common phrase: we know where great sex is; we don’t know where great sex is … [Read more...]

Is there something rotten in the state of Denmark?

In my Catholic blog folder, I found a link to an Telegraph article that said LGBT activists have done what the sky-is-falling conservatives have always claimed: they're won the "right" to force churches to conduct gay weddings.  Here's the Telegraph's writeup: The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.Denmark's church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote "historic"."I think … [Read more...]

Is Civil Marriage a Right?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage is not a human right guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, according to The Daily Mail's write-up of the case, the court ruled that if gay couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.Before I get to the main point, I have to say that last part struck me as bizarre. There's not a Catholic church in … [Read more...]

Fancy a spot of Sharia law?

I've returned from AAAS (jet lag and all) and I'd like to take a crack at one of the questions you guys posted in the Marriage Q&A post (if you've thought of a new question, I'm still watching that thread).  Gilbert asked: As far as I get it covenant marriage rests on the state refusing covenant-violating divorces. Otherwise it would be exactly like ordinary civil marriage: a promise of life-long commitment that can easily be broken without repercussions. So I suppose you support a separate … [Read more...]


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