Why Won’t Candidates Run on This Life Issue?

This week, as part of Election Month at Patheos, the prompt for bloggers is: What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?Well, I suppose I should start by disclaimering that I am not a canon lawyer, and this is not Official Catholic Advice.  But, hey, at least the issue I'm going to talk about is non-partisan.  And that's the worse part; as the last foreign policy debate showed, callousness to human life, provided it's that of the enemy (or people living in … [Read more...]

The Generic God of the Stump Speech

Patheos bloggers are roundtabling on issues of faith and politics in the run-up to the election.  This week's prompt is: "What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today?  For instance: How should church and state be separated, and how should they work together? Does one side manipulate faith more than another? How do you see you the candidates appealing to voters of faith?"I was ticked off during the Democratic National Convention when the party crowbarred a … [Read more...]

Who Can Blaspheme?

Today is International Blasphemy Rights Day, spearheaded by the Center for Inquiry.  It's pretty much Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, but with a broader focus.  I fully back CFI's fight against blasphemy laws (remember, just in the past few months, Alexander Aan and that girl in Pakistan).  I'm a little more dubious about the practical use of having people in the U.S. and other relatively free nations blaspheme as a way of drawing attention/funds to the fight against blasphemy laws.  But neither of … [Read more...]

Baby and Mommy and Mommy and Daddy

Rod Dreher is upset about a bill in California that would allow a child to have more than two parents in the eyes of the law.  (The double indent is Dreher quoting an article, followed by his comment in normal blockquote formatting).State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents.“The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” the San Francisco Democrat said....SB 1476 stem … [Read more...]

You Got Your State in My Church! Well, You Got Your Church in My State!

Over in the Pagan Channel here at Patheos, I found an interesting religious liberty case.  Literata Hurley is a Wiccan priestess, and she is trying to get the state of Virginia to allow her to officiate at weddings.  Unlike a lot of states, who let pretty much anyone get 'ordained' online through the Universal Life Church, Virginia has standards for what it really means to be a religious leader.  Not particularly well defined standards, mind you, but, y'know, standards. I presented my ce … [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...]

My Radical Homosexual Agenda for the Military

Mark Shea is in agreement with Rod Dreher that Obama and the Dems are mounting a serious assault on the religious liberty of military chaplains. Quoth Dreher (quoting the news first):The Obama administration “strongly objects” to provisions in a House defense authorization bill that would prohibit the use of military property for same-sex “marriage or marriage-like” ceremonies, and protect military chaplains from negative repercussions for refusing to perform ceremonies that conflict with the … [Read more...]