The recent decision in Obergefell v Hodgesis both disheartening and entirely predictable. Was anyone--anyone—caught off guard by the five liberal justices cheerfully affirming that gay marriage is a right guaranteed by the Constitution?
The majority opinion was given by Justice Kennedy. This is the same man who, in Planned Parenthood v Casey, declared that "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. Beliefs about these matters could not define the attributes of personhood were they formed under compulsion of the State."
So, if we have the right to define existence, the universe, and the mystery of human life, it would obviously follow that we can define anything any way we want—including marriage.
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INDEPENDENT OF HEAVEN ITSELF
Just in case you might be tempted to optimism amidst the Supreme Court’s current spate of lamentable rulings, please read the following prophecy from Brutus, one of the great anti-Federalists participating in the Constitution’s ratification debates:
"The supreme court under this constitution would be exalted above all other power in the government, and subject to no controul....There is no power above them, to controul any of their decisions. There is no authority that can remove them, and they cannot be controuled by the laws of the legislature. In short, they are independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven. Men placed in this situation will generally soon feel themselves independent of heaven itself."
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The IRS has just granted tax exemption status to a group of people claiming that smoking marijuana is a sacrament. Low and behold—and could it get any lower?—the First Church of Cannabis.
What counts as a religion? If it is not defined, then anything counts, as long as someone says it is his or her religion. The Free Exercise clause will then protect any illegal substance use that anyone cares to claim as sacramental.
The First Church of Heroin. The First Church of Methamphetamine. The First Church of Cocaine. The First Church of LSD.
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In a recent interview with CBN news, Rubio stated,
"If you think about it, we are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater. So what's the next step after that? After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech and there's a real and present danger."
Is he correct? Yes. It is a real and very present danger, because it is part of a well-defined strategy. Here, a little history will make the danger more real and more present.
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In the modern world, we've come to believe that human events are exactly like celestial events: there is an equally exact science of prediction for both. This confusion is the result of accepting the notion that everything is made of matter—human beings and planets alike—so that we can equally well predict the actions of both.
Hence the rise of the social sciences that try to imitate physics and chemistry in presenting numerical data that (allegedly) predicts the actions of human beings in the future from the actions of human beings in the present. With the floor-to-ceiling determinism of materialism, there is no room for "if," no room for a warning, because what is going to happen is going to happen.
All of this is to help us understand what the Pew "data" is actually telling us—and here, I speak as a Christian to Christians.
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The World Beyond Your Head. A Review of the new Matthew Crawford book.
I had the privilege of sitting through the great Alasdair MacIntyre's philosophy classes while I was in graduate school. One day he remarked, "If a book is worth reading once, it is worth reading twice. If it is not worth reading twice, then it wasn't worth reading once."
Crawford's The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction is a book worth reading three times (at least).
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Here's my challenge to those who believe we should be using federal power to compel Christians not to merely "tolerate", which leaves room for conversation about acknowledged differences, but to endorse and celebrate sexual behavior that violates the God given boundaries for sexual behavior and human flourishing. What reason can you give that a Christian baker should be forced to bake a cake for two men getting married, but shouldn't be forced to bake a wedding cake for a polyamorous threesome or foursome or five-some? Or a man-boy wedding cake? Or a woman-dog wedding cake?
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