Monday, October 20, 2014
Indiana’s argument is that its definition of marriage has a legitimate and important aim and is a means well-tailored to that aim, a means that involves no prohibition, and is simply not concerned with prohibitions. Nevertheless, Posner’s opinion says, dozens of times, that the states prohibit, ban, forbid same-sex marriage. Among people who can distinguish between not recognizing and forbidding, that’s an untruth.For best results, never deal with your opponents' arguments.
The argument’s two key, interlocked elements are optimality (what sort of child-raising is best for children) and biological parenthood (which results from sexual intercourse—the only form of sexual activity capable of generating a child). Indiana claims again and again that the two elements fit reality, and fit each other, in the belief and intention of its legislature, and in “the entire experience of Western civilization.”
Posner takes exquisite care never to allow the two elements to appear together, even by implication. His judgment never once confronts, or even mentions or alludes to, Indiana’s central, reiterated claim.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Dispatches from the Synod - reactions
Some people are freaking out and being calmed down by friends. Mark Shea is horribly sensible and clear thinking as always.
That paragraph is the real biggie causing hyperventilation across both NPR and St. Blog’s Rightwingosphere, but what, exactly, is new (or wrong) with it? We do, after all, believe that every member of the body of Christ has gifts for the other members. There’s no asterisk in Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 12 that says those who happen to experience homosexual temptations are exempt from having something to offer the Church. Ah! What about that line about “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation” cries both the Progressive and the Reactionary, carefully ignoring the bit about “without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony”.Yes it turns out that you can want to do things that are wrong, have that give you a unique perspective on life, and participate in the life of the community productively. The horror I tell you.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
A most thought-provoking article, with conclusions that I can agree heartily with. People living together, attempting to live chastely, which may require them to avoid sexual relations, for the purpose of friendship. And no neither of them use the term in the title, it's just clickbait, which doesn't even make sense because I don't put anything past the click.
Secular pro-life handouts
Or so it seems from listening to him talk. He also wants to put scientists who think certain vaccines are safe in jail, despite the fact that he's a lawyer, not a scientist. So if you're a scientist and you agree with him on an issue, you're a saint and everyone who disagrees with you should be put in jail. If you're a scientist who disagrees with him on an issue, you're a kook and should be put in jail. This we call having respect for science.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
I have just learned that the 3 Cs are
Monday, September 29, 2014
Same-sex marriage, on this view, is utterly necessary for churches to affirm because it is a means for gay Christians to participate in Christ’s atoning self-gift. Or, as Eugene Rogers has put it, gay Christians’ renunciation (rather than consecration) of their desires “gives God nothing by which to redeem them, no hook in the flesh by which to capture them and pull them up.” What this means, as Douglas Farrow has pointed out, is that “Eros”—or the human pursuit and cultivation of it—“is the real mediator here, not Jesus Christ.”There's plenty of heresy to go around!
But things aren’t always better in the traditionalist camp. Mirroring the rhetoric of some of their ideological opponents, conservatives, too, can fall into the moralizing, semi-Pelagian trap. We—I count myself among them—can speak of celibacy as a faithful path for gay Christians in such sunny, sanguine terms that one might think salvation comes by saying no to gay sex rather than by the mediation of Christ.
Friday, September 26, 2014
ObamaCare was designed to a significant degree by a man who believes that living past the age of 75 is living too long. Think about that.I wonder if this is true? That would be disturbing.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
In my latest reason to hate the English language, I just used the phrase.
I was talking to her for a while while walking around.Which I guess is correct, but made realize that the word while is ambiguous.
It's a matter of being bad at math, it seems. Leah Libresco picks them apart.
You may have seen the New York Times‘s much shared infographic on contraception failure rates, and I’m here — statistics cop badge in hand — to tell you that it ain’t necessarily so. There are some huge methodological flaws in the way that the NYT chose to model the risk of unplanned pregnancy over ten years, and I’m explaining just how badly they went wrong at The American Conservative.
Josh Brahm writes about his friend, Deanna, one of the interviewees in yesterday's post about the LGBT Pro-life community's thoughts.Always a good story.
What an excellent addition to my blogroll!