Friday, August 31, 2007

Same-Sex Marriage Nuance

From David French:
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The language surrounding the same-sex marraige debate is inherently deceptive. Much of the news coverage of
the Iowa decision has declared that "Gay Marriage" is now "legal" in Iowa. Or that a judge struck down a state "prohibition" against same-sex marriage. Neither statement is precisely true, and the distinctions matter.
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Same sex marriage is legal in every state in the United States. Yes, you read that correctly. It's legal everywhere. There is no law in any state that prevents a man and a man or a woman and a woman from marching down the aisle of a church (or standing together in a backyard garden) and saying "I do." Priests and pastors from our watered-down mainline denominations perform these ceremonies all the time in states from coast to coast.
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So, the issue is not whether same sex marriage is legal. The issue is whether same-sex marriage should receive the same state benefits as traditional marriage. Homosexual activists have made great progress in the public debate by essentially making people believe that the police would stop a same-sex couple from getting married. Nothing could be further from the truth. Homosexual activists are not asking for same-sex marriage to be "legal" (it already is) but instead for the state to recognize and incentivize their unions.
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But what's the state interest in doing so? Must the state recognize and incentivize every private relationship? At the moment, all of the available social science tells us that the two parent, mother-father family provides kids with their best chance to get a good education, escap poverty, and avoid prison. Why can't the state choose to recognize and incentivize the one family structure that we know leads to the best outcomes across society?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

We're on GFL!

Generations for Life has a post on the pro-life stuff several friends and I did this summer in our Fondy pro-life group, HeartBeat Teens, complete with pictures. Thanks for the props, guys!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Off to College!

Well, tomorrow I’m off for Hillsdale College. Blogging’s been light lately, due to all the last-minute preparations & whatnot, and it’ll probably be light for a while, as I get settled into my schedule and develop a feel for how much spare time I’ll be able to devote to CFO.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Church of Liberalism

I just caught part of a segment on The O’Reilly Factor about some judge who gave a disgustingly-lenient sentence to a violent criminal. The guests were Fox judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano and some ditzy defense attorney.
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Napolitano said he reviewed this judge’s record, and he found a history of light punishments for similar crimes. In response, the ditz said O’Reilly & Napolitano had no right to make criticisms because they “weren’t in the courtroom.” Never mind that the entirety of the man’s record had been called into question.
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The interesting thing: isn’t this one of the major attacks on religious hierarchy, the idea that instead of grappling with ideas’ merits & genuine concerns, it tries to stifle & delegitimize dissent from “outsiders?” Once again, the thesis of
this book is supported: liberalism is a religion (only without the good parts).

Monday, August 6, 2007

Barack I'll-Bomb-Ya

For a while I was hoping Hillary Clinton would get the Democrat nomination, but now I’m thinking maybe Barack Obama would be the better general election opponent. First he agrees to unconditionally meet with America’s enemies within the first year of his administration, and now he’s threatening to invade Pakistan. Y’know, a Muslim nation that not only didn’t attack us on 9/11 (where have I heard this before?) but whose government is actually an ally? Oh, and did I mention that Pakistan already has nukes?
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Dean Barnett posts an
appropriate bumper-sticker on the subject, and Mitt Romney nailed it, too: “from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”
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