Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, delivered the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2014. Continue reading
(JS: I’m re-blogging a piece from Matt Barber, the original of which can be read over at BarbWire.com. I encourage my readers to visit Matt’s excellent blog where you may click on links he has embedded to related articles)
What The ‘Gay Marriage’ Debate Is Really About
By: J. Matt Barber
It’s called Pandora’s Box.
And the Supreme Court just opened it.
Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers officially declared “the infamous crime against nature,” be made law of the land?
A lot of people have, so don’t feel bad. A lot of reasonable, well-meaning and even, at times, intelligent people have taken the bait. Continue reading
Blogmaster’s Note: I have shamelessly lifted the following essay which is a response from Fr. Hans Jocobse to the article Muzzling Military Chaplains that he posted on the website Monomakhos-dot-com.
Fr. Hans and I, as well as many others, appear to share the same unsettling vision of where things are headed for Christians in the West who support and defend historic Christian doctrine. In the essay which follows, Fr. Hans makes an oblique reference to a recent controversy in the Orthodox Church in America that saw its sitting first hierarch deposed, as well as a public document called the Manhattan Declaration. Both of these items could become sidebars and are worthy of separate discussions by themselves, but I do not intend to cover them here.
There are dark storm clouds gathering on the horizon, and the future for Christians in the West (formerly the “Free World”) seems to be one of increased conflict with the militantly secular state, and open persecution at the hands of civil authorities. While reading his essay, I’m reminded of the recent words of Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago who is quoted as saying: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” I hope that time proves us all wrong, but many others see it coming too. Continue reading