Shame on Him

As I like to tell my kids and students… every silver lining has a cloud. One of the clouds on the silver lining that has been the growth and expansion of America over the past 2 centuries has been the loss of community. There’s not enough time or space her to fully plumb those […]

The Devil is in the (Lack of) Details

I’ve been harping for awhile on the superabundance of laws in this country. State and federal regulators and legislators have created a series of tripwires whereby any of us can unknowingly commit a felony or some other violation that can cost people anywhere from hundreds of dollars to their homes and businesses (not to mention […]

With These Rings We We Wed

The Colliers from Billings, Montana

Well that didn’t take long. Natahan, Vicki, and Christine Collier, from Billings Montana have applied for a Montana marriage license. From KRTV Great Falls:

We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, “Sister Wives.” […]

Abandon All Hope…

11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the […]

Wednesday Open Thread

Well organized and written for the educated or well read layperson. If you want to know more about the concept of natural law this is a great book that is smart, but not overwhelmingly so (like Aquinas, Locke or Grotius, et al.)

LGBT vs. Christianity: The Stakes Part V

Part five from the Federalist:

The distinction between the City of God and the City of Man was developed at much greater length by St. Augustine of Hippo, the great North African Catholic philosopher. Augustine wrote in the early fifth century when the church had gained control of much civil authority only to see it […]

LGBT vs. Christianity — The Stakes Part IV

Here is the fourth installment of Dan McLaughlin’s “Can Gays and Christians Coexist?” — from The Federalist.com:

Reliance on the Equal Protection rationale also has a number of potential legal consequences, including some fairly immediate and specific risks for church and church-affiliated institutions like schools: that they could lose their tax exemption, as the Supreme […]

LGBT vs. Christianity -- the Stakes

Dan McLaughlin, at The Federalist, is publishing a 5-part analysis of the existential crisis Christianity — authentic devout Christianity — not the warmed over nominal “belief” espoused by many Americans — is in over the looming Supreme Court that will, I believe, enforce gay, marriage and encapsulate into law that people who oppose gay marriage […]

The Real Lesson of The Ferguson Effect

“The nation’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over”, according to a new Wall Street Journal article that reports violent crime rates have risen sharply all over the country in the past year:

Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial […]

FDR -- Federally Dictated Racism

NPR had a great piece a few days ago about how New Deal policies created racially segregated neighborhoods where none had existed.

Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country’s metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent […]