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.” […]

Friday Open Thread

If you follow the link you can get this for $15.00 on Audible.com (or free with their 30 day trial). David Straithairn plays Abraham Lincoln and Richard Dreyfuss is Senator Stephen Douglas in these readings of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. They really come alive and they also highlight just how far our […]

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 Part II

Here is the second part of Dan McLaughlin’s piece at the Federalist: Can Gays and Christians Coexist?

Supporting Marriage Is Not Jim Crow

Christianity survived the demise of slavery and segregation without the slightest harm to any doctrine, teaching, or passage of scripture of any significance. Indeed, the end of those unjust institutions freed Christians […]

Tuesday Open Thread

My admiration for our last conservative Democratic President is well documented here, here, and here .

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 […]

Friday Open Thread

On this day in 1807, former vice president Aaron Burr was indicted for treason.

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 […]

Wednesday Open Thread

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald. (The Crack-up — Esquire Magazine 1936)

A two-fer

“Government resting upon the will and universal suffrage of the people has no anchorage except in […]