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  • Steven D. Smith on "Smuggling"

    06/10/2016 12:25:57 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Below is an excerpt by one of my favorite authors, Steven D. Smith, from his book The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse In this excerpt, Dr. Smith reveals how loaded terms and ideas are often used in modern social-political discourse to "smuggle in" substantive ideas without having to acknowledge their sources or argue for them substantively. He examines briefly the concepts of "freedom," "equality," and "reciprocity" (the idea that we should treat others as we would like to be treated) and points out how they can be used and often are used to "smuggle."
  • The Red Herring of "Marriage Equality"

    06/10/2016 12:25:41 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | Steven Smith
    In his Second Inaugural Address, President Obama declared that “if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” Headlines and blogs around the country proclaim that the Supreme Court is ready to tackle the issue of “marriage equality.” If that’s the issue—“marriage equality”—then the correct outcome seems irresistible, doesn’t it? But is “marriage equality” really the issue? To see how, think for a moment about the meaning—and the rhetorical uses and abuses—of equality and inequality. Do we treat blind people unequally by denying them drivers’ licenses when others are...
  • Trump Would "Strongly Consider" Move To Overturn Same-Sex Marriage

    02/04/2016 9:35:45 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/16 | Marisa Schultz
    Donald Trump would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices as president to overturn same-sex marriage, the Republican presidential front-runner said Sunday. Courting evangelical voters in Iowa, Trump told "Fox News Sunday" he disagreed with last year's landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage because states should decide. "If I'm elected I would be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go," Trump said....
  • 'Sister Wives' case: Will polygamy become legal in Utah?

    01/22/2016 10:24:34 AM PST · by detective · 113 replies
    MSN News ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | Max Lewontin
    A family made famous by the reality show "Sister Wives" is calling on a Utah appeals court to uphold a ruling that essentially decriminalized polygamy, saying the state's historic ban on the practice raises constitutional issues about freedom of religion, association, and privacy rights of consenting adults. Kody Brown and his four wives - Meri, Jangle, Christine and Robyn - who began appearing on the TLC reality show in 2010, filed suit against the state of Utah challenging the state's ban.
  • GEORGE H. W. BUSH: I HAVE "MELLOWED" ON GAY MARRIAGE

    11/10/2015 10:10:03 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 110 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 11-5-15 | Sam Levine
    Former President George H.W. Bush has moderated his views on same-sex marriage since seeking the White House, according to a new biography. Bush said in his audio diary before his 1988 presidential campaign that Americans "didn't want same-sex marriage codified," according to The New York Times. But after he served as an official witness at a 2013 same-sex wedding, he sent his biographer, Jon Meacham, a note to clarify that his views had changed....
  • 'Marriage Equality' Groups Rally to Decriminalize Prostitution, Laws Against 'Sexual Exchange'

    08/22/2015 11:27:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/22/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    After winning support for gay marriage through the image of the monogamous same-sex couple, a coalition of LGBT groups has released a joint statement in solidarity with Amnesty international's recent support for decriminalizing prostitution. Multiple United States-based LGBT groups released the joint statement Thursday in support of the recently approved resolution by Amnesty International championing the decriminalization of sex work. Signed by the Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, the statement applauds prostitution as a survival skill for runaway gay youth. "For...
  • Liberals Celebrate ‘Gay Equality’ While ISIS Throws 4 Gays From Rooftops

    06/27/2015 7:23:46 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-27-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    While American liberals are celebrating SCOTUS’ illegal decision forcing gay marriage upon all 50 states – and thereby nullifying the 10th Amendment – ISIS threw 4 gays from the roof of a building. PHOTO As always, a crowd had gathered to watch the brutal mass murder: PHOTO Now, I’ve got a question for my liberal friends: why is it that you pretend that gays are persecuted in the United States (which isn’t and wasn’t true at all, they’re able to live together, have relationships, and do whatever they please), while you – at the same time – ignore what’s going...
  • We're Not About To Crawl Into A Hole and Die

    06/22/2015 6:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Over and over again we are told that we have lost the culture wars and that it’s time for us to throw in the towel and capitulate, especially as the Supreme Court’s decision on redefining marriage is about to be announced (or has even been announced by the time you read this article). I’m here to announce that no matter what the Supreme Court says, no matter what the President says, no matter what society says, we are not bowing down to anyone other than the Lord Himself. And with God’s help, there’s not a shred of a possibility that...
  • The Most Surprising Gay Marriage Poll We've Seen In A While [retread zot]

    02/18/2015 3:41:54 PM PST · by Dalek · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/17/15 | Aaron Blake
    Everyone wants to know whether Jeb Bush can survive his support for Common Core and comprehensive immigration reform in today's Republican Party. One deal-breaker that might surprise people, though: His opposition to gay marriage. NBC News and Marist College are out with a batch of new 2016 primary polls. And as you might expect, Common Core, immigration reform, belief in man-made climate change and support for raising taxes on the wealthy are among those with the potential to alienate lots of conservatives. But according to the polls, so does opposition to gay marriage--an issue on which Bush agrees with basically...
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Battling the New Gnosticism (Catholic Caucus)

    02/11/2015 2:27:54 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 11, 2015 | BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER
    (Bishop Schneider. Image Courtesy of Diane Korzeniewski) Editor’s Note: Following his strongly-worded interview with Polonia Christiana in the wake of the first part of the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family, we reached out to Bishop Athanasius Schneider to seek his guidance on concrete actions Catholics can take during this time of turmoil within the Church. We specifically requested his advice on what the faithful could do to resist heterodoxy and address the errors (or at least obfuscations) that seem to be issuing forth from some of the highest prelates in the Church. Though his counsel is brief, it is deeply...
  • Legalising Man-Dolphin Marriage Is Next

    02/03/2015 3:20:34 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 27 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 February 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Why shouldn't this man be (or have been) allowed to marry his dolphin sweetheart? After all, it's only "love" that matters in holy matrimony, not building a family and a safe environment in which to raise kids. It's all to do with "feelings" these days, little else is important, and obviously we are here talking about the feelings of adults. (The feelings of children of anomalous families carry little weight.) Love in particular, however defined. For some people, like paedophile Oscar Wilde who was paying to have sex with working-class rent boys, the definition of love is lust. A...
  • Teenager Who Has Been Dating Her Father For Two Years Reveals The Pair Are Planning To Get Married..

    01/16/2015 10:29:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 133 replies
    DailyMail(UK) ^ | January 16, 2015 | CHRIS SPARGO
    Teenager Who Has Been Dating Her Father For Two Years Reveals The Pair Are Planning To Get Married - And Have Children An 18-year-old girl is revealing in a new interview that she has been dating her father for two years The pair were estranged for 12 years, but met up again when she was 16, having sex the week they were reunited They were soon dating and are now planning their wedding After their wedding they plan on moving to New Jersey and having children, were adult incest is legal By CHRIS SPARGO 16 January 2015 A young girl...
  • Top Obama Bundler Arrested For Child Rape And Sodomy, Media Stays Silent

    11/26/2014 1:37:36 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 16 replies
    DC Gazette ^ | 11/22/14 | DC Gazette
    Prominent Democrat Terrence P. Bean has been indicted for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend in a hotel room. He was arrested at his home in southwest Portland on Wednesday and charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse. Portland police tracked down the 15-year-old boy whose testimony helped lead to the sex abuse indictment against Bean and his former boyfriend, Kiah L. Lawson. Bean and Lawson allegedly set up an encounter with the teen through the iPhone app “Grindr”. The popular app is a mobile social network that helps gay men...
  • The Supreme Court's Nonruling on Gay Marriage

    10/09/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Three points need to be made about Monday's decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Point 1: While the court's liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue. Perhaps they sought to avoid another Roe vs. Wade in which a previous court overturned all state abortion...
  • Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Wed Straight Couples

    10/01/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Correction: This post initially stated that Judge Tonya Parker was “no longer” marrying straight couples. Judge Parker has never performed such marriage ceremonies. This version has been corrected. Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Judge Tonya Parker (Dallas County) Now, a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state. Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony: “I'm sorry. I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...
  • More GOP Lawmakers Shifting to Support Gay Marriage

    07/30/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/14 | Melanie Batley
    Republican lobbyists are working to persuade GOP lawmakers to change their position on same-sex marriage and revise the party's official position that "traditional marriage" is between a man and a woman. Gay marriage advocates say their efforts are paying off as an increasing number of members of the congressional delegation are diverging from the party line, The Hill reported. "The issue is losing its toxicity, from a Republican perspective," Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, who helped write the Defense of Marriage Act, told The Hill. She has been visiting dozens of Republican offices...
  • One Year After DOMA Fell, and Still No Revolution

    06/26/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT · by koanhead · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 6/26/14 | James Richardson
    The counter counterculture uprising social conservatives promised us after the Supreme Court's neutering of the Defense of Marriage Act never quite manifested.... But in the days before the high court delivered its rulings on DOMA and California's Proposition 8, Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, was desperately admonitory that the country's top jurists not invite ruin on America by accurately interpreting the Constitution. "If the Supreme Court steps in and says, 'We're redefining marriage, same-sex marriage will be the law across the land,' it will create a firestorm of opposition," Perkins' Magic 8-Ball warned. "This...
  • GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue

    06/25/2014 3:34:45 PM PDT · by koanhead · 13 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | 6/23/14 | Steven Walters
    In politics, it's called The Pivot. When the news is bad, or if you don't want to answer the question, ignore it. Change the subject. Wisconsin Republican leaders are leaving divots as they pivot from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's decision voiding the state Constitution's ban of same-sex marriages. Many of the same Republicans who drafted the constitutional amendment, pushed it through two consecutive legislative sessions, and then in 2006 got voters to approve it, had no reaction to Crabb's ruling and no defense of their old position. The May 15-18 statewide poll by Marquette University's Law School may offer...
  • The March of the Tolerance Stormtroopers

    06/20/2014 4:28:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Let us begin with what should be an unnecessary assertion: Tolerance is good. The behavioral trait that involves giving others latitude and elbow room rather than jumping on their every flaw is a good thing. In a pluralistic society, it is healthy to recognize that amid various faiths, ethnicities and character types, we should find things to admire and embrace rather than launch a constant search for indignation. This is what tolerance used to be. It led to an America that welcomes many religions, rejects racism and embraces individualism. But the strengths and virtues of tolerance have been co-opted...
  • Karl Lagerfeld Wants to Get Married – to His Pet Cat Choupette

    06/06/2013 5:01:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Metri UK ^ | Wednesday 5 Jun 2013
    Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has revealed he wants to marry his cat. The 79-year-old is no stranger to controversy but his latest comments on wanting to wed his pet feline will raise more than a few eyebrows. ‘I never thought I would fall in love like this with a cat,’ Lagerfeld said. His pampered moggie, named Choupette, already lives a life of luxury so, if it could somehow agree to get married, it couldn’t be accused of gold digging. It’s also starred in a number of Lagerfeld’s photoshoots and promotional campaigns, having been in his care for around a...