Category Archives: Law

Abraham Lincoln,Thanksgiving, and the First Amendment

Over at the Heritage Foundation’s blog, The Daily Signal, I have a piece arguing that the longstanding tradition of presidential proclamations of thanksgiving challenges the contemporary theory that holds that there must be “strict separation of church and state.”  Here is a key passage: In his 1864 announcement Lincoln credited “Almighty God” with the preservation [...]

The President’s Immigration Order

We will soon see what, exactly, the president’s executive order on immigration looks like.  The various accounts of it that have been floated over the last few months, however, give some sense of what it will be like, and also raise some serious concerns about it.  Probably it will involve the president’s decision to defer [...]

Obamacare’s Uncertain Future

Over at the Weekly Standard, attorney Adam J. White has a good piece describing the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court has just decided to hear.  Or I should rather say the legal challenge to the Obama administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, since the suit in question claims [...]

The Fate of Obamacare

The New York Times‘s esteemed Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse has a piece discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to grant review in the King v. Burwell case, which challenges some of the subsidies being paid out under government’s interpretation of the the Affordable Care Act.  Greenhouse complains that the Court is acting politically by taking [...]

Five Take-Aways from Yesterday’s Midterm Election

Yesterday’s mid-term election was a big win for a Republican Party badly in need of good news. Here are five takeaways from yesterday’s election, beginning with the obvious: 1) A very good night for the GOP. This was always going to be a tough year for Democrats. Speculation that the government shutdown might cost the [...]

UPDATED Houston Has a Problem: City Subpoenas Preachers’ Sermons over Equal Rights

Earlier this year, the city of Houston, Texas passed an equal rights ordinance which bans, among other things, discrimination based on gender identity. The ordinance’s greatest champion was Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The ordinance was opposed by many, including many local Christian leaders, who think that granting “gender identity” legally protection on par [...]

What is Love? A Crust for the Critics

Returning to the diabolical trinity from your humble writer’s post from last week, we look deeper at the importance of procreation in defining the marital bond. Many people take issue with the Catholic teaching that in order for the sacrament of matrimony to be valid, both the man and the woman must be open to [...]


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