Thursday, 7/9/15

  1. Two birds, one stone
  2. Our media’s obsessions
  3. Coming soon to a school near you!
  4. RFRA test case
  5. Symphonia is dead
  6. Bigger than miracles

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In Kentucky, court clerk Casey Davis who objects on religious grounds to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has come up with a creative suggestion. Davis wants state law amended so couples can obtain marriage licenses online.

(Religion Clause blog)

While we’re at it, why not just make it a registry, rather than a mummery license – i.e., deal with the Clerk’s objection and the Magistrate’s objection in one fell swoop?

Or would the inability to coerce take all the fun out of it?

(Meawhile, Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, on her fourth marriage, refuses to issue marriage licenses, presumably so that she need not issue same-sex “marriage” licenses, so great is her recidivist regard for Holy Matrimony.)

2

Apparently, there is a football (American) player named Russell Wilson who is very good. He plays for Seattle, which I vaguely recall may have had a successful season. He’s dating a really hot singer I never heard of, and (here’s the really important part) for once “dating” isn’t a euphemism for working his way through the Kama Sutra. “Black jock not banging hot girlfriend.” That’s the story, it seems. (This is not The Onion.)

Reminds me of the New Yorker’s notion that Immanuel Kant can’t be taken seriously as a philosopher of freedom if he never got laid. (H/T Alan Jacobs)

(Isn’t it just terrible how Christian fundamentalists, unlike our media, are obsessed with sex?)

And why do I pay $31 per month now to get a newsapaper that thinks this is newsworthy?:

Yes, it’s official that sex is “newsworthy,” especially if linked to dread hypocrisy:

But in deciding to release the documents, Judge Eduardo Robreno of United States District Court said he was guided by the sense that Mr. Cosby had fashioned himself as a moral guide with pronouncements that offered “his views on, among other things, child-rearing, family life, education and crime.” “The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which The A.P. — and by extension the public — has a significant interest,” the judge wrote in a memorandum issued Monday.

(Emphasis added)

Look! Kim Kardashian! Chaz Bono! American Idol! Shiny! (HT Mark Shea)

(Pre-posting update: encountered this after writing every preceding word.)

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4

Our local newspaper has caught on that people like to see their neighbors’ freely-volunteered responses to questions about as well as they like professional pundits. Thus:

Deadline: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Question: In what is being touted as one of the first uses of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of two sex offenders who say a new state law prevents them from attending churches located on the same property as a school. Do you believe that’s a case the sex offenders should win or lose?

Well, do tell! The Indiana RFRA – the subject of a corporate and media thermonuclear attack – turns out to be about, of all things, religious freedom (no scare quotes)!

My take is that government has no business telling anyone “you can’t go to church here” for any reason (other than the church itself having barred a repeat disrupter and trespasser). Registered sex offenders, some of who may have committed the horror of urinating outdoors or such, with no proclivity to child molesting, get their day in court to argue that it is not a compelling interest of government to let legislators give each other high fives and chest thumps about how “tough” they are on (dare I say it?) perverts.

Meanwhile, the baker who doesn’t do Halloween cakes, doesn’t do “adult-themed” cakes, and of late doesn’t do same-sex wedding cakes has no defense in Indiana – does not get the same day in court as a sex offender – for his third cavil if Indiana adds sexual orientation to its civil rights laws (as the LGBT folks intend to do while they’ve got momentum) because the corporate and media creeps badgered into Indiana’s RFRA a categorical exception for “violating civil rights laws.”

This is the second thing for which I may never forgive the media, which are never so furious and single-minded as when they’re stone-cold wrong.

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This very issue–the solemnization of marriages– was raised by several [priests], including myself, at this session. Indeed, I do not mind going on record as having strong reservations about serving any longer as an agent for the state in solemnizing marriages. It’s high time we ended this last vestige of church-state symphonia. The Constantinian arrangement is now dead in this land.

(Rev. Fr. Patrick B. O’Grady, hyperlink added)

6

It ought not to be a matter of wonder that a miracle was wrought by God; the wonder would be if man had wrought it. Rather ought we to rejoice than wonder that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was made man, than that He performed divine works among men. It is of greater importance to our salvation what He was made for men, than what He did among men; it is more important that He healed the faults of souls, than that He healed the weaknesses of mortal bodies. But as the soul knew not Him by whom it was to be healed, and had eyes in the flesh whereby to see corporeal deeds, but had not yet sound eyes in the heart with which to recognize him as God concealed in the flesh, He wrought what the soul was able to see, in order to heal that by which it was not able to see.

(St Augustine of Hippo: Have You Gone Down into Troubled Water?)

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.