Category Archives: Dignitary harm

The GOP deathworks

What conservatives like [George] Will and I believe, and what we think Trump supporters either don’t understand or deny, is the destructive revolution in manners and mores that Donald Trump is ushering in, the enormous cultural and social blast radius … Continue reading

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My blog runneth over

Our death-dealing cold in the Midwest (I expect deaths before this is published) is a good excuse to stay inside, imbibing coffee and bourbon, reading, and even thinking. Okay, the bourbon is purely notional until the sun’s below the yardarm … Continue reading

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Clippings and commentary, 12/1/18

Andrew Sullivan was on fire yesterday. On this lousy grey day, I’ve found other bright spots on the net. Continue reading

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Hauerwasian “modernity” today

“… no story except the story they choose when they have no story.” Continue reading

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Don’t worry: There’s still a northern border

Trinity Western University holds traditional Christian teachings on marriage. Guess what happened when it wanted to open a law school. Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, grievance mongering, Political correctness, progressivism, Religious freedom, statism

We’re not asking for much

[Masterpiece Cakeshop] did not decide the question about religious freedom and the rights of sexual minorities. However, one key element of the decision drew my attention. The court recognized how anti-Christian bias on the part of the Colorado Civil Rights … Continue reading

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A masterpiece of prudence

I’m relieved in a way that the Supreme Court decided to punt on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. We could do with a little fudging in the culture wars these days. So instead of tackling the deeper, perhaps irresolvable, conflicts of … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Some fairly preliminary thoughts on today’s Supreme Court decision. Religious liberty advocates got the opinion they wanted. Unfortunately, it was a concurrence by Justice Thomas with Justice Gorsuch joining. More on that in a moment. Justice Kennedy’s much narrower majority … Continue reading

Posted in Anodynes & Nostrums, Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Marriage (real), Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Bad Analogies

[N]o one, not the most wild-eyed critic of the principles underlying the civil-rights legislation of the 1960s, ever suggested that, if such laws were passed, they would lead to obscure Christian bakers’ being forced at the point of government bayonets … Continue reading

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Speech or Religion?

I wrote several times, I’m pretty sure, that I thought the Masterpiece Cakeshop case would be argued by Jack Phillips’ attorney, and would ultimately be won, as a case about compelled artistic expression, a violation of the First Amendment’s speech … Continue reading

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