Is same-sex marriage something worth going to literal war over?
The contents of a black box are discovered only once it is opened. But we can always speculate about what’s inside.
Is dueling compatible with traditional historic Christianity? Folks with whom Alexander sought communion after being shot didn’t think so and challenged the dying man accordingly.
What does it mean to be a “Christian”? That question seems (to some) as relevant today as it was during the American Founding.
A surface scratching inquiry into objective notions of truth.
Was America founded to be a “republic,” revolutionary France a “democracy”? No. What are the supposed differences David Barton fabricated? Find out.
I would describe my faith as “Quakerish.”
How do we know what’s ultimately true? Especially in a religious sense. This is where I am currently.
The interview that arguably cost John Silber the office of Governor of Mass.
Watch a Police Officer patiently and perfectly handle a tense situation.
Watch two intellectual giants battle it out over 1980s Cold War politics and policies.
Jon Rowe notes problems with bureaucratic tyranny in the United States with a personal story that focuses on a state and local government example thereof.
Jon Rowe examines the concept of God through the lens of 18th Century American notions of “benevolence” with a special focus on Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Learn a little about Emanuel Swedenborg, whose ideas interested among others Immanuel Kant.
Are these two people “fit” for “marriage”? Should the government have a role in answering that question? I still say no.
Jon Rowe grapples with the mystery of sexual orientation’s origin while dealing with analogies and logical fallacies.
Jon Rowe examines how David Barton misleads while he attacks better credentialed scholars.
Jon Rowe wonders how a national right to same sex marriage might affect the religious consciences of those who disagree with such.
Jon Rowe ponders the cosmic implications of Islam and Mormonism, and their cosmic relationship to Christianity.
A brief gloss of the complex intellectual and spiritual harmony between the Founders and the Quakers.
Jon Rowe points the reader towards some remarkable research.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
How many offended people does it take to turn fact into “inaccuracy”?
Nigel Tufnel understood you can’t play along at eleven all the time. And he was an idiot.
[Original NYT on which the parody below is based.] Washington — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states enforcing the Affordable Care Act are violative of the Constitution’s First Amendment and Origination Clause are not obligated to defend them. Mr. Holder was careful…
Still not a lot of uninterrupted non-manic toddler time for writing, but she does enjoy some political non-fiction before bed. Among my favorites this year were the latest installments from Robert George and Mary Eberstadt, along with Jay Cost’s 2012 work on the Democratic party and Lewis Gould’s on the GOP, which Cost was good…
Ever since “The One” was elected, the Democrats have seemed to represent a relatively coherent ideology. Its New Left contingent was quiescent with the express and implied promises of a decisive leftward move. And the Establishment was proud of itself for having elected the first black president. As a result, Democrats have been able to…
Awash in the reek of my own community’s orgy of modernity, I found Tim Stanley’s ablution most welcome: In the words of Joe Orton, “Cleanse my heart … let me rage correctly.” So what do I rage against? I hate our economic system that speculates on people as if they were cattle in a market.…
Two weeks ago, the Justice Department issued a public notice inviting applicants “‘to refer anyone who had any information’ that might build a case against [George] Zimmerman for either a civil rights violation or a hate crime.” It reminded me of something in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654 (1988),…
After we returned from an early dinner with friends late Sunday afternoon, we began to hear the reports of disturbances a few blocks away from where we live in downtown Huntington Beach. The annual eight-day-long and well-attended US Open competition had just concluded around 5:00. The neighborhood had been packed with attendees all weekend, and…
You won’t find me getting terribly agitated about immigration reform either way – I think it’s the right thing to do, but I don’t see it as much of an opportunity to gain Hispanic-vote share, and I suspect the economists’ forecasted golden eggs will turn up some rotten ones, too. But even though I’m a…
Consider this: 1. The Supreme Court today ruled in its opinion holding DOMA unconstitutional that the states are entitled to decide their own marriage laws. Assume this is not a meaningless statement – a “bald, unreasoned disclaimer,” as Justice Scalia called it. (This may be asking much of those who recall the majority opinion author’s prior work in Lawrence and Romer, rich with such disclaimers.) 2. President Obama also acknowledged today that Americans’ views on marriage are based on “deeply […]
Defending the NSA’s program that collects information about the American public’s phone calls and emails, President Obama offered this bit of doublespeak: Well, in the end, and what I’ve said, and I continue to believe, is that we don’t have to sacrifice our freedom in order to achieve security. That’s a false choice. That doesn’t mean that there are not tradeoffs involved in any given program, in any given action that we take. So all of us make a decision […]
The biggest cause of confusion faced by Originalists—the folks who think the Constitution means what it originally did in the late 1700s—isn’t the one you’d probably guess at first. You’d probably guess it has to do with how we can know what 18th century Americans were thinking. And how can anyone know what Americans more than two and a quarter centuries ago thought “due process” was, or what a “reasonable search and seizure” was? We can hardly get consensus on […]
When I learned it, I thought the motion for this month’s Intelligence Squared U.S. debate – “The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die” – was simply dreadful. How could the opposing case possibly be made without fighting a losing battle with the proposition itself? Of course the GOP needs to win more votes from the center; of course they’ve been successfully characterized as out-of-touch with centrists. And indeed, the pre-debate poll showed a staggering 65% in favor of the […]
I’ve seldom agreed with Hugh Hewitt so strongly—and readers know I agree with him a lot—as I do on repealing the medical device tax through regular constitutional order and not the usual rendering of pig lips and cow parts. Hewitt has a post today on the issue at his blog. Here’s a key exchange from Hewitt’s interview yesterday with Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways and Means health subcommittee, who agrees with Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp on […]