How is Equality Baked into Our Constitution?

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case, and the specific legal questions surrounding Jack Phillips's work, have been discussed at length elsewhere, and in any event can be expected to come to a practical conclusion in a few months.

By | 2017-12-06T11:55:21+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Having Your Cake

Well, the florist is gone and the petals have dropped. The baker’s made cake, or else closed down his shop. “Man and man?” “Wife and wife”? Anyhow, there’s a ring. No question about that. Well…maybe ONE thing.Are you quite satisfied with the point that you made Because the law coerced a merry charade? Were

By | 2017-12-05T12:44:12+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Is Tolerance a Virtue?

We know what the Left hates about conservatives. In her losing campaign for president, Hillary Clinton articulated her litany of the deplorables: “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.” You’ll note that each one of these indictments is part of a taxonomy, a pseudo-scientific cultural-Marxist system of “isms” designed to categorize and thus dehumanize

By | 2017-12-01T09:26:49+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

The Thoughtfuls vs. the Roughneck-in-Chief

When it became increasingly clear in the spring of 2016 that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president, a group of Catholic Thoughtfuls penned a letter that March warning that the Catholic project was in “grave danger” because of Trump’s “vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance and . . . demagoguery.” They made

By | 2017-11-15T12:11:29+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Robert Mueller’s Small Fry

Since Robert S. Mueller has pursued President Trump’s people so aggressively, we need to go back to the letter which appointed him as special prosecutor. It told him to look for signs of coordination between Trump’s campaign supporters and the Russian government. But that’s not all it said. The overarching purpose of Mueller’s

By | 2017-11-03T06:10:12+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

More American Carnage

It’s too soon to comment in any detail about what happened at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas. There’s too much we don’t yet know, and too much of what has already been reported doesn’t add up. But it’s clear that what President Trump has called “American

By | 2017-10-03T12:36:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Mr. President, Don’t Forget to Stop the Carnage

The United States is reaching a grim milestone: One million murdered Americans. The FBI just released the Uniform Crime Report for 2016, and it contains good news and bad news. The report’s two main categories are property crime (burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) and violent crime (rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and

By | 2017-09-30T18:24:19+00:00 September 30th, 2017|

Trump, Immigration, and the Post-Constitutional Temptation

Secretary of State John Kerry in May 2016 advised his fellow citizens to prepare themselves for a borderless world. A borderless world would, of course, be a world without sovereign nation-states and consequently a world without the exclusive citizenship that attaches to what our Declaration of Independence called the “separate and equal nations”

By | 2017-09-29T13:05:25+00:00 September 28th, 2017|

Is Capital Punishment Christian?

“A murderer forfeits his life, and it is right that he should be killed by the sword.” So said Martin Luther, and his argument to that effect, cited here last week, may have impressed some readers and discombobulated others. But among those who confidently tell one another and the world that it’s unchristian—nay,

By | 2017-09-26T18:52:43+00:00 September 24th, 2017|