On February 28 of this year, California’s 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles ruled that home schooling is illegal in California unless done by a certified teacher, and that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children. Although the court was only supposed to rule on a single case, it overstepped its bounds by attempting to criminalize all home-schooling parents.
On May 15, in a 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court struck down two state laws limiting marriage to unions between a man and a woman, claiming that the state constitution protects a fundamental “right to marry” extending to same-sex couples.
On April 20, Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, concluded a six-day visit to the United States, home to 67.5 million of his flock. In between the pope’s April 15 arrival and his farewell ceremony, the pontiff took part in a whirlwind round of ceremonies.
The contrasts could hardly have been more striking. On one side were families — including many young children in strollers and backpacks, as well as elderly grandparents — marching peacefully, praying, and singing. Facing off against them: a seething, aggressive mob of mostly 20- and 30-somethings screaming profanities and political slogans through bullhorns and loudspeakers — egged on by the mayor and other city officials. After subjecting the estimated 8,000 marchers to a mile-long gauntlet of deafening taunts and threats, the militant mob surged through thin police lines and blocked the street, defying police orders to disperse. The pro-life march came to a halt, trapped in tight streets crowded with demonstrators, bystanders, and tourists.