In a 6-1 ruling yesterday, the California Supreme Court voted to uphold Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution so as to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. This concludes the Golden State court system’s adjudication of the proposition; however, a federal suit by a group called the American Foundation for Equal Rights appears to be in the offing.
It’s ironic that secularists will accuse traditionalists of being hung up on sex, when they are the ones who cannot stop talking about it and reducing it to the stuff of entertainment — and legislating on it.
At the University of Notre Dame, opposition to the granting of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to commencement speaker Barack Obama, president of the United States and the nation’s most prominent proponent of abortion “rights” and embryonic stem-cell research, was intense, both within and beyond the borders of the impressive South Bend campus. The invitation sparked a nationwide controversy that resembled, in some ways, a family quarrel.
The start of a baseball game, a football game, a NASCAR race, or a rodeo is predictable: crowds turn to face the American flag; men doff their hats; women put their hands on their hearts; and the “Star-Spangled Banner” is sung. And if you take your eyes from the flag for a few moments and look around, and at the same time listen, you may experience something rather profound. Whether clean-shaven or unshaven, whether yuppies or in boots and hats, whether holding children in their arms or apparently alone, Americans of all ages have tears forming in their eyes and catches in their throats as they sing and they stare at the American flag.
The “gay” marriage bandwagon stalled in New Hampshire yesterday when the state’s House of Representatives balked at adopting legislative changes requested by Governor John Lynch to expand exemptions for religious organizations and associations. Lynch said he will veto same-sex marriage legislation recently passed by both the House and Senate unless the changes he seeks are adopted.
Chances are no one predicted 36 years ago, when the Supreme Court ignited a culture war with its Roe v. Wade decision, that “Jane Roe” would one day be arrested while participating in an anti-abortion demonstration at the University of Notre Dame. But then, no one could have predicted, either, that the nation’s most celebrated Catholic university would be conferring an honorary degree on the most thorough-going defender of abortion “rights” ever to hold the office of president of the United States.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said yesterday he will sign legislation to establish same-sex marriage in the Granite State, but only if the state’s lawmakers enact safeguards to ensure religious organizations will not be legally required to participate in or provide services for “gay” weddings.
President Obama has outlined an education policy that would accelerate past federal education policies and failures: it would increase the money spent on the federal education bureaucracy while making no measurable academic progress and increasing federal control over decisions made by local schools.
First, let me establish my geek street-cred by admitting that this 40-something man did watch the new Star Trek movie solo. Of course, I only did this because I was on assignment for The New American. It was all in the line of duty. If I had been given more time to plan, I would have gone to the trouble of finding a buddy or two to go along with me (and we’d sit in the threater with that “I am not a homosexual” empty seat between us). The missus is not a sci-fi fan, and it was a miracle that I could get her to attend (and actually like) the original Spiderman movie. I can push my luck only so often.
Americans have been hearing for several years about potential war with Iran. For instance, on September 17, 2006, Time magazine reported, "The U.S. would have to consider military action long before Iran had an actual bomb." On October 10, under the heading "A Chilling Preview of War," Time warned: "As Iran continues to enrich uranium, the U.S. military has issued a 'Prepare to Deploy' order."