Tag: Gay Rights

Using Children to Advance the Progressive Agenda

 

One of the latest attacks on religious freedom comes from a demand of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, that all adoption agencies must approve adoptions to gay and lesbian parents.

New Hope Family Services is the adoption agency that has filed a lawsuit against the state, protesting that this requirement is inconsistent with their faith. This is the background of the lawsuit:

Richard Epstein describes the dramatic failure of the federal government’s attempts to balance anti-discrimination laws against religious liberty protections.

Protecting Inmates From Dangerous Ideas

 

shutterstock_69674647Christianity is no longer permitted in Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers.

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials … The Kentucky regulation clearly states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

One incident doesn’t constitute a trend, but this was predictable, and it’s reasonable to expect similar rule changes following the Supreme Court ruling.

Slate’s Rising Intolerance on Gay Rights

 

In my recent Defining Ideas column, “Hard Questions on Same-Sex Marriage,” I sought to explore some of the intellectual cross-currents and difficulties in the Supreme Court’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges. There were two basic points in the article.  First, I sought to explain the difficulties in finding a constitutional right to gay marriage, even though most of the standard arguments against same-sex-marriage tend to fall flat as a matter of social and political theory. The article was in no sense an effort to rally religious conservatives to stop the powerful political juggernaut that has resulted in a surge in public approval for same-sex-marriage.

The second point was my deep uneasiness that the same-sex-marriage movement is moving sharply from its defense of gay unions towards a massive intolerance of those individuals who, for religious reasons, oppose the practice and wish to conduct their own personal lives and business activities in accordance with their own beliefs — beliefs that I hasten to add are not my own. The recent hysterical screed against my column by Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, laden as it is with abusive epithets, shows just how rapidly that form of intolerance is taking over the gay rights movement more generally.

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After stoking the fire yesterday, I hoped I’d get a chance to offer my own olive branch as we again look for common ground. Well, here it is.  I learned today that a local group of religious priests (that is, priests who belong to an order — like Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, etc) had been forced out […]

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Should the Classroom be a Battleground Over Sexual Orientation?

 

I live relatively close to a community that just made national headlines thanks to a group of high school kids who reportedly decided to protest against gays in response to their high school’s “Day of Silence” — an event that’s supposed to raise awareness about LGBT bullying. I am not at all surprised at the situation, including the actions of both the students and the administration (at least as it was reported in Huffington Post.)

This is an inherently contentious issue — particularly, between liberals promoting the LGBT agenda and social conservatives — but I’m falling back on my previous experience in education. To put it bluntly, this battle is turning teens into pawns in an adult game of chess, and, unfortunately, those kids have no idea what is happening to them. While the liberals claim that they are trying to make schools safer for kids who are different, the bottom line is that they are doing them a disservice. The fact remains that they are trying to force radical change in societal norms and mores – something that we’ve seen before in history, after the abolition of slavery. The difference now is that instead of attempting to force acceptance of people who simply have a different skin color, they are trying to force acceptance of a behavior.

The Flame at the Heart of the Gay Rights Movement

 

The problem with the gay rights movement is that it is, in its very essence, insatiable.

A clear demonstration of this was on display with the recent LGBT primal scream in response to the Indiana law on religious freedom signed by Mike Pence and later “clarified” by additional legislation. The law was substantially the same (although admittedly broadened somewhat in scope) as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” signed into law in 1993 by Bill Clinton and supported by a nearly unanimous legislature (three U.S. Senators opposed it). Nevertheless, the potential for business owners to be protected by the Indiana law from having to participate in business activities that violate their religious principles – specifically with regard to opposition to gay marriage – detonated an IED (Indiana Explosive Device) of furious destructive force.

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If Republicans are seriously interested in getting some portion of votes from poorer black communities, then this is an opportunity.  A coalition of 34,000 churches is ending its relationship with the Presbyterian Church USA over its decision to recognize same-sex marriage. Preview Open

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The Libertarian Podcast: Indiana, Discrimination, and Religious Liberty

 

This week on The Libertarian podcast, Professor Epstein takes on the controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Is it a vital protection for religious liberty? Is it an overbroad statute that needlessly opens the door to discrimination? Exactly how far should government be able to go in forcing individuals to interact with others against their will? And what are the limits to religious exemptions to broadly applicable laws? Those are just a few of the topics that we cover in this week’s episode. Listen in below or subscribe to The Libertarian via iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

Gay GOP Reformer Confounds Democrat Labeling

 

Carl DeMaio is a rising star in a California GOP woefully in need of them. Now that he’s running for a San Diego-area congressional seat, Democrats are doing everything in their power to destroy him.

DeMaio transcended a hard-knock childhood to create two successful businesses. He then was elected to the San Diego City Council where he instituted several groundbreaking reforms. DeMaio defeated tax hikes, improved accountability and led efforts to enact landmark pension reform.

Better To Be Gay Than Christian in the NFL

 

When University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday — becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL — he laid a big wet one on his boyfriend in front of the cameras. In response, Miami Dolphins Defensive Back Don Jones tweeted out “OMG” and “Horrible.” The Dolphins were swift in their punishment. Jones has been fined and suspended.

But what about all those nasty tweets leveled against openly Christian Tim Tebow? Oh, that doesn’t matter. Because, you know, Christians deserve it. It takes courage to come out as an openly gay player in a society that is orgasmic about everything gay. But to stand up for your faith in the midst of a culture that is hostile to it, well, that’s just “annoying,” as one tweet said about Tebow.

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Within the French Revolution during the time of the national convention a group known as the sans-culottes began to exert their power over the nascent French nation. The sans-culottes were essentially the working class of Paris. What makes their case interesting is the outsized influence they placed on the National Convention and national policy despite […]

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