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“Mark Regnerus’s Sound Social Science » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog”

“Mark Regnerus’s Sound Social Science » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog”

Three articles, all pointing toward: “family instability is the characteristic experience of those whose parents have same-sex relationships.” From Mark Regnerus’s Sound Social Science » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog See also Mark Regnerus and the Storm Over the New Family Structures Study and Vindicating Mark Regnerus

Separation of Church and Business?

Separation of Church and Business?

The Hobby Lobby chain of retail stores is bringing suit against the new federal requirement to provide free contraception, including morning-after abortifacients.* RealityCheck.org opines that There are a lot of problems with the Hobby Lobby plaintiffs’ theory of the case as detailed by the federal government. To start, the business plaintiffs are all for-profit, secular organizations that provide secular goods and services. They can’t, as the Supreme Court held in United States v. Lee, claim to exercise religion as a…

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Marriage and the State, or, Why SSM Advocates Can’t Win Without Losing

Marriage and the State, or, Why SSM Advocates Can’t Win Without Losing

Why do governments recognize marriage? It’s unique among all relationships. If it’s just about deep friendship, governmental involvement makes no sense: friendships have no state-sanctioned conditions attached to them. Those relationships that do come under governmental oversight or endorsement are obviously public ones, like business relationships. Why does the state care about marriage? Further: why does the state treat marriage in just the way it does? Married couples are exempt from testifying against one another, under the Fifth Amendment. Investment,…

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Amazing What Richard Dawkins Can Get Wrong

Amazing What Richard Dawkins Can Get Wrong

Pardon me for not going to the original source, but here at Uncommon Descent we have a portion of Richard Dawkins’ interview with Playboy. They asked him what he thought of Jesus. The answer he gave is simply astonishing. The evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky. The earliest books in the New Testament to be written were the Epistles, not the Gospels. It’s almost as though Saint Paul and others who wrote the Epistles weren’t that interested in whether Jesus…

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Your Vote In This Election

Your Vote In This Election

You have to vote. I’m making an exception to my policy of not posting on politics. The times demand it. I’ll still refrain from naming names, since that’s one aspect of my policy I still don’t want to violate. I’ll speak on a principle level instead. Of course I’m speaking to my U.S. readers especially at this time. You are called to join in leadership of this democracy. You’re in the process whether you like the process or not, and…

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Why Same-Sex “Marriage” Makes So Much Sense To So Many

Why Same-Sex “Marriage” Makes So Much Sense To So Many

Christians and other supporters of man-woman marriage: we need to understand why same-sex “marriage” (SSM) makes sense to so many people. The first step in that direction is to recognize that it actually does make sense to a whole lot of people–people who are in fact reasonable and sensible. If we don’t understand why it makes sense to those people, we’ll never understand why our arguments against it don’t make sense to them, and we’ll never be able to present…

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