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Obergefell: Freedom’s End Foreshadowed

Obergefell: Freedom’s End Foreshadowed

My BreakPoint column posted today is about the undeniable differences between Obergefell v. Hodges and Brown v. Board of Education. For those who do not remember, these are the Supreme Court cases in which gay marriage was allowed and school racial segregation was disallowed. Several people have been saying Obergefell is the Brown of our generation, and I show in this column that the differences between the two are too great to permit seeing them that way. Gay rights have…

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What Does This Writer Represent?

What Does This Writer Represent?

What would you think of a writer spent an entire article slamming another writer he’s never met, speculating on that other writer’s psychological motivations based on stereotypes, guesses, and a whole host of information he does not have? What if that writer said of the other writer and his work: stupid question smuggles in facts not in evidence written to reassure true believers … that their position is unassailable on a site not exactly for intellectuals I suggest he’s lying…

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Could This Restore Christian Bakers’ Freedom of Conscience?

Could This Restore Christian Bakers’ Freedom of Conscience?

An idea that might help restore Christian bakers’ freedom of conscience: The law in many states now requires that persons who deal in the wedding business extend their services to same-sex couples. I’m not aware, however, of any laws that require a store create and sell product that’s not in their inventory. So I wonder whether a baker in Oregon (for example) could prepare a defined catalog of cakes she will offer to prepare for weddings. She produces only these…

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“Still Against Gay Marriage?” Good Relational Advice, Bad Practice, and a Solution

“Still Against Gay Marriage?” Good Relational Advice, Bad Practice, and a Solution

Steve Siebold was given a platform at Huffington Post to explain how people should behave, now that the Supreme Court has blessed gay marriage. He’s addressing those of us who are still against gay marriage, and he says (among other things), While he [Jesus] might not necessarily agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize gay marriage, and while he might not agree with the LGBT lifestyle, ultimately he would still extend his hand in friendship to his fellow man….

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“Sexual Liberty, Sexual Equality, Sexual Fraternity or Sorority!”

“Sexual Liberty, Sexual Equality, Sexual Fraternity or Sorority!”

I’ve never studied the French Revolution in depth, but I know it was a horrifically bloody time, a time of national madness. I know that there were many mottos motivating it, but “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) was the one that emerged and endured. It was a secular revolution, very decidedly distancing itself from God or religion. Over recent decades the United States has elevated personal liberty, in the form of various “rights,” above all other goods, possibly even…

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The Judgment Has Been Delivered. The Debate Is Settled.

The Judgment Has Been Delivered. The Debate Is Settled.

The Supreme Court has ruled on gay marriage in the U.S. Does this mean it’s all over? That the debate is settled? Yes and no. Yes, it’s settled. No, it’s not because the Supreme Court has ruled on the matter, and it’s not settled in the way the court ruled. Court rulings are often overturned. This one should be. The justices have created for themselves the right to create rights. The circularity there should be obvious. It’s an invention out of…

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Repost: The Court, the Culture, and the Glory of God

Repost: The Court, the Culture, and the Glory of God

I wrote this early in 2013 following a major Supreme Court decision on marriage. It seems timely again now. I’m reposting it verbatim. God does not conform to culture. Culture does not conform itself to God. Stated thus, the situation almost seems symmetrical, but obviously it is not. In the beginning the world was not created by the culture, and in the end culture will not own it. The earth is the Lord's, and its fullness, including culture. In the…

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The Nurturance Model of Marriage: Incomplete and Inadequate

The Nurturance Model of Marriage: Incomplete and Inadequate

Better late than never, I’m responding to a pro-same-sex-marriage article that d has commended for our consideration. I’m afraid it’s not as strong as he thinks it is. Its “nurturance” view of marriage is incomplete as a model and inadequate for what it purports to explain. The Nurturance Model of Marriage Right off the bat, the definite article in his description catches my eye. The same word the is paralleled in the first sentence: “We often hear that children are the…

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The Burden of Proof in the Marriage Debate

The Burden of Proof in the Marriage Debate

With a Supreme Court decision on marriage coming up this summer, there’s an almost palpable sense of fear among defenders of marriage that the day the Court rules on it will be the day we will finally lose. I think that date is off by years. The day we lost was when we decided to persuade the country that gay marriage was wrong. It was a no-win battle from the beginning. That’s not because we were making the wrong case,…

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