The chief justice of the state of Alabama, Roy S. Moore, has ordered the state’s probate judges to defy a federal district court ruling and refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The result is that some judges in Alabama are issuing licenses and some are not. The confusion may continue until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of gay marriage in June.Read More
I was trained to manage within rules rather than accepting them unquestioningly. Gravity, for example, doesn’t always work in my favor, but I see there isn’t much point in trying to defy it. At least without some sort of plan, like Bernoulli’s Principle, which keeps airplanes up there. This is above my pay grade.
So when I wrote a book later, in 2003, about U.S. policy in Haiti, the point was not to challenge any system.Read More »
Nineteen ninety-three. I sat in my cubicle, the window over my back facing the opposite wall without character.
Back in the days of phones, mine rang. It was a friend who was a clerk of a clerk of a clerk of a Supreme court Justice.Read More »
Has America entered a Bizarro world in which money equals speech but speech itself gets labeled intimidation?
That’s not a far-fetched conclusion to draw in a political culture that has unleashed campaign spending and given it First Amendment protection while at the same time branding the supposed free speech of college students as bullying, tyranny, censorship, and intolerance.Read More »
Nil nisi bonum de mortuis. “Speak only good of the dead.” Generally, that’s a sound maxim. But what if the dead person is the Reverend Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 85?
Never heard of Rev. Phelps? His Westboro Baptist Church has a website where you can read all about him.Read More »
Because I live in Houston, I sometimes forget that I live in Texas. Houston is liberal; the city has an openly lesbian mayor. Houston is diverse; it is a majority-minority city. Houston is multicultural; I can go to the local supermarket and see women wearing burkas and even veils.Read More »
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rehashed the charge that legalizing gay marriage could lead to Christian pastors being “forced” to perform gay nuptials and prosecuted for “hate speech” if they dare to take a literal reading of certain Bible passages on marriage and homosexuality.Read More »
Denise Graveline, whose The Eloquent Woman blog is one of the best resources for notable material about women and public speaking technique, has done us a favour by looking in some detail at the words of President Obama on Trayvon Martin.Read More »