In handing “committed” same-sex couples the full range of benefits available to married couples, the New Jersey Supreme Court has not only invited the state legislature to redefine “marriage” as … well, pretty much anything – it has also shown a deplorable lack of concern for the future of its youngest citizens.
The New Jersey Supreme Court - those same judicial geniuses who decided that a legislatively mandated deadline to get Robert Torricelli's name off the ballot in the 2002 mid-term election was really just a suggestion - has decided that same-sex marriages may be constitutionally permitted in the Garden State.
It's campaign season, which means there is plenty of mud being tossed back and forth between candidates, especially on campaign commercials. This "dumbing down" of political debate is always unfortunate, but it becomes tragic when sound bites endanger the lives of vulnerable human beings.
Samplings from a potpourri of topics currently in the news . . .
James Madison University’s (JMU) recent decision to eliminate ten sports teams is the latest example of the bizarre world of gender fairness on campus.
The major media are soft-selling the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Wednesday decision ordering “gay marriage” or its equivalent, lest the ruling become a fire bell in the night for social conservatives two weeks before the election.
This election cycle has sounded like a sicko version of that old Dr. Pepper ad. So many people are racists, it’s hard to keep up!
When judges in New Jersey can order legislators to write new laws that conform to their ideology, laws the people have not only not demanded, but viscerally and violently oppose, we have ceased to be a free country or a democratic republic.
That pretty much sums up what liberals think about us, right? We’re just a bunch of mean-spirited jerks that have no compassion, no sympathy; no understanding of what it means to suffer physical adversity or personal tragedy.
Thanks to slickly produced TV shows, magazines, movies and Web sites, your teenager is definitely hearing from the side that spurns traditional morality.
Dear Mr. Rooney, You ask, in your recent "60 Minutes" commentary, for the president to finally flat-out "explain" why we have troops in Iraq. While busy preparing your commentaries, you perhaps failed to hear the president explain this -- over and over and over again.
Should the bad news about our current political campaign, which features confused Republicans floundering and out-to-sea Democrats foundering, lead evangelicals to give up on politics?
Verily, verily, remarked the Preacher, of the bringing of First Amendment cases there shall be no end. The venerable Ecclesiastes thus provided a text for an important case now pending in the Supreme Court on a petition for review.
Congress finally started to address this pressing matter of national security shortly before adjourning. The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which calls for the construction of a 700-mile fence along the Mexican Border, represents an important step in that effort.
Samplings from a potpourri of topics currently in the news . . .
According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, Russia “has lost the equivalent of a city of 700,000 people every year since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.” We’re talking about the population of San Francisco or Baltimore—a grim reminder of how fruitless some worldviews can be.
For the last few years, I have had a mental image of many of our popular black leaders shuffling into smoke-filled back rooms and receiving “twenty pieces of silver” in exchange for the black community’s vote.
According to the new "ABC News" poll on health care, Americans are eager to have the government force employers to provide heath insurance: "Nearly eight in 10 favor a federal requirement that all employers offer insurance to their full-time workers."
Every time the stock market took a little dip, we'd reprint one of Paul Krugman's dour columns from the New York Jaundiced Times about the imminent doom of the American economy. Almost immediately the market would bounce back and then some. It worked every time.
When Marlette saw the planes hit the World Trade Center five years ago, he says his first association was to the "bitter, resentful, powerless religious fanatics of the American South" who waged war on the civil rights movement of his youth.
I want to make it clear that I have no idea if Representative Weldon has done anything wrong. If he has he needs to be punished. However, I am suspicious.
For months, we’ve been hearing about the sour mood of U.S, conservatives, with left-leaning activists and liberal commentators savoring (and promoting) the possibility that many of their opponents on the right will express their frustration by abandoning the GOP on November 7th.
The Governor’s campaign must improve its efforts, as well as its mindset, if he is to succeed in his bid for reelection.
This week I'm speaking at a National Press Club event sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association about the coming vote on state marriage amendments. Here's a sneak preview:
The real question facing voters in November is whether Democrats will be able to do to the entire legislative branch what they've done to their party.
What Patty Wetterling, Democratic congressional candidate in Minnesota's sixth district, just did is so wrong, so dishonest, so low even for the generally negative tone of political advertising, and so injurious to children, that I am breaking a lifelong silence on congressional races to beg Democrats and others in her district not to vote for her.
With the failure of the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is being drawn back into Moscow's orbit. Now, Georgia, another former republic of the old Soviet Union, is finding that ex-colonies of the empire pay a price for becoming estranged from Mother Russia.
The NCAA aims to ``retain a clear line of demarcation between intercollegiate athletics and professional sports.'' But aside from not compensating the athletes in a way commensurate with the money they generate for the universities, how is that line clear?
The problem for Bush is that in the current environment, his resolve has become a drag. People hear him say that he will stay in Iraq even if only Laura and Barney still support him, and they think it signals a stubborn unwillingness to adjust.
The Chicken Littles in the Democratic Party, liberal media outlets and liberal political action groups are attempting to convince voters that the sky is falling on America’s economy, our national security and Republican candidates at the national and state levels.
But, with the advent of computerization in the redistricting business, two incumbents might well get together and trade two houses on the north side of a street who vote Democrat, for two families on the south side of the same street who vote Republican.
It's a classic infantryman's fight in the Korengal ... and it's definitely a shooting war here.
Economics was dubbed "the dismal science" because it is constantly at war with one of life's most pleasant occupations -- wishful thinking. Suggest a simple step to make people better off -- say, by freezing gasoline prices -- and economists will dourly explain why it will have unintended consequences that outweigh any benefit. They've also been known to visit kindergarten playgrounds and announce there is no Santa Claus.
A minister has the responsibility of massive influence woven into his job. Instead of using it to fleece his sheep, to molest altar boys, or simply to dole out clichés like a drugged up Kathie Lee, why not re-align with the scripture and focus on fixing this mucked up culture?
International crises rarely conform tidily to electoral cycles. Too bad. America's electoral cycles are constitutional facts: Every two years, elections take the nation's temperature; every four years, the nation selects the occupant of the office responsible for formulating foreign policy.