Posts Tagged ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

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Cultural Revolution in Orwell’s 1984 and America’s 2014

In Orwell’s novel Winston Smith, the protagonist, finds himself living in an inhuman world he cannot recognize as normal or natural. Aware of life in London before the Revolution and now experiencing the chilling new world of Big Brother and the Party in Oceania, Winston feels alienated, enslaved, and dehumanized. He has vague fond memories of the past he recalls from his childhood, but his current life as a government employee in the Ministry...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth

Aristotle, in accordance with Plato, calls to mind why democratically ordered regimes are not advantageous to the common good:

[The conception of justice] is held to be something equal; equality requires that whatever the multitude resolves is authoritative, and freedom and equality involve doing whatever one wants. So in democracies of this sort everyone lives as he wants and toward whatever end he craves, as Euripides says…To live with a view to the regime should...

Beyond the Fortnight

The Catholic Church in the United States has asked the faithful to pray and to act during its second annual Fortnight for Freedom, which began on June 21 and concludes on July 4. The purpose of the Fortnight is “to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine...

Stop Supporting Starbucks

I am not going to suggest that there is a binding moral obligation to boycott Starbucks. What I will do is share some information about how Starbucks has engaged in the battle over marriage. In doing so, I don’t have the space to argue for the dignity of all persons, make the case for “traditional marriage,” defend the Catholic Church’s teaching, or offer counsel...

What’s at stake in the Marriage Debate?

In March, the Supreme Court took up two fundamental cases. The first case addressed the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed with bi-partisan support in 1996. The second case involved Proposition 8 in California, whereby nearly 7 million Californians affirmed marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

To the uneducated reader, it would seem as though changing the marriage laws would have no real consequence. Isn’t marriage, as current President Barrack...