John Hayward: The one-sided call to disarm in the culture wars

    John Hayward at The Federalist: “If there’s a call to disarm in the culture wars, it’s entirely one-sided. Newt Gingrich ran into trouble, early in his 2012 presidential run, by remarking that he wanted to avoid ‘right-wing social engineering.’ The left wing loudly and proudly engages in social engineering every single day. . . . There’s a much deeper understanding on the Left about the way government power changes society. . . . When the government grows to its current size, everything is a social issue.”


  • Posted: 03/20/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Kentucky AG on refusal to defend marriage: “I wanted to be on the right side of history”

    Huffington Post: “Conway sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, explaining that when the Kentucky and U.S. constitutions ‘were in conflict,’ he had to act in favor of the U.S. Constitution as ‘the ultimate law of the land.’ ‘I felt like that from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, I didn’t need to be wasting taxpayer resources in a lawsuit that we weren’t going to win or in an appeal that we weren’t going to win,’ Conway said. ‘For the sake of my daughter’s view on my public service in the future, I wanted to be on the right side of history.’”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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FFRF calls Scott Walker a “theocratic dictator” for Bible tweet

Nigel Farage: Ukip would strip Christian weddings of legal status

The liberal culture war hangover

    Rachel Lu at The Federalist: “We are reaching the point in the liberal narrative when dissipating bigotry is supposed to usher naturally in a gloriously transformed social order. Instead we’re bickering over whether Christian bakers should have to cater same-sex weddings, with a large number of Americans expressing sympathy to their cause. Progressives are beginning to sense that their narrative is based on a heavily strained analogy between racism (which really does attach exaggerated importance to minor and morally insignificant differences) and heteronormativity (which recognizes truly that men and women are not the same, and that their differences are very much consequential to romance).”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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No country for old SCOTUS justices

    James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: “What would happen in the Senate if Ginsburg, Breyer or both retired this spring, as Bernstein advises? Unlike in 1968, the number of conservative Senate Democrats is somewhere between zero and very few, so an Obama nominee ought to be able to command a majority in a 55-45 Democratic Senate. But it could be an uncomfortable vote for those who represent heavily Republican states, especially the five of them who will face the voters in November. That’s especially true if Ginsburg and Breyer retire simultaneously, raising the appearance of concerted politicization of the court.”


  • Posted: 03/17/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Denny Burk: Why the GOP is embracing same-sex “marriage”

Jeremy Lott: Life isn’t just another “social issue”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won’t seek reelection

House passes bill to sue President over enforcement of federal laws

Knoxville, TN mayor calls on area clergy to talk up Affordable Care Act

W. James Antle: The GOP’s libertarian moment has arrived

Jim Geraghty: The coming huge fight over abortion — among Democrats

Ramesh Ponnuru: The anti-discrimination regime undermines liberty

The totalitarian myth of the free press

    Michael Hanby at The Federalist: “There is a pious myth . . . that the free press . . . is a bulwark against absolutism and thus the indispensable guardian of a free society. . . . And yet the global media echo chamber routinely exhibits just the sort of systematic thoughtlessness that Arendt thought characteristic of absolutism. The examples are legion, from the routine exaltation of the trivial, to the hysterical and lopsided coverage of the Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco, to the lionization of Sandra Fluke and Wendy Davis, to the ceaseless celebration of all things gay, to the dismissive treatment of the threat to religious freedom, to the media blackout of the Gosnell trial.”


  • Posted: 03/10/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Ross Douthat on the four factions of the Republican Party

    Ross Douthat at The New York Times: “One faction is centrist (think John McCain’s 2000 supporters, or Jon Huntsman’s rather smaller 2012 support), one is moderately conservative (think the typical Mitt Romney or Bob Dole voter), one is socially conservative (think Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum backers), and one is very conservative but more secular (think Gingrich voters last time, or Steve Forbes voters much further back). . . . But let me conclude with one that seems a little more likely: a rerun of Bush’s 2000 path, in which Marco Rubio wins by uniting religious and moderate conservatives.”


  • Posted: 03/10/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Arizona senators still don’t back same-sex “marriage”

CPAC makes no room for pro-life panel

In Prop. 8 ruling’s wake, initiative sponsors take protective steps

Social Cons in retreat at CPAC

Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll

Lee and Rubio working on new “pro-growth, pro-family” tax reform plan

    The Weekly Standard: “The Tax Policy Center, a project of the liberal-leaning Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, released a new analysis this week of Senator Mike Lee’s family-friendly tax reform plan. According to TPC, the Utah Republican’s plan would reduce federal revenues by $2.4 trillion over 10 years, a much larger reduction than suggested by initial estimates.”


  • Posted: 03/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.weeklystandard.com

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Santorum slams conservatives who want to ditch cultural issues

Santorum: I’d absolutely vote for Arizona religious liberty bill (video)

Priebus: March for Life a wake-up call for GOP

UKIP councillor under fire for supporting businesses’ right to refuse service

Rand Paul: “I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage”

Colorado governor endorses redefinition of marriage

Western U.S. Republicans to urge 10th Circuit to redefine marriage

“Compossibility” and religious liberty

NYC mayor marches in “gay-friendly” St. Pat’s parade, will skip March 17th

Big-money donors demand larger say in campaign strategy

SB 1062 stirred alarm in GOP

Peggy Noonan: America and the aggressive Left

NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

Senate Republicans mum on Arizona religious liberty bill

CPAC un-invites American Atheists

Conservative Political Action Conference welcomes GOProud

Senator declares Kansas marriage bill dead

Manufacturing consent on same-sex “marriage”

Some Kansas GOP lawmakers would rather religious freedom bill would go away

Va. marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

HHS won’t say if Sebelius is fundraising for Obamacare

Gov. Jerry Brown puts deep imprint on California judiciary

Steve Forbes on President Obama’s brazen approach to the law

Wendy Davis backs redefinition of marriage

Reno: Marriage, sex, and politics

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “Gay rights and sexual liberation more broadly are relatively cost-free commitments for today’s Democratic Party. . . . No rhetoric is too extreme, because it’s not in the slightest degree politically dangerous. The sorts of people who don’t want gay marriage are already on the other side. The Selma Analogy is an easy applause line in the current Democratic Party coalition. . . . Prosecuting a culture war that powerful business interests either agree with or think irrelevant provides a point of unity and feel-good commitment that helps party leaders avoid divisive issues. That’s why same-sex marriage and all it represents has become so important in domestic politics today, or at least a significant part of the reason why.”


  • Posted: 02/11/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Ranking Oregon House Republican supports redefinition of marriage

Minnesota: Supporting redefinition of marriage brings in campaign cash

Planned Parenthood to honor Pelosi at gala

Ross Douthat: Social liberalism as class warfare

    Ross Douthat at the New York Times: “Is it just a coincidence that this self-interested elite holds the nearly-uniformly liberal views on social issues that it does? Is it just random that the one idea binding the post-1970s upper class together — uniting Wall Street’s Randians and Harvard’s academic socialists, a left-leaning media and a right-leaning corporate sector, the libertarians of Silicon Valley and the liberal rich of the Upper West Side — is a hostility to any kind of social conservatism, any kind of morals legislation, any kind of paternalism on issues of sex and marriage and family? Is the upper class’s social liberalism the lone case, the rare exception, where our self-segregated, self-interested elites really do have the greater good at heart?”


  • Posted: 01/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: mobile.nytimes.com

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Tunisia approves new constitution, appoints new government

Prince William clerk part of same-sex “marriage” case | Prince William Times

Virginia AG won’t defend state’s marriage protection amendment | West Hawaii Today

VA: Prince William court clerk joins suit defending marriage | Inside NOVA

Formation of parliament standing committees for religious minorities proposed in Pakistan

Conservatives react to Herring’s stance against protecting marriage

Barone: Abortion defines the political parties

Alaska senator: Same-sex “marriage” inevitable

Republicans slam Virginia AG Herring’s decision to attack marriage protection amendment

Political fundraising ad in church newsletter was not an endorsement, pastor says | Christian Post

Attorney general wants court to strike down Virginia marriage protection amendment | Washington Post

Casey Mattox: Cuomo’s banishment of pro-lifers shows abortion is on its deathbed | The Bell Tower

Dear Governor Cuomo: A letter from pro-life New Yorkers

The one conservative group in Hollywood is under IRS investigation

Democrats ‘hiding’ Real Obamacare Numbers

Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Resigns

Pro-Life Virginians Rally Against New Pro-Abortion Administration

    NC Register: “We don’t want this pro-abortion executive team to think it is their job to dismantle the protective laws that have been put in place by the pro-life elected representatives of Virginia — who were also put there by solid pro-life voters,” explained Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. She said the fear among pro-life leaders is that McAuliffe will target the state’s crisis-pregnancy centers in retaliation for regulations that force the state’s abortion businesses to conform to codes for ambulatory surgical centers.


  • Posted: 01/07/2014
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.ncregister.com

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Increased IRS political role hits agency funding

Republicans set to deliver big statement on abortion

Liz Cheney Quitting Bid To Unseat Wyoming’s Enzi

CA: Judge Flushes ‘bathroom Bill’ Election Trick

The price of political ignorance: More government | George F. Will

Five Senate races to watch