Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Well, one could have seen this coming. And if Obamacare is not repealed, what amounts to federal funding for abortions and whatever it is we are supposed to call death panels are both coming, I would confidently predict. The bishops could have stopped Obamacare but didn't and instead did a deal with the, well, an imprudent deal.
But I'm nevertheless glad to see the bishops take a stand. It seems an inevitable conflict. If you say only insurance policies approved by Washington can be sold and that those policies have to cover certain things, that list is certainly going to include birth control, including kinds that count as abortion strictly Catholicly speaking. If only the Catholic Church were a labor union, this whole thing could be avoided by issuing it one of those exemptions from Obamacare that are so popular among those who supported it. Possibly the bishops will realize that smell of coal smoke and choo-choo sound are from the clue train pulling into the USCCB's headquarters.
How significant is alienating the Catholic Bishops so profoundly to O's re-election prospects. I don't really know, but some swing states, such as Ohio, are pretty Catholic. Most Catholic women do use birth control, and probably want insurance that covers it. But many Catholics will be offended to have the requirement shoved down the throats of Catholic institutions.
This from NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
The Liberty Fund is one of the great organizations that promote freedom. For those not familiar with it, it engages in a host of activities, including many conferences and the publication of books.
For many years now, the Liberty Fund has been sponsoring the Library of Economics and Liberty website, which contains the great EconomicLog blog, the entertaining and informative Econtalk podcasts, and a variety of other content.
Now, Liberty Fund has introduced a new companion website called the Library of Law and Liberty. It will contain a variety of content including a podcast series on law topics called Law Talk, essays with responses called Liberty Forum, book reviews, and a new blog, called the Liberty Law Blog.
I have the privilege of being one of bloggers at the Liberty Law Blog. My coblogger is the excellent Michael Greve of the American Enterprise Institute.
While I still plan to post here occasionally, I will be posting most often at the Liberty Law Blog. I hope you will come over and take a look at the blog and the site.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
For those of us of a certain age, it is hard not to believe that the world is getting more and more secular and eventually everybody will be some sort of progressive atheist. I would sometimes tease LWJ by calling this "the global matriarchal termite society of the future." Now sociological evidence suggests secularization is not triumphant after all. In terms of global numbers, the world seems to be getting more religious and more Christian as well. The sort of Christianity that is spreading is conservative, supernaturalist, often evangelical. If I read this blog post by Peter Berger correctly, he says Africa is now a majority Christian continent, which I find shocking. Christianity is now strongly weighted to the global South, presenting the prospect of a reevangelization of the North by the South, which you can already see happening in parts of San Diego.
On a somewhat related note . . . MRI study suggests Apple products manage to activate same areas of brain in fans that religious images do in the religious.