The Massachusetts Court Goes for Broke: No Civil Unions

The latest atrocity handed down by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is yet another reminder that America’s venerable rule of law is being replaced by the rule of judges. In this case, the same four-judge majority that ruled last November that a prohibition against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has now rejected civil unions as an acceptable legislative solution. The Supreme Judicial Court rendered its decision at the request of the Massachusetts Senate, which had petitioned the High Court to consider whether its legislative proposal for civil unions would satisfy the court’s order in the previous case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. The Court’s response, handed down on February 3, reveals the true legislative intention behind the Court’s decision on gay marriage.

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The State of the Union Address: The Battle is Joined

The annual State of the Union address has become a fixture of American political life–an exercise in public democracy. President George W. Bush delivered his third State of the Union address last night, signaling a transition in his presidency and answering many of the criticisms leveled at him by the field of Democratic presidential candidates.

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Who Is Senator John Kerry? It’s Time to Take a Closer Look

“We in Iowa are marking the beginning of the end of the Bush presidency. That’s what this is about.” Thus declared John Kerry as he celebrated his come-from-behind victory in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Time will tell if John Kerry is any real threat to the Bush presidency, but his decisive win did put an end to the presidential hopes of Rep. Dick Gephardt and threw into question the viability of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a national candidate.

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Gov. Dean’s New Theology of Homosexuality

Just days after repackaging his personality to identify as a Christian candidate, Howard Dean has offered a tortured theological argument that is likely to impress no one–especially those who take Christianity seriously. This most secular of candidates–at least until the last two weeks–has now decided that his faith influenced his decision as Vermont’s governor to sign the nation’s first “civil union” legislation. As he told the Washington Post, “My view of Christianity … is that the hallmark of being a Christian is to reach out to people who have been left behind. So I think there was a religious aspect to my decision to support civil unions.”

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Dr. Dean Talks Religion–Or Something Like That

Democratic front-runner Howard Dean is talking a lot about Christianity and religion these days. Or, at least he’s talking about something he thinks is Christianity. He says he will have to talk this way to reach southerners. He had better hope they’re not listening closely.

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Looking Forward, Looking Back: Top Headlines of 2003

The coming of the New Year demands that the events of 2003 be put into some form of perspective. Even at this close range, certain developments of the past year stand out in terms of historic significance. Here’s my take on the ten most significant news stories of the past year. Of course, each of these requires both a backward and a forward look as events continue to unfold.

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Dick Morris Strikes Again

Dick Morris is at it again. America’s most notorious political consultant is offering more of his controversial advice. We should have seen this coming.

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Robert Bork on ‘The Worldwide Rule of Judges’

According to Robert H. Bork, the American constitutional order is being subverted by an elite of judges. In his new book, Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges, Bork takes on the judicial usurpation of politics, culture and morality.

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A Worldview Clash at the United Nations

Standing again before the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Bush not only did not back down–he pressed his case. The civilized world still faces a grave challenge, he asserted, and that challenge remains terrorism in all its forms.

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Looking at the Record: Judicial Activism at the High Court

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and one of the most influential voices in American evangelicalism, claims that Anthony Kennedy, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is “the most dangerous man in America.” That’s quite a claim. Where’s the evidence?

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The Most Dangerous Man in America?

Who is the most dangerous man in America? Would he be a serial killer? A child molester? A terrorist plotting the next attack? No, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson is convinced that the most dangerous man in America is U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Dobson recently identified Kennedy as the prime example of judicial activism that threatens the integrity of our democracy.

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The Real War: September 11 and its Lessons

Exactly two years after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Lawrence F. Kaplan laments that many of us have become “September 10 Americans.” Among others, Kaplan is shocked by how quickly millions of Americans have returned to a sense of normalcy as if September 11 had never happened.

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Should Conservative Christians Vote for Mr. Schwarzenegger?

Thinking Christians face difficult questions as the California recall election approaches. Should Christians support a candidate who defends abortion rights and advocates domestic partnerships for homosexuals? Is politics merely an exercise in pragmatism? Can a conservative Christian vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger with a clear conscience?

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The Recall Circus in California: Why it Matters

Writer Ross Macdonald once quipped, “Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure.” Californians are headed to the polls on October 7, hoping to find a somewhat less radical solution to the state’s problems.

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The Political Seduction of the Law: Mr. Estrada Withdraws

When Judge Robert Bork lost the battle for his confirmation to the U. S. Supreme Court, America witnessed a tragic collision at the intersection of politics and the law. That was 1987. Now, sixteen years later, the situation is even more dangerous. Miguel Estrada, President Bush’s nominee to the U. S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, was never even given the dignity of a Senate vote. Instead, Senate Democrats filibustered the vote, denying Mr. Estrada the up-or-down vote he deserved, and almost surely would have won.[see CNN coverage]

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The Monument Removed: Separation of Church and State?

The secularists now have their “trophy” win in Montgomery. The order handed down by Judge Myron Thomson of the Federal District Court has been carried out, and Alabama’s famed Ten Commandments monument no longer sits in the rotunda of the state’s Judicial Building. Chief Justice Roy Moore, who defied the federal court order, is now suspended and faces the likelihood of removal from office. Any way you look at it, the secularists won a big victory.

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The Battle of Montgomery: Where Should Christians Stand?

Judge Roy Moore, Alabama’s now-suspended Chief Justice, has at least two major weapons in his arsenal as he fights the Battle of Montgomery–a set of powerful arguments and all the right enemies. What began as a skirmish in the nation’s culture war has now expanded into a full-blown battle, with both sides seemingly prepared to dig trenches and fight to the finish.

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The Kerry Doctrine: The Separation of Church and Morality

Sen. John Kerry just told the Pope to back off. One of the most significant signs of America’s increasingly secularized public culture is the fact that politicians no longer fear the censure of their own churches. In fact, some wear the outrage of the faithful as a mark of honor.

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UC Berkeley Study: Conservatives are Nuts!

The Mohler family went to California for vacation this year, and had the authentic Left Coast experience. Yes, that’s right. Dear old Dad dragged the family to the University of California at Berkeley in order to visit the bookstores and see the campus. The experience will not soon be forgotten. Street ‘artists’ shouted obscenities as we walked along the sidewalks. The sights and smells of the street were a bit too biological for my taste. I even took my teenage daughter into Revolution Books, which is still keeping the flame alive, selling the latest volumes by Marx and Mao at retail. She was not impressed.

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