“Parade of empathy” halted by same-sex marriage ruling

Sep 5, 2014 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: There’s something to be said for longevity. At 80 years of age you can say what you want to say and go down with all guns blazing. That’s my impression of a US federal judge who broke ranks with dozens of his brethren on Wednesday to defend the meaning of marriage, and ruled that Louisiana has no obligation to recognise same-sex unions as marriage. USA Today reports: The ruling came from District Judge Martin Feldman, 80, who was named to the federal bench by...

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Professor Arkes and the Law

Aug 19, 2014 by

By Robert T Miller, Public Discourse: When the law limits the courts’ power to inquire into the truth or reasonableness of religious views, this is not because the law is assuming that religious beliefs lack rational foundation. Rather, it’s because allowing courts to exercise this power on a large scale would be too dangerous. In an article in First Things and several related pieces, Professor Hadley Arkes has argued that the plaintiffs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, most of their supporters in...

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The abomination of judicially-enforced abortion

Jun 11, 2014 by

From Cranmer: Lord Justice Munby – Head of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales – has featured a number of times on His Grace’s blog over recent years. He is the “self-regarding, pompous, publicity-seeking pillock” who says the law of this country is secular, and that Christianity no longer informs its morality or values. He has also declared that “secular judges” ought not to view the precepts of one faith as any...

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Government backs away from sweeping new parenting law

Jun 11, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The Government at Westminster has backed off from an elaborate parenting law, which at one stage looked set to be included in the Queen’s Speech. We have no doubt that the Government has had to reconsider because of the letters MPs have been receiving from constituents. Two months ago Government sources were briefing the national press to say there would be a new law criminalising deliberate harm to a child’s “physical, intellectual, emotional,...

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Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs

Mar 23, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph Solicitors told how to draw up Sharia-style wills penalising widows and non-believers Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills.   Under ground-breaking guidance, produced by The Law Society, High Street solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether....

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Gay marriage: Law changes backed in Commons vote

Mar 7, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute Yesterday, MPs backed changes to a raft of centuries-old laws ahead of this month’s gay marriages, in a paper ballot of the whole House of Commons. Last week a committee of MPs approved new rules to go alongside the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, proposing changes such as replacing the term “widow” with “woman whose deceased spouse was a man” or “that person’s surviving spouse” in some instances. Under the rules,...

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