The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in Monday with another example of its divided wisdom on abortion, refusing by a single vote to uphold a Louisiana law seen as making access to abortion unconstitutionally difficult.
Unconstitutionally difficult? What about less likely to result in another medical blockade of a developing life on the outskirts of ...Read more
"Systemic racism"? I wouldn't call that America's present problem. "Systemic ignorance" comes a lot closer to it -- a wonderful and telling phrase coined by an attorney friend of mine.
If you don't know much of anything, what right have you to instruct those who do know? Every right, it would presently seem. In acknowledgement of which right --...Read more
The apparently unstoppable nuttiness of the present moment has more faces and features than a Summit supercomputer could keep up with. Here, possibly, is the most incredible of those features: the call to "defund" the cops. Whatever "defund" may mean.
That nobody can explain the meaning of "defunding," or the need for it, shows the rushed and ...Read more
I know, I know; don't remind me. People of the political right go on and on these days about speech censorship by people of the political left.
I grieve to say the case they present grows more and more immediate, the danger they point to more and more real.
The danger may abate. I would not take that for granted. Attitudes on the political ...Read more
An overlooked irony of these terrible, horrible, awful, no good, very bad times (as the great children's author Judith Viorst would have described them) is the 5-4 Supreme Court decision last week upholding California's restrictions on church attendance, the whole matter playing out on the sterile card table of constitutional law.
"We the people" is the phrase that comes trippingly to mind.
We the people, over Memorial Day weekend, initiated an urgent referendum on the means and methods of battling the novel coronavirus. Early returns pour in even as we speak. We the people of the United States, after a couple of months in a state resembling genteel captivity, seem ...Read more
So. A Texas day care center can open now. I said "right now." Come Friday, May 22, Texas bars and bowling alleys, by gubernatorial writ, are allowed to pry their doors partly -- and, yes, cautiously -- open.
On the same day, and under the same dispensation, Texas restaurant owners can beckon inside their premises a larger contingent of ...Read more
Rules, rules, rules -- and don't we hate 'em? They restrict some of our most personal notions, retard our experiential growth, run contrary to modern suppositions as to our human rights.
Modern culture reflects and magnifies the I'll-do-what-I-want spirit that took us by storm around the time the counterculture appeared on the scene, promising ...Read more
Brothers and sisters, we are living in Prophets' Heaven! I never before knew there was such a place, but there is. We should enjoy it while we can.
In Prophets' Heaven, a gentleman or a lady can prophesy anything and get away with it for a time, at least, such is the appetite for moral satisfaction stimulated and encouraged by the internet -- ...Read more
"So the city was filled with the confusion...Now some cried one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together."
-- The Acts of the Apostles, 19:29-32, Revised Standard Version.
And, hey, that wasn't even Washington, D.C., or New York City. It was Ephesus during the first ...Read more
Wouldn't it be fun if people weren't actually dying or losing their livelihoods due to a virus no one had heard of until a few months ago?
We could prop our feet on the porch railing and howl at or make faces over the differing, sharply conflicting account of who's to blame for our too-long-deferred victory over COVID-19; how the virus started ...Read more
We can admit to ourselves and to one another, without fear of contradiction, that nobody knows the perfect way of reopening American life.
We're going to make mistakes and miscalculations, no matter our schedule or plan. What kind of mistakes and miscalculations? Haven't a clue. We just know it's that kind of show.
The need of the hour, all ...Read more