Gay Marriage in Algebraic Terms Sep16

Gay Marriage in Alge...

In previous articles I have pointed out through prose and poetry the very real and largely ignored differences between the two institutions of traditional and gay marriage.  I have expressed my frustration at how the courts of this nation are so distracted by the emotional and personal...

On Justice, Equality...

Why Talk About Justice? If everything was always just, no doubt we would take it for granted and hardly ever speak of it.  But we speak of justice because we perceive injustice all around us, and because we want to reason together and unite in our attempt to deal with it.  We hope to build...

As the Sun and the Moon Differ Jul12

As the Sun and the Moon Differ

Let us consider for a moment That lifeless rock that orbits this planet, Whose presence is made known, And whose glory is shown, Only in its reflection of the Sun. Let us endow the lifeless moon with life, And see what Man should think if Its first declaration were a petition For a redress of grievances; namely, that the Moon is accorded too little affection. Says the moon “Are not all heavenly bodies created equally? Then why should the Sun have any more veneration than me?”   And the people of the Earth reply: “Is it not the Sun that gives life to all of us here below? Is it not the light of the Sun that reveals you,...

Traditional Marriage is Exceptional Apr10

Traditional Marriage is Exceptional

Is Gay Marriage a “substantial equivalent” to Traditional Marriage?  If two things are to be given the same name and social status, they should be substantially equal, and I am not convinced that gay marriage is substantially equal to Traditional Marriage.   In order to redefine marriage to include gay marriage, society must give up so much of what the term originally embraced that Traditional Marriage as a concept, it seems to me, must inevitably suffer from the lack of the distinction.  Also, the libertarian approach of redefining marriage as a simple contract between two persons has a similar effect of stripping the...

Despite Imperfection...

The ways I show my love for the Constitution are not influenced to any great degree by the fact that the document is [im]perfect. I am able to love my wife — to serve, protect, and provide for her — even though she, like I, has plenty of flaws. I have many goals and aspirations,...

Implied Ratification...

(Please read first my post on “Rule of Law and Judicial Amendments.”) “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  –Declaration of Independence At the foundation of our form of...

Rule of Law and Judicial Activism

When the federal court recently overturned Utah’s amendment protecting the elevated status of traditional marriage, many Utahns doubtless began wondering what exactly justifies (or not) the courts in overturning the voice of the People. The answer to this question lies in the concept of Rule of Law. Rule of Law, according to the World Justice Project, is four things: 1. A system of self-government where all people (including government branches and officials) are held accountable under the law 2. A system based on accessible, and stable laws 3. A system where legal rights and responsibilities are evenly enforced 4. A system with...