Masterpiece Cakeshop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Here’s the show from this past weekend. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week for the case Masterpiece Cake Shop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case centers on Jack Phillips – a cake decorator who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. He was accused of discrimination, but is holding that his first amendment rights allow him to refuse participation in an event he finds morally repugnant (which it does – it also allows him the right to refuse to engage in activities which violate free exercise of his religion).

This case has the power to shape the future of this country – and I don’t say that lightly. We should all be praying that the Supreme Court sides with liberty in this case and not coercion. Highly recommend taking a listen:

Pro-Lifers Don’t Oppose Abortion Because It Causes Labor Shortages, But Because It’s a Human Rights Atrocity

Photo credit: Priests For Life

Last week, the Wisconsin Assembly debated a bill that would make it illegal for state insurance plans to pay for abortions. Assembly Bill 128 contains exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. During the course of the debate, Rep. Scott Allen took to the stand to offer his thoughts on why state insurance plans should not be permitted to provide coverage for elective abortion. Allen pointed out that abortion is bad for the state because it takes the lives of human beings who would otherwise eventually grow up, join the workforce, pay taxes, and help fund things. Thus, the state should prohibit coverage for elective abortion because the state has a compelling interest that these people grow up to be contributing members of society. Predictably, his comments caught the attention of lots of people and organizations that were not overly pleased.Allen’s comments divert attention from the beauty of preborn human life, pregnancy, and motherhood and point to a view of women as being at the service of the state. Pro-life advocates ought not fall into the trap of reducing abortion to anything other than a massive human rights violation. I wrote a post for The Federalist explaining that economic advantage has nothing to do with why abortion is wrong and how making abortion an economic issue undermines the pro-life cause.

Click here to read Pro-Lifers Don’t Oppose Abortion Because It Causes Labor Shortages, But Because It’s a Human Rights Atrocity.

Gard Case Gives a Dire Glimpse of Future

The recent passing of Charlie Gard has left many people around the world wondering what might have come from an experimental treatment that for various reasons was continually denied by courts in the United Kingdom. Shortly before Charlie’s passing late last week, The Guardian published an op-ed from emeritus professor Ian Kennedy defending the process of the courts in the United Kingdom. Kennedy claimed, among other things, that children do not belong to their parents and that parents do not have rights regarding their children. The implications of the idea that children do not belong to their parents are dire and pose a profound threat to the future of civilization. I wrote a column for Catholic News Agency discussing these implications and why we should be concerned with how the courts acted in the case of Charlie Gard.

Click here to read Gard Case Gives a Dire Glimpse of Future.