Daily Archives: June 26, 2015

UK GM wheat ‘does not repel pests’


UK GM wheat ‘does not repel pests’

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Terror attacks on 3 continents


Terror attacks on 3 continents

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Amintiri din gradina minunata


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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras calls referendum on bailout terms


Greek PM Alexis Tsipras calls referendum on bailout terms

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Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling ‘A Victory For America’

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From NPR News: MARRIAGE…


Roberts: ‘Celebrate Today’s Decision … But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution’

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Just a thought: When immorality changes the definition of morality one’s left with…amorality. George – B.


Just a thought:  When immorality changes the definition of morality one’s left with…amorality.

George – B.

Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions contracted as marriages in other states.

By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled June 26 that states must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment, and recognize such unions contracted in other states.

The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges dealt with claims that Ohio’s marriage law discriminated by not recognizing same-sex unions contracted as marriages in other states. Several other states were also facing similar cases on the constitutionality of state marriage laws.

Backers of marriage as a union of one man and one woman argued that marriage is intrinsically connected to the procreation of children and cannot be redefined. Some also said the matter should be left to the people and the states and not decided in court when so much disagreement on the matter persists.

Backers of “gay marriage” asserted a fundamental right to marry whomever one loves, saying that failure to redefine marriage amounts to decimation.

Same-sex “marriage” was not firmly established in any U.S. state until 2004, after a Massachusetts court ruled that the state must give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In response to that ruling, some had called for a federal constitutional amendment to protect the definition of marriage. Voters in 30 states have passed constitutional amendments and referenda strengthening the legal definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Many of these efforts have been overturned in state or federal court challenges.

In 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from supporters of California’s defense-of-marriage amendment, Proposition 8, which California officials had refused to defend in court. The Supreme Court said that the appeal did not have legal standing and allowed a lower state court’s overruling of the proposition to take effect.

The Supreme Court itself has declined to review several recent appeals seeking to defend state marriage laws against lower court decisions.

Also in 2013, a 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court struck down aspects of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court claimed that a provision defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman for federal purposes violated the U.S. constitution’s equal protection guarantees. The ruling said that the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” in individual states if the states choose to recognize them.

The Defense of Marriage Act had passed Congress overwhelmingly and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton after a Hawaii court ruling briefly recognized such unions.

Increasing requirements for recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, combined with state anti-discrimination laws, have caused growing conflict with religious freedom.

Parents in some school districts have faced difficulty in exempting their children from classes voicing approval of same-sex relationships, while small businesses with moral reservations about participating in same-sex ceremonies have faced discrimination lawsuits. Catholic-run adoption agencies have been forced to close because the law would require them to place children with same-sex couples against their religious beliefs.

The consequences for religious freedom were a topic of the court’s deliberations in Obergefell v. Hodges. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verilli at one point acknowledged that the high court’s approval of a legal right to same-sex “marriage” could mean problems for the tax-exempt status of colleges with objections to recognizing the unions.

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Don’t overturn social order, faith leaders urge Supreme Court before marriage case :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


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Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage before the month’s end, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman.

“There are clear, distinctive doctrines and differences between us,” observed the pledge’s co-author, Deacon Keith Fournier of the Diocese of Richmond.

“But we all stand together on the truth about marriage as between one man and one woman, intended for life, open to life, informative of family.”

The pledge champions marriage between a man and a woman and asks the Supreme Court not to redefine marriage. It was crafted in advance of Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the court is deciding whether the constitution allows states to prohibit same-sex marriage, and whether states may refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

“Will it have an effect on the Court? I don’t know,” Deacon Fournier reflected.

“But along with it, we’re all praying our hearts out and people are fasting and asking that the Lord would in fact move in the hearts of these justices to see the implications of what they’re doing. Which would be to basically unravel the social order.”

If the Court recognizes a right to marriage for same-sex couples, signers of the pledge say they will not agree with the decision.

“Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” the pledge concludes.

The pledge has a “natural law analysis” that has largely been absent in Christian communities, Deacon Fournier pointed out, but signers of all backgrounds approved of it.

Marriage between a man and a woman, he said, “is not just our religious position, but it is written on the human heart, it is revealed in the natural moral law which is accessible by reason.”

He reflected on the significance of having both Catholic and Protestant signatories, saying that “We who are Catholics have a beautiful, developed understanding of the Christian family as the domestic church. And we have much to contribute. Our Evangelical Protestant friends have a dynamic dimension to their faith, and they contribute that … what holds us together is the highest common denominator, Jesus Christ. He’s the highest common denominator.”

“We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation,” the pledge states. “Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family.”

For the Court to decide that same-sex unions are marriages would send a confusing message about what marriage is, the pledge continued. “As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children.”

If the court decides in favor of same-sex marriage, what follows could be a coercive effort to ensure persons and organizations recognize it, Deacon Fournier said.

“It will be coercive, because the police power of the state always follows actions such as what the Supreme Court will do. And we will have to stand with other Christians.”

The pledge notes that the state may, and “has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond.”

“Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has authority to redefine marriage.”

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Saint of the Day for Friday, June 26th, 2015: St. Anthelm


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St. Anthelm

Carthusian monk and bishop, defender of papal authority. Anthelm was born in 1107 in a castle near Chambery, in Savoy, France. He was ordained a priest and visited the Carthusian Charterhouse at … continue reading

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today’s holiday: National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival


National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival

The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival is a major musical event in the United States, held over the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho, where fiddling was first heard in 1863. In 1963, in conjunction with Idaho’s Centennial, the competition officially became the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest. Awards are given for the national champion in several categories, with contestants having won their spot through competitions in other states. Besides music, there is a fiddlers parade, street dancing, and sing-alongs. More… Discuss

quotation: The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. Kate Chopin


The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904) Discuss

today’s birthday: Pearl S. Buck (1892)


Pearl S. Buck (1892)

Buck was raised in China by her American missionary parents and left the country but a few times before she was 40. She drew upon her experiences there in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth, which describes the struggles of a Chinese peasant and his slave wife. Together with Sons and A House Divided, it forms a trilogy, part of the body of work that earned Buck the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. Buck also wrote five novels under what pseudonym? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Pied Piper Abducts the Children of Hamelin (1284)


The Pied Piper Abducts the Children of Hamelin (1284)

According to a centuries-old legend set in Hamelin, Germany, the Pied Piper was hired by local residents in 1284 to rid the town of rats, which he did by charming them with music and leading them to the river to drown. When the citizens refused to pay him the agreed upon price, he exacted his revenge by charming away their children. Famous versions of the legend were immortalized by Goethe, Robert Browning, and the Brothers Grimm. What historic events may have inspired the tale? More… Discuss

Capitalism


Capitalism

Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production, in which personal profit can be acquired through investment of capital and employment of labor. It stresses freedom of individual economic enterprise but does not presuppose a specific form of social or political organization. Government action has been and is required to curb its abuses, which have ranged from slavery to monopoly cartels and financial fraud. What is the “invisible hand”? More… Discuss

word: suitor


suitor

Definition: (noun) A man who is courting a woman.
Synonyms: suer, wooer
Usage: The princess had many suitors, but the only man she was interested in was a poor farmhand. Discuss.

Here’s How Same-Sex Marriage Laws Will Now Change Nationwide — NPR News (@nprnews) June 26, 2015


Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US


Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US

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From the Guardian : Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US


Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US

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From the Guardian : King v Burwell: ‘The Republicans and the supreme court might kill me rather than my cancer’


King v Burwell: ‘The Republicans and the supreme court might kill me rather than my cancer’

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