Category Archives: Religion

Why Masterpiece Cakeshop Was Correctly Decided

The Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No.16-111 (June 4, 2018) disappointed both sides by failing to address the the key question presented for decision, namely whether sincere religious objections to same-sex marriage justified a baker … Continue reading

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

In an article in the current issue of Touchstone magazine, L. Joseph Letendre discusses the famous commencement speech of Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard University in 1978. One of the points that Solzhenitsyn makes in his speech regarding the decline of the … Continue reading

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Saint John Roberts: Law Student, Priest, Martyr

One of the Forty Saints of England and Wales canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI bore the same name as the current Chief Justice of the United States. This earlier John Roberts was a Welshman, born and raised as … Continue reading

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Edmund Campion: Priest, Martyr, Historian, Poet, Playwright, Professor

When Pope Paul VI canonized the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales in 1970, one name stood out. That was Edmund Campion, who was an historian, a poet, a playwright, a professor, a priest, a renowned homilist, and a martyr. … Continue reading

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Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood, and Christianity

The sexual abuse and exploitation of women actresses by Harvey Weinstein and by many other men in Hollywood has released a outpouring of similar stories targeting other women in both Hollywood and in other, different venues, including academia and corporate … Continue reading

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Francis de Sales: Lawyer, Reformer, Saint

Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was one of the leading figures in the Catholic Reformation. In his book, True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation, on which I have drawn extensively for this post, Jerome Williams characterizes de Sales as “an accomplished and … Continue reading

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Are Europe’s Leaders the New Gnostics?

The Gnostic heresy has had a long life, reappearing throughout the ages in many forms. The early Church experienced the original Gnostics, St. Augustine spent many years following the Manichaeans, the Dominicans fought the Cathars, and the 20th century experienced … Continue reading

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The Erosion of Tradition

Tradition is very much under attack today throughout the West, often being characterized as “the dead hand of the past.” This misguided view ignores centuries of learning. In his famous book, Orthodoxy, for example, G.K. Chesterton called tradition “the democracy … Continue reading

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Masterpiece Cakeshop: Crafting a Minimalist Decision

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case presents issues of free speech and free exercise of religion which are important, controversial, and divisive. Almost any decision on these issues will result in a public and academic outcry by whichever side fails to prevail. The court should … Continue reading

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Wedding Cake Wars: Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Liberty

Cake makers who have refused to design cakes for same sex weddings have been sued under public accommodations or other anti-discrimination laws and held financially liable to the couples who sued them in several jurisdictions, most notably in Colorado and … Continue reading

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