Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Iowa: Cooler than California since 2009

T-shirt seen at Peoria Pride this past Sunday.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bearing False Witness

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
--Exodus 20:16
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: [#6] a false witness who breathes out lies.
--Proverbs 6:16,19a

Tony Perkins of the Family "Research" Council:

  1. Federal challenge to state law is entirely legal, legitimate, and provided for in the constitution.
  2. The judge who presided over the Prop 8 federal trial did anything but "throw out" all the opposing evidence in the Prop 8 trial. Exhibit 1: the proponents entered into evidence depositions given by opposing witnesses and even called one of the opposing witnesses to the stand. Exhibit 2: I've read the decision--and I encourage you to read it too--and the judge specifically cites opposition testimony. Why? Because the opposition testimony supported the plaintiffs' case.
  3. Judicial review is a constitutionally established check by one co-equal brand of government (the judicial branch) on another (the legislative branch). It is an example of our democracy functioning as designed, not a threat to our democracy.
  4. It is dishonest to take one line from the 138-page Prop 8 ruling out of context and use it to misrepresent the larger ruling. It is fear-mongering to say that the 14th amendment will now trump the 1st.