Government and traditional marriage

Dieter Boenhoffer is a personal hero of mine. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany at the time of the Nazi takeover in Germany.  Most churches submitted to the will of the Nazi Government by preventing Jews from worshiping in their congregations, recognizing the government as having supreme control over religion and looking the other way when government began mass extermination of those the government felt were undesirable. Rather than consent to the will of the German government, Boenhoffer (along with other ministers) formed the Confessing Church.  This led Boenhoffer…

5 Thoughts on the Kitchen v. Herbert Argument

For those who somehow didn’t hear, yesterday was the oral argument in the Kitchen v. Herbert appeal at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Since there are few things I enjoy doing more than listening to a well-argued appeal, I listened to the arguments online yesterday afternoon and have a few thoughts that I thought I would throw out there for anyone who’s interested.  If you’re inclined to listen to the argument yourself, you can find an MP3 here. (1) The State of Utah and the Plaintiffs are…

What do attacks on the religious say about America and free speech? [Publius Online]

The following is an op-ed I wrote that was published by KSL.  SALT LAKE CITY — With the Human Rights Campaign’s tactic of attacking supporters of Amendment 3 for their religious convictions, we have seen an ugly shift toward divisive politics over civil discourse. Last week, Fred Sainz of HRC attacked Gene Schaerr, Utah’s lead counsel in the Amendment 3 appeal, for Schaerr’s privately expressed religious convictions.