Much analysis has been dedicated to the politics surrounding the President’s nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice in light of Justice Scalia’s passing. Prior to Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination, there was speculation about whether President Obama would add another woman to the court, another black justice or maybe the […]Read More
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In the wake of the passing of the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, his close friendship with his fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has received renewed attention in the press. Recently the subject of an opera, this friendship between two seemingly mismatched and sharply ideologically opposed individuals has seemed comical, […]Read More
QUICK TAKES – The Legality and Larger Meaning of Kentucky Clerk’s Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses For LGBT Couples
The refusal of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples on grounds of religious conscience has set off a storm of national controversy in recent days and has resulted in her jailing on orders from a federal judge. The legal issues surrounding her defiance as […]Read More
SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality Does Not Address The Underlying Issue of Economic Inequality (Alan Jay Richard)
This past weekend my Facebook and Twitter feeds were awash with rainbow colors and expressions of patriotic love for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
The Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges granting “marriage equality” to same sex couples coincided with Pride weekend in many places, including Houston, Texas, where I have lived a good part of my life. My straight friends were particularly effusive in their expressions of joy on my behalf, as if Obergefell v Hodges were the decisive moment when people like myself finally achieved equality.
It was as if this moment were marked somehow out as sacred.Read More
In this week’s reading from Mark’s gospel Jesus challenges the complacency that so commonly comes with privilege. The ease of privilege within the status quo can inure us to the claims of truth or justice that might unsettle it or that might trouble its assurance of its purchase upon reality. Yet such claims lie at the very heart of the Kingdom of God.Read More
On June 30, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States reasserted a long standing basic principle of the social contract: that the government has the authority and responsibility to broadly gather resources in order to provide for the common welfare of citizens. The notion that all persons deserve access […]Read More
The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday took everyone by surprise. Not only was the outcome different (upholding rather than overturning the Affordable Care Act) and the swing-vote someone other than most pundits imagined (Chief Justice Roberts rather than Justice Kennedy), but the ruling itself was unusual. The Supreme Court declared […]Read More
Today’s Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act reaches 193 pages in total. The intricacies of the decision will be parsed out over the coming months, as it has caught many by surprise. At the heart of the debate over the last two years is the Commerce Clause and […]Read More
By the time preachers in America address their congregations this Sunday, the nation’s Supreme Court will have ruled on the health insurance reform act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010. The coincidence of this much-anticipated ruling and a quirky Jesus healing story is irresistible!Read More