- - Monday, October 24, 2016

(1) Christian couple lose ‘gay cake’ appeal |The Tablet

…A Christian couple challenging a ruling against their bakery business that has implications for freedom of religion in the UK have lost their case today.

Colin and Karen McArthur from Northern Ireland appealed against the 2014 ruling of a county court that found the couple had discriminated against Gareth Lee after they refused to bake a cake that included the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’.

The order for the cake was initially accepted by the Belfast branch of the bakery, but the McArthur family later called Mr. Lee to decline the order and offer a full refund as they felt the slogan went go against their firmly held Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The case against them was brought on behalf of Mr. Lee by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, but in an unusual move the Attorney General for Northern Ireland intervened in the Appeal case raising issues about constitutional validity of the regulations on which the case against the Ashers was based.


(2) Marjorie Dannenfelser: Clinton and Trump couldn’t be further apart on abortion

From the very first moments of the final presidential debate, the choice on life could not have been clearer. Hillary Clinton budged not an inch — not a single baby — from her extreme stance on abortion, and Donald Trump stood firm on his pro-life commitments. The contrast was dramatic.

For the first time, thanks to the persistence of moderator Chris Wallace (whose father Mike, years ago, memorably interviewed an aging and bitter Margaret Sanger), Hillary Clinton was pressed on her position that there is not one circumstance in which she would protect the human right to life of an unborn child — even a child moments from birth. In fact, Clinton went so far as to defend her support for the barbaric and now nationally banned partial birth abortion procedure. Trump responded by drawing the logical conclusion from Clinton’s assertion that the child, as Wallace accurately put it, “has no constitutional rights.” “If you go with what Hillary is saying,” Trump remarked, “in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”

In her attempt to pivot from the extremity of her stance, Clinton claimed that most late-term abortions are “heartbreaking, painful” decisions, where “something terrible has happened.” It says something about the near-universal horror of late-term abortion that its defenders feel they must make such a claim. But the claim is false. As a 2015 review by Dr. Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson for the Charlotte Lozier Institute confirmed, pro-choice researchers acknowledge that the reasons women cite for late-term abortion are the same as those for first-term procedures, except for maternal age and employment status. …

…After the final debate, America has its choice on a fundamental issue: a candidate who has made firm pro-life commitments and a candidate who embraces abortion in an extreme way on a global scale. It’s up to Americans to choose wisely now and to be a voice for the voiceless come November 8.


(3) Vikings player wears ‘RIP Harambe’ cleats for pregame warmup

***G.K. Chesterton, a prophet who earned his living as a journalist, could have predicted a day when grown-men-athletes do not stand when their national anthem is played, yet wear Harambe-cleats.

Standing for the anthem honors people who died in defense of our nation. Wearing a gorilla face on one’s shoes honors a gorilla who was killed to save the life of a child.

Chesterton wrote:

Of all the marks of modernity that seem to mean a kind of decadence, there is none more menacing and dangerous than the exultation of very small and secondary matters of conduct at the expense of very great and primary ones, at the expense of eternal ties and tragic human morality. If there is one thing worse than the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.

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