A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
Shoes aren’t magic. They’re just shoes. Anybody taking any other position is either trying to get your money or being unnecessarily critical.
Here’s a hint: Why do you even call it the Monica Lewinsky Scandal?
Does the IPCC’s own report really deny global warming?
Prison isn’t just our favorite punishment. It’s also how our justice system determines the truth.
A school district in the Greater Los Angeles area recently came under fire for asking 8th graders whether they think the Holocaust “was actually a political event, or merely a political scheme.” Here is the language from the assignment: “When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence. For example,…
Nearly every social conservative who called for the impeachment of Justice Anthony Kennedy after his opinion in Lawrence v. Texas owes the man an apology. Burt Likko explains why in a longish analysis of Monday’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway.
One of Natural Law’s most famous apostles (and one who also happens to be the current Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court) recently made the case that the rights granted by the US Constitution should apply only to Christians. Tod Kelly argues that is Natural Rights advocacy at its most extreme — and its most honest.
Our government still preserves the right to execute its citizens yet it isn’t holding up its end of the bargain.
The public aftermath of the racist comments by the NBA Clippers’ owner offers a perfect microcosm for why the GOP fails so spectacularly at minority outreach. It also offers insight as to how that can reality be changed.
The church expects the faithful to assent to its teachings, but as Douthat’s speculations show, the faithful are not always clear on where this teaching authority is actually exercised.
Planned communities want to bring their residents closer together, but have we really drifted that far apart?
When does politics trump science? Whenever it wants to. That’s a problem with modern politics in general, and — at least in part — we owe it to the malign influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Pre-Post Warning: This is a controversial subject which has very vocal supporters on both sides of the issue. Please keep it civil. I will not tolerate any Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, or Islamophobia in the comment section and will delete posts that support either view. Israel and Zionism have been in the news again recently as…
Free speech ought to be more than just a legal requirement to be tolerated.
In 1832, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Worcester v. Georgia. The Court in that case ruled that Georgia’s law prohibiting non-Native Americans from being present on Native American lands was unconstitutional. This case led to the probably not true quote from Andrew Jackson of “John Marshall has made his decision;…
Or “Keep it Simple, Stupid”
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes made a bold prediction that the future would see drastically shorter working hours. Keynes predicted that only the most extreme workaholics would work more than fifteen hours a week. This famously never happened. The financial crisis of 2008 and continued era seemingly causes the fifteen hour week to come up every…
zic speaks up for a woman’s rights over her own body.
We’ve all heard the term “rape culture” thrown around, and it’s a term that can lose its meaning or significance with repeated use, but as we experience sexual crimes like those committed in Steubenville or against Rehtaeh Parsons–and the delayed and insufficient responses to the crimes–it is inescapable that rape culture persists and, perhaps, thrives.
There was a time when it mattered what smartphone people chose. That time has passed.
Please help us welcome Ordinary Times’ newest contributor (and our first Irish contributor), Brian John Spencer.
Surely we’re going to do a better job with drugs than we are doing with booze, right?
The Ordinary Court’s majority moves on to the final issue left in the case, and issues its ruling.
Tim Kowal agrees the Greens have individual standing, but suggests the corporation is the appropriate party to assert their claims.
In Part III of the Ordinary Court’s treatment of the Hobby Lobby case, the Ordinary Justices’ voting pattern shifts, with dramatic results.