Monday, April 7, 2014

All Around the Web - April 7, 2014

WORLD Magazine - Nine things the Supreme Court said about Hobby Lobby
  • “Is your claim limited to sensitive materials like contraceptives or does it include items like blood transfusion, vaccines? For some religions, products made of pork? Is any claim under your theory that has a religious basis, could an employer preclude the use of those items as well?”—Justice Sonia Sotomayor to attorney Paul Clement, who represents Hobby Lobby.
  • “How does a corporation exercise religion? I mean, I know how it speaks and we have, according to our jurisprudence, 200 years of corporations speaking in its own interests. But where are the cases that show that a corporation exercises religion?”—Sotomayor
  • “There are quite a number of medical treatments that different religious groups object to. So one religious group could opt out of this and another religious group could opt out of that and everything would be piecemeal and nothing would be uniform.”—Justice Elena Kagan
  • “That’s the most dangerous piece. That’s the one we’ve resisted in all our exercise jurisprudence, to measure the depth of someone’s religious beliefs.” —Sotomayor, responding to Clement’s argument that the court can tell the difference between sincere and insincere religious beliefs.
  • “Are there ways of accommodating the interests of the women who may want these particular drugs or devices without imposing a substantial burden on the employer who has the religious objection to it?”—Justice Samuel Alito
  • “There is not a single case which says that a for-profit enterprise cannot make a freedom of religion claim, is there?”—Justice Samuel Alito to Solicitor General Donald Verilli, who confirmed there is no such case.
  • “Under your view, a profit corporation could be forced in principle, there are some statutes on the books now which would prevent it, but could be forced in principle to pay for abortions.” —Justice Anthony Kennedy to Verilli.
  • “But that wasn’t the basis for denying the claim. The basis was that the government has to run a uniform system that applies to everybody. … And you can’t argue that here because the government has made a lot of exemptions.” —Scalia to Verilli.
  • “Isn’t that really a question of theology or moral philosophy, which has been debated by many scholars and adherents to many religions? A does something that B thinks is immoral. How close a connection does there have to be between what B does … to A in order for B to be required to refrain from doing that action? … It is a religious question and it’s a moral question. And you want us to provide a definitive secular answer to it?” — Alito to Verilli.

John StonestreetWhy the Outrage?
In one of the most disturbing stories I can remember, The Telegraph reports that the remains of over 15,000 babies—many of them victims of abortion—were incinerated in British hospitals during the last two years, and their heat used to generate electricity.

It’s evil and bizarre, harkening back to idolatrous pagans in the Old Testament offering their children as burnt sacrifices to the idol, Moloch.

The Health Minister called it “totally unacceptable.” The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said it was a breach of trust, and the Health Department issued an immediate ban on the practice.

Puzzling over this reaction, Dr. Al Mohler commented, “We are living in a time when…you can use the words ‘acceptable’ and ‘appropriate’ meaning how to kill babies and dispose of the remains… as if it’s ever acceptable or appropriate?


This Day in Presbyterian History - March 26: The Love Life of John Knox (1564)
It isn’t often that someone in the rough and tumble of ministry in Reformation Scotland would even think of finding a  wife. But our Presbyterian founder, John Knox himself, found in God’s providence, two wives who were willing to take his life as their own.

His first wife was Marjorie Bowes. We don’t know much about her history, and no date on which to place down a separate post on her. She is mentioned twice in “The Reformation in Scotland.” The first reference is on page 119 where it states that John Calvin invited him to Geneva. Knox sent on his wife and her mother there, and followed them after a time. Then on page 240, it is stated that Knox “was in no small heaviness by reason of the late death of “his dear bed-fellow”, Marjorie Bowes. A footnote mentions John Calvin writing to a Christopher Goodman on 23rd April, 1564, “I am not a little grieved that our brother Knox has been deprived of the most delightful of wives.” This note spoke of the grief of our Reformer, for his wife had died four years earlier in 1560. This first marriage union brought into the family two sons, who were both youngsters at the time of her death, namely Nathaniel and Eleazer. Both would grow up, but  not leave any heirs due to their singleness.

Four years after the death of his first wife, John Knox met his second soon-to-be wife, Elizabeth Stewart, youngest daughter of Andrew Stewart. Their family was staunchly Protestant, though related to Queen Mary at the time. And indeed, she was taken in marriage on March 26, 1564, when she was but 19 years of age, by the Reformer when he was in his late fifties. Their “courtship” was interesting to say the least.

Tim Challies - 7 things a Good Dad Says
Let me kiss it better 
Come with me
Please forgive me.
You're forgiven
Let's pray
You can't do it

The Guardian - James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion
Environmentalism has "become a religion" and does not pay enough attention to facts, according to James Lovelock.

The 94 year-old scientist, famous for his Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a self-regulating, single organism, also said that he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that "it’s just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer” and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.

Speaking to the Guardian for an interview ahead of a landmark UN climate science report on Monday on the impacts of climate change, Lovelock said of the warnings of climate catastrophe in his 2006 book, Revenge of Gaia: "I was a little too certain in that book. You just can’t tell what’s going to happen."


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