The Myth Of ‘Traditional Marriage’

Traditional Marriage

The Article: The Myth of ‘Traditional Marriage’ by Steve Chapman in Reason.

The Text: In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence uses the prevailing formula when he says, “I support traditional marriage.” The Christian Coalition of America urges its friends to “Say ‘I Do’ to Traditional Marriage.”

They have friends on the Supreme Court. In arguments over a California ban on gay marriage, Justice Samuel Alito expressed reservations about abandoning time-honored arrangements. “Traditional marriage has been around for thousands of years,” he said, while same-sex marriage is “newer than cell phones or the Internet.”

Invoking age-old customs has not served to convince the American people, most of whom now favor letting gays wed. But then Americans have rarely rallied to the idea that we should do something just because that’s what was done in the time of Henry VII or even George Washington.

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What “Global Development” Really Means

Sometimes, the nation’s “best and brightest” just means those most apt to promote and follow through on the shittiest ideas.

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Get To Know Chaz Rorick’s “Presidential Selfies”

President Impersonations Obama

Either incredibly popular or ostracized in class, high schooler Chaz Rorick has taken to Instagram to demonstrate his love of history, presidents, and himself in his “Presidential Selfie” series. Inspiration struck Rorick while watching a documentary on Harry Truman (we know; happens all the time) as he realized how similar his outfit was to our lil’ A-bomb dropper. You can find all of Rorick’s presidential mugs on his Instagram account, but in the meantime we’ve whittled ‘em down for your viewing pleasure.

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Why Secularism Is Good For Everyone–Especially Christians

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The Article: Secularism Is Good for America—Especially Christians by Isaac Chotiner in The New Republic.

The Text: The rise of a secular culture, combined with an increasing number of self-identified atheists and agnostics in western societies, has led to a certain amount of handwringing among religious believers. Secularists, the argument goes, are starting to become mean and nasty: as the culture war’s victors, they are acting vindictive and cruel. It’s only a matter of time before religious believers are tarred, feathered, and sent to re-education camps.

You might think I am exaggerating, but only slightly. The New Statesman recently ran a cover story about atheist intolerance; the piece claimed that religious believers were under sustained attack. And now Damon Linker, in The Week, has written an article about the secular arrogance that supposedly characterizes our current era. Of this arrogance, he writes, “When liberals act that way, they run the risk of turning themselves into latter-day Jacobins, the anti-religious zealots who dominated the French Revolution during its most radical phase.” Given the stakes, it’s worth stepping back a bit and examining this moment, at least before Linker and Billy Graham are decapitated by Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne.

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Rob Ford’s Facebook Look Back

In honor of the social media platform’s 10th anniversary, the crack smoking Canadian king offers you his Facebook look back.

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