Worth Reading - 1/23

1. A blogger at the Economist discusses recent assertions that the determining factor for a person's right to religious liberty is whether it impacts someone else. 

Justice Ginsburg signed on to Justice Alito’s opinion but wrote separately to emphasise that Mr Holt’s demand is fundamentally different from the claim put forward in last year’s controversial Burwell v Hobby Lobby case. In Hobby Lobby, owners of a crafts store sought, and received, by a 5-4 vote, an exemption from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. As evangelical Christians, David Green and his family members asserted that they could not, in good conscience, pay to supply their employees with birth control devices and drugs they considered to be abortifacients.

For Hobby Lobby, Justice Ginsburg filed a fiery, full-throated dissent. Her central contention was that the majority refused to consider “the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith”

2. Justin Taylor shares a time lapse, computer animated video of human development in the womb in honor of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

3. Joe Carter at Acton covers the recent case where a baker is being sued over refusal to create an anti-gay cake. This brings into question whether religious liberty is the issue as much as an attempt to promote a worldview is at play:

It is important to remember that these anti-discrimination laws are exemptions to the general rule. Except for the protected classes, business owners, et al., are allowed to discriminate (i.e., refuse to do business) with people for a variety of reasons. For instance, a landlord is not required to rent to a pornographer or a Klansman. In general, sexual orientation (however it was made known to a business owner) has been one of thousands of factors that are unprotected by antidiscrimination laws.

People who claim that legislation to protect sexual orientation is merely seeking to provide the same protections that are afforded to other people are incorrect: they already have the same rights everyone else has, i.e., the right to be protected against discrimination on the basis of their race, gender, and other protected categories. It is necessary that we are clear that seeking to make sexual orientation a protected class are seeking a special exemption that is not afforded to millions of other criteria.

4. This video from the International Justice Ministry demonstrates why the rule of law is so important, and why it is so hard for the poor in many countries to get justice:

5. How can an imperfect man be a leader in his home? Challies considers on his blog:

We don’t lead because we are worthy, but because we are called. You don’t lead because you are worthy, but because you are called. And, my friend, you have been called— commanded and called by God himself. If you are a husband, you have been called. If you are a father, you have been called. You have been called to lead—you and no one else. You have been called to lead despite your sin and your failure, despite your fear and apathy. There is no backup plan, there is no one to lead in your absence, no one better suited, no one better qualified.