Justice for Jack. In case you’ve been vital in an subterraneous fort for the past few months: The case of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop was argued before the Supreme Court today. This case will have implications for eremite autocracy for decades. we first covered this case in 2014, when we interviewed Phillips in his bakery in a strip mall in a Denver suburb. This is a big day not just for Jack Phillips, but for all of us who caring about eremite autocracy in America. The Colson Center’s own John Stonestreet spoke on the stairs of the Supreme Court at a convene hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Phillips. Kristen Waggoner, the counsel now fortifying Phillips, participated in a Colson Center webinar a couple of months ago.
Demography is Destiny. Back in the 1970s, doomsday prophets such as Paul Ehrlich likely a “population bomb” that would lead to an packed planet, disease, and mass starvation. He and his on-going fellow-travelers endorsed abortion, euthanasia, and centralized supervision planning. These total solutions valid to be distant worse than the purported problem, ensuing in the deaths of hundreds of millions in the 20th century. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that “children are a blessing” (Ps. 127:3) to be desired and nurtured, not a abuse to be lifted. The loyal abuse is a miss of children. A absolute story in The New York Times tells the comfortless story of Japan’s aging population, many members of whom die alone and in despair. In fact, Japan now has an expression, “lonely deaths,” to report the phenomenon. The Times story is not for the gloomy of heart … or diseased of stomach. It tells of “4,000 waste deaths a week,” one of which went undiscovered until authorities “found his skeleton nearby the kitchen, its strength picked purify by maggots and beetles, just a few feet divided from his next-door neighbors.”
Rest in Peace. Ross A. McGinnis died on Dec. 4, 2006, 11 years ago yesterday. He was 19. McGinnis died by throwing himself on a palm grenade in Iraq, saving the lives of 4 of his brothers-in-arms. When asked in kindergarten what he wanted to be when he grew up, McGinnis replied, “An Army man.” His Medal of Honor reference states in part: “That afternoon his organisation was conducting fight control operations in an bid to revoke and control narrow-minded assault in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an mutinous fell by the gunner’s induce into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled ‘grenade,’ permitting all 4 members of his organisation to ready for the grenade’s blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner’s induce to safety, Private McGinnis done the bold decision to strengthen his crew. In a unselfish act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his physique and the car and interesting many of the explosion. Private McGinnis’ wooer movement directly saved 4 men from certain critical damage or death. Private First Class McGinnis’ unusual intrepidity and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and over the call of duty, are in gripping with the top traditions of the military service and simulate good credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
Milestones. Writer and Holocaust chronicler Hannah Arendt died this week in 1975. She coined the word “the clich� of evil” to report Nazi proxy Adolf Eichmann’s role in the murder of 7 million men, women, and children during the Holocaust…. Jazz good Dave Brubeck died on this date in 2012. In further to his many famous piece, “Take Five,” he also wrote music for the church. You can review my 2012 necrology of Brubeck here.
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