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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 20, 2020
Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.
A hot, humid weekend seemed a good time to catch up on reading columns that I had set aside. Among the best of them:
Also addressing the Supreme Court’s tenuous hold on reality, att National Review, Gerard Bradley looks at the little-noticed case of Pavan v. Smith, which involved an Arkansas law that proclaims “the mother is deemed to be the woman who gives birth to the child.” That law was challenged by same-sex couples, who cited the Obergefell decision and argued that the Arkansas statute denies them equal rights. As Bradley observes, “Arkansas law did not presume that what is naturally impossible, actually occurred.” The same-sex couples prevailed. Bradley remarks that this judicial logic scoffs not just at the Arkansas law, “but at what nature and nature’s God have wrought.” Pay careful attention to that phrase: nature and nature’s God. Because it’s a reminder that this legal madness strikes at the very foundation of the American Republic. Are there any remaining truths that we, as a nation, hold to be self-evident? ….