Vaccine Mandates Must Allow Religious Exemptions

Vaccine Mandates Must Allow Religious Exemptions

Many of us as Christians have moral and religious objections to the Covid vaccine based on the fact that aborted baby tissue was used in its development and testing. There may be other religious objections as well based on beliefs about God’s design for the human body and bodily autonomy. When employers, public schools or…

Vaccine Mandates versus Natural Immunity or Testing

Vaccine Mandates versus Natural Immunity or Testing

We keep reading about new Covid vaccine mandates imposed by governments, employers, educational institutions and entertainment venues. They make no exception for people who have already had the disease, despite numerous studies showing that natural immunity from having the disease is better protection than the vaccine. What about natural immunity? Isn’t natural immunity something we…

The Texas Heartbeat Law Needs Follow-Through

The Texas Heartbeat Law Needs Follow-Through

The Supreme Court has taken a big step in rebuffing legal challenges to the Texas Heartbeat law that outlaws most abortions in Texas after about six weeks from conception. We need the Court to follow through later this year by overturning the so-called constitutional “right” to abortion when it hears the case of Dobbs vs.…

Free Speech and Social Media – Does Big Tech Work for the Government?

Free Speech and Social Media – Does Big Tech Work for the Government?

President Trump has filed lawsuits against Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accusing them of working with the government to censor free speech. His lawsuits raise two points: The big internet platforms are violating the First Amendment by colluding with government officials to censor unapproved ideas. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional in granting…

China and the Vatican

China and the Vatican

Father Paul Mariani, S.J., professor at Santa Clara University, gave a fascinating talk at the Napa Institute Summer Conference on the subject of China and the Vatican. Father Mariani’s presentation centered on a 2018 “provisional accord” between China and the Vatican that was apparently designed to work toward normalizing relations and resolving issues over the…

FASTING: Something concrete and powerful we can do while the world goes crazy

FASTING: Something concrete and powerful we can do while the world goes crazy

The Eleventh Annual Napa Catholic Conference included a practical but very profound talk on the subject of fasting by Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., of The Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America. The Bible is full of references to fasting, especially at critical times during a person’s life, especially necessary along with…

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

The Eleventh Annual Napa Catholic Conference was held July 22-24, 2021, with an impressive lineup of Catholic speakers on the theme “All Things Made New.” The conference included Mass and a wide range of talks, including religious and spiritual topics, lots of commentary on current Church and world events, apologetics and some very practical subjects…

Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn- Abortion Illegal in 33 Cities (and the number is increasing)

Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn- Abortion Illegal in 33 Cities (and the number is increasing)

A growing number of cities in America are taking steps to outlaw abortion, sending a strong message to the abortion industry that they are not welcome. “Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn” include 33 cities as of July 12, 2021, in Texas, Ohio and Nebraska that have passed ordinances fining and imposing legal liability on abortion…

Is Roe v. Wade on a Collision Course in the Supreme Court? 

Is Roe v. Wade on a Collision Course in the Supreme Court? 

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor famously stated in 1983 that  Roe v. Wade is “on a collision course with itself” considering ongoing advances in medical science. Roe contains the seeds of its own destruction since the Court’s basic premise, that abortions should be allowed before the baby is “viable” outside the womb, disintegrates over…

Are Pro-Abortion Politicians excommunicated?

Are Pro-Abortion Politicians excommunicated?

Cardinal Bishop Raymond Burke, a prominent Church prelate and Canon lawyer, issued a statement on April 7, 2021 explaining that politicians who publicly support abortion and other intrinsic evils contrary to Church teaching should not receive Holy Communion. He based this, in part, on the fact that those politicians may be automatically excommunicated. Cardinal Burke…

Court-packing: What is it? Why is it Unconstitutional?  Historical attempts, and What is Happening Today…

Court-packing: What is it? Why is it Unconstitutional? Historical attempts, and What is Happening Today…

A group of Democratic lawmakers has launched an effort to let President Biden appoint four new Justices to the Supreme Court. Their stated purpose is to change the balance on the Court so that it will approve the Democrats’ liberal policies. This is a highly questionably and likely unconstitutional practice known as “court-packing.” President Biden…

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on a mission to rein in big tech censorship

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on a mission to rein in big tech censorship

On April 5, Justice Thomas issued a concurring opinion in the case  Joseph Biden vs. Knight First Amendment Institute, addressing the historically unprecedented control of information and communication by a few privately owned digital platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon. While the case had originated as an attack against President Trump, Justice Thomas used…

Abortion is Unconstitutional and Not a State Issue

Abortion is Unconstitutional and Not a State Issue

There is a common misconception that if the Supreme Court overrules Roe vs. Wade, abortion will be outlawed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Many, if not most, of the individual states would still allow abortion absent a nationwide ban. This would not put the issue to rest, just as state-by-state rules on slavery did…

Vaccine Mandates and Employer Liability

Vaccine Mandates and Employer Liability

We have seen varying degrees of public hysteria since the beginning of Covid 19 and more than a little government overreach. Some of that may begin to subside now with reduced new cases and rollout of the vaccines, but with the vaccines we are also starting to see some new abuses in the form of…

Covid Vaccine Myths and Morality

Covid Vaccine Myths and Morality

As a California attorney, I take regular continuing education classes. With Covid on everyone’s’ minds, I decided to learn something about vaccine laws. Some of what I learned was eye-opening, including the truth about three common Covid vaccine myths. Myth 1:   Covid Vaccines are FDA approved. Reply: The vaccines have only been authorized so far…

IS THE VACCINE MORAL?

IS THE VACCINE MORAL?

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen time and again just how much the so-called “experts” don’t know. There have been ongoing disagreements among medical researchers and the public health community with their ever-changing predictions. The experts say… For the first few months, we were told to stay home, avoid beaches and…

What is Responsible Voting?  

What is Responsible Voting?  

Since we are responsible for the actions of those we elect, how should we vote when there is no perfect candidate? Obviously, the same way we make other prudential decisions in an imperfect world… we prioritize and weigh competing issues and considerations. This does not make us a “single issue” voter but we do have…

History and Racism- who are the racists?

History and Racism- who are the racists?

We hear a lot these days about systemic or institutionalized racism, especially in connection with the police and persisting economic disparity between races. Protesters say historical racism is so embedded in our western culture that we need to erase symbols of our tainted past like statues and the names of cities, schools and sports teams.…

Contact Tracing, Mandatory Smartphone Apps and China

Contact Tracing, Mandatory Smartphone Apps and China

As our society gradually unwinds the Covid-19 shutdowns and people reenter the public workforce, we’re seeing new government efforts to “protect” us whether we like it or not. This increasingly involves mandatory health screenings and various forms of technology-assisted “contact tracing,” including new smartphone apps to identify people who are sick or have associated with…