Thursday, June 27, 2013

Two Competing Views of Marriage

What I thought was rather nice about Alito's dissent is that he was able to properly identify actually what is at issue. That is, he identifies that the debate is merely over competing views of what marriage is, a purely philosophical question. I thought I'd copy/paste from the opinion:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gay Marriage

I was incredibly and enormously sick yesterday and last night. Like, the sickest I've been in a long, long time. It's weird being that sick. You feel completely helpless, shaking in front of a bathroom mirror, waiting to throw up. Anyway, I'm feeling a bit better now, and since I am avoiding my bar study partner (to avoid infecting him with whatever death I currently possess), I have a little bit of time to write this up. I spent most of this morning lying in bed reading the new gay marriage opinions, and I thought it would be nice to both summarize the gist of them and pull out my favorite quotes. Scalia's dissent on the DOMA opinion may be one of the best he's ever written. If you like clever, passive-aggressive (and often just aggressive-aggressive) argument, take a look at that opinion! Anyway, here goes.

Monday, June 10, 2013


I've never liked contraception. Even as a kid, I thought it was kind of weird. I think this probably came from my general unhappiness and discomfort with sexuality. A lot of my reasons for thinking that contraception was immoral were flawed (like that sex can only be "selfless" if it creates life), but the general dislike of contraception was there. As such, learning that natural law condemns contraception was not strange or shocking to me. I remember honestly thinking condoms, the first time I found out what they were, were the goofiest and least advanced thing I could ever imagine. "You just wrap it up so you don't ejaculate in the girl? Really? That's where technology has gotten us?" 

For many people, though, the idea that contraception is immoral is absolutely crazy. This comes, I guess, from the general idea that people should having sex whenever they want to, and further, that saying contraception is immoral will lead, necessarily, to more illegitimate children, poverty, etc. etc. (People cannot even conceive of a world where chastity is practiced.) Further, and more to the point, when people hear that natural law (or at least Catholicism) says that "Natural Family Planning" or some sort of "rhythm method" is okay, they lose it. "WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE!" they'll yell. In fact, even bringing up NFP at all in casual, non-Catholic conversation is basically social suicide. You will get ridiculed out of the room. And because it's so hard to explain without a decent philosophical background, most people think it's best to avoid bringing it up altogether.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Life

Things that have happened over the last couple weeks:
  • I took, and hopefully did not fail (final grades aren't in yet), my final law school final (Wills really was that bad)
  • I graduated from law school (you can call me Dr. Joe K. from now on (please never do this))
  • I spent a lot of time with my relatives who were in town for my graduation and my nephew's baptism
  • I became my nephew's godfather
  • I was told, multiple times by relatives noticing that there was no godmother, that I "need to get married soon"
  • I moved out of my rental house
  • I moved into my brother's house
  • I began my bar review classes (which are so boringly miserable)
  • I finished the new Arrested Development season using a free Netflix trial (why in the world did they allow free trials right when a highly-anticipated, exclusive series came out?)
  • I watched (am finishing) this really weird gay Italian film that is kinda not bad on Netflix
  • I got annoyed that you can't delete history on Netflix
And I think that's pretty much it. In other words, I've been sort of busy. I haven't forgotten about this blog though. I have two pretty important posts I want to do soon, but I wanted to do some research on them before I publish. The first is a direct treatment of "Natural Family Planning" (since this is a big topic for many people) and the second (the more complex one) is an analysis of what evolution means for natural law. I'm not sure when I'll finish them both up, as I have bar review classes and studying all day, every day, until I take the bar, but I can usually sneak in some reading and writing while the instructor is going on and on about spendthrift trusts.

I hope everyone is well, and I'll be back as soon as I can. Oh, one final thing I forgot to mention. A girl I know fell in love with me. I'm still completely unsure how I'm going to handle that.