For the final installment I'll shamelessly connect these remarks with my academic research interests. Perhaps one irony (that should not really seem like an irony to those who have read/listened to the statements from anti-gay activists) of the debate at Skyline was the pro SSM side imploring the congregation to love and accept those who […]

The few secular arguments against SSM that Morse and Gagnon offered either had no direct connection with LGBT people (Morse), or sought to pathologize homosexuality (Gagnon). Morse spent the majority of her presentation marshaling evidence that marriage as an institution has been eroding over the last 50 or so years—indeed Pew Research shows that the […]

While I watched with the expectation that the participants would mostly discusses religious or ethical arguments for and against SSM, the arguments tended to confuse issues of civil (or secular) rights with religious belief. Perhaps that was inevitable given that the only persuasive arguments against SSM are grounded in the exegesis of religious texts; which […]

Building off of Matthew Green’s discussion of public key cryptography and Apple’s iCloud service in 2012, Julian Sanchez wrote about doubts that Apple’s iMessage service was really as secure as the DEA claimed (or rather complained). Given Apple’s announcement today about their use of end-to-end encryption throws some of his assumptions into doubt. Matthew Green’s […]

Given that the Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of California's Prop. 8 and the federal government's DOMA, I thought this as good a time as any to consider a few highlights in the same-sex marriage (henceforth SSM) debates, particularly those moments that strove for as dispassionate and rational a consideration of the […]

The President and others have tried to justify the NSA’s spying efforts as necessary parts of the so-called war on terror. While their intentions may be good (for the most part), it easy enough for such systems to spiral beyond the control or original intentions of any one contributor. In the interview with Snowden that […]

It’s unfortunate that it takes Glenn Greenwald’s statements of the obvious for most people to realize the breath of this data collection and its 7-year history. James Clapper denounced the The Guardian's and The Washington Post‘s “reprehensible” disclosures of the NSA’s suctioning of the data streams Americans and foreigners generate every day, though we are […]

David Blankenhorn changes his mind about same-sex marriage. See Jeremy Hooper’s post and mine.

Warning: So-called plot spoilers lie ahead. Why knowing the ending of novels and movies upsets people or diminishes their enjoyment of the book/movie makes little sense to me—a good novel or movie rewards the time invested in it with far more than a plot. If plot is all you’re after, I’m sure more entertaining ones […]

On my other blog, I’ve added a post on the recent debate on SSM that John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher had.