The Church Boom That Never Happened
Philip Jenkins, RealClearReligion

A huge amount has been written about the scandals and their impact, especially on the attitudes of ordinary Catholic believers. But the effects resonate much more widely through both religious and secular life, and the fact that we have become so used to them means that we rarely notice how revolutionary they would have seemed to an earlier generation.

Sexualisation of girls and the role of the mother
Carolyn Moynihan, Mercatornet

While media portrayals of women and girls as sexual objects are omnipresent and intrusive, we can blame too much on these public influences and forget the importance of what parents do. That seems to be the main message of a US study of girls aged 6 to 9 years.

On Mau-Mauing the Chicken Sandwich Guy
Matthew J. Franck, First Things

If Dan Cathy is, as a matter of his own beliefs and moral convictions, opposed to same-sex marriage, the last time I checked it was still permitted to be an American and hold such views–even to be a successful businessman!

No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage
Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy

Denying a private business permits because of such speech by its owner is a blatant First Amendment violation. Even when it comes to government contracting — where the government is choosing how to spend government money — the government generally may not discriminate based on the contractor’s speech, see Board of County Commissioners v. Umbehr (1996).