Justices Thomas and Alito Speak Out on Obergefell and Religious Freedom

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Obergefell decision, which mandated same-sex marriage on the nation..

Justices Thomas and Alito, while agreeing with the court’s denial of appeal, issued a remarkable accompanying opinion stating bluntly that Obergefell has had “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

Because of Obergefell, wrote the Justices, believers in traditional marriage are easily labeled “bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.”

It’s a conflict putting lives and livelihoods at risk, and it must be addressed.

Or, as Justices Thomas and Alito put it: “By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right [to same-sex marriage] over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment… the Court has created a problem that only it can fix.”

Sounds like a gauntlet has been thrown.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Medical Journal Article Highlights Problems With CBD Products

Proponents of so-called “medical marijuana” have argued that cannabidiol (CBD) oil can treat a host of medical conditions, but new research is casting doubt on those claims.

Writing in the September/October issue of Missouri Medicine — the journal of the Missouri State Medical Association — David Evans notes, that “clinical data does not support some claimed uses of CBD for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, cancer palliation and treatment, chronic pain and spasticity, depression, anxiety disorder, insomnia, and inflammation.”

The article also points out that multiple studies have found CBD products often are mislabeled or contain contaminants, and that a recent federal lawsuit in Florida argued that laboratory testing revealed CBD products contained “potentially harmful levels of lead, copper, nickel, mold, and yeast.”

We have written time and again about the problems associated with marijuana and marijuana-related products like CBD oils.

A study published last year found that marijuana legalization has been linked to psychosis, suicide, and other substance abuse.

A 2019 study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions found that marijuana addiction among young people is tied to increased risk of heart problems.

A second study found regular marijuana use increases a young person’s risk of suffering a stroke.

Marijuana use is tied to stroke as well as permanent loss in IQ and an increased risk for schizophrenia.

That’s part of the reason why the U.S. Surgeon General has issued warnings about marijuana.

And a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s publication JAMA Psychiatry found exposure to marijuana during pregnancy was associated with psychotic behaviors, weaker cognitive abilities, and other problems in children.

All of this underscores what we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Pregnant Woman’s Death Will Be Prosecuted as Double Homicide: LRPD

Dekeesha McPhearson, 35, was killed in a shooting on October 1 in Little Rock; according to KARK, she was pregnant when she died.

LRPD has not counted her death as a double homicide due to the FBI reporting standards that the police department follows; those reporting standards do not count unborn children as murder victims.

However, the LRPD told KARK that McPhearson’s killer will face two counts of murder if and when the killer is arrested.

That’s because of Arkansas’ fetal homicide law.

In 1999 Family Council worked with state legislators to pass Act 1273, the Fetal Protection Act.

The law made it a crime to injure or kill an unborn child who is more than 12 weeks gestation. A few months later, authorities used that law to prosecute a group of men who were hired to attack a pregnant woman and kill her unborn baby.

In 2013 we worked with lawmakers to expand the fetal homicide law to ensure it protected unborn children at every stage of development, starting from the moment of conception.

Laws like these promote the sanctity human life and help establish legally that unborn children are living human beings — something that could play a role in overturning Roe v. Wade.