• Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should

    Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should

    Two remarkable things took place last month in the world of biotechnology: A Chinese doctor claimed to have created two genetically modified human embryos who were successfully nurtured to birth, and the worldwide scientific community roundly rejected this experiment as a violation of ethics.

    In turn, the Chinese government condemned the doctor and called for an immediate investigation.

    At issue is a developing biotechnology known as CRISPR-Cas9 that allows scientists to genetically edit cells. The technique holds potential to treat a variety of genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease, as well as even more complex conditions such as cancers and heart disease. Indeed, the doctor says he genetically modified the two children in question (back in their embryonic stage) to make them resistant to HIV. READ MORE...

  • Pelosi's Top Legislative Priority Would Punish Dissenters on LGBT Issues

    Pelosi’s Top Legislative Priority Would Punish Dissenters on LGBT Issues

    Nancy Pelosi made headlines last week stating that if Democrats reclaim the House of Representatives, a top agenda item will be to pass laws banning disagreement on LGBT issues.

    Of course those aren’t the exact words she used, but when “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are elevated to protected classes in antidiscrimination law, that’s the effect that the government policy has.

    But not every disagreement is discrimination, and our law shouldn’t suppose otherwise.

    The Heritage Foundation has long opposed the expansion of antidiscrimination laws to elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes. Where enacted, these laws—known as SOGI laws—are frequently used as swords to persecute people with unpopular beliefs, rather than as shields to protect people from unjust discrimination. READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court Upholds Baker's Right to Disagree With Gay Marriage in Marketplace

    Supreme Court Upholds Baker’s Right to Disagree With Gay Marriage in Marketplace

    Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a big win for the religious liberty of all Americans. The court made it clear that hostility toward religion has no place in America, least of all in our government.

    At the center of Masterpiece Cakeshop is Jack Phillips, the Christian cake artist who can’t in good conscience design and create custom wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages. The court held that the state of Colorado was “neither tolerant nor respectful” of Phillips’ beliefs about marriage. The court pointed out that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed “clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection.” READ MORE...

  • Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work. Here Is the Evidence.

    Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work. Here Is the Evidence.

    Sex “reassignment” doesn’t work. It’s impossible to “reassign” someone’s sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially.

    As I demonstrate in my book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” the medical evidence suggests that sex reassignment does not adequately address the psychosocial difficulties faced by people who identify as transgender. Even when the procedures are successful technically and cosmetically, and even in cultures that are relatively “trans-friendly,” transitioners still face poor outcomes. READ MORE...

  • Why the Transgender Movement Can't Sustain Itself

    Why the Transgender Movement Can’t Sustain Itself

    The following Q&A with Ryan T. Anderson was conducted by Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard. It has been republished here with permission.

    Congratulations on regaining your title as History’s Greatest Monster! How does it feel? I’m kidding, but only sort of. One of the things I admire most about you is your ability to absorb the nastiest, most personal, least fair-minded abuse from critics and yet still engage with people in total good faith, all the time.

    How do you do it? And I don’t mean “why do you do it”—everyone who does what we do for a living understands how valuable it is to reflect good faith in the face of bad faith. But it’s really hard. What’s your secret? READ MORE...

  • Transgender Ideology Is Riddled With Contradictions. Here Are the Big Ones.

    Transgender Ideology Is Riddled With Contradictions. Here Are the Big Ones.

    People say that we live in a postmodern age that has rejected metaphysics. That’s not quite true.

    We live in a postmodern age that promotes an alternative metaphysics. As I explain in “When Harry Became Sally,” at the heart of the transgender moment are radical ideas about the human person—in particular, that people are what they claim to be, regardless of contrary evidence. A transgender boy is a boy, not merely a girl who identifies as a boy.

    It’s understandable why activists make these claims. An argument about transgender identities will be much more persuasive if it concerns who someone is, not merely how someone identifies. And so the rhetoric of the transgender moment drips with ontological assertions: People are the gender they prefer to be. That’s the claim. READ MORE...

  • Transgender Ideology Hurts Kids

    Transgender Ideology Hurts Kids

    Properly understanding sex, gender, gender identity, and gender dysphoria will continue to be pressing concerns in 2018.

    A proper understanding is a prerequisite for properly forming people in the truth and properly ministering to people in need.

    As new gender ideologies are promoted throughout America, their lies will impact not only those who suffer from gender dysphoria, but all children who need to mature in their self-understanding as a boy or girl, man or woman, a potential husband or wife, father or mother. READ MORE...

  • The Christian Baker Need Not Have Ended Up at the Supreme Court

    The Christian Baker Need Not Have Ended Up at the Supreme Court

    On Dec. 5, the Supreme Court heard the case of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who can’t in good conscience design and create wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages. The justices now will decide whether states, consistent with the First Amendment, can force citizens to express support for same-sex marriage through their artistic products.

    But this case needn’t have ended up at the court. And future cases like it can be avoided.

    Agree or disagree, but Phillips believes he is serving Christ with every cake he makes. He has previously turned down requests to create Halloween-themed cakes, lewd bachelor party cakes, and a cake celebrating a divorce. He was never reprimanded over those decisions, but the same-sex-wedding cake plunged him into hot water. READ MORE...