Fighting gay marriage is wrong, and the battle does nothing to strengthen the institution overall.
May 26, 2013 | By David Blankenhorn for The Los Angeles Times
"Let's be honest: The gay marriage debate is nearly over, and nothing the Supreme Court does when it delivers its opinions on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and on the fate of California's Proposition 8 is likely to change that astonishing fact."
By Phil Plait for Slate | Posted Monday, May 13, 2013
"Over the past few years, the Canadian government has been lurching into antiscience territory. For example, they’ve been muzzling scientists, essentially censoring them from talking about their research. Scientists have fought back against this, though from what I hear with limited success.
By Fred Kaplan for Slate | Posted Monday, March 11, 2013
"On Feb. 26, 2003, President George W. Bush gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, spelling out what he saw as the link between freedom and security in the Middle East. 'A liberated Iraq,' he said, 'can show the power of freedom to transform that vital region' by serving 'as a dramatic and inspiring example … for other nations in the region.'
"He invaded Iraq three weeks later. The spread of freedom wasn’t the war’s driving motive, but it was considered an enticing side effect, and not just by Bush. His deputy secretary of defense, Paul Wolfowitz, had mused the previous fall that the spark ignited by regime-change 'would be something quite significant for Iraq … It's going to cast a very large shadow, starting with Syria and Iran, but across the whole Arab world.'
"Ten years later, it's clear that the Iraq war cast 'a very large shadow' indeed, but it was a much darker shadow than the fantasists who ran American foreign policy back then foresaw."