The Texas State Board of Education is pushing a fundamentalist agenda. The religious right in Texas is so powerful that publishers are willing to accept conservative editorial changes no matter how absurd.
Those who get rowdy in voicing their disagreement with government policies are made into targets for the media and politicians. However, it's the so-called troublemakers who have actually changed things for the better.
Yes Robert George, reason plays a role in deciding natural rights. But if we're going to use reason, let's use real reason, and not lean on our ivy-league credentials to pass off homophobia as genuine rationality.
Justice Scalia takes umbrage at the suggestion that an eight-foot-high Christian cross, erected as a memorial to soldiers killed in military service, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.
The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.