From TAC: do libertarians have a problem with authority? Right. I’m against tyranny but like Mark don’t like the selfish, ‘question authority, man’ left-libertarian hatred of any traditional order. I still call myself a libertarian though. Close enough.
From Rod Dreher: Notre Dame gay group? The Catholic Church has the right to govern itself (Pope Benedict can kick out liberal dissenters). This doesn’t violate homosexuals’ civil rights; if you don’t like the church, don’t go to its colleges! Like all Catholic colleges, ND is really a private school that only says it’s Catholic as long as the diocese doesn’t object. So, as part of the church’s self-government, if this is an official group against church teaching, the diocese should say ND’s no longer Catholic, unbelievable as that sounds. (As New York did to little Marist College, which that order still partly runs.) Probably the shot across the bow/kick in the pants that the old Americanist Catholics need, like when the Pope fixed the Novus Ordo in English. Also, if the group’s funded only by students, not the school, that is, not an official school group, can they have it? Still, it seems another, belated cave-in to the larger Protestant culture, shocking for a school that used to be synonymous with American Catholic identity along with the Democratic Party and unions. I’ve never been there but understood it’s so big it reflects the whole church including Pope Benedict’s renewal; there’s a Tridentine Mass, inconceivable 20 years ago. Imitating liberal Protestants, white ethnic Catholics are dying out like them; our numbers are artificially steady because of Mexican immigration. Interesting from Matt in TX: This is arguably a smaller deal than it seems. Gay student groups on college campuses are notoriously unpopular and poorly attended, with most the gay students finding better things to do with their time.