Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.
Check out Robert Reilly's incisive analysis of a Virginia judge's ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution. He appeals to Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln and concludes that: "Judge Wright Allen’s ruling is an act of will, not an act of law. It is an exercise of raw judicial power that shares in the coercive attempt to reconstitute reality for the benefit of those who require an alternate reality to rationalize their behaviour."