Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

March 28, 2009

United Nations Opposes Freedom of Religion

Some group calling itself the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution yesterday opposing what they see as the leading human rights issue of our time. You’re probably thinking, maybe they’re now addressing the situation in Darfur, or perhaps they’re talking about Communist China’s treatment of Tibetians. Perhaps there maybe a resolution about Cuba’s [...]

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March 20, 2009

Pre-Law Student Suggests State Of California Divorce Marriage Licensing

Language matters. When you call a gigantic pork sandwich a “stimulus”, it becomes a very difficult thing to oppose. When your version of “campaign finance reform” is a big slap in the face of free speech and only increases the ability for moneyed interests to protect their incumbent investments, it is still seen by the [...]

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February 22, 2009

A Good Compromise On Gay Marriage ? Not So Much

David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch, who come from totally opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate, offer this compromise in a New York Times Op-Ed this morning: It would work like this: Congress would bestow the status of federal civil unions on same-sex marriages and civil unions granted at the state level, thereby conferring upon [...]

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December 12, 2008

Che, Mao, and Pop Culture

One thing that disturbs me to no end is the way despotic Communist serial killers like Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Mao Zedong are iconic figures in American pop culture. When I see someone wearing Che’s ugly mug on his/her chest, I want to ask him/her: “Do you really have any idea who this man was [...]

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December 4, 2008

Is It Time To Take “Under God” Out Of The Pledge Of Allegiance ?

A writer at The Washington Post says the answer is yes: First, it isn’t the 1950s anymore. As religion scholar Will Herberg noted in his influential 1955 essay “Protestant-Catholic-Jew,” at that time 68 percent of Americans were Protestant, 23 percent Catholic, and 4 percent Jewish. (The remaining 5 percent expressed no religious preference.) “Not to [...]

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December 2, 2008

Is Atheism Really Threatening?

These signs have been popping up lately in the Denver area… …and some folks are none too happy about it. The hate mail and nasty, threatening phone messages began almost immediately. … John Matson, of Denver, was so mad after seeing the Santa Fe Drive sign that he dashed off an angry letter to the [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:32 am || Permalink || Comments (23) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Political Correctness,Religious Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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November 26, 2008

The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

One aspect common to totalitarian regimes is the forced loyalty oath. Nazi Germany, for example, forced all pastors, civil servants and soldiers to take an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and numerous other nations, the state demanded that people swear loyalty to the government as a condition [...]

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November 23, 2008

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted from the “yes” campaign. Argument #1: [...]

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November 12, 2008

If The Government Recognizes One Religion, Must It Recognize All Religions ?

An interesting religious liberty case is pending before the Supreme Court that opens an entirely new front in the war over the public display of religious symbols: PLEASANT GROVE CITY, Utah — Across the street from City Hall here sits a small park with about a dozen donated buildings and objects — a wishing well, [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:19 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen [...]

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September 12, 2008

In fact, let me say unequivocally, I’m OK with more people dying, so long as we have more freedom; be it with drugs, or guns, or sex, or anything else. Are there limits? Of course there are; at the very least, my fist is limited by your nose… but doing immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional things [...]

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July 26, 2008

The Time for Liberty is Now

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May 29, 2008

Quote Of The Day

Jerry Pournelle on the Texas polygamy case: Punishing people without charging them with any crime or allowing them any defense is a pretty serious thing. I would say that protection from that kind of arbitrary authority is more important than the alleged protection of no more than a dozen kids among the 400 from the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:23 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Quote of the Day,Religious Liberty
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May 7, 2008

Help Reduce Child Abuse: Legalize Polygamy Now!

A great deal of attention is focused on the recent raids on the FLDS compound in Texas. The behavior of the state has rightly been condemned, most effectively by Les Jones who wrote: Imagine that some parents in a school district were accused of child abuse. Now imagine that the authorities took every child from [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 11:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Religious Liberty,Reproductive Rights,Sex,Theory and Ideas
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December 27, 2007

Huckabee: My Supporters Are Scarier Than Ron Paul’s!

Ron Paul has attracted the support of a few unsavory characters, but we’re all sure that Ron Paul doesn’t agree with them on their unsavory beliefs, and his record proves it. Mike Huckabee? Not so much. He seems pretty certifiably wacko, and his supporters are most definitely unsavory: I read in Robert Novak’s column this [...]

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December 11, 2007

Congress Set To Declare That Christmas Is Important

In light of tarran’s excellent post about government recognition of religious holidays, I found this article from The Politico to be both amusing and disturbing: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 847) saying, and I am not making this up, that Christmas and Christians are important. The House is scheduled to vote [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:20 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Religious Liberty
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December 10, 2007

Should Governments Promote Religious Holidays?

A perennial question that comes up this time of the year is the question of how Christmas should be celebrated in public places, with a significant amount of anger and heated accusations being traded between proponents and opponents of the idea. The Argument For Christmas is a major part of American culture, especially since it [...]

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December 8, 2007

Germany’s War Against Scientology

CNN reports that the German Government is moving to ban Scientology: BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of the Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation’s constitution and will seek to ban the organization. The interior ministers of the nation’s 16 [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:50 am || Permalink || Comments (16) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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December 7, 2007

Quote of the Day: Mitt Romney’s Bigotry

Mitt Romney was deluged today with questions about yesterday’s speech on faith, specifically about the statement that: “Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom.” “It was a speech on faith in America, first of all,” Romney said, during a testy exchange with reporters after a town hall forum here. He said he was paraphrasing [...]

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December 6, 2007

A Religious Test For Office

Doug has posted over the last day or so about Mitt Romney’s speech on religion and politics… Romney, as a Mormon, is facing some interesting attacks from the evangelical wing of the Republican party, who don’t regard Mormons as “true Christians”. Doug’s opinion is that such a worry is pointless, and that voters should spend [...]

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