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

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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Quote Of The Day: Religious Liberty Edition

Ron Paul with, so far, the sanest thing I’ve heard anyone say on the subject of religion and politics: “We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for American values and traditions before they are washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. I have never been one […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Quote of the Day,Religious Liberty
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Faith, Religious Liberty, And Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney gave his much anticipated speech on faith and politics today: COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Republican Mitt Romney, confronting voters’ skepticism about his Mormon faith, declared Thursday that as president he would “serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause,” and said calls for him to explain and justify his religious beliefs […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:18 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election '08,Individual Rights,Politics,Religious Liberty
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Contrasting Quotes Of The Day: How Times Have Changed Edition

John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1960: I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote–where no church or church school is granted any […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:20 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Individual Rights,Politics,Religious Liberty
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Thoughts On Mitt Romney’s Religion Speech

Later this morning, Mitt Romney will give what the media is, perhaps, inaccurately calling his Mormon speech addressing questions that have arising regarding his faith. On some level, it seems absurd that he should have to do this at all, but Romney’s presence in the race has made it clear that, more than 40 years […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:03 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics,Religious Liberty
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November 29, 2007

Religious Tolerance, Teddy Bears, And The Insanity Of Sharia Law

Today, an English teacher who went to Sudan to teach was sentenced to jail and deportation for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammed: KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of inciting religious hatred and sentenced her to 15 days imprisonment Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:34 pm || Permalink || Comments (26) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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November 27, 2007

Mitt Romney’s Religious Test

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has stated that he would not appoint an otherwise qualified person who happened to be Muslim to his cabinet if he became President: I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:19 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election '08,Individual Rights,Politics,Religious Liberty
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October 19, 2007

The Philosophy of Life, Liberty, and Property Explained

Hat Tip: Cato on Campus

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September 25, 2007

Could Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Visit to Columbia University be a Good Thing?

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced sharp criticism Monday about his opinions on women, gays, Israel, nuclear weapons and the Holocaust in an appearance at Columbia University, where protesters lined the streets bearing signs reading, “Hitler Lives.” Inside a crowded lecture hall, the university president issued blistering introductory remarks. Ahmadinejad exhibits “all the […]

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September 6, 2007

That Sam Brownback Sure Can Draw a Crowd!

This photo just warms my heart. Here we have the Christian Right’s dream candidate Sam Brownback drawing…let’s just say a less than impressive crowd in New Hampshire. Could it be that his vision of government imposed family values isn’t resonating even within the G.O.P.? Could this be a sign that maybe, just maybe the Christian […]

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August 15, 2007

Does von Eschenbasch deserve a pension or probation?

In 2001, two parents were convicted of manslaughter in Colorado for allowing their daughter to die from untreated diabetes-related infection. Had she been taken to a doctor, she would likely have lived. Several of her surviving siblings were also found to be sick with strep throat, with which they had apparently been infected for months. […]

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August 1, 2007

One Man’s Freedom of Expression is Another Man’s Hate Crime

We seem to have strayed a long way from our valuing of free speech, perhaps best stated by Voltaire “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In this age of political correctness, both the Right and the Left has bastardized the idea of free […]

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July 22, 2007

America: More Likely To Elect A Gay, Muslim, Former Drug User Than An Athiest

That is the somewhat interesting result of a recent New York Times poll: THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent “Ask Mitt Anything” forum in Pella, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:32 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Politics,Religious Liberty
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June 25, 2007

Faith Based Charity Not Open To The Faithless

The Supreme Court ruled today that atheists don’t have standing to challenge their exclusion from President Bush’s faith-based initiatives programs: The Supreme Court today handed President Bush’s faith-based initiatives program a victory, ruling that federal taxpayers cannot challenge the constitutionality of the White House’s efforts to help religious groups obtain government funding for their social […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:41 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Constitution,Religious Liberty
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