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

June 7, 2007

The Right to Life Also Implies a Right to Die

Dr. Jack Kevorkian has finally completed an eight year prison term. For what exactly? For helping a terminally ill and suffering man exercise his right to a have a dignified and peaceful death. I find it very irritating that the media has given Dr. Kevorkian the nickname “Dr. Death” as if he were some kind […]

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June 1, 2007

The Woman Who Refuses to Submit

Cross-posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one brave woman who refuses to submit to Islam. Ali grew up in a devout Muslim home in Somalia and witnessed the brutal treatment of women first hand. When her father arranged a marriage to a complete stranger to whom she would be […]

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March 26, 2007

What Separation Of Church And State Really Means

At USA Today, Notre Dame Law Professor Richard Garnett uses the current battle for religious freedom in China as an example of why separation of church and state is important, and how it has been misunderstood by people on both sides of the debate: It is precisely by failing to respect the separation of church […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Religious Liberty
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March 25, 2007

Christian Pharmacists And Muslim Cashiers

Just a question. Is there any moral difference between these two? Muslim cashiers won’t ring up pork products So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier – who had on the traditional headscarf worn by many Muslim women – refused to swipe the bacon through the checkout scanner. “She made me scan the bacon. Then […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (34) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Political Correctness,Religious Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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February 28, 2007

Is Islamofascism a Legitimate Threat to Liberty?

In my recent post about Michael Charles Smith, I received a response from a reader by the name of Carl Deen regarding my support for the war against terror Islamofascism (Not the war on terror. Terrorism is the method the Islamofascist uses to accomplish his political-religious goals). I think his challenge is worth a post […]

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February 22, 2007

Meet Michael Charles Smith

If the 2008 presidential campaign wasn’t about electing the first woman, African American, Hispanic, or Mormon president but rather about ideas, candidates like Ron Paul might have a fighting chance to be the next president. For the purposes of this post, I’ll pretend that this race is about ideas. Ron Paul seems to be a […]

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February 20, 2007

Memo: The Earth Doesn’t Move

Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Kansas’ government school science curriculum is no longer the laughing stock of the nation and the world; the dubious honor may next be bestowed on Georgia. Georgia state representative Ben Bridges has circulated a memo to other state lawmakers around the country encouraging his colleagues to […]

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February 13, 2007

Thomas Paine: More Harm than Good?

Thomas Paine is one of the least respected figures of the American Revolution and early American history. Many of Paine’s compatriots believed that his anti-religious ideas found in The Age of Reason were so dangerous that they would undermine the moral character of America (Keane 475). Paine further caught the ire of the American public […]

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January 11, 2007

New Blue Law in Georgia

In a surprising turn, new legislation in Georgia has made it illegal to sell meat on Fridays during Lent. While it has been seen as an unchangeable practice for years to ban Sunday sales of alcohol, Georgia has now become the first state to expand the practice to non-alcohol goods. The move is a surprise […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:08 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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January 2, 2007

Virgil Goode Still Doesn’t Get It

Virgil Goode has a piece on the USA Today blog about his statements last month condemning Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison’s plan to use the Koran in his symbolic swearing-in later this week. Once again, Goode proves he really doesn’t get it: My letter did not call for a religious test for prospective members of Congress, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:30 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Politics,Religious Liberty
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December 18, 2006

Crossing The Line

A teacher in New Jersey is in trouble for talking about God in history class: KEARNY, N.J. — Before David Paszkiewicz got to teach his accelerated 11th-grade history class about the United States Constitution this fall, he was accused of violating it. Shortly after school began in September, the teacher told his sixth-period students at […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:38 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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December 11, 2006

“We Need” Doesn’t Obligate The Government

Over on my War On Christmas Blog post I wrote at the Unrepentant Individual (where I advocate a satirical War On Christmas Blog), I’ve gotten some interesting comments and trackbacks. One trackback came from a Help Save Christmas, a blog that I’m still unsure whether it’s satirical or not. Another was from a definitely-satirical War […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:34 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Look About,Religious Liberty
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Seattle-Tacoma Airport Removes Christmas Trees

I’m not one to fall into the whole “war on Christmas” meme we see repeated this time each year, but this story just strikes me as ridiculous: SEATAC, Wash. — All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:07 am || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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December 1, 2006

Silencing The Church Bells

Fresh off its efforts to efforts to “protect” the homeless, Fairfax County, Virginia is now seeking to silence church bells just in time for Christmas: Fairfax County officials have issued a ringing non-endorsement of the bells at St. John Neumann’s in Reston, ruling that they must toll within the limits of the county’s noise ordinance […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:00 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Religious Liberty
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November 29, 2006

The GOP Must Move To The Center and Lose Limited Government Voters

In yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, former New Jersey governor and EPA head Christine Todd Witman had an interesting column: Moderate Republicans paid a heavy price in the GOP’s loss of control of Congress. After the 2004 election, pundits were predicting the dawn of a generation of Republican dominance. Karl Rove was being hailed as the “architect” […]

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Much Ado About Nothing

Stephen Bainbridge and James Joyner both comment on this Dennis Prager column at Human Events. Prager. it seems, is atwitter because Keith Ellison, a Democrat elected in the 2006 elections and the first Muslim elected to Congress, wants to take his oath of office with his hand on the Koran, not the Bible. Keith Ellison, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:03 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Politics,Religious Liberty
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November 19, 2006

Religious Freedom vs. The War On Terror

There are few symbols of Islam that arose more controversy in the West than the burqa, a covering that some Islamic women wear, either by force or by choice, that completely covers their body and hides even their eyes from public view. In what may well be a sign of things to come in Europe, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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