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

October 13, 2008

Personal Attack Ad…Against Myself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the receiving end of a personal attack ad? I have. During the 2006 campaign, I thought it would be fun to write my own personal attack ad…against myself! Like many attack ads, everything I wrote about myself was (is) technically true but lacked […]

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April 16, 2008

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, And We All Love Big Brother

George W. Bush rewrites the Declaration of Independence: “We need your message to reject this dictatorship of relativism and embrace a culture of justice and truth,” Bush said in brief remarks welcoming Benedict to the White House. “In a world where some see freedom as simply the right to do as they wish, we need […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:43 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Individual Rights
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February 5, 2008

Separating Marriage And State

A Democratic State Senator in Maryland has come up with an idea that actually makes sense: Advocates for same-sex marriage plan to introduce legislation in the Maryland General Assembly today that would abolish civil marriage ceremonies now confined to heterosexual unions in the state and replace them with domestic partnerships for all couples. The bills […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:56 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Individual Rights
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January 17, 2008

Mike Huckabee “Clarifies” His Views On The Constitution And God

On Wednesday Jason noted that Mike Huckabee had stated his desire to amend the Constitution to bring it in line with “God’s law.” Later that day, he appeared on Hannity & Colmes and attempted to clarify what he had said earlier in the day: On last night’s Hannity & Colmes, Colmes cited Huckabee’s quote about […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:19 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Election '08,Huckabee Watch,Politics
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January 10, 2008

The Club for Growth Releases New Anti-Huckabee Ad in Michigan

Clubforgrowth.org For the life of me, I don’t understand why so many “conservatives” support Mike Huckabee*. He raises taxes, increases spending, his anti-capitalist/populist rhetoric is indistinguishable from that of John Edwards (minus the “Two Americas” b.s.), he wants a national smoking ban in all workplaces, and he once thought that AIDS patients should be quarantined! […]

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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 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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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 13, 2007

Why Ron Paul Faces An Uphill Battle

It’s hard to win with a campaign based on liberty, when so many Americans don’t seem to really believe in it: WASHINGTON — Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the nation’s founders intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the “State of […]

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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 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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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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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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May 31, 2007

Religious Zealot Fails To Remove Harry Potter From Schools

In Georgia, a holier than thou Christian by the name of Laura Malloy has tried, and failed, for the 5th time to remove Harry Potter from Gwinnett County government school library shelves. Malloy says the books cause children to embrace witchcraft: A judge gave Laura Mallory 64 minutes Tuesday to argue why the Harry Potter […]

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March 28, 2007

Somebody’s Gotta Say It (Book Review)

(Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds) As a regular listener of The Neal Boortz Show, I find this book every bit as hard-hitting, insensitive, informative, and entertaining as his show. The High Priest of the Painful Truth pulls no punches in his assault on ignorance whether from the Right, the Left, or […]

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March 14, 2007

Civil Unions and Multiple Wives

In the wake of the post Chris put up, which gathered a fair bit of attention, I felt that it might be a good time to re-post this, which I posted at my personal blog back in 2005. ————————————————————— Jackie Passey posted yesterday about a topic I feel is pretty much unassailable, Civil Unions for […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:06 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Individual Rights,Privacy
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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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