Property, morality and religion

Just read Larry Arnn’s (President of Hillsdale College) Imprimis piece Property Rights and Religious Liberty.  It’s excellent, but ultimately uncompelling as an argument that property rights are insufficient to secure religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Some rambling reactions...Arnn:[R]ecognizing that property is at the heart of the political argument we are having these days, [there]… Continue reading Property, morality and religion

Ecclesiastic Economics

Global bishops call for 'complete decarbonisation' by 2050Bishops launched a global appeal Monday for a break-through at upcoming Paris climate talks, including a "complete decarbonisation" of the world's economy and more help for poor countries battling the effects of climate change.They propose eliminating 95% of reliable energy in 35 years. What we will depend on… Continue reading Ecclesiastic Economics

Speech impediments

Bosch Fawstin's winning cartoon The First Amendment is a staple topic of this blog. I highly recommend 'reading the whole thing' for all the following: "Stay Quiet and You'll Be Okay" -Mark Steyn The Washington Post offered the celebrated headline "Event Organizer Offers No Apology After Thwarted Attack In Texas", while the Associated Press went… Continue reading Speech impediments

The establishment of secular State religion

See, your mistake was your naive presumption of goodwill on the part of the SJWs: I apologize for thinking this was about only equal treatment under the law. I apologize for dismissing conservatives' fears that this slippery slope would lead to de facto banishment from various sectors of the public square.I thought people just wanted… Continue reading The establishment of secular State religion

Free exercise thereof

Some balanced discussion on Religious Freedom Restoration laws from The Cato Institute:Why isn’t the 1st Amendment enough to protect freedom of religion and freedom of association without specific laws?Religious Freedom and DiscriminationRoger Pilon 11 minutesWhat is "legitimate government interest?"Religious Liberty and Its DetractorsMollie Hemingway 9 minutesCopyright 2005-2019

First they came for Indiana pizzarias

Easter Sunday, and this past week’s events, prompt me to worry specifically about the future of freedom of conscience in the United States and, generally, about erosion of 1st Amendment rights. Contrast the MSM treatment of Iran's Mullahs of Mass Destruction with that of obscure private citizens in the United States.Our Secretary of State is… Continue reading First they came for Indiana pizzarias

Long division

Jonathan Alter @jonathanalter has declared a loser in the culture wars: The independent women who will help determine the election want the government--and their bosses--out of their private lives. The culture wars are over, and the Republicans lost.If they want the government out of their lives, they most certainly will not vote for Obama. What… Continue reading Long division

Defamation of infidels

In response to the U.N. Human Rights Council's vote last week to outlaw criticism of religion in a resolution that mentioned only one religion specifically, I thought it would be a good idea to put forward some criticism/insult/mockery of every religion. Images seemed appropriate since this nonsense has its origins in some cartoons of Mohammed… Continue reading Defamation of infidels

Obamiate of the messes

Over at Tim Blair commenter Dave S. has an interesting thought on bitter folks clinging to religion:Well, I do go a-churchin’ every Sunday with a bunch of bitter folks who complain about how the government is evil and screws them over, and we yell an’ whoop it up when the preacher rails against them Italians… Continue reading Obamiate of the messes