“Local control and local accountability are necessary for effective local policing. It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.” The quotation (source) is from U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Note that “local control”, much like “states rights”, is a regular conservative mantra. But only in specific[…]
I would someday be interested in an informed discussion on whether some of our constitutionally-protected rights are more important than others, or should be. For example, if you had to give up one enumerated freedom, which would you choose? (If we’re going with the original Constitution and Bill of Rights, I would give up the[…]
It’s a fairly frequent question, often intended as an accusation: “If atheists don’t believe in God, why are they always talking about him?” First, it’s important to note that many atheists, just like many believers, never talk about God or religion at all (source: Pew Research Center). It just doesn’t come up very often in[…]
I only bring this up because this morning I ran across yet another Christian online who claimed to be “persecuted” — his own words, yet offered no specifics. The persecution complex is strong among certain Christians. I know it’s real because I was one of them; I experienced the very real feelings. We were told[…]
Modern Day Jesus, by conservative logic (Copyright © 2002, 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) If Kim Davis is a “modern day Rosa Parks”, then I’m Jesus Christ.
25-cent piece, U.S. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday evening, my wife and I were wrapping up our day by watching a rerun of The Daily Show, via our cable company’s “On Demand” feature. At the end, just as I was about to stop the replay and turn everything off for the night,[…]
If I was in charge of ISIL*, I don’t think I would be claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Garland, Texas. I don’t know what the news looks like over in Islamaland, but here in the U.S., it looks like two dingdongs bought a bunch of gear they didn’t know how to use and[…]
Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) A couple of days ago, the Los Angeles Times editorial board published a strong endorsement for the First Amendment, titled: “Patriotic Americans Have The Right Not To Believe In Any God”. “We believe that entanglement of religion and government runs the risk of[…]
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest serving of the current justices, said two days ago that it’s okay to favor one religion over another, and to favor religion over secularism. “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation[…]
UPDATE, 2014.09.19: The U.S. Air Force airmen mentioned below was eventually allowed to reenlist, according to later stories. “We take any instance in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our airmen’s rights are protected.” It was[…]
Newspaper clipping, Jan. 17, 1991 (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) Two days ago, the U.S. State Department launched (screenshot, in case the page is removed) its third annual “Free the Press” campaign, which aims to: “…profile journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting. The[…]
“I thought the left loved freedom of the press and open government. I guess that’s only when ‘The Man’ is someone else.” That’s what one commenter said on a news story about the federal government hoping to charge a journalist for publishing news. It’s an astute observation about the way our two-party political system works:[…]
In The News: Is Public Nudity A Form Of Free Speech? (BBC News) Answer: No.
People vs. Larry Flynt: “Murder is illegal. But, you take a picture of somebody committing the act of murder and they’ll put you on the cover of Newsweek. You might even win a Pulitzer Prize. And yet . . . sex is legal … Yet, you take a picture of two people in the act[…]