Anti-terrorism law threatens civil liberties

I have opposed the “Patriot Act” from the very beginning. As we remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I thought it was appropriate to re-post this on the blog.

Bloomington Herald-Times, November 18, 2001

To the Editor:

President Bush has done an amazing job leading the nation through the crisis that began September 11th. I fully support Operation Enduring Freedom to destroy the terrorist network and punish those nations that support terrorists. We have been attacked and it is wholly appropriate to respond to an act of war with military action.

However, while Bush has shown greatness in dealing with this matter, I am very concerned about the recently passed anti-terrorism bill, known as the “USA PATRIOT Act.” This bill places too many restrictions on civil liberties. Continue reading “Anti-terrorism law threatens civil liberties”

Ivermectin and celebrating deaths from COVID-19

Folks, we really need to calm down. The anger and bitterness that infests our public discourse about COVID-19 helps no one, and the people who are pushing rational public health policy are failing to convince anyone of their positions.

Back in April of 2020, we were seeing vicious fights on social media over the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. That fight is being repeated with ivermectin and “horse de-wormer” rhetoric and memes. Once again, we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and actually think logically. The best approach to ivermectin is three simple words: “Trust your doctor.”

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Judging motives is a Christian duty

In different parts of a city, two drivers strike and kill a pedestrian. The first one sped up, ran a red light, swerved toward the pedestrian and killed him. The second driver was driving to work when a pedestrian jaywalked in front of him without warning. The driver slammed on the brakes and attempted to swerve, but was unable to avoid a collision. He then stopped, called 911, and attempted to administer first aid until the ambulance arrived.

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Parental rights and mask mandates

As I have said many times, I have been generally supportive of pandemic mitigation policy. But if you do not think COVID-19 is being exploited to expand government power at the expense of our liberty, you are not paying attention. As an example, see this headline at Politico:

The Dangerous Legal Illusion of ‘Parental Rights’

The body of the article is much more reasonable than the title, but the title was chosen for a reason: It is part of a campaign to undermine parental authority. But parental rights are not a “legal illusion” and they are certainly not “dangerous.” What is actually dangerous is surrendering parental authority to government bureaucrats. We should trust parents before we trust bureaucrats.

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Privilege is a blessing

If you are angry that someone is grateful for the good things in his life, you should probably calm down. It is not “unfair” to be grateful, and it is not an putdown of those who do not have what you have. Some people sneer that someone who says he is blessed is actually privileged. But if you have privilege, go ahead and consider that a blessing, because that is what it is.

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Joe Biden’s shameful surrender

Printed in the Herald-Times, September 13, 2021

To the Editor:

As women are violently raped all across Afghanistan, as war criminals hunt down Afghans who worked with us to torture and murder them and their families, as little girls and even little boys are forced into rape slavery, and as the people who gave safe harbor to the war criminals who destroyed the World Trade Center and massacred 3,000 Americans on American soil parade around in American military equipment, remember that none of this had to happen.

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“Stop telling others what to do” is a childish mentality

According some advocates of “reproductive choice,” we should allow unethical corporations to dump tons of pollution into our air and water. We should stop telling others what do do, they say, so we should not interfere in how corporations operate. It is none of government’s business.

Oh, that is not what they meant? This is the problem with making the argument that we should “stop telling others what to do.” With the exception of anarchists, no one actually believes that. No one, including the most hard-line libertarians, believe that we should have absolutely no laws regulating what people are allowed to do. Everyone agrees that crimes such as murder, rape, arson and robbery should be illegal.

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