A preemptive justification for political violence

Way back in the 1990’s, I covered a protest at the Sample Gates for Hoosier Review. Someone at the protest suggested I was there to “intimidate” the protesters, which I immediately shut down by using some self-deprecating humor about my physical stature. No one is going to be intimidated by me. The suggestion itself was a joke, not a serious argument – just some politicos ribbing each other. But I was reminded of that with the claims that Matt Walsh is a threat to the “physical safety” students at Baylor University.

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Matt Walsh and Biblical arguments

Yes, Christians should use Scripture in arguments over public policy and cultural issues. Where there has been disagreement is the time and place to use such arguments, and what tools to use in addition to Scripture. Therefore, I understand the point Matt Walsh is making (see here and here and here) in terms of using secular arguments to convince unbelievers of our position. I also understand Walsh’s critics on the issue. Unfortunately, I think Walsh has misunderstood the arguments made against his position.

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School dress codes

It is profoundly selfish to join a voluntary organization and then demand that the organization change to accommodate you. That is what we are seeing with a lawsuit against a charter school’s standards for girls.

We have a tax-funded public school system already, where children and teens are guaranteed a spot. For those seeking something different, one option is charter schools: Tax-funded fully public schools that operate with fewer restrictions from the state and more freedom to operate as they see fit. No one is forced to attend a charter school, as they can stay in their local public school. Both parents and students know what the standards are before they go there and freely choose the charter school anyway.

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Some thoughts on VAWA

Think Progress is celebrating the end of the “boyfriend loophole” in the Violence Against Women Act but this is not something to celebrate. It is something to oppose.

First, the fact that someone could lose their Second Amendment rights over a misdemeanor conviction is disturbing. Violent felons should not have guns, and provided they are given due process, it is reasonable to restrict their liberties. They are the ones who freely made those choices, after all. (Of course, we need to fairly and logically define what a “violent felon” is, because even that definition can be greatly expanded.) But misdemeanors is a bridge too far and will be abused.

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Using government to keep the little guy down

We should not be fooled: Efforts to control speech and regulate social media are not about eliminating “hate speech” or making sure people are safe. The decision by Big Tech to endorse more regulations is not because they want to stop “hate speech” or make people safe either: This is about crushing competition and ensuring continued dominance for the biggest platform.

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The savage brutality of prison life

One of the most horrifying things I have ever seen in a movie is when a sex trafficker is sent to prison, it is heavily implied that he is being raped as Charles Bronson walks away laughing. After thirty years, I still remember that scene. What makes it horrifying is not that such a thing would be depicted in fiction, but that many people feel the same way in real life that Bronson’s character felt at the end of that movie. These predators are just “getting what they deserve,” right?

We do not care about the basic human rights of people in our prisons. For us, it is out of sight, and out of mind. Many people giggle with glee at the thought of someone who molested children “getting his” once he gets to prison. This, of course, means being the prison bitch and getting repeatedly anally raped. If the convicted child molester did not actually abuse any children (as in the case of Bernard Baran) then, well, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. What are you, some kind of thug hugger?

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