“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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War crimes by the Soviet Union in World War II

President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the “Evil Empire.” Very few times has an American president spoke with greater moral clarity than Reagan did with those two words. While many of the atrocities of the USSR are well known (such as the man-made famine and the purges) one that has not been explored as much as it should be is the absolutely brutal campaign of mass rape across Germany after World War II. See here and here and here and here for more.

One of the great tragedies of the Second World War is that after we defeated the Nazi war machine, we surrendered Eastern Europe to decades of brutal oppression by a regime that was every bit as evil. What we should have done is force the Red Army out of Europe and spared Eastern Europe from 45 years of Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain.

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COVID-19, Romans 13 and civil disobedience

Christians should be good citizens. That is why we should obey the law, as the Apostle Paul instructs us to do in Romans 13. But that obedience is not unlimited, and our highest loyalty is not to the state but to Jesus Christ. If the government orders us to do something forbidden by Scripture or forbids us from doing something required by Scripture, we should submit to the higher authority and disobey the “law.”

But in the age of COVID-19, where we draw that line has become a subject of fierce debate among Christians and has even provoked division and bitterness within churches and against church leadership. Brothers, it should not be this way. During this difficult time, church members should have tolerance for how church leadership reacts to COVID-19 and government regulations surrounding the virus.

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Masks are not the only weapon we have against COVID-19

As I have said many times, I was wearing a mask in public places before it was mandatory. I supported and defended the statewide and local mask mandates in 2020 and early 2021. Masks are a useful weapon to limit the spread of COVID-19, and this was especially true in the first year of the pandemic. However, masks are not the only weapon we have, and they are most certainly not the ultimate answer to this pandemic. Pretending otherwise is wildly irresponsible and will cause people to get sick, and some will die.

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Libertarians dancing on John McCain’s grave

I never was a fan of John McCain. I openly supported Bob Barr in the 2008 general election, voting Libertarian rather than voting for the RINO that the Republican Party nominated. But while I never supported McCain, his death three years ago was sad. He was a war hero, and adored by his family. This is why the Libertarian Party dancing on McCain’s grave was sick and depraved. Whatever you think of McCain, how about having compassion on his daughter and widow?

Following is an email I sent to the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.

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Can we please stop freaking out about COVID-19?

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Master Yoda

As both sides of the COVID-19 culture war dig in, it is important to remember (again) that we need to have a sense of proportion and maybe consider that people we disagree with might have something valuable to say from time to time. Maybe those who disagree with us are not actually evil.

President Biden was mocked for suggesting people get vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing in a hurricane shelter. Of course, this is perfectly reasonable. Obviously, a giant storm is a more immediate concern, but there is no reason to put yourself at greater risk of contracting a potentially serious virus while sheltering from the storm. This is being treated as absurd on the Right, but it is not. It does not help the cause of resisting true overreach when we mock every guideline.

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