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Do Not Apologize for Free Speech!

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, Foreign Policy, Government, In the News, Philosophy, Politics, Rant, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by Xajow

Yes, I know that some stupid and poorly made video has been used as a lame excuse for a lot of people in the Middle East who are rioting and killing people. What has been the response of the President of the United States, land of the Bill of Rights? To essentially apologize for the video and to insist that “those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others.” And yet, he is still a serious contender for re-election. WTF? Continue reading

Liberal Orthodoxy

Posted in First Amendment, Government, Morality, Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by Xajow

I am about to offend some liberals probably. Fair warning.

When I see the news about the debate over the Obama care law mandating that religious organizations are required to offer contraception coverage in their health care plans, I do not see liberals caring about people. I see liberals demanding government enforced adherence to an orthodox ideology.

I am going to offend liberals further by quoting from a David Harsanyi article (the one that inspired this post) at reason.com.

At some point, contraception was transformed from a — and I hope my Catholic friends will excuse the wording — godsend to those wanting to avoid unwanted pregnancy to a “public health” concern to a moral societal imperative that must be mandated, lest we abandon our daughters, science, decency, “choice” and freedom.

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How does coercion become “choice”? I ran across a headline on the website of the left-wing think tank ThinkProgress that illustrates the awkward logic of this assertion: “Missouri Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Employers To Deny Access To Birth Control.”

So far as I know, no one but a pharmacist can actually deny someone access to birth control. Religious employers saying “we will not pay for it” does not bar the employee from access to birth control. An employer not buying you a car does not deny you access to automobiles. An employer not buying you shoes does not deny you access to shoes.

But there is this notion that somehow not having Catholic organizations pay for contraception is denying women access to contraception. Somehow we are to protect women by taking a legitimate and reasonable choice away from other people. This sort of liberal authoritarian paternalism is just as bad as the conservative kind that seeks to protect people by preventing gay marriage. And it stems just as much from orthodoxy.

I am not against contraception. I am in favor of women having it available. What I do not favor is forcing religious organizations opposed to it to pay for it.

And just to so you know, those programs where the government hands out money to religious organizations, I am opposed to that. I believe separation of church and state is a good idea.

A Few Words About Marriage

Posted in Christianity, Morality, Politics, Relationships, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Xajow

After a lot of blather in the news media the past few days about Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on gay marriage (don’t lesbians want to get married too?), President Obama has now officially said “it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

What took him so long?

Of course, he and I still disagree some on this matter. Obama still believes the states should be able to pass laws about homosexual marriage, and I think the government should just get out of the marriage business altogether. No more government interference in marriage licensing would solve the problem because then marriage would be  a private contract between two individuals and thus their sexual orientation would mostly be legally irrelevant.

“But  you’re a Christian,” I can guess some of you are saying, “how can you be in favor of gay marriage?” I am in favor of the government not imposing religious values. I am in favor of treating others they way I want to be treated. Yes, I know the Bible says homosexual acts are sins. It also says “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:32 NKJV) Yet divorced people get married again all the time. I don’t see anyone arguing that should be made illegal.

Marriage is a commitment between two people (or more if you want allow polygamy, but that is another discussion), and I am not greater than those two people. So why should I want their marriage to be against the law simply because their sexual behavior is a sin in my theology? Some people would consider kinky sex between heterosexual individuals to also be a sin. Shall we pass laws against marriage between heterosexuals who use something besides the missionary position?  I hope not.

I cannot and do not support laws against homosexual marriage. And I think it would actually be immoral if I did.