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Category Archives: Rights

Amending the constitution, revisited again

Whenever someone calls for amending the Constitution of the United States, we need to look upon their desires with a very, very high level of scrutiny. I’ve done this previously with Governor Rick Perry in his calls for various ways to amend the Constitution, along with another proposal regarding laws and their applicability to Senators […]

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SCotUS upholds finality of acquittals

In a per curiam decision decided on May 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States again upheld the finality of acquittals against an attempt at a prosecutor’s appeal. The trial of Esteban Martinez was set to begin on May 17, 2010. His counsel was ready; the State was not. When the court swore […]

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Defending due process

I understand it is frustrating seeing someone put on trial only to see them walk out of Court, having been acquitted of the charges in what many would’ve called a "slam dunk" case. And the unfortunate response to these trials seems to be an attack on due process itself. On Facebook I am subscribed to […]

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Atheism is a religion

Just as many atheists say that “atheism is a lack of belief in a god or gods” is one phrase that irks me to no end, another common statement that I’ve always found troubling is “atheism is a religion like off is a TV channel”. Along a similar vein, “atheism is a religion like bald […]

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Body autonomy

Matt, It seems you got ahead of yourself when writing your response to "Rachel". I’m not going to address the flawed hypothetical presented as it is a severely flawed hypothetical when trying to support the idea of abortion, but the rest of your ideas attacking the very idea of body autonomy go a bit off […]

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Legislating morality

In any debate regarding abortion, it can be expected that someone may say, “You cannot legislate morality.” That person’s opponent may reply by citing several provisions of the criminal code, such as the laws regarding murder, rape and assault. But doing so avoids the larger question of whether actual morality can be legislated. In saying […]

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Misconstruing free speech

Ah, another article about the recent "Duck Dynasty" fallout. How nice, right? Oh and it’s by an atheist, so this is gonna be good, too. Let me say up front that freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression are two concepts I have very heavily defended everywhere possible. Phil Robertson has every right to […]

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Codifying child care

When you send your kids to a public school or private school, you have to abide by the rules of the game. It’s as plain as that. Public schools are owned and operated by the local or state government. As such, the government sets rules about attendance and those who attend. An obvious example of […]

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Exercising a right

What does it take to legally carry a concealed weapon, even in Missouri, one of the most gun-friendly States in the US? Here’s what it takes: Glock 19 Gen4: $650 purchase price (purchased brand new) $35 FFL transfer fee (it was purchased online from an out-of-state retailer) ATF 4473 form NICS background check Ammunition: $45 […]

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Defending Starbucks

In the wake of the recent firearms policy announcement by Starbucks, numerous gun rights advocates are reasonably upset. But I think they’re overreaching, reading too much into the policy and interpreting from it things it does not say. Now first, Starbucks has a right as a private organization to set whatever policies it wants regarding […]

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