President quietly signs new legislation outlawing homosexuality and imposing prison terms of up to 14 years for people prosecuted under the new act
Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner on human rights, describes the high court move as a ‘significant step backwards’
Controlling social behavior: Proposal could ban criticism of Islam, feminism
Michael S. Rozeff
August 10, 2013
Can a man speak freely in America without any fear of punishment or can he not? He cannot. Has the U.S. government concocted free speech “crimes” in order to suppress free speech? It has. Is the U.S. government investigating free speech activities with the notion that they may be terroristic? It is.
Being pro-liberty, I am pro-free speech. I think that liberty and being able to speak freely are part of what being a human being means. In addition, I think that free speech enhances human life. Favoring the human being, human life and its development, I favor free speech. This does not mean that I like or approve of everything that anyone says. I don’t, most assuredly. It doesn’t mean that groups of people may not voluntarily suppress free speech among themselves. Favoring free speech implies that I do not believe in forcibly curtailing speech.
If we wish, we can discuss free speech without reference to the U.S. constitution. The idea of free speech doesn’t depend on a constitution, but because the government is suppressing free speech and claiming that it is doing so legally, I am going to discuss some specific court cases that reference the Constitution.
Being pro-liberty, I am not in favor of a system that centralizes law-making in one man or a few men as the U.S. system under the Constitution does. What if they make bad laws? What if the system provides no effective means to alter those laws? What if the system actively suppresses and undermines the available means to alter those laws? What if great distress has to be endured for many years before laws are altered?
But in this article, I postpone speaking with my Spoonerite anti-Constitution hat on until the end. I mainly wish to explore how it is that the Supreme Court is undermining free speech under the cover of its claim to be the final arbiter of what U.S. law says. However, implicitly I am raising the question of what good a Constitution is under which rights written down in black and white can be effectively destroyed by the Supreme Court.
State law lets schools employ licensed, armed guards
(WASHINGTON TIMES) Teachers and staff at Clarksville High School in Arkansas have undergone 53 hours of intensive weapons training in recent weeks, and they stand ready for school doors to open this fall — locked and loaded, ready to fend off the type of disaster that rocked a Connecticut community in December and left 20 children dead.
“The plan we’ve been given in the past is, ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,’” Superintendent David Hopkins said, in The Associated Press. But school shootings continued to take place around the nation. And in response, the district decided, he said, “That’s not a plan.”
So come fall, at Clarksville, Assistant Principal Cheyne Dougan will be packing a 9 mm handgun, AP reported. And more than 20 other teachers, administrators and school staffers will be similarly armed.
What would life be like without God? Would morals even matter?
By Gordon King
What keeps civilization civil? Is it merely the laws of man, preconceived and borne out of necessity for survival? The laws of which continually change for the benefit of the government and a wishy-washy society. “Changing Laws for Changing Times”, that should be the world’s motto. We need to change the laws to keep up with the whims and fancies of the world. After all, people get bored with the same old thing. They need more excitement and challenges.
What has happened to morality? The need for God’s commandments which govern us as a people? Without God we are a society of fads, whims and anything goes. Without the laws of God’s morality, then who’s to say what anyone can or cannot do?
We begin with homosexuality. Gay marriage. Gay adoption. Then what? Legalized sex with children? Sex with animals? Marriage to animals? Marriage to children? Without God, who is to say that this is wrong?
Abortion. Legalized abortion before the third trimester. Then after the third trimester if the mother is at harm. What about abortion just before birth. The mother just realized at the last-minute, that she made a mistake. Lets just abort the baby instead of giving birth. Why not? If there is no God, what difference does it make?
Euthanasia. The killing of a life due to sickness or injury. What about killing if someone is just done, they’ve had enough? Sounds like suicide. What about killing just for fun? Why not? If there is no God, what does it really matter? If I just don’t like you, then I kill you. What if the government thinks there are just way too many people in the world? Why not kill off a few billion? Why not?
What about rape? Rape is illegal, by man’s laws. But, what if the laws changed? Without God it wouldn’t really matter. If someone was standing in line at the store next to a beautiful woman, and decided to rape her right on the spot, he could. Rape would become widespread more than it already is. It is already widespread in some countries.
Thou shall not steal is one of God’s laws. What if God didn’t exist? If society decided that stealing was a normal part of life and abolished laws against it, would that matter? Could you imagine the chaos, confusion and insecurity in the world? I guess you can if you live in the world today.
Love thy neighbor as you love yourself. Without this law people will turn to self-love. Self absorption and self-fulfillment. Greedy, manipulative, hateful and envious. Oops! This is already happening.
Without God, anything goes. Whatever a person feels that he/she wants to do is ok. For there is no right or wrong. Only opinions. Morals and values lie in the perspective of the individual and the government. The breakdown of society and the world depend upon one of two things: Accept God or Reject God. That’s the bottom line. God did not give us the Ten Commandments for our own pleasure, but for our own good. To be able to live together as a people, as a society at large. To convict us of our sin and bring us to his salvation, for his glory.
It’s all about the Glory of God! It’s your decision. What you choose to do with it only determines the rest of your eternity!
God Bless Everyone! Amen 🙂
July 5, 2013
On Tuesday, July 2, the Beckley Police Department conducted a seat belt checkpoint which yielded zero citations for seat belt violations, which really isn’t surprising when you consider Beckley’s new seat belt law doesn’t go into effect until July 9. The officers did, however, manage to find cause to bring in the K-9 corps and conduct a few illegal drug searches.
Beckely, West Virginia, law enforcement officials conducted the seat belt checkpoint ostensibly to raise awareness about the impending changes to the seat belt law which would make lack of seat belt usage a primary offense in West Virginia.