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Rehabilitating States’ Rights

Rehabilitating States’ Rights

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Over the centuries since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and the Bill of Rights in 1791, the principle of States’ powers and States' rights – that States enjoy certain rights and prerogatives upon which the Federal government may not intrude – has gained a bad reputation. One could reasonably date the origin of this bad association from 1948, when Strom Thurmond accepted the presidential nomination of the break-away Democrats constituting the States’ Rights Party (“Dixiecrats”). The Dixiecrats were tainted because they advocated a radical doctrine of States’ rights and powers in opposition to a Federal government they viewed as bent on coercive nationwide racial integration, in violation, they argued, of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.  To this day,
Interpeting Our Way To Tyranny

Interpeting Our Way To Tyranny

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I have a lot of friends who are immigrants, many of whom are Muslim, and an at-least-equal number of friends who are native-born Americans (several of whom are also Muslim).  Among many in both groups are people who express confidence in the US Constitution to serve as a bulwark against any abuse or deprivation of civil rights and constitutional liberties on the part of the new Administration.  Without exception, they have an almost religious reverence for the Constitution as the secular equivalent of Martin Luther’s “mighty fortress”.  As someone who also reveres the Constitution – a secular faith I came to rather late in life -- and who shares that almost-religious regard for the Document, I have no wish to disabuse them of this attitude. But I want their reverence to be a historical
Pro-Life God? (Part 2)

Pro-Life God? (Part 2)

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Back in February of 2014, I published a “Skeptic’s Collection” column in which I cited biblical texts in both Testaments calling into serious question whether the Judaeo-Christian God may be fairly characterized as pro-life. As you will see if you follow the above URL, that column was Part 1 of what I originally envisioned as a two-part series. But for reasons I can no longer remember, I never wrote and published Part 2. Until now. Part 2 approaches the subject of the pro-life credentials of God from a somewhat different perspective:  comparing the texts allegedly asserting God’s pro-life stance, not with other biblical texts as in Part 1, but with actual, empirical data, worldwide, on infant mortality.  My purpose, now as in 2014, is not to ridicule Christianity or Christians. Though