For Your Review

By Richard Nelson

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April 2, 2014

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There are several articles worth your review floating out on the internet today.

First, Kathleen Parker, the sometimes-conservative columnist for the Washington Post has a syndicated column in today’s Courier-Journal. In it, she talks about the practical agreement that many have reached on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case. In the silence from the Left after the oral arguments, Parker writes:

[t]he Green family did not pick this battle. The federal government did when it imposed what could be considered a secular belief system on people who happen to be business owners with strong religious convictions about abortion and abortifacients.

In a brief sidebar: Don't you find it curious that the biological fact of life at conception is characterized as an article of faith (religious), while denial of that life vis-a-vis its involuntary termination is viewed as ultimately sacred? One of life's little mysteries.

Whatever one's views on these matters, they are of no consequence. The fact that I personally favor birth control doesn't alter the logic of what I've just written. It merely suits me to believe as I do in order to get through life as I find most convenient. It doesn't make me right, except under secular law, which a great many people find less compelling than the higher laws of nature — or of God. Your choice.

In any case, the first principle of religious freedom should be treated as paramount, as often and at every stage possible, agreed both Starr and Dershowitz. And both hope that the Supreme Court will find a way to accommodate Hobby Lobby.

Secondly, a lengthy reader-friendly explanation of why Hobby Lobby has the court in their favor can be found here.

Finally, David Frum has a must-read expose on why pot should be criminalized. This is particularly relevant for Kentucky, as citizens are making a concerted effort to legalize medical marijuana. Frum writes,

As human beings, our judgment is not only imperfect, but is prone to fail in highly predictable ways. Insert a recurring charge onto our phone bill, and we will soon cease to notice it. We evolved under conditions where sugars and salt were scarce, and so we will eat far more than we need if given the chance. We overestimate our luck and will gamble our money in ways that make no mathematical sense. Our brains are wired for addictions. If a substance can trigger that addiction, it can overthrow all the reasoning and moral faculties of the mind. 

Lucrative industries have arisen to exploit these weaknesses in ways highly harmful to their customers. And the bold irony is that when their practices are challenged, they’ll invoke the very principles of individual choice and self-mastery that their industry is based on negating and defeating. So it was with tobacco. So it is with casino gambling. So it will be with marijuana. 

 

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