Monday, June 27, 2005

Don't worry, Old Glory can take the heat

Compare and contrast the robust libertarianism of this article from the Chicago Sun Times with the lame political correctness of our press. Mark Steyn's point about the stupidity of "protecting" the American flag is exactly right. It could (and should) be just as easily applied to our Government's ridiculous laws to protect religious people from "insults".

It's far better to know what people really think. Then we have a chance for public debate. If an idea is really dangerous, isn't it better to know who believes in it? Isn't it better to have the chance to challenge it and to try to win people away from it? Suppressing ideas merely legitimises - even glamourises - them. As Steyn rightly says, the war of ideas is best fought in the open.

Don't worry, Old Glory can take the heat

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

"...the creative process is a choicemaking process."

The missing element in every human 'solution' is an
accurate definition of the creature. The way we define
'human' determines our view of self, others, relationships,
institutions, life, and future. Important? Only the Creator
who made us in His own image is qualified to define us
accurately. Choose wisely...there are results.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of his
environments, institutions, and respectful relations to his
fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots
are in the Order of the universe.

"Man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He
can only discover them and he ought to look through the
discovery to the Author." -- Thomas Paine 1797