Category Archives: Human Rights

Anything and everything that involves human and civil rights.

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

As everybody and his brother has said today, Nelson Mandela was a great man, one of the greatest of the 20th century. I’d like to point out that, unlike many great men, Nelson Mandela was also by almost any measure … Continue reading

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Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

Washington Post columnist George Will, a politically conservative columnist whom I often agree with about limited government and fiscal responsibility, but often disagree with on human rights issues, today posted a thoughtful and quite pointed op-ed on the use of … Continue reading

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Thought Crime is *NOT* Crime! :(

Just seen on the Telegraph: a story about a woman convicted of a crime for downloading a banned magazine that promotes Islamicist terror. Her story, which the judge believed: she wanted to see what had convinced her brothers (both convicted … Continue reading

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On Making the Best of Bad Things

Elisabeth and Stephen Alderman lost a son in the terror attacks on 9/11. It’s tempting to call it the worst thing imaginable, but (of course) it isn’t. Their son Peter was by all accounts a wonderful, loving, decent human being … Continue reading

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On Punishing Children for the Sins of their Parents

Orson Scott Card is one of the best writers alive today. He’s also a devout (if atypical) Mormon who has a conscience formed by his faith. His religious beliefs and mine differ significantly (I’m an Orthodox Christian), but we both … Continue reading

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The Challenge of “After-Birth Abortion”

Today’s UK Telegraph published an explosive article titled, “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say”. When I saw the link on the Telegraph web site, I did a double take and then opened the article, certain that I would … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court Steps Up to the Plate

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that use of a GPS locator/tracker on a person’s car without a warrant is a violation of the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. All I can say is — it’s about d*mn time … Continue reading

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The State of American Freedom

Yesterday Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote a troubling op-ed article, 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free, that was published in the Washington Post. I’ve read it twice. I can’t … Continue reading

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Thomas Haynesworth: “A Long Time Coming”

Today Thomas Haynesworth was granted a “write of actual innocence” by the Virginia Court of Appeals. Haynesworth had already been released from jail on parole because of evidence that he was innocent, but had been on the state sex offender’s … Continue reading

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Re-establishing the Correct Role for Police in a Free Society

For some time, I’ve been concerned at the deteriorating relationship between the police and citizens in the United States. While this isn’t happening everywhere, in entirely too many cities large numbers of police have been credibly accused and often convicted … Continue reading

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