So it has been awhile since we had one of these (thankfully), but the worst idea of April 2018 is a great representative of the silliness seemingly assaulting our politics these days.Read More »
President Trump has taken the ‘prize’ for worst idea of the month, perhaps of the year thus far. And it’s a real doozy.
The capture of two ex-British Islamic State fighters who murdered Americans in Syria brings up an important question: how do we get justice for their victims?
Is the recently passed tax law unconstitutional? Someone important seems to think so, and he roped in some neighborhood friends to join his lawsuit.
Now that the Department of Justice is planning to crack down on legalized cannabis, how should we respond?
When there is a major advance in civil rights for a minority group that has been widely discriminated against, do people have the right to dissent with the new standard? Should individuals and businesses be treated the same with respect to the fundamental rights protected by our Constitution? Are artists, artisans, and other craftsmen exercising their free speech rights when they create custom works for paying clients in the normal course of business? Where does society draw the line when it comes to sincerely-held religious beliefs? And how, if at all, is racial discrimination different than discrimination based on sexual orientation? All of these critically important societal questions are deeply integrated in one of the most widely discussed and anticipated Supreme Court cases of this term, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
– Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California
Before getting into the meat of this section, I have a simple question for you to consider: since the defeat of the Third Reich in 1945, has the United States or any American state ever been governed by a party or individual that has openly espoused fascist or Nazi ideology?Read More »