Category Archives: Political speech

Words matter

Whether posted anonymously or spoken in person, words matter. They can change how a person feels inside. A case in point is words from one of my readers, sockeymom. Though she says she “mostly” disagrees with me, she posted words of concern and encouragement after my last post, “How to obtain miracles.”

I feel remembered and valued. Thank you, sockeymom. You are a good example of how to treat others online. I am confident you are thoughtful and kind in person as well. At the same time, feel free to disagree with me and to argue points where we differ. Continue reading

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Obama should have told the children

President Obama’s back-to-school speech on Sept. 28 to the nation’s children covered what many educators and parents say themselves. Obama said students should “discover new passions,” study hard, do their homework, get to bed early so they can wake up on time, and acquire the skills to pursue their passions.

Despite the fact that Obama’s little chat for the third year in a row took kids away from their studies in school to hear him, I cannot argue with the messages he gave. However, with his smiling face time before U.S. children, he failed to tell them some hard facts.
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Preserving religious freedom

Religious freedom is diminishing. People with religious faith increasingly are told to keep their beliefs out of public discussions. I’m sure you’ve seen it, maybe even more than I have online and elsewhere. Yet, religious freedom is one of those guaranteed by the Constitution even before freedom of speech.

Too many times I have seen locally people calling to have churches taxed and to have religious people keep their beliefs to themselves. They show a particular intolerance for Christians and all churches that teach of a god that decides what is right or wrong. However, the problem is much bigger than a local one and has far-reaching implications.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints describes the contributions religions provide that make them worthy of their protected status. In his speech at Chapman University School of Law on Feb. 4, 2011, Elder Oaks opened my understanding as to the need for religious people to unite in preserving our religious freedom. Continue reading

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America up for all political speech

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that government is out of the business of regulating corporate political speech.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the 5-to-4 majority “If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”

The Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205 put into law what government has long accepted, that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to political speech. Continue reading

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