Bloggers like PatriotFreedom may insist that “America is a Religious Nation,” but the bare facts suggest otherwise. According to data collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, from 2000 to 2010 the number of congregants affiliated with American churches, mosques, synagogues and temples declined by 2,870,973. During the same period, the size […]
Once every ten years, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies conducts a census, contacting the heads of all religious congregations in the United States and asking them to indicate how many people are members of their congregations. In any area, the number of non-affiliated people is simply the difference between the total of […]
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfillment of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire.” – Epictetus
What’s the point of freedom, if you don’t want to do anything with it?
Is the Democratic Party the party of civil liberty?
Not anymore. Not if you judge by congressional Democrats’ action this past week in overwhelmingly passing H.R. 347, a bill that makes it a federal crime punishable by a year in jail to peacefully, non-violently protest “in the proximity” of a president, a vice president, a […]
Tea Party Caucus members declare themselves to be Defenders of the Constitution. But when Americans’ 5th and 6th Amendment constitutional rights were on the line, how did the Tea Party Caucus actually vote? Read on to find out. […]
Journalist Ryan Devereaux of the radio news show Democracy Now! has been reporting on the forcible clearing and trashing of the occupation of Zuccotti Park early this morning in New York City. According to Devereaux, the NYPD not only has been denying Americans their right to assembly and protest, they’ve been quashing the freedoms of […]
At Left is Not a Four Letter Word, Damen reacts against that old line, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide”:
This is a phrase that has irritated the holy shit out of me for a very, very long time. Any time privacy is brought up, there’s some idiot out there who’ll […]
And I remember when they used to mock France. This item comes from the network that holds a daily show called “Freedom Watch,” on April 13 2011:
France is brave and right to ban the burqa. There is no reason for a modern Western country to honor what is, essentially, a political statement and an […]
15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and […]
It has been 737 days since Barack Obama took his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” as President. One of his duties, legally mandated by a law passed in the 110th Congress, is to appoint members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The board is […]
Irregular Times received an indignant piece of mail this morning:
If Muslims can pray on Madison Avenue, why are Christians banned from praying in public and erecting religious displays on their holy days?
Tell me again, whose country is this? Ours or the Muslims?
The answers are simple.
Christians can and do pray […]