Civil Liberties

A water drop and ripples

The English can now be arrested for possibly praying silently in their heads, now.

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2023 |

This incident occurred the week before Christmas, but I still can’t believe it’s real: A charity volunteer has been arrested and charged on four counts after she told the police she “might” be praying silently, when questioned as to why she was standing on a public street near an abortion facility. Police approached Isabel Vaughan-Spruce…

A water drop and ripples

Being arrested for praying is on the road U.S. progressives are dragging us down.

By Justin Katz | December 22, 2022 |

Sure, yes, this is in England, which does not have a First Amendment: A charity volunteer has been arrested and charged on four counts after she told the police she “might” be praying silently, when questioned as to why she was standing on a public street near an abortion facility. This appears to be video…

Jose Clemente Orozco, The Clowns of War Arguing in Hell

“Stamping Out Hate” is not the way to address bigotry, including anti-Semitism.

By Justin Katz | December 9, 2022 |

People of Jewish heritage (as distinct from the “alliances” that claim to represent them) would arguably be better off if antisemites felt more comfortable expressing their views.

Thomas Eakins Cowboys in the Badlands

A careful look at gun-control rhetoric shows where it’s going.

By Justin Katz | November 4, 2022 |

Here’s a noteworthy WPRI headline: “‘Speechless:’ 7-year-old child brings gun to Boston school.” Must be all those Republicans who control the city! Out of curiosity, I went in search of information about how strict Massachusetts’s gun-control laws are and found myself reminded of that old Weezer song about unraveling a sweater:  “If you want to…

Cooling towers at Brayton Point

Parents in School and the Nuclear Option

By John Loughlin | October 22, 2022 |

Heritage Action Director of Communications Noah Weinrich on parents’ role in schools, and Flibe Energy’s Kirk Sorensen on the possible role for nuclear in power supply.

Abuse during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Look for the signs of misdirection in Providence schools’ denunciation rallies.

By Justin Katz | October 5, 2022 |

The student protest against Providence teacher Ramona Bessinger ought to be a teachable moment.  Thus far, not a single credible accusation against her relates to anything she’s done in the classroom or involving particular students.  The students are incensed by her personal social media activities. Linda Borg’s article on the matter is telling. The tone…

A water drop and ripples

Just a thought apropos events at the Cranston Library tonight.

By Justin Katz | September 19, 2022 |

If people have to bring in the police to protect themselves from you as you advocate to deprive them of their Constitutional rights, maybe they aren’t the hateful ones. (These progressives will not only applaud persecution of people with whom they disagree; they’ll feel self-righteous while doing it.)

Fascists are descending on Cranston Public Library.

By Justin Katz | September 19, 2022 |

The links are profuse and not worth culling, but on social media, progressive fascists are agitating to disrupt and have cancelled an event the Independent Women’s Forum is presenting at the Cranston Public Library tonight.  The library released a statement that states the legal facts, but perhaps with a bit too much hesitance for the…

A Christian mug with colored pencils and an apple

The administration is raiding the homes of political opponents as well as Catholic schools (in a sense).

By Justin Katz | August 12, 2022 |

Maybe my brain is excessively wired to see connections and patterns, but the raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and the Biden administration’s efforts to bully Catholic schools into promoting radical sexual ideology seem very much connected. Rod Dreher gets us most of the way there, in an essay titled “Trump & Our Late Roman…

A handgun, bullets, and target

Even the introduction of NY’s gun law is a bad sign.

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2022 |

We’ve reached the point in the Northeast that the leaders of Democrat-run states seem to be searching for ways to trample multiple Constitutional rights with a single policy.  Consider this new law in New York: Under the law, applicants have to provide local officials with a list of current and former social media accounts from…