Civil Liberties

Storm Clouds Brewing on the Horizon

By | November 14, 2005 | Comments Off on Storm Clouds Brewing on the Horizon

What a delight to read Andrew’s posting about freedom of speech bursting forth in the town of Coventry! And what concern all of us should have as we read his posting about potential government regulations which seek to squash the fundamental American right to speak our minds. Here are some earlier postings on this important…

Scaling the Wall?

By Justin Katz | August 18, 2005 | Comments Off on Scaling the Wall?

This leaves me with nothing to say, except to hope that it’s a fluke, not an indication of trends: STATE SEN. Marian Walsh (D.-Dedham) has filed legislation requiring churches in Massachusetts to submit annual reports to the state detailing their collections, expenditures, funds on hand, investments, real-estate holdings, etc. The proposed law would apply to…

Extending/Expanding the Patriot Act

By | June 14, 2005 | Comments Off on Extending/Expanding the Patriot Act

We are at war. We are a land of liberty. We have a federal government whose appetite for meddling seems to be growing. Two recent news articles have raised questions about the extension of the Patriot Act: Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right: A Senate panel vote riles conservatives concerned about the reach of…

FBI Asks Congress For Power to Seize Documents

By | May 24, 2005 |

Let’s be careful before we say yes too quickly to this request: The FBI on Tuesday asked the U.S. Congress for sweeping new powers to seize business or private records, ranging from medical information to book purchases, to investigate terrorism without first securing approval from a judge. Valerie Caproni, FBI general counsel, told the U.S.…

Right and Wrong in Abortion Protests

By Justin Katz | April 15, 2005 |

Joseph Manning’s pro-life activities in Cranston evoke mixed feelings in me: Joseph Manning agreed to take down the baby outfits he had hung in the trees. They were part of an antiabortion display he puts up three days a week outside the Women’s Medical Center on Broad Street. “That said the whole thing,” he said.…

Limited Government to Protect Equal Rights

By Justin Katz | March 31, 2005 |

When Mac Owens first signed on as a contributor to Anchor Rising, he sent me a speech that he had given on February 23, 2002, at the North Kingston Town Committee’s Annual Lincoln Dinner. The current collection of issues, both nationally and in Rhode Island, makes it particularly appropriate for posting now. (I’m told, by…

American Crusade for Life Unhallowed

By Justin Katz | February 5, 2005 |

Miguel Guanipa’s voice of reason has been trapped on my To Post list for a while: Wherever there are children who dare recite the Pledge of Allegiance in a public school, judges who think the Ten Commandments should be displayed in the halls of justice, school principals who dare recite a prayer at a commencement…

A General Cloud of Suspicion

By Justin Katz | January 14, 2005 | Comments Off on A General Cloud of Suspicion

Dan Yorke railed against this possibility on Wednesday: Under pressure from law-enforcement officials who want to use the roadblocks again, Governor Carcieri is deciding whether to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider a 1989 decision that sobriety checkpoints violate the state Constitution. If Carcieri goes along with Attorney General Patrick Lynch, who wants him…

You Can’t Remove the Commandments

By Justin Katz | January 5, 2005 | Comments Off on You Can’t Remove the Commandments

Although I have more to say about this issue (and will hopefully do so in the near future), the Providence Journal editorial page’s position on the removal of the Ten Commandments from Roger Williams Park is worth a separate cheer: It would be as easy to expunge our Judeo-Christian heritage as it would be to…

Something to Ponder over Christmas Break

By Justin Katz | December 9, 2004 | Comments Off on Something to Ponder over Christmas Break

In a move that is surprisingly redolent of politics as usual, the Student Organization Advisory and Review Committee of the University of Rhode Island Student Senate threw a controversial proposal into the agenda of the senate’s final meeting that delayed the re-recognition of student groups until next semester, according to The Good 5¢ Cigar: A…