Category Archives: Rights

Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, Part Two: Should New Relationships Be Legitimate?

In part one, I discussed the relationship between the government and marriage and I showed that I was torn between the last two options, but with an inclination toward the second option.  In this post, I’ll be looking at different … Continue reading

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Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, Part One: The Relationship Between the State and Marriage

On June 27, 2015, SCOTUS brought forth a ruling in a 5-4 decision.  The case was Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that marriage was a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. First, let me say that … Continue reading

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Locke’s Strange Notions on Acquiring Property

This week, I read the entire Second Treatise by John Locke.  I’ve read it before, so reading it again was a nice way for not only of review, but also delving into the complexities of the treatise. I particularly concentrated … Continue reading

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Fighting For Freedom?

We often hear that we must “Fight for Freedom.”  It’s practically saturated everywhere in our culture, especially right after 9/11.  But what does this mean?  Well, this statement seems to have the assumption that we are fighting for x.  Now … Continue reading

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; or Methods on Dying

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that we are endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  As I experience the world, there are certain people that consider one of these as having a … Continue reading

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For those who don’t think clearly. . .

“I have a right to own a gun because the constitution says so.”  — You’ve just embraced cultural relativism.   “God would never allow that.” — You’ve just embraced Divine-Command Theory.

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Monkeys Understand Fairness and Cooperation

Everyone thinks humans are special because they’re the only species that understands fairness.  Think again:

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Movie Review: Dear Zachary

I haven’t done a movie review, but this movie was so powerful and well-done that I had to review it.  I literally cried during this and I hardly ever cry at movies. The movie starts off by introducing us to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Palestine Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter starts off by talking about the promises in the Camp David Peace Accords.  Egypt has fulfilled it’s promise; Israel, however, has not fulfilled it’s promise toward Palestine as was stated by the Camp David Accords.  From here, Israel … Continue reading

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Predicting When Gay Marriage Becomes Legal in each State

At fivethirtyeight.com (the same site that predicted which state would go for Obama or McCain in the 2008 election), they have also come up with a model and formula to predict when each state will vote against the marriage ban.  … Continue reading

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