Protecting Free Speech or Supporting Bigotry?

On the issues of censorship and free speech, the erudite liberal thinker John Stuart Mill wrote “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” For, he argued in his treatise On Liberty, that “if the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”

The liberal thinker John Stuart Mill was a strong proponent of free speech and expression.… [Read more]

PLAYING CHICKEN: Why Chick-fil-A CEO Cathy’s Stance on Marriage is Neither a Shock Nor a Free Speech Issue.

In a now-infamous interview with Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stunned the world with his revelation that, yes, he supported the “traditional” version of marriage: that is, one woman, one man, no divorce, do not pass “Go,” do not collect two hundred dollars.

Except it was neither stunning nor a revelation.

Chick-fil-A was already well-known for being closed on Sunday, ostensibly because of Biblical principles, so unless you had been in a coma for the last, oh, two decades or so, this shouldn’t have surprised you.… [Read more]

“Eat Mor Chikin” – Nah, I’m good.

My Beef with Chick-fil-A

Today is my early day.  Ideally, I’d go home to drop off my things, and head to the Chick-fil-A on Exit 13 – it’s my favorite location. The nuggets there are always fresh, waffle fries are always crisp, and when I order a ‘half and half, more tea than lemonade,’ they make it perfectly every time.  … [Read more]

Make Mine a Chick-fil-A!

Chick-fil-A, eh?

Detached amusement is a handy emotional default position for us Canadians who enjoy our southerly view of America, the land of perpetual social folly. When Sarah Palin was au current, we had the welcome addition of reality television show hilarity from the northwestern Alaska frontier, but in 2012 the really good stuff is all below the 49th.… [Read more]

Cell Phone Companies and Campaign Contributions: The Candidates You’re Really Supporting

When you enter your local AT&T or Verizon Wireless store, chances are you are not thinking about your local and national candidates running for office.  And why should you?  What you may not know is that a portion of the money you spend on a new iPhone or Android could go toward helping causes that you don’t support.  … [Read more]