Encrypted phones vs. law enforcement

With a warrant, law enforcement agencies have been able to put a tap on a suspect’s telephone.  Now that we have cell phones and smart phones, it has come out that the government has been monitoring calls without a warrant.  Users are looking for encryption technology to protect their privacy, not just from the government but from hackers and corporations.  Some companies are talking about manufacturing phones that cannot be tapped or monitored.  The federal government is debating about whether to allow this technology in light of the needs of law enforcement.  Read a story on the subject after the jump and tell me what you think about this. [Read more...]

What happened to the wedding cake bakers

You know the Christian bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage?  That was back in 2013, but it sparked a growing outrage against people exercising their religious liberty to disapprove of gay marriage.   Last Friday an Oregon labor panel ruled on their case.  The husband and wife who ran the bakery were found guilty of discrimination.  They were fined $135,000, which is to go to the lesbian couple for their pain and suffering.

A crowd sourcing site raised $109,000 towards the fine in less than 8 hours, but protesters pressured the site to shut down the fundraising effort.  No one will be allowed to help the offenders, who must bear their own punishment and somehow come up with the money themselves. [Read more...]

Today the Supremes take up gay marriage

Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether state laws defining marriage as being between a man and a woman are unconstitutional.  Joseph Backholm, of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, has an interesting take on the arguments that the constitution mandates gay marriage. [Read more...]

Support for gun rights grows

Reversing the trends of the last few decades, a majority of Americans (52%) now say that protecting the right to own a firearm is more important than controlling gun ownership.  The question now is why that is. [Read more...]

Economic discrimination

Apple, Angie’s List, and other companies were threatening to boycott the state of Indiana, thinking its Religious Freedom statute would allow businesses to discriminate against gays.  In doing so, these companies were saying that they have the right to act on their managers’ sincerely held beliefs that they should not do business with those they disapprove of.  But this is exactly what the bakers, photographers, and florists who do not approve of participating in gay marriage want to do!  Why should corporations be allowed to discriminate against an entire state, due to their conflicting beliefs, and individuals not be allowed to?  So observes Jordan Ballor, excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]

Ignorance of the law

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” according to one legal maxim.  And yet, in order for people to obey the law, there must be a “presumption of knowledge of the law.”  Today, though, we not only have laws passed by legislatures, we have regulations passed by bureaucrats.  These have the force of law, and if you violate them, you can go to prison.  But whereas traditional laws have a connection to a moral principle–and so are knowable and understandable to the conscience–regulations simply promote a governmental goal.  And there are so many of them that is almost impossible to know them all.

So says Michael Anthony Cottone in “Rethinking Presumed Knowledge of the Law in a Regulatory Age,” in the Tennessee Law Review.  George Will reviews the article after the jump. [Read more...]


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