Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

I recently came upon this on the AP: RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.Legislative leaders announced Monday night the decision to reconvene a little over a week before the ordinance gets implemented April 1. They say three-fifths of the House and Senate members made the nece … [Read more...]


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Do Western Lives Matter More? Let’s Talk Terrorism.

I'm incredibly saddened by the terrorist attacks in Brussels this week. There is way too much senseless death in our world. Political violence of this sort is difficult to grapple with, because the underlying causes are complicated enough to make it difficult to do more than damage control. We have to find ways to stop the violence at its root, which is much harder than simply tightening security. It's also complicated because we live in a world of increased technology, and identifying and … [Read more...]


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Kansas Lawmaker Equates Contraceptives with Eugenics

So, this happened: A member of the Kansas Senate compared long-term contraceptives to fascist eugenics during a debate Monday.Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, opposed an amendment that would have instructed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to contract with family planning providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives, similar to a Colorado initiative that reduced teen pregnancy rates.“I think it’s government treading on very dangerous territory,” Pilcher-Cook … [Read more...]


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How (Not) to Convince Someone to Have Kids

This week, Gavin McInnes posted a piece on The Federalist titled Why Your Top 10 Reasons For Not Having Kids Are Stupid. It would have been more aptly titled "10 Condescending Reasons This Parent Looks Down on People Who Don't Have Kids." McInnes does a terrible job making the case for having children---and I say this as a parent myself. But in making his (terrible) case, McInnes also illustrates some central problems in the way conservatives go about attempting to enact social change.Let's h … [Read more...]


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No, Marriage Does Not “Make” People Healthier

My first grade daughter, Sally, recently asked me to explain the difference between Democrats and Republicans. One of the things I told her was that Republicans want to use public policy to encourage (or coerce) (heterosexual) marriage and believe that everyone would be better off in (first time) married (heterosexual) two-parent families while Democrats tend to embrace a greater variety in family form. I thought of this when I came upon a recent New York Times article, The Ambivalent Marriage Ta … [Read more...]


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Kevin Swanson: Media Pushback is Christian Persecution

If you spend much time at all listening to conservative evangelical pastors, Christian radio, or Republican politicians, you know that these groups promote a persecution narrative in which they position themselves as the victims of religious persecution. (And then accuse the Left of promoting a culture of victimization.) Given that we live in a country that is a majority Christian and invokes the Christian God on its currency and in its national pledge, among other things, this claim is … [Read more...]


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Abortion Opponents Move the Goalposts (part 3)

Today we come to the third installment of this series. I began this series after I read the arguments before the Supreme Court last week, when Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is more dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Hoping to get to the bottom of it, I looked this amicus brief up, and I've written two articles o … [Read more...]


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