Archive for ‘First Amendment’

July 2, 2013

Facebook Bans Fox News Radio Host

by thoughtfulconservative

Facebook Bans Fox News Radio Host | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes.

Not that I’m comparing my troubles with Twitter to him…

Or to this…

The American Thinker: Blasphemy Law Comes to Facebook.

Or even this…

Should You Be Concerned About Losing Access to Your Facebook Account Over Your Conservative Worldview?

Cuz I’m not paranoid or anything…. 🙂

I mean, they are private web sites so I have no expectation of First Amendment rights or anything.

January 11, 2011

I Wonder…

by thoughtfulconservative

I wonder sometimes…

Only those on a desert island (who wouldn’t be reading this anyway) haven’t heard about the tragic shooting of many people including the serious wounding of a US Congresswoman and the killing of a Federal judge.

The shooter by all appearances is a troubled young such as those who have dotted the American landscape, pretty much since the republic was founded.

Recriminations began. Those on the left blamed inflamed political rhetoric centering on a well-know few. Concerns about gun violence were aired as well, citing the right’s continued insistence on 2nd amendment rights.

One network even talked about such words as “campaign,” “war room,” and “target” used in a political sense.

Conservatives (and others) responded by saying that the shooter had no political beliefs, and that controls on speech and guns is a typical knee-jerk reaction.

Who’s right?

I wish I knew.


Gun violence appalls me. Yes, I still support 2nd amendment rights because it’s in the Constitution. But I wonder if we could still do something beyond the laws on the books.

I’m not much into over-the-top rhetoric either. It’s not that I don’t think Coulter, Beck, Limbaugh, Sykes, Belling, McKenna don’t say good things. It’s just the way they say them sometimes turns me off. The same with the bastions of liberal thought.

I just wonder what it would be like if they toned it down sometimes.

I’m not naive. Both sides hold their positions and think they are right. Strong political rhetoric has been a feature of the American political scene many times over the years. And both sides are guilty of it. Don’t make me link to them; I can.

But I just wonder, what it would be like.

Not that I think it will happen or even should happen. I certainly value my 1st amendment rights too highly to listen to any proposal to limit that, even for the biggest jerk IMHO, of this whole mess, Fred Phelps, who is planning on demonstrating at some of the funerals.

But I do wonder what it would be like, if we really believed that the other side loved their country just as much as we do and just have different ideas than we do about how to make our country great.

Yeah, we differ, sometimes vehemently, and I’m no different than anyone else.

I just wonder…

June 16, 2010

Mark Neumann’s not a conservative?

by thoughtfulconservative

I like Christian Schneider. I’ve liked him ever since Dennis York hit the blogosphere. I like his humor. I like the fact that he can write “red meat” posts without their sounding red meat. So when he wrote the other day,

“Seems that Mark Neumann is claiming to be a ‘conservative,’ without really knowing what the word means.”

I thought, “Ah, here’s something good to know.”

Because, seemingly, I’m the only conservative blogger in Wisconsin who hasn’t made a clear statement of support for Scott Walker for governor. Or at least it seems that way. So I’m interested in this stuff. I like to vote my values.

So Schneider started off with Neumann’s crazy comment about Citizens United that if he (Neumann) had his way, all outside sources of information except from the candidates themselves would not be allowed.

He did temper his statements with “the Constitution does not allow that” which shows a.) it’s pesky (according to Schneider) or b.) he respects the Constitution.

Fair enough. I’m not too hot on limiting free speech.

So what else was there that proved Neumann was not conservative?

I read through the rest of the post.


That was it.

I’m sure Christian has other reasons for thinking Neumann is not a conservative, but in perusing Neumann’s site, I didn’t find any.

I guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer for Christian to post more proofs that Neumann is not a conservative.

Because this one doesn’t prove it to me.

I’m uncomfortable with litmus tests (liberals do it, too, but I don’t care about that) and labels of RINO if someone doesn’t fit into our grid of what should be conservative or Republican.

April 29, 2010

National Day of Prayer

by thoughtfulconservative

[Ed. note–This would have been part of one of the columns I would have submitted to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.]

As a Christian and a conservative, stories like this from the April 17 Journal Sentinel always catch my eye.

A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday found the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, saying it violates the First Amendment prohibition against laws respecting an establishment of religion.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin was a victory for the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Since then the group also wants to expand the prohibition to holidays like Good Friday.

Now since I am a Christian, you would think that I would be dismayed by this decision. You would be wrong. It doesn’t concern me that much at all.

The reason is simple: I don’t need the government proclaiming a day of prayer for me to pray. I don’t need the government declaring a holiday for it to be a holiday. I don’t need an amendment to pray in school. I don’t need a tax deduction to contribute to worthy causes.

So am I not troubled by this? Am I not concerned by the erosion of morality in the country?

Certainly. I remember the 50’s and 60’s and while certainly far from perfect, America was a much nicer place to live in than now. And while one can never go back, it would be great to capture part of that time today.

Is it because I don’t believe America should pray and exercise religion more?

Not at all, but that’s a matter for the individual, not something that can be legislated or proclaimed by the state. Nor anything that should be.

But if America, and especially America’s Christians, needs proclamations and legislation and a favorable environment for Christianity to be great, then we’ve missed the message of the Bible.

I’m not a judge, nor a constitutional lawyer, but I know establishment of religion when I see it.

This is not a decision against prayer, nor a decision against prayer for the government. I pray for my government and its leaders every day. I don’t need a proclamation for that.

It’s a decision to keep government out of places they don’t belong.

And I’m always for that.

February 12, 2009

Democrats who have called for the ‘Fairness Doctrine’

by thoughtfulconservative

Coninually pooh poohed by the left, nevertheless there’s a growing crowd advocating for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.

The list, which will grow, no doubt. The links are followed by the Democrats mentioned in the news item.


Sen. Debbie Stabenow, whose

husband, Tom Athans, is and has been an executive at several liberal radio talk groups.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who only wants to

ensure that there are a few liberal shows on the air.

I guess he’s can’t get Air America, either.

Former President Bill Clinton wants ‘more balance’ on airwaves.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), told The Hill in 2007,

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman

“I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit. But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.”

Senator John Kerry

In a radio interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, excerpted on YouTube, Senator Kerry said he thought the doctrine should return. Calling it one of the “most profound changes in the balance of the media,” he said conservatives have been able to “squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialog,” he said.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)

I guess my thought is that talk radio and media generally should have a higher calling than just reflect a particular point of view. I think they should use their authority to try to – their broadcast power to present an informed discussion of public issues.

Are there more?

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February 12, 2009

“Group threatens to sue schools that use Elmbrook Church for commencements”

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: Tim points out in the comments:

In addition, at past graduations, the church displayed banners reading “Leading Children to a Transforming Life in Jesus” and “Lord of Lords,” and church personnel distributed religious pamphlets and other materials to graduating [public school] students and their families.

That would seem a bit more of an issue, don’t you think?

Indeed it would. But I found the above quote only in the story at the Americans United web site and at none of the news stories which reported the story.

That’s not to say, the AU version is wrong. And it does show the kinds of problems which can occur and Elmbrook Church should be mindful of.

But it is contradicted by the superintendents, who may also have their own agenda.

Via NewsWatch on

A national organization that advocates separation of church and state is threatening to sue three Waukesha County school districts and a technical college if they do not stop using Elmbrook Church for their graduation ceremonies.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent letters to the Elmbrook, Mukwonago and New Berlin school district as well as Waukesha County Technical College, asking them to move graduation ceremonies to secular locations this year.

You know, I get the separation of church and state thing. I don’t want Christianity, or any other religion, for that matter, to be the official religion of this country.

I also understand that some people might be offended by different things that people would like to do, Nativity Scenes on City Hall grounds, prayer in class, etc., even though my personal beliefs say that this would be beneficial.

I can’t quite get around this, however. Here’s is a large auditorium, centrally located, ideal for holding commencement services, but unacceptable. Why?

Moving graduation to the church from Mukwonago High School’s gymnasium means more family members have been able to attend the annual event.

But I suppose someone, sometime might see a picture of Jesus, I guess.

You’d think that by the time they graduate, their parents would have sufficiently taught them so that they would be resistent to the temptation to convert just by having a commencement inside a church.

Americans United sued four public high schools in Florida several years to try to get their graduation ceremonies moved from a church. A judge refused to move the ceremony, arguing the lawsuit was filed too close to the ceremonies. The schools later settled the lawsuit with the organization and moved their graduations to non-church locations.

So it will happen here, too.

What am I not seeing here?

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