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Posts tagged with ‘Constitution’

  • Hijacking Free Speech

    By Sheila Kennedy on October 13, 2014
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    Recently, a Indiana State Trooper was sued for proselytizing a woman he’d stopped for speeding. The Indianapolis Star has the story. Not surprisingly, our homegrown theocrats saw nothing wrong with this. Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, said that although the traffic stop might not have been the best time to quiz someone about faith, […]
  • Tests of Citizenship

    By Admin on September 22, 2014
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    In a bold move last week, seven states launched proposals to offer citizenship tests for graduating American-born teenagers. Short of requiring it, the proposal offers American high school seniors a boost in their grade point average for passing the test with six out of ten correct answers. In South Carolina, three former governors have now publicly endorsed the measure: Former […]
  • Commit to the Constitution

    By Steve Sanders on September 17, 2014
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    When Americans debate important legal questions involving the Constitution – guns, gay marriage, police surveillance, affirmative action, to name just a few – our founding document often ends up seeming like a Rorschach blot or a cloud in the sky: everyone sees something different in it. A conservative activist who identifies with the tea party likely will have a different […]
  • Presidential powers are widely misunderstood

    By David Adler on September 10, 2014
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    The humanitarian crisis that began brewing last week in Iraq, with the news that the lives of some 40,000 religious minorities were gravely threatened by the self-pronounced Islamic State, generated calls from politicians and members of the media for a quick, resolute military response from President Barack Obama. The demands were predictable. Whenever challenges arise, Americans of every stripe and […]
  • The Government Don’t Do Nothin’ for Me

    By Donald Knebel on July 22, 2014
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    Last week, I attended the reunion of my graduating class from a rural high school in northwest Indiana. Nearly half the 30 members of the class of 1964 attended, many having lived most of the intervening years within a few miles of the long abandoned school. I spent much of the afternoon talking to my classmates about what they have […]
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: The Sky is Not (Yet) Falling

    By Donald Knebel on July 7, 2014
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    On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. By a vote of 5 to 4, the Court held that regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act cannot require a for-profit corporation to provide health insurance covering contraceptives violating the religious beliefs of the corporation’s owners. The response has been […]
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Sheila Kennedy on June 9, 2014
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    Periodically, lawmakers who are frustrated by their inability to change government policies of which they disapprove will propose a shortcut: they’ll reform the system itself, by convening a Constitutional Convention. Fortunately, these efforts rarely succeed. Why do I say “fortunately”? Because—like poison gas—system change is only a great weapon until the wind shifts. When activists clamor for wholesale changes or […]
  • We the People: Ode to the High School Class of 2014

    By David Adler on May 31, 2014
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    As I listened to the precocious, eloquent graduating high school senior at the Community School explore the nature and styles of leadership at home and abroad, the wheels of my memory raced back to a time of delivering lectures about leaders whose idealism drove them to create a better world. Pericles, an ancient Athenian leader whose transformation of Greek Democracy […]
  • A Tale of Two Worldviews… In Two Installments

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on April 23, 2014
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    On Monday, I spoke to the Greenwood Rotary. Unlike my usual topics, I’d been asked to expand on the theme of a recent IBJ column I’d written, on the costs of rejecting science. In today’s post, I’m sharing the talk (apologies for the length). Tomorrow, I’ll share reactions. (Hint: Earth is doomed.) ______________________ Recently, I devoted my IBJ column to […]
  • Common Core: Cooperation or Civil War

    By Matt Impink on February 5, 2014
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    In the United States there are often national problems that must be solved by 50 individual states. When states have resisted cooperation, it has sometimes led to disastrous consequences. In Colonial America, there were state or regional differences between various weights and measures. A bushel of oats in New Jersey was 28 pounds while a bushel in Connecticut weighed 32 […]
  • Duck Calls and Pilgrims: Religious Freedom in America

    By Donald E. Knebel on December 26, 2013
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    A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson for an interview in which he seemingly equated “homosexuals” with “terrorists” and “homosexual behavior” with “bestiality” based on his interpretation of the Bible has caused an outcry from conservative commentators and politicians, including Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, who characterize the suspension as an attack on “religious liberty” and “free speech.”  It plainly […]
  • Constitutional Rights and Wrongs – Part I

    By Donald E. Knebel on October 29, 2013
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                People often support their political claims by referring to the United States Constitution. Some of the claims suggest their makers either have not read the Constitution or have not read it very carefully.  You can test your own knowledge of what the Constitution actually says by taking this True/False test.  The questions become harder toward the end, where you […]
  • Singing an Old Familiar Song

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on August 8, 2013
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    Yesterday, I participated in the ACLU of Indiana’s much-lauded “First Wednesday” series. I was on a panel titled “The Constitution: Peruse It or Lose It.”   The program was introduced by ACLU Executive Director Jane Henegar; the moderator was local businessman and owner of the IBJ, Mickey Maurer; the two other panelists were Michael Gordon, who teaches government at Munster High […]