freedom of conscience

The Dignity Czar Police State

Our colleague Mark J. Fitzgibbons has a new post up on American Thinker detailing the reign of terror that Oregon’s “Dignity Czar,” Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, has loosed upon Christians in that state, but especially against Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, for exercising their rights of conscience and refusing to bake a “wedding” cake for a same-sex “marriage.”

The War on the Private Mind

Kevin D. Williamson, NRO

There are three problems with rewarding those who use accusations of bigotry as a political cudgel. First, those who seek to protect religious liberties are not bigots, and going along with false accusations that they are makes one a party to a lie. Second, it is an excellent way to lose political contests, since there is almost nothing — up to and including requiring algebra classes — that the Left will not denounce as bigotry. Third, and related, it encourages those who cynically deploy accusations of bigotry for their own political ends.