Author: Keith Fierro

Death by One Thousand Pinpricks

Following a string of al-Qaeda suicide bombings claiming the lives of 7,000 Iraqis over just two months, the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens posed this question in a piece titled “Iraq Tips Toward the Abyss“: At what point does all this start to, you know, worry us? Maybe when they start killing Americans again. Stephens wrote his column in October 2013 – fewer than ten months before the Islamic State posted videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff to social media. It had also been nearing the two-year mark since the American withdrawal from...

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On the First Amendment the Left Prefers Slogans to Speech

If the past months’ bickering on whether religious employers should have to pay for personal contraceptive items to which they morally object has taught us anything, it’s that the left is irresponsible with the First Amendment. On the left, the question orbiting the First Amendment is almost never what is legal, but what is popular or what they ironically call good. Buttressing these campaigns are slogans that act as proxies for real argumentation. Following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC – a thoroughly ordinary free speech decision – bleeding hearts burst forth with their slogans. Berkeley...

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It’s Not All Bad in Egypt

I wouldn’t quite call President Morsi’s ousting and Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military takeover in Egypt the silver lining of a burning Middle East, but there’s no reason President Obama should have such a long face about the news. The president has canceled for the second time since 2011 a joint military exercise in Sinai between Egypt and the US, telling Sisi that “traditional cooperation cannot continue.” To be fair, what troubles the president most is Sisi’s military assault on pro-Morsi protestors. Understandable as that may be, especially with an Egyptian death toll nearing 1,000, the frustration is still...

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A Note on Religious Motivation

The idea that democratic actions — referendums and legislative maneuvers — motivated by religious convictions are marks of bad law is in danger of infecting society. It has probably graced the lips of every same-sex marriage advocate: Your religious views are your business, but they don’t belong in law that I have to abide by. Wednesday, Alison Arngrim told me via Twitter: “Any religion may prohibit for it’s [sic] members anything it wants. But non-members are not obligated to agree or abide by it.” Sure, in the sense that a religious institution’s beliefs don’t dictate the actions of other...

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If Rubio’s Bill is so Great, Why Does Obama Support It?

Republicans are acting like the immigration bill is a discussion on what to have for dinner, like the president is on board because he shares their taste for border security and immigration reform. No. He approves of the bill because it’s a sure way to doom Republican success. It would be like Republicans coming up with a Senate bill on guns and having Obama’s support. Wow! We must have done a really great job on this gun control bill – even the President supports it! Sen. Rubio’s bill is a way to politically drown Republicans (who will be just...

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