Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-15E: Religion and politics

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  It will be a short commentary today, as Spring is here and work must be done!

Religious controversies seem to be more in the news this week and last.  For instance, U2 leadman, the Irishman Bono pointed out that Jesus ‘was the Son of God or He was Nuts’ which is nothing that has not been said before, but it is interesting to see Bono saying it.  It turns out that he is religious, but that has not been much known.  Now even HuffPo is talking about it.

Rush Limbaugh attacked the new host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert, for his failure to accept and follow Catholic teaching (Colbert is a Catholic, Limbaugh is not), comparing him to Pelosi and Biden (as Catholics) and Reid (as LDS).  The Left immediately attacked Limbaugh for “reading Colbert’s mind.”  (Of course, the Left attacks Limbaugh for stating that the sun came up today.)  I think Limbaugh’s comments are valid.  I know that there a lot of people who are overjoyed that Colbert is taking Letterman’s place because he is “libertarian.”  Seems to me the comment that the “network is demonstrating that it is willing to remain in third place” is valid.  He is more liberal than a lover of liberty, certainly.

Mama’s Note: Never heard of him before, and couldn’t care less about his religion or how he practices it. Makes no difference to me.

Even within the “liberty movement,” religious fussing and feuding seems to be up, as illustrated by this article.  I don’t often talk about libertarian internal conflicts, but this is an old one that affects me personally:  too many people who claim to be libertarian are perfectly willing to trash MY religious freedom and that of anyone else who is not atheist or agnostic, by claiming that we are aggressing against them by even practicing our religion and not hiding it in a meeting house or the basement of our home.

Speaking of religious controversy, the “god on earth” of the communist “revolution” on the People’s Republic of Korea has been insulted by having a demeaning picture of him put up in a barber shop.  A BRITISH barbershop in London, visited by some nasty guys from the North Korean embassy and then by London cops.  The picture has disappeared.  It was “voluntarily” removed.  Apparently in the UK free speech (which has been denied for years when the subject is Muslims or Islam) is now “unwelcome” when it applies to Communism.

I do have news about some other things:

Rand Paul says that the US ‘can’t invite the whole world’, at least not with the mess we have today.  With an American nation that was truly free and the home of liberty, we could.

Feds Offer $1.5 Million Grant for Job Creation – in Belize, which is ironic, considering that for decades the biggest engine for job creation in Belize has been the relocation of expatriate Americans to live in retirement in Belize.

Reports AND PHOTOS of the BLM’s and its contractors’ actions in south Nevada are creating some shock but not yet the firestorm they deserve.  Apparently during the few days of the standoff, before BLM withdrew, they killed and began to bury at least forty cows, while destroying wells, pipelines, fences, corrals, and other property on the disputed land.  The exact timing of this is unknown, but the fact that large equipment was on hand to dig the trenches is an indicator that this was not just a temper-tantrum.  I do NOT believe that livestock (or any other animal) should be treated like humans, so I reject those who try to compare this to Serbia or other similar incidents.  But this IS an attack by government thugs on a family’s, a community’s livelihood and way of life.  It DOES warn us that the Bundy-Bunkerville incident is proof that the FedGov’s war on US, the people of the Fifty States, has been escalated.

What is particularly disgusting is the way the mainstream media is attacking the Bundy family and those who stood up for them as garbage – labeling them insultingly as Republicans.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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