Tags: Equality, free association, gay marriage, HF 1054, law, marriage, Senate, SF 925, Teresa Collett
by Walter Hudson – Fightin Words – May 12, 2013
I address this open letter to all Minnesota state senators in hopes that you will lend it your thoughtful consideration.
Tradition holds that the upper house of a bicameral legislature employs greater restraint than the lower house when considering changes to established law. While the House typically reflects the shifting passions of the people, the Senate was conceived as a more deliberate body. With that in mind, I ask you to soberly anticipate the long-term and wide-ranging effects of passing SF 925, which would expand the state’s definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.
Despite the admirable attempt by my state representative from Albertville, Republican David Fitzsimmons, to strengthen the religious exemption in the house file, the bill as passed and its companion in the Senate do not adequately protect individuals of religious conscience. The religious exemption proves both narrow and fragile, limited to non-profits engaged in undefined religious activity. The exemption explicitly does not cover secular business activity. This likely means that individuals of religious conscience engaged in private business will not fully enjoy their moral right to free association.
Tags: ayn rand, objectivism, Christianity, atheism, religion, God, Walter Hudson, Ethical Monotheism, Judeo-Christian, Sacred, Secular
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – May 9, 2013
In the coming years my friend Walter Hudson is going to emerge as one of his generation’s most effective, engaging voices fighting on behalf of freedom and American values. It’s been a great joy to work with Walter and see him continue to explore a variety of different subjects and styles. He’s proven himself as one of my most reliable regular writers, turning in polished, well-thought pieces each week that challenge and entertain. I’m convinced that someday everyone else will come to the conclusion that I have: he’s his generation’s equivalent of Dennis Prager — a welcoming, accessible, but still challenging, honest voice, capable of changing hearts and minds simultaneously. And he’s a Tea Party activist out in the grassroots doing work in his own state and community.
Tags: Apocalypse, Capitalism, Community, Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, zombieland, zombies
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – May 9, 2013
Last week’s article: Beating Back the Nazi “Sickness”
Zombies are all the rage these days. AMC’s The Walking Dead reigns as the top-watched drama on basic cable. Films like Warm Bodies, Zombieland, and I Am Legend stand out among recent entries in an enduring horror subgenre. None other than Brad Pitt will headline this year’s World War Z, which looks to amp up its action well beyond the shuffling flesh-eaters of yesteryear.
That’s to say nothing of video games, where the undead continue to suck cash from willing gamers anxious to live out an apocalyptic fantasy. Whether its Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead, or downloadable add-ons to Call of Duty, zombie hoards batter down the doors of our collective consciousness. What exactly makes them so popular?
A fascinating drama continues to play out in Texas, where local Republicans recently rejected the application of a highly accomplished volunteer for precinct chair on account of his being gay. So report activists close to the situation, including Republican Liberty Caucus national chair Dave Nalle who issued a press release Saturday “expressing concern and dismay.”
At a time when the party nationwide is working to clean a tarnished image and embrace inclusiveness, for the second largest county party in the nation to reject a qualified applicant solely because he is openly gay sends exactly the wrong message to the constituencies the party needs to reach.
Commentator David Jennings details the qualifications of the applicant at the center of the hubbub, Chris Busby. Continue Reading Decision Time for the GOP: Build or Die…
Tags: Bill Clinton, Evil, Fascism, Ideology, Nazism, rights, video games
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – May 2, 2013
Before the Call of Duty franchise took on the subtitle Modern Warfare, it arguably reigned as the pinnacle of the World War II genre. While other first-person shooter games like those in the popular Tom Clancy series — including hit franchises like Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six – offered players the ability to engage in simulated modern warfare, for much of video game history the default setting for a run-and-gun, first-person shooter was World War II.
Many factors contributed to the period’s popularity as a setting for video game violence. Chief among them march the jackbooted villains of the era, the Nazis. No one feels bad after shooting a Nazi. In fact, their evil proves so incontestable and absolute that killing them fulfills a profound sense of justice. No doubt that moral certitude contributed to their proliferation throughout gaming. Killing Nazis invites no controversy, leaving game developers with one less thing to worry about.
Tags: Adam Lanza, Children, Gun Control, Individual Rights, parenting, Sandy Hook, Teens, video games
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – April 25, 2013
Gun control emerged as the primary political battlefront in the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook murders. While the battle to retain our Second Amendment rights remains a superior consideration, statist nannies push on other fronts as well.
A former writer for the Huffington Post, Peter Brown Hoffmeister, claims to have broken ties with the publication after its refusal to publish a piece he submitted regarding the influence of violent video games on troubled teenage males. Self-publishing on his personal blog with the provocative title “On School Shooters – The Huffington Post Doesn’t Want You To Read This,” Hoffmeister reveals his own troubled past while building a case against certain games.
Tags: Boston Bombing, Boston Marathon, Conservativism, Dina Temple-Raston, Examiner, NPR, Terrorism
by Walter Hudson – Fightin Words – April 19, 2013
Adolf Hitler was born in April. NPR counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston cites that as one reason she believes this month attracts domestic terror from “right-wing individuals.” Joe Newby covers her remarks for Examiner:
“April is a big month for anti-government and right-wing individuals,” she said.
“There’s the Columbine anniversary. There’s Hitler’s birthday. There’s the Oklahoma City bombing. The assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco,” she added.
Tags: Bombing, Boston Marathon, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, liberty, Life, Peace, rights, Safety, security
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – April 18, 2013
Some years ago, while working as a contract security professional for a company I will not name in a Midwest town I will not specify, I was taken aback upon learning that a particular client site was an effective time bomb. The industrial facility lay at the heart of an urban center, unprotected by so much as a fence, within a short stroll from the nearest residence. On the premises was a number of chemical storage tanks, the contents of which I was told were so volatile that a properly configured explosion could result in devastation across state lines. Yet, there it sat in the open, protected far more by its inconspicuousness than any active security effort.
Such vulnerabilities are legion, cloaked in a shroud of public ignorance, protected by the fact that few know they exist or precisely how to exploit them. It is only when someone finally does the unthinkable that a particular vulnerability rises in profile and is taken more seriously. In retrospect, should not all cockpit doors always have been locked? It seems a sensible precaution, yet it took the attacks of September 11, 2001, to prompt the policy.
Tags: American Exceptionalism, ayn rand, Bioshock Infinite, Christianity, Gospel, objectivism, tea party, video games
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – April 18, 2013
Spoiler Warning: Bioshock Infinite cannot be properly analyzed without revealing the details of its plot. If you plan to play it, or haven’t finished it, consider whether you wish to read further.
This may seem an odd way to start an analysis of a video game. But bear with me.
I was not always a Christian. There was a period of my life during which I searched for truth, trying to discern medicine from snake oil. One of the most compelling observations which led to the development of my Christian faith was the unique economy of sin presented in the Bible.
Tags: Chair, Keith Downey, liberty, minnesota, mngop, republican, Republican Party of Minnesota, Republicans, State Central Committee
by Walter Hudson – Fightin Words – April 5, 2013
State Central delegates find themselves in a difficult position when it comes to selecting a team to lead the Republican Party of Minnesota. Each candidate for party chair brings worthwhile qualities and ideas to the table. Minneapolis journalist and community activist Don Allen has institutional knowledge from urban constituencies which share Republican values but dependably reject Republican candidates. Long-time party activist Bonn Clayton has offered a notably specific plan for addressing the party’s debt and managing its finances. My friend and accomplished liberty activist Bill Paulsen has demonstrated an even keel and willingness to defy allies on matters of principle. Each man has the potential to stimulate necessary reforms in methodology, messaging, and operation. However, a choice must be made. All things considered, I have come to support former state representative Keith Downey and will stand to nominate him at Saturday’s state central committee meeting.