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141. Book Review | Freedom of Religion Decisions of the United States by Maureen Harrison & Steve Gilbert

How much do you know about the history of religious freedom? These cases are truly interesting, especially if you want to see where the “Wall of Separation” between church and state lies. Listen below to learn more.

A great bonus to buying this book is that it has a copy of the entire Constitution and the amendments in the back. (Just sayin…) But, more importantly, it is a barely-edited version of the decisions by the Supreme Court. The few edits are to take out the “legalese” and make it more understandable and readable for the lay person. I was able to fly through it and really enjoyed it all the way.

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“In the realm of religious faith, and in that of political belief, sharp differences arise. In both fields the tenets of one man may seem the rankest error to his neighbor. To persuade others to his own point of view, the pleader, as we know, at times, resorts to exaggeration, to vilification of men who have been, or are, prominent in church or state, and even to false statement. But the people of this nation have ordained in the light of history, that, in spite of the probability of excesses and abuses, these liberties are, in the long view, essential to enlightened opinion and right conduct on the part of the citizens of a democracy.”

Justice Owen Roberts [Cantwell v. Connecticut]

What I love is when these cases are read back-to-back, it’s easy to see where the lines are drawn between church and state. Plus, when a case is referred to, there’s a good chance you recently read it (since they appear in chronological order) and you recognize the line of logic being used. This really opened my eyes to how precedents are set.

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219. Why a Political Philosophy Is Important | Natural Law by Lysander Spooner Conversation of Our Generation

Our society has a problem discussing politics and political ideas, and I think I know the issue. Our country has divided itself on many issues, but that's nothing new. However, nowadays few people have a political philosophy underpinning their beliefs. I think that is at the root of the issue. If we had firm foundations, it would be easier to hear opposing viewpoints. But, when we build our ideas on foundations of sand, we have to stop them from washing away. Read more here: https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/05/07/why-a-political-philosophy-is-important–natural-law-by-lysander-spooner/ What is Political Philosophy? Political philosophy is a grounding in how you view the world. Basically, it acts as a framework to which you can attach your ideas. From there, you can build an understanding of the world by attaching new information to the framework. It also gives you a set of first principles for discussing politics. Buy your copy of Natural Law by Lysander Spooner here>> What is Natural Law? Natural law is Aristotle's political philosophy, Locke's political philosophy, and the basis for many other great thinkers. Lysander Spooner's work, Natural Law, is a great way to learn more about how Natural Law operates in a political context. It's a short book, and I think anyone would benefit from reading it. People who do not understand Natural Law, would learn a lot about it, even if they don't believe it from this work. What is My Political Philosophy? I adhere to an understanding of Natural Law that the moral truths and political truths are discoverable like science. I also believe in a broad basis of liberty for all men, and think it should be a top priority in political discussions. Also, I have faith in the common people in many ways, as long as they aren't led to believe falsities by the powerful elites. I fall in line with thinkers like Aristotle, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Roger Scruton, and others. Whose political philosophy is reflected in the Declaration of Independence? The ideas reflected in the Declaration of Independence are the ideas I discussed above. The Declaration of Independence includes ideas from Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, Thomas Paine, and others. It is a call to liberty and justice for all, and laid the groundwork for American self-governance. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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  4. 216. Confronting Feminism and Media Bias with Traditional Values
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  6. 214. Finding Purpose As A Man In A Culture Hostile To Masculinity
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  10. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"

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