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Hate Speech and the First Amendment

A lot of people think hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, but it is. Unfortunately, so is their ignorant speech.

Actually, I think protecting “hate” speech is the reason the First Amendment exists in the first place. The very idea is to protect unpopular speech from government harassment and censorship, especially since a lot of what qualifies as hate speech these days, isn’t, and needs saying more often. For example:

Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven.

They keep using the word “hate,” but it doesn’t mean what they think it means.

Portland Mayor: Let’s not get carried away with this whole “free speech” thing

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Is Giving Always Good?

When I first approached this topic in Three Kinds of Poor, I knew what I wanted to say, but really didn’t know the best way to go about it. The result was an article that I thought was weak. The original intent was to provide an extended definition of who the poor were and weren’t as opposed to an argument supporting a point of view, but it didn’t work very well. I posted it anyway, which turned out to be a blessing. I had a good discussion regarding the topic, and was pointed to another article that had been posted a day later. I decided the article would have to be rewritten. This is the rewrite.

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Taxes Are Not Charity

There’s a lot of discussion about helping the poor through government programs. We’re told, if you’re a Christian you will support helping the poor through welfare, and if you don’t, you aren’t a real Christian. While I understand the argument, it’s never sat well with me. I think that’s because it doesn’t take the discussion deep enough. It’s a surface argument, a jab, for one group of people to get another group of people to feel bad for their position. This is the first in a small group of articles I’m planning on the deeper subject of Christian giving and welfare, and I think the best way to start is by answering the question: what is Christian giving?

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