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Food and weapons: they’re my rights, too
post-gazette.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Ruth Ann Dailey

Posted on 03/12/2012 8:51:15 AM PDT by marktwain

At the risk of offending, let me put the current constitutional conflict in terms that some of you who lean left might find easier to accept.

Let's say you're a pacifist, and you belong to a pacifist religious organization. Maybe it's the Mennonite Central Committee, the Jewish Peace Fellowship, Pax Christi or any of numerous Quaker groups.

Let's say your organization needs a new staffer and you hire me because I'm a perfect fit for the job and an all-around wonderful human being.

Imagine that at some point during my tenure with your organization, a right-wing president and Congress so advance the cause of a citizen militia, as it existed in the Founders' day, that a law is passed mandating employers to provide employees with free guns if the employees wish to have them.

And I do!

Unbeknownst to you, I feel strongly about the Second Amendment. I believe it's necessary to my personal safety and well-being to bear arms, but the weapons and ammunition I need to exercise this right can get quite expensive. It would be very helpful to my budget to get them for free.

There is much public controversy over this new legislation, of course, and you, my pacifist employer, are among its most outspoken opponents.

"I have the right to own a weapon," I remind you, "and it's so fundamental a right that it should be part of the terms of my employment."

"But a central tenet of our organization is that using weapons is wrong," you say. "Buying you a weapon violates our doctrine and therefore our constitutional right to the free exercise of religion."

"But I have a constitutional right to bear arms."

"Yes, you do, but we should have no obligation to buy them for you."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; contraception; obamacare
A very good analogy.
1 posted on 03/12/2012 8:51:20 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Just surprised it is in this leftist rag.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 8:54:56 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: marktwain

You should get the Mods to change the title of this thread to “Food and weapons: they’re my rights, too” as it is in the linked article. It will get more exposure that way.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 9:17:35 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Liberty is in danger. We are the generation. This is our role. Now is the time. Defend Freedom!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I sent a report abuse post with the change. Thanks for the help. I noticed the mistake as well.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 9:21:12 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: pennboricua

She is the token almost-kinda Conservative at that leftist rag.

Her ex-hubby was a TV newscaster here. He threw her over for ex-Miss America Nicole Johnson (the one hawking diabetes cookbooks on TV). They have since divorced. He is now Editor-in-Chief of Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” website.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 9:50:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: marktwain

bookmark


6 posted on 03/12/2012 10:38:29 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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