Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Opus 2013-158: Cornerstone Considerations: Abuse of Freedom of the Press

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is concerned about some specific protections for our liberty.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Although freedom of the press is not the first concern mentioned, it is in the Top Ten.  Currently there has been concern expressed about this because the Department of Justice has evidently been seeking and obtaining the phone records of journalists in a quest to find out who was leaking information. 

We are hearing a lot of breast beating about the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records for a bunch of spoiled brat reporters who think they are above the law and have the right to destroy the country for a paycheck.  They get people to leak information that can damage our national security and claim it is for us.  This is an ongoing saga. 

What is the real issue here?  I don’t think anyone questions the importance of a free press.  I don’t see that being the matter on the table.  Last I heard, no one was threatening to put any journalists in jail for their irresponsible behavior.  I might like to see it but that is often my partisan concerns.  I understand that the law is supposed to be blind.  Again, “freedom of the press” is not the issue here. 

Freedom of the Press is not the same as freedom of the snitch.  That is what the journalists are concerned about.  They are not worried about their right to publish what they want and have no responsibility for the help or harm that results.  They are protected and if they would honestly do their job as watchdogs on government instead of cheerleaders for the administration the public would be totally on their side. 

What they want is to get people to break the law, their oaths of office and promises they have made and not have to pay the piper.  That is a different issue.  If you want to “leak” half truths and selected information in order to destroy someone who you disagree with politically, go for it.  But be prepared to pay the price if you are caught.  That is also a part of liberty. 

Since I know how the Camel’s Nose under the Tent works I am forced to side with the irresponsible journalists.  If the government wins this they will come after us next.  That doesn’t mean I must agree with the media’s methods, motives or mantras.

Liberty can be very complex.  Tyranny is simple.

homo unius libri


  1. It's a sad day when the moral must side with the immoral against the too powerful.

  2. I find myself agreeing more and more with the Libertarians when it comes to drugs. I know that God can work in any environment. It might get the churches back on the bully pulpit if they became the lonely voice.

    Grace and peace


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