Yes, Mr. Commenter, Freedom Only Works for Moral and Religious People

Without public morality, government must grow. When government grows, freedoms contract. Freedom requires morality.

There’s a commonly understood, even if unspoken, rule for most opinion columnists, and that is: don’t read the comment…

Admittedly, I break that rule from time to time and am sometimes just amazed at how many people truly read only the title of a piece, never the content, before unloading both keyboard barrels with a vengeance. I’ve learned restraint for the sake of my sanity, and very rarely – if ever – take time to engage. But the other day, a commenter on one of my articles said something that was so astounding I decided it wasn’t worthy of a mere reply in the comments. It was worthy of its own piece.

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