Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2012

By Dan Miller Every Christmas season some demand that it not be celebrated publicly because they find it offensive. Others find their demands offensive, but there is no significant effort to make them refrain from public comment. Nor should there be. If sincere, however, they should at least consider taking their own advice. Here is […]


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Thinking about the Coming Election and Other Stuff …

October 14th, 2012

By Dan Miller … put me in mind of some of my favorite old songs and of their persistent relevance. Scots ballads Based on a poem by Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), this ballad labeled Ode to Humanity seeks equal rights for all as opposed to special preferences for the favored. While listening, thoughts came […]


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Chick-fil-A and Human Rights

August 3rd, 2012

By Dan Miller Freedoms of religion, speech, press and peaceful assembly are among the most important human rights we have.  There is no “human right” to compel anyone to agree with one’s political, religious or other views. To my regret, I did not dine at Chick-fil-A yesterday. I live in the somewhat remote and rural […]


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Veterans Administration Cemetery in Houston Bans God

June 29th, 2011

By Dan Miller Even President Obama’s religious mentor for twenty years, the Reverend Mr. Wright, used the word that shall no longer be mentioned. According to this article, Local veterans and volunteer groups accuse Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including the word “God” — at Houston National Cemetery. In one […]


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Letter to the Editor

April 30th, 2010

By Brianna Aubin This letter was submitted to the Daily Illini editorial page on April 30, 2010: Last Friday, when I was walking across the quad, I saw numerous stick figures drawn on the sidewalk labeled “Muhammad,” along with the message “AAF Supports Free Speech.” I wanted to cheer. Contrary to my fears that everyone […]


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