Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Antonia Okafor ― If Rand Paul were president, I might still have a father

 Antonia is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Dallas and a Republican precinct chair in Denton County, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @antonia_okafor
Antonia Okafor (RL Wright Photography) 

(Rare Magazine)

When I was seven, my father was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He sold drugs and got caught after years of being investigated by the FBI (One count of possession of heroin, one count of conspiracy to distribute).

My mother was indicted as an accessory. For a year, in 1997, she was also in federal prison.
For that year, I had no parents. In the years after, I had no father.

I didn’t realize for a long time just how much growing up without a dad affected me.
When I entered my twenties it hit me like a ton of bricks. Until then, I had focused on other things, appreciating what I had overcome from having a less than perfect childhood.

But I eventually began to realize the heartache of growing up fatherless. It tore my family apart. It seeped like poison into every aspect of my life.

Read more at http://rare.us/story/if-rand-paul-were-president-i-might-still-have-a-father/#CYaRg5woiTXC8sef.99

Saturday, May 2, 2015

BALTIMORE BURNING! Gov Declares State of Emergency

My commentary on the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots in Baltimore.

Dr. C.H.E. Sadaphal ― The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Debacle

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is abominable for one distinct reason: In the name of “religious freedom,” it encourages secular bondage.

In 1964, Congress passed the federal Civil Rights Act. This legislation prohibits discrimination in housing and public arenas based upon a multitude of factors, including race, gender, religion, and national origin. Notably, the act does not prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Decades later, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration of Act of 1993 was declared unconstitutional as it applied to the states. So, individual states are free to pass their own RFRAs. More than a dozen have already done so, including Indiana (this year). However, Indiana did not have to pass the RFRA in order to discriminate against others based on sexual orientation—before the law’s passage, the state was already free to turn a blind eye in the midst of such prejudice. Hence, the actions of Indiana’s legislature took things one step further, resulting in an act that encourages people to discriminate based on religion with the backing of the law.
I am no longer surprised when politicians enact ludicrous laws because politics and politicians have cumulatively reached the apex of idolatry. It is detestable that religion is being fashioned into a tool to serve political ends, and some individuals may even have been deluded into thinking that religion is all about discrimination. Putting the name “religion” on a vile act does not purify it of its malevolence. Politics ought never to set the tone for matters of faith.

Read more at http://www.chesadaphal.com/the-religious-freedom-reformation-act-rfra-debacle/

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Akil Alleyne ― Did Lincoln Deserve Credit for Ending Slavery? Actually, Yeah.

The black Libertarian lawyer offers his views on Lincoln's contribution to ending slavery in America. Akil is a graduate of Princeton University and a 2013 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Black Libertarian vs. Liberal in student debate

Young Americans for Liberty at San Francisco State University (YAL SFSU), hosted our first student debate at the Jack Adams Hall. The topic was Income Inequality- Causes and Solutions. The founder and President of the YAL SFSU chapter, Niike Andino, took the libertarian position. Simone Radliff, from the Political Science Students Association (PSSA), took the liberal position. If you would like to join our chapter, or participate in a debate, contact our representatives at sfsuyal@gmail.com.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Akil Alleyne ― A Broader Flaw in Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

The Black libertarian lawyer offers his views on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). He argues that on top of the discrimination concerns, there's a broader problem with the range of religious liberty granted by Religious Freedom Restoration Acts ("RFRA"s) like Indiana's: they unfairly privilege religious objectors to restrictive laws over secular ones.

Akil is a graduate of Princeton University and a 2013 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Alyson Hudnall ― The Romance of Capitalism: I, Pencil and the Organic Economy