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Caution: Karl Rove Was Hazardous To Your Sex Life

Karl Rove has built his career on terrifying people. An equal-opportunity offender, he has directed our government’s successful attempts to panic Americans about terrorism, international diplomacy, taxation, mainstream media, and the judicial system. And homosexuality, stem cell research, promiscuity, pornography, teen sexuality, and naughty words on TV. Karl Rove has reminded us that very little can motivate people more than fear. Those of us who believe in sexuality—and democracy, reason, and science—haven’t found a reliable alternative yet. Karl Rove conceived the brilliant strategy of putting “gay marriage” initiatives on state ballots to drive conservative voters to the polls—who then voted…

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“So Help You God?”

“Do you promise that your testimony will be the truth, the whole truth—so help you God?” I was sworn in as an expert witness at a trial last week (I’m asked to do so several times each year). Once again, I was asked to swear to a God I don’t believe in. I said yes (it’s part of the job), but doing so always makes me cranky (and having to wear a suit while saying it doesn’t help my mood). Some U.S. courts ask you to simply swear or affirm to tell the truth, but I’ve always been asked to…

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Abortion Is Not A “Woman’s Issue”

Since our Constitution forbids the establishment of an official government religion, and guarantees the right of personal decision-making regardless of one’s actual choices, it’s clear that government has no authority to criminalize abortion. If the religion you choose to follow forbids you from having an abortion, don’t have one. If you feel upset that other people have abortions, you have the right to comfort yourself with any private behaviors you wish, religious or material. Of course, this being a country that guarantees freedom of expression, everyone has the right to try to persuade others not to have an abortion. *…

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No Sex, Please, We’re—Um, Liberal Bloggers

While in Chicago this week, I spent some fascinating time at the Kos Convention. There were 1500 people there working for progressive political change, most of them bloggers. I did an author hour, was interviewed for the virtual world Second Life, and went to a few sessions. Almost every progressive cause was represented: organized labor, farm reform, immigration, internet access for the poor, universal healthcare. Dozens of political figures attended, and Hillary, Barack, and the other aspiring Democratic presidential candidates held a spirited debate. The sessions had titles like “Countering corruption in Congress,” “Workers and the global supply chain,” and…

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I ♥ First Amendment Lawyers

I’m in Chicago this week, speaking again at the semi-annual meeting of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. I love going to their meetings. They’re an inspirational, funny bunch of men and women. When the ACLU takes a case, or an individual or group fights for its most basic rights, it’s a First Amendment Lawyer who typically challenges the government. Various attorneys outlined their current work: * The continuing fallout from the Janet Jackson Superbowl nipplegate; * An Ohio “decency” group’s attempt to eliminate strip clubs from the state; * A Kansas county’s effort to zone adult bookstores out of existence;…

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Senator Stevens Doesn’t Know %*&@# About Morality

Is it too much to ask–for decency crusaders to be decent? To ask those obsessed with morality to be moral? “Indecency” and “morality” are not America’s real problems. Rather, we clearly have an intolerance problem, a church/state convergence problem, a losing-our-right-to-privacy problem, a SexPanic problem. But when people in power (elected or otherwise) fear our indecency or immorality, the rest of us are made to suffer. Recently, the FCC gave itself the right to decide that one-time uses of common cuss words on TV or radio were “indecent,” subjecting a station broadcasting such a word to enormous fines. Excuse me,…

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