Posts Tagged ‘rights’

Standing Up for the Right to Sit Down

I knew that I had done the wrong thing for our convention when the organizers of the 2008 National Democratic Nominating Convention made a huge deal of opening with a “faith ceremony.” When the secularists protested, when the atheists protested, when the agnostics protested, when the secular Christians, Jews and Muslims protested, they were told that they could just avoid that part of the ceremony. They were dismissed, and told they weren’t important enough to be part of the whole thing.

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Secure in Their Persons

There was a new problem to deal with. Waiting at the end of the farm road, blocking our access to the highway, was a police car. The lights weren’t on, so we weren’t sure if he was waiting for us or not. We were not going to be able to avoid scrutiny. As we approached the road he hit his siren button and his lights button and so I knew we were going to be “interviewed.” I stopped the car and politely waited for him to approach us. In the meantime I was reaching for my wallet to show him my driver’s license. I looked over at Mark and mouthed the words “Fourth Amendment.” He knew what this meant. Don’t say anything incriminatory.

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