by Edd Doerr
This letter was published in the Washington Examiner on August 3, 2012 ---
"Friedman not all for limited government" (title supplied by newspaper)
Milton Friedman ("Restore the draft? What would Milton Friedman do?" July 31) opposed the draft and "compulsory national service" for being akin to slavery. Yet the same Milton Friedman was the foremost champion of having government force all taxpayers to support religious institutions through school voucher plans. Friedman opposed one form of government restriction on freedom while favoring government action to violate every citizen's religious freedom.
Isn't government interference with our precious religious freedom also akin to slavery? Milton Friedman was a very strange guy.
Silver Spring, Md
Let me issue a challenge. Since the greatest threat to core humanist values would be the election of Mitt Romney to the presidency, along with a Tea Party cum religious right dominated Congress, I think it would be as no-brainer for humanists to set aside, for the time being at least, fun discussions of side issues in order to concentrate efforts on re-electing Obama and shifting Congress and state governments toward the blue end of the spectrum. Tons of money we lack, but brains and writing talent we do have. Let's put them to good use where it counts, influencing public opinion across the map.
Defending women's rights of conscience, church-state separation, public education and religious liberty -- all targets of today's Republicans -- should take top priority.
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