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No Fast-Food for You

On July 29, 2008, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to put South Los Angeles on a diet.  

It seems this impoverished part of the city has above-average obesity rates, along with an abundance of fast-food restaurants. The Council voted to place a one-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants, hoping to lure restaurants that serve healthier fare to the area. Los Angeles is believed to be the first major city to take such an action. The mayor must first sign the action into law.  

We might all agree that we should watch what we eat, but we might debate whether it is desirable for the City Council to be watching for us.  People like to make rules for other people to follow.

Reference: Associated Press, "LA council: Fast-food restaurants put on hold," The Arizona Republic (7-30-08)

The World's Highest Display of Nudity

Authorities in Nepal were calling for, of all things, a law banning nudity on Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. You might be surprised that this is a problem that needs to be addressed, but authorities ... [Read More]

Reference: Associated Press, "Nepal authorities call for ban on nudity on Mount Everest," The Arizona Republic (9/27/07)

The Pharisees and the Law

The Pharisees had documented 613 commandments in the Law of Moses. They had categorized 248 of them as positive commandments (instructions on what to do) and 365 of them as negative commandments (instructi... [Read More]

Reference: The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Volume 1, Warren Wiersbe, p. 81  

Buried by Regulations

The Federal Register is the official compilation of rules issued by the federal government. In 2006, it contained 74,937 pages of regulations. By comparison, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, at about 1,400 pages, seems... [Read More]

Reference: Mark R. Levin, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (Threshold Editions, 2009), p. 55; Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (Basic Books, 2007), p. 391

The Sabbath

The Jewish religious leaders had turned God’s command to rest on the Sabbath into a burden for the people. They had come up with a list of 39 Prohibited Sabbath Activities, collected in the Mishnah. Among the things p... [Read More]

Reference: The Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 8, 2002, "Mishna," p. 185; thenazareneway.com