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President Obama You Have Crossed A Dangerous, Unprecedented Line
Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Brown

Posted on 07/22/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT by Kaslin

Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret.

I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning “discrimination” by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind.

This was an outrageous act of discrimination against religion in the name of anti-discrimination, an act of bullying people of faith in the name of the prevention of bullying.

How can you, as a man who professes to be a person of faith and a follower of Jesus, throw religious Americans, in particular Christians, under the bus?

How can you attempt to force Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others, to violate fundamental aspects of their moral codes in order to appease a small but powerful special interest group, one that is not, in fact, suffering daily economic hardship by being fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation or expression?

Have you forgotten entirely that our nation was founded on the concept of religious freedom?

It was unfortunate that you did not reflect on the recent Supreme Court decisions that made clear that you and your administration have consistently overstepped your bounds. Instead, once again, you bypassed the will of the people, as reflected in their elected officials, and simply made a decision affecting millions of Americans.

Worse still, you ignored the appeals of trusted religious leaders, some of whom campaigned for you in the past and others of whom have been among your trusted advisors, deciding instead to side with radical LGBT activism.

These leaders made a righteous and reasonable appeal to you, writing, “Mr. President, you have spoken eloquently of your commitment to protecting religious liberty, our nation’s first freedom. As you seek to promote the rights of LGBT persons, please also protect the rights of faith-based organizations that simply desire to utilize staffing practices consistent with their deep religious convictions as they partner with the federal government via contracting or subcontracting.”

In response, you mocked these “deep religious convictions,” and there are no words you can say to minimize the seriousness of your actions.

Mr. President, what was wrong with letting Congress make an informed decision on ENDA? Do you scorn the political process so much that you bypass it entirely?

You stated that, “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” but the implications of your actions are massive.

An organization like Prison Reform, which utilizes federal funds to help transform the lives of inmates, would suffer dramatic financial setbacks should they simply refuse to hire individuals who violate their time-proven, biblically-based code of conduct.

Children supported by World Vision, with the help of federal funds, would be deprived of food and shelter unless World Vision leaders compromised their Christian convictions. (After much soul searching this year, they have made clear that they will not compromise).

Fine Christian universities, which provide important academic and ethical training for the next generation of leaders and which are also the recipients of federal funding, could suffer a massive blow unless they forsake the faith on which their institutions were built.

Mr. President, must you now even take the place of God and tell Christians what they can and cannot actively practice?

I concur with Peter Sprigg who wrote that, “This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and, expose those employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts.”

In truth, this is not a Civil Rights issue, as if gay were the new black. As Catholic leader Austin Ruse observed, “the LGBTs are the most powerful aggrieved minority the world has ever known,” while, in contrast, “Black Americans really were aggrieved: enslaved, not allowed to vote, discriminated against in housing, banking, and much else, hunted down and lynched.”

As our nation’s first African American president, you must surely see the difference. Or is it true, as your critics claim, that you really intend to declare war on religion in America?

It is one thing to treat all people fairly, be they male or female, gay or straight, young or old. It is another thing to trample religious freedoms under foot and to attempt to coerce, with the full force of the government, men and women of deep religious faith and commitment.

Mr. President, there are millions of Americans who pray for you on a regular basis, and I have often called on my radio listeners to pray that you would be the greatest president in American history.

Despite those prayers, you took it upon yourself to enact an order which declares that, in the workplace, sexual rights trump religious rights. What a terrible, tragic shame.

I do pray for you, sir, as my president, that God would grant you the humility to recognize the error of your ways. At the same time, I assure you that there are countless thousands of Christian leaders and people of faith who will neither abandon their convictions nor be silenced from articulating those convictions.

And so, perhaps, in God’s providence, what you intended as a religious restriction will become the impetus for a religious awakening.

After all, you might well be the most powerful human being on the planet, but we will all bow down one day before the throne of God, and He will have the final say.


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KEYWORDS: firstamendment; homofascism; lgbt; resident0bama; waronreligion
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1 posted on 07/22/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Does this apply to Islamic (or Muslim) agencies or organizations as well?

How will the terms of this executive order be enforced, or even implemented, with regards to ANY non-Christian or non-Jewish agencies?


2 posted on 07/22/2014 11:43:50 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Kaslin

This president has crossed so many lines, that if he were “WHITE” the congress would have drawn up impeachment processes a long time ago. The only thing protecting this president is the fact that he is “BLACK”. There is no one in congress or the senate has the “COJONES” to start impeachment documents. And the sad part of it, is that this LIAR IN CHIEF knows it.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 11:46:37 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: Kaslin

All you need to know is in my tagline. Is it not obvious?


4 posted on 07/22/2014 11:46:56 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama cares nothing for freedom except the freedom to murder your unborn and for people of the same sex to sodomize each other.


5 posted on 07/22/2014 11:49:00 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cuban leaf

It is indeed


6 posted on 07/22/2014 11:49:23 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Excellent point.


7 posted on 07/22/2014 11:50:39 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t you know, An Emperor, is a god.


8 posted on 07/22/2014 11:51:27 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Kaslin

Executive orders are not law and therefore I hold them invalid.


9 posted on 07/22/2014 11:52:32 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: gingerbread

There are numerous great black Americans that are conservatives, so don’t knock their color and don’t put them in the same pot with those who willingly stayed on the plantation


10 posted on 07/22/2014 11:53:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: reefdiver

He thinks he is, but will eventually find out that he is not.


11 posted on 07/22/2014 11:55:43 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Some devil's advocacy/clarification here --

I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning “discrimination” by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind.

I was under the impression it keeps the hiring preference for those of the same faith. I might be wrong.

Have you forgotten entirely that our nation was founded on the concept of religious freedom?

The catch is that no one is being forced to do anything. With the shekels come the shackles.

Mr. President, what was wrong with letting Congress make an informed decision on ENDA?

The only way ENDA passes is if the Dems take the Senate. ENDA has been around 15+ years & still not passed.

An organization like Prison Reform, which utilizes federal funds...

If they are funded via a grant/grants they should be OK.

Children supported by World Vision, with the help of federal funds...

See above.

Fine Christian universities....which are also the recipients of federal funding

Once again.

I do pray for you, sir, as my president, that God would grant you the humility to recognize the error of your ways.

January 2017 can't come soon enough.

12 posted on 07/22/2014 11:55:45 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“Obama cares nothing for freedom except the freedom to murder your unborn and for people of the same sex to sodomize each other.”

Last evening when I heard about his most recent fag/lesbo order, I said to my wife does this guy dwell upon anything that does not involve either that or some perceived racial problem. It seems that is all he does 24/7. I know, I am a hater of him and his agenda but frankly this is a bit over the top. Meanwhile, other more pressing needs just go by the boards as his excellency just walks upon his rose petals.


13 posted on 07/22/2014 11:55:48 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: rfreedom4u
The silver lining to this is that perhaps Catholic Charities will have to do without government money, which means they'll have to scale back and focus on promoting the faith. (In socialist USA, there is no need any longer for Catholic, say, food kitchens. The government will give anyone food stamps, so why should the Catholic Church give food if it's not also spreading the Gospel while soup is being ladled out?)
14 posted on 07/22/2014 11:57:03 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Kaslin

I cannot wait until this arrogant spoiled child is gone!


15 posted on 07/22/2014 11:59:10 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Kaslin

It is indeed


Our border, Israel, Ukraine, and that is just this week. Wait’ll next week, and the next, and the next...


16 posted on 07/22/2014 11:59:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Kaslin

The only one putting the onus on all “BLACK” people is YOU. I’m not accusing the “BLACK” people for anything. I’m accusing THIS “BLACK” LIAR IN CHIEF for committing all these crimes against ALL OF US


17 posted on 07/22/2014 11:59:59 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: alloysteel

gays don’t go to muslim groups looking for work.


18 posted on 07/22/2014 12:00:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Kaslin

Gee, what a shame that nobama doesn’t really give a flying frig about this. Or much else for that matter. Except, of course, for golf and fundraising.

Pandering at its worst. And to such a small, small part of the population.


19 posted on 07/22/2014 12:00:11 PM PDT by upchuck (Peace in the Middle East? Only after Jesus returns. All else is hot air and violence.)
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To: gingerbread
The only thing protecting this president is the fact that he is Claims to be “BLACK”.

Do you really believe him? Just because he has dark skin?

20 posted on 07/22/2014 12:03:34 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: Mouton

The left is obsessed with skin color and genitalia.


21 posted on 07/22/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin

Just stop taking federal money and tax exemptions. Is it really that difficult? And everyone knows Obama follows no God but rather sees himself as we identify a communist government.... Stupid article.


22 posted on 07/22/2014 12:09:07 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: cuban leaf
"So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it."

The above is the problem we face. This country already feels like a pressure cooker. Something is either going to snap, or we slooooowly fix this country and provide people with the chance to succeed again on their own with Government out of the way (an up hill battle that will take a couple decades at least). I don't see us having two decades with the debt we are in.

23 posted on 07/22/2014 12:10:19 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Kaslin

"Bravo!"


24 posted on 07/22/2014 12:10:42 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Kaslin

Why would BO be so obsessed with queers except that he is one?


25 posted on 07/22/2014 12:10:58 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Jumper
Just stop taking federal money and tax exemptions. Is it really that difficult?

Ha! It appears government money turns everyone into liberals.

26 posted on 07/22/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Enterprise

The next President can take down his EO with a stroke of a pen, but won’t


27 posted on 07/22/2014 12:11:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

28 posted on 07/22/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: TexasRepublic

Homos are the spearpoint of the agenda to criminalize Christianity.

The author needs to start from this premise, that Obama and his ilk are intent on criminalizing Christian beliefs,

and all his questions will be answered from there.

As for Muslims discriminating against homos, well, laws are meant to be selectively enforced by the elite who know better,
right?

They’ll just turn a blind eye to Muslims discriminating against gays, because, as I’ve stated, there’s another agend.


29 posted on 07/22/2014 12:15:23 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Which one?


30 posted on 07/22/2014 12:18:08 PM PDT by livius
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To: Ghost of SVR4

The above is the problem we face. This country already feels like a pressure cooker. Something is either going to snap, or we slooooowly fix this country and provide people with the chance to succeed again on their own with Government out of the way (an up hill battle that will take a couple decades at least). I don’t see us having two decades with the debt we are in.


Two things. First, regarding “pressure cooker”. I think the Fed knew that the thousands at Bundy’s ranch, were the tip of the iceberg of tens of millions and they (possibly rightfully so) feared setting off CWII. They backed off.

Regarding not having two decades, I really like this example:

“Imagine a magic pipette. It is magic because every drop of water that comes out of it will double in size every minute. So the first minute there is one drop, the second minute there are two drops, the third minute four drops, the fourth minute eight drops and so on… This is an example of exponential growth. Now, imagine a normal sized football stadium. In this stadium you are sitting on the seat at the very top of the stadium, with the best overview of the whole stadium. To make things more interesting, imagine the stadium is completely water-tight and that you cannot move from your seat. The first drop from the magic pipette is dropped right in the middle of the field, at 12pm. Here’s the question: Remembering that this drop grows exponentially by doubling in size every minute, how much time do you have to free yourself from the seat and leave the stadium before the water reaches your seat at the very top? Think about it for a moment. Is it hours, days, weeks, months?

“The answer: You have exactly until 12:49pm. It takes this tiny magic drop less than 50 minutes to fill a whole football stadium with water. This is impressive! But it gets better: At what time do you think the football stadium is still 93% empty? Take a guess.

“The answer: At 12:45pm. So, you sit and watch the drop growing, and after 45 minutes all you see is the playing field covered with water. And then, within four more minutes, the water fills the whole stadium. This means that you think you are safe because it seems that you have plenty of time left, whereas due to the exponential growth you really have to take immediate action if you want to have any chance of getting out of this situation.”

I think we are in that situation but the doubling is every year, not every minute. And I think we are at around 12:47.


31 posted on 07/22/2014 12:18:49 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Picture of a big fat mistake.


32 posted on 07/22/2014 12:18:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: cuban leaf

They were on another tip of an iceberg at Murrieta.

They were going to send in force, but decided the “optics” would be against them.

The press reported Murrietta thinking that the public would be against those “nasty, racist Tea Party protesters”, but it didn’t work out that way.


33 posted on 07/22/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Jarrett & company are probably already at work on “payback” for the good people of Murrieta.


34 posted on 07/22/2014 12:23:38 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: MrB

Very good point.

Something is definitely afoot and the water is getting quite high (reference to my previous post).


35 posted on 07/22/2014 12:23:41 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Jumper

The Church is not taking Federal money. The only thing that used to get some support was Catholic Charities, which actually had a lot of agencies in a lot of places essentially doing the work that local jurisdictions either couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

Many Catholics stopped contributing to Catholic Charities long ago, and actually, it’s come full circle, because now the “Catholic” in their name doesn’t get them money from Catholics but it also virtually excludes them from getting Federal money for a lot of the good programs they used to run (such as adoption, etc.) because the newer more orthodox bishops have forbidden them to adopt to gays and do many other things that they would otherwise be doing. This funding was not in the form of direct grants, but for running programs for the disadvantaged or persons in crisis.

It’s a bad thing in many ways; Planned Parenthood wanted the Church driven out of the adoption business so that they could tell girls there was no option to abortion, and as usual, PP got what it wanted.


36 posted on 07/22/2014 12:25:21 PM PDT by livius
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To: utahagen

Catholic Charities is barely Catholic. Subsisting on Obama money, while remaining open to private donations from the well meaning makes for odd bedfellows and possibly a fine slush fund operation.

Are charities a charity when propped up by government and serving its political interests?


37 posted on 07/22/2014 12:28:21 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Trod Upon

Yeah, there was a column after Bunkerville wherein the leftist author just could not fathom “making the federal government back down”.

It was an interesting insight into the statist mindset.
It was as if some definition had been violated,
like making God “back down”. (yes, leftists substitute the state for God)


38 posted on 07/22/2014 12:28:58 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: GeronL

Just as Boehner has no plans to defund the Unconstitutional acts of Obama, it is likely that a future President, Democrat or Rino, will not cancel Obama’s EOs. These EOs will give them the same power as Obama.


39 posted on 07/22/2014 12:29:52 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: utahagen

Catholic Charities has no more do do with the Catholic Church than their name

That’s it.


40 posted on 07/22/2014 12:30:46 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Trod Upon

If you saw the interview with Janet Reno following Waco, you saw the same mindset.

It was absolutely unfathomable, outrageous, and frankly enraging to Janet Reno that anyone would violently resist agents of the government.

I’m sure King George had the same outrage after the Boston Tea Party.


41 posted on 07/22/2014 12:30:55 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: utahagen

*Catholic* Charities do without govt money? Ha!

They’ve (and will likely continue to) received MILLIONS of US Taxpayer $$ via “grants”. Grants that have been given (at least) since 2010 to set up the transportation and housing of these *suddenly unexpected* flood of illegal “children” (majority are between ages 16 - 24).


42 posted on 07/22/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Kaslin

Profit over principle. Government contractors would rather make a buck than buck the powers that be.


43 posted on 07/22/2014 12:42:08 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Kaslin

When is lightning going to strike the undocumented alien pretender?


44 posted on 07/22/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: rawcatslyentist

There are many dark skinned persons from all over the world. I was often taken for a dark skinned person when I served in the Philippines in WWII. As a boy I tanned very easily. In Obama’s case an Indonesian guru named Subud supplied the male sperm for mama Stanley Ann ‘Whatever’. That part of the world has many dark skinned people. Check out Subud as to a look a like for Obama.


45 posted on 07/22/2014 1:14:04 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Kaslin
Gonna be tough getting enough gay construction workers to do federal projects when they are only 2% of the population.

Will they be allowed to sing Village People songs during federal projects? Will the Indian be allowed to wear his costume or does that fall under the same loony laws that the anti-Redskin people are trying to gin up?

46 posted on 07/22/2014 1:25:46 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Kaslin

do what obama does to everything he doesn’t like. Refuse to follow his “executive actions” (dictatorial crap).


47 posted on 07/22/2014 1:37:22 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (false claims of racism--the first refuge of a scoundrel)
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To: livius

The problem for the church is that it is becoming another political charity. The tax breaks a church receives in essence is federal money. The government will eventually take 50 percent of everything in the US as they do in Europe, as a minimum. The government is involved in every aspect of life. Whether it is a renewable tax or even clean air, what we have remaining is less and less. Anyone or any institution that has money is subject to taxes; even if it is interest on savings, the government is going to take something. Worst still, if your organization is not an active DNC sanctioned contributor, your taxes are subject to being higher - it is ally political today - it is political war and nothing is exempt.


48 posted on 07/22/2014 2:31:19 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: Secret Agent Man

“gays don’t go to muslim groups looking for work.”

Why is that, I wonder?

Not that the Islamic power brokers do not engage in the behavior, it is the PERSPECTIVE with which they engage in the activity. The individual upon whom the submission is forced has to be inferior to the Noble Islamic Gentleman, and this is the way in which this superiority is expressed.

It is not sexual in nature, this is how dominance is asserted. Either that, or lop off the inferior’s head.

Just because the Noble Islamic Gentleman feels an enormous surge of - something, that does not mean that it is in any way sex.


49 posted on 07/22/2014 2:41:59 PM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Jumper

I don’t have an objection to non-profits getting a tax break, because presumably they do work that is necessary and beneficial to society in one way or another but is not something that is likely to be taken on by the for-profit sector, and at the same time, not something that falls within the sphere of the government. (Yeah, I know - nowadays, everything falls within the sphere of the government.)

All non-profits (not just churches) receive that tax break, supposedly as long as they don’t engage in political advocacy. Of course, the problem is that many of them do in fact engage in political advocacy...for the Dems. When was the last time you heard of a black church getting its non-profit status yanked for campaigning openly for a Dem candidate, instructing its members how to vote, and even driving them to the polls with somebody to “assist” them in the voting booth? That’s ok by the IRS.

The Catholic Church, on the other hand, is under the microscope, even though it is permissible to advocate for ideas as long as you don’t advocate for parties, individuals, etc. But I suspect even so at some point that the government will pull its tax exemption, probably over the gay “marriage” or even transsexual issue.


50 posted on 07/22/2014 3:44:51 PM PDT by livius
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