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  • DoJ official refuses to denounce demands for Saudi-style blasphemy law

    07/27/2012 5:35:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/27/12 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s top civil rights official repeatedly declined to support religious free speech during a July 27 congressional hearing, despite repeated questioning from Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who chairs the House’s constitution subcommittee. Tom Perez, the progressive who runs the Justice Department’s civil rights office, refused to answer the questions posed by Franks. “Will you tell us… that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Frank asked four times. Perez refused to answer, saying “it is a hard question, in the sense that when you make threats...
  • Rahmbo Protects 'Chicago Values' From Chick-fil-A

    07/27/2012 12:28:58 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2012
    First Amendment: The politically incorrect personal beliefs of a food-chain owner provides politicians nationwide an opportunity to rail against nonexistent discrimination. Want fries with that righteous indignation? Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno announced this week that he will block Chick-fil-A's effort to build a store in his trendy ward after hearing that Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, had stated in an interview that he believed in marriage as between one man and one woman. Cathy was quoted July 16 in the Baptist Press saying he was "guilty as charged" for supporting "the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a...
  • Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-fil-A?

    07/26/2012 8:49:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-26-2012 | Wm. A. Jacobson
    Even The Boston Globe has come out against the bullying of Chick-fil-A by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino because of the position of Chick-fil-A’s President and his father (the founder) on marriage: The president of Chick-fil-A opposes gay marriage. While this view goes against the grain in a state that made history by embracing it, it’s no reason for Mayor Thomas M. Menino to oppose a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston…. Chick-fil-A must follow all state and city laws. If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting. And the company...
  • Homeowner Jailed for Hosting Bible Study

    07/10/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 105 replies ^ | 7/10/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes. Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180 fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon. Members of Salman’s Bible study group posted video of their teacher as he self-reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was...
  • EDITORIAL: Boy Scouts stay straight

    07/17/2012 5:41:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Freedom not to associate is an important American rightIn the Boy Scout oath, a young man promises to keep himself morally straight. Despite pressure from homosexual activists, that pledge will continue to mean something. On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they would retain their policy excluding homosexuals from membership and leadership positions. The announcement followed a two-year review by a select committee, which came to the unanimous conclusion that it was “absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.” The rule had come under fire from homosexual groups recently after Jennifer Tyrrell was forced out of...
  • Second American Revolution “To Save America’s Soul”, July 4th, 2012

    07/04/2012 7:35:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies ^ | July 4, 2012 | annem040359
    Today, Wednesday, the United States of America has turned 236-years-old, another birthday, another July 4th, another Independence Day. This very special day in which thirteen original British colonies via fifty-six representing signers put their very all on the line, including even their lives to not only stand up to a king but to throw off the king’s tyranny. Over the last few years, since Barack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States of America in November 2008, I have begun to wonder if these same United States is dealing with a new form of tyranny. Safe to say,...
  • Secret Service shuts down ‘Fire Holder’ protest outside White House

    07/02/2012 10:32:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/12 | Matthew Boyle
    WASHINGTON — Secret Service agents shut down a protest outside the White House on Monday where about 30 young protesters demanded President Barack Obama fire Attorney General Eric Holder. Agents on scene claimed a backpack abandoned on a sidewalk was a “suspicious package,” closing the Pennsylvania Avenue pedestrian mall in front of the White House, and the adjoining Lafayette Park, from protesters and tourists. All pedestrian traffic, including media, was forced to retreat to side streets. Officers roped the streets off with bright yellow crime scene tape and brought in bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs. After waiting on the sidewalk behind the...
  • ObamaCare's Other Mandate Threatens Religious Liberty

    06/30/2012 1:26:32 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | June 30, 2012
    First Amendment: The bizarre ObamaCare decision leaves unresolved the separate issue of whether government can define what a church is and what it can do. Will the courts also redefine the "free exercise" of religion? For now, ObamaCare remains largely intact and so does its attempt to rewrite the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion through its mandate that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their church teachings and religious consciences. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says it will move forward with litigation challenging a requirement from the federal health care law that employers...
  • The #@*&! Problem

    06/18/2012 12:55:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 18, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    BY A VOTE of 183-50, town meeting members in Middleborough, Mass., last week approved a bylaw making public cursing a civil offense and authorizing police to enforce the ban by fining offenders $20. Town Hall may find it hard to collect on those fines. Assuming Cohen v. California is still good law, the First Amendment's protection of free speech extends to using four-letter words in public, and as soon as the new ordinance is challenged it will almost certainly be struck down. Legally, town authorities don't have a leg to stand on. But their concern with enforcing public standards deserves...
  • McConnell:Growing Threats to Our First Amendment Rights (Speech at AEI)

    06/15/2012 2:37:45 PM PDT · by Excellence · 5 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | June 15, 2012 | McConnell, Mitch
    There is currently an urgent need to defend the right to free speech in America, alleged Sen. Mitch McConnell at an AEI event on Friday. He went on to highlight the current looming threats to the fundamental First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and articulated his belief that there must be a bipartisan consensus concerning the "inviolability" of this amendment. Advocating minimal government oversight with regards to free speech, he cited examples related to alleged corporate contributions in politics, the Disclose Act and instances in which government regulation of speech has moved beyond the Founders' original intent. Sen. McConnell then...
  • NYC Principal Bans 'God Bless the USA' at Kindergarten Graduation, Bieber's 'Baby' OK

    06/10/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    News ^ | June 10, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    America really is fading away before our very eyes. A public school principal in New York City has banned kindergartners from singing "God Bless the USA" at their graduation, but according to the New York Post, is allowing them to perform Justin Bieber's "Baby":Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants. Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony. Five...
  • IBD At Kimberlin Hearing: Walker Handcuffed, 1st Amendment Muzzled

    05/30/2012 12:14:15 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 29, 2012 | David Hogberg
    With all of the attention surrounding Brett Kimberlin, I attended Tuesday’s hearing in his “peace order” vs. Aaron Walker in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. In the end, the judge granted Kimberlin’s peace order, and Walker ended up leaving in handcuffs. This was the second peace order that Kimberlin has filed against Walker, demanding that Walker cease any contact with Kimberlin. In it, Kimberlin claims that Walker has “continually harassed” him with “alarming posts, tweets, alerts that arrive in my email box, which I consider threats to me personally and to my business.” Kimberlin came to court...
  • Does the 1st Amendment cover clicking 'like' on Facebook?

    05/05/2012 6:44:38 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2012 | Michelle Maltais
    Before you click that "like" button in Facebook, you should know that a judge in federal court asserted that this is not protected under the 1st Amendment. In what boils down to a wrongful termination case (Bland vs. Roberts) brought before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, four former employees of a sheriff up for reelection claimed that they were fired after, among other things, he discovered that they "liked" his opponent's campaign page on Facebook. "According to the Plaintiffs, after learning of their support of their opponent, the Sheriff called a meeting in which he...
  • Blogger threatened with jail for writing on health

    05/01/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jack Minor
    A blogger in North Carolina has been threatened with jail time for “practicing nutrition without a license” by writing about his experiences with diabetes and telling readers what types of food he was eating. It was in January when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition told blogger Steve Cooksey, who writes at, that it was investigating him for providing nutrition care services without a license. Cooksey was accused of violating Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without state permission – a license. According...
  • Property destruction: the new ‘free speech’?

    04/27/2012 11:48:45 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-27-12 | Ben Johnson
    Pro-life advocates, pro-family organizations, and traditional Christians do not expect to get a fair shake in the media, but the dogged, seasoned journalists of the prestige publications have overlooked a disturbing new trend: an increasing number of left-wing activists claim that destroying or defacing other people’s property is part of their First Amendment “free speech” rights. At, I have reported on the desecration of a pro-life display at Western Kentucky University. After a campus pro-life group got university permission to set up 3,700 crosses to represent the number of children aborted every day, a student named Elaina Smith placed...
  • Burning Man Appeals Probation over Crowd Size

    04/21/2012 11:00:19 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies ^ | 4/21/2012 | Associated Press
    Organizers of the Burning Man festival are challenging the federal government's decision to place them on probation for exceeding the crowd cap last year.
  • Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment

    04/19/2012 2:11:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment By Terence P. Jeffrey April 19, 2012 ( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals. The First Amendment says in part: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." Television networks, newspapers, publishing houses, movie studios and think tanks, as well as political action committees, are usually organized as, or...
  • CA: City Council Warns ‘Crack Ho’ Comments ‘Intolerable’, Calls For Diversity In Talk Radio (KFI ?)

    03/21/2012 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 21, 2012 11:04 AM
    Russ Limbaugh...??....more than likely....**************************************LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City Council members took a step closer on Wednesday to becoming the first in the nation to adopt a resolution condemning certain types of speech on public airwaves.Councilmember Jan Perry introduced legislation that would call upon media companies to ensure “on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs” on radio and other broadcasts.Members of Black Media Alliance, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Korean-American Bar Association, American Indians in Film and Television and attorney Gloria Allred were on hand to voice their support for the proposal. </div>
  • I Don't Want Freedom of Religions(Constitution)

    03/19/2012 5:09:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 18 March, 2012 | Pat Archbold
    The attack on religious liberty is a two front war. One front you know about, the other one you may not have noticed. Language is the blunt instrument of choice with which the secularist left in this country bludgeons our freedoms. The secularist left has successfully used seemingly slight alterations in language to change the way ordinary people perceive an argument. Most people who pay attention to these things are very much aware of this tactic, as we have seen it so often. This is nowhere more apparent today than in the President’s repeated use of the phrase “freedom of...
  • Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores

    03/16/2012 10:56:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 499 replies · 10+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 16, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores By NBC's Andrew Rafferty ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing the country's obscenity laws and said Friday that as chief executive he would crack down on illegal pornography. Santorum found himself answering pornography questions during a stop at an Italian restaurant here after the discovery of a statement posted in his campaign website in which he asserts that "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography." Recent reporting has shed light on the letter in which the former Pennsylvania senator vowed...
  • Can the Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up?

    03/15/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT · by America_Right · 64 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, President Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. This law permits Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited. And it permits the Secret Service to make these determinations based on the content of speech. Thus, federal agents whose work is to protect public officials and their friends may prohibit the speech and the gatherings of folks who disagree with those officials or permit the speech and the gatherings of those who would praise them, even...
  • Why Obama Wants the Contraception Mandate to Go to the Supreme Court

    03/14/2012 11:34:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2012
    ..... Once it finally arrives there, it will be argued as a First Amendment issue. But it will not be argued as you think -- as a freedom of religion issue; no, it will be argued by the government as a freedom of speech issue, under a constitutional theory of "First Amendment neutrality," and arguing against the idea of "content-based underinclusion." Put simply, content-based underinclusion is a term signifying that the government (at any level) has entered into the social arena and has picked winners and losers based on their content. It can be practiced through punitive legislation -- imposing...
  • FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves

    03/10/2012 5:09:44 PM PST · by Lattero · 154 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/10/2012 | Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem
    [...] These are just a few samples from the arsenal of degrading language Limbaugh deploys on women, people of color, lesbians and gays, immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, Muslims, Jews, veterans, environmentalists and so forth. Limbaugh doesn't just call people names. He promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets. Like the sophisticated propagandist Josef Goebbels, he creates rhetorical frames -- and the bigger the lie the more effective -- inciting listeners to view people they disagree with as sub-humans. His longtime favorite term for women, "femi-nazi," doesn't even raise eyebrows anymore, an example of how rhetoric spreads when unchallenged by...
  • David Suzuki Goes Ballistic, Advocates Retracting All Rights From AGW Skeptics (my title)

    03/10/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 9MAR2012 | Anthony Watts
    David “fruit fly” Suzuki goes ballistic, and advocates retracting all rights from skeptics. I’m mentioned as some sort of baddie central, but at least I don’t dress up with Santa Claus to scare the kids and ask their parents to send me money. Where’s that DDT when you need it? From the Huffington Post: “This public responsibility is especially important in light of the stepped-up efforts to deny the reality of climate change, or the role humans play in it. Cases in point are illustrated by the “denialgate” scandal revealed by the release of Heartland Institute documents and the revelation...
  • Politicians decide our 1st Amendment rights could be hazardous to their health

    03/10/2012 9:28:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/10/2012 | Doug Book
    Congress has just made it easier to arrest and convict those who exercise their 1st Amendment rights of protest and assembly. A number of articles have recently appeared on the web concerning the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,” a bill recently passed by Congress which makes it a criminal offense to “impede or disrupt” the activities of the President, Vice President or anyone under the immediate protection of the Secret Service. The measure also makes it illegal to engage in “disorderly behavior” at a special event of “national significance” or in the proximity of a “restricted...
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

    03/01/2012 2:32:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies · 5+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 2/29/2012
    Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it. The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011... In the text of the act, the law is allowed to be used against anyone who knowingly enters or remains in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to...
  • McCain Blasts GOP Super PACs, Calls Supreme Court Ignorant For Citizens United Decision

    02/19/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 19, 2012 | Josh Feldman
    Senator John McCain appeared on This Week today from Afghanistan, but before getting onto matters of foreign policy, he weighed in on the Republican contest going on in the United States and continued to speak out forcefully on an issue that has been part of his political identity for over a decade: campaign finance reform. McCain has not been the biggest fan of Super PACs, and McCain today blasted the Supreme Court for its decision in the Citizens United case two years ago. When Jake Tapper asked McCain about how the GOP’s divisive contest may end up handing the election...
  • Did Saudi prince buy Fox's silence?

    02/18/2012 6:29:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WND ^ | February 16, 2012 | Diana West
    Have you heard about the 23-year-old Saudi journalist who tweeted an imaginary conversation with Muhammad? It went something like this: He loved Muhammad, he hated Muhammad, he couldn’t understand Muhammad, he wasn’t going to pray for Muhammad. If this isn’t exactly a disquisition on faith and doubt a la “The Brothers Karamazov,” remember, we’re just talking Twitter. The journalist received so many mostly white-hot angry tweets from co-religionists condemning his Islamic law-breaking “blasphemy” (30,000 in 24 hours!) that he apologized and fled the country. He hoped to seek asylum in New Zealand but was captured in Malaysia by Saudi agents...
  • Mr. President, Talk is Cheap

    02/17/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan
    Rick Santorum ^ | 2-17-12 | Rick Santorum
    When it comes to America’s first freedom, religious freedom, the Obama Administration has strong rhetoric – but its policies, regulations, and actions reveal a very different agenda. President Barack Obama recently issued a national proclamation commemorating Religious Freedom Day. With his words, he honored the aspiration of countless settlers who came to America “to practice their beliefs free from prejudice and persecution.” Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president, with his words, praised his “strengthened White House faith-based initiative” that has “partnered with Catholic Charities to help Americans who are struggling with poverty.” However, the President’s lofty words...
  • An American Catholic's Rebuttal to Supporters of the Mandate

    02/11/2012 1:57:31 PM PST · by kevinaw2 · 10 replies
    This is likely to be the first of many commentaries on this matter, but I feel compelled to address specific points that have been made to support President Obama's unconstitutional mandate upon Catholic affiliated institutions. Firstly, supporters of the mandate defend the proposition because as they say most Catholics do not agree with the Church on the matter of artificial birth control. Jehmu Green, on Fox News no less cited polling that 98% of Catholics oppose the Church and have used contraception. Juan Williams, also on FOX, cited a FOX NEWS poll that showed 61% of all Americans agreed with...
  • Nancy Pelosi backs Obama's birth control policy

    02/11/2012 7:13:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/11/12 | Carla Marinucci, Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
    President Obama, in a compromise aimed to quell criticism from church leaders and conservatives, said Friday that he will allow Catholic institutions in California and across the nation to opt out of a federal requirement that religious-based employers provide free birth control to their employees. The move, which would revise a Health and Human Services Department rule by allowing those employees access to free birth control via their employers' insurance companies, sparked mostly positive reaction from women's and religious organizations as well as California Democrats meeting this weekend in San Diego. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a practicing Catholic and...
  • Barbara Boxer weighs in on Catholic contraception controversy

    02/08/2012 10:45:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., probably the Senate’s leading pro-choice voice, stepped into the debate over the Obama administration’s rule requiring Catholic institutions to provide birth-control coverage. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has called the rule an assault on religious freedom and the Obama administration is in damage-control mode with a critical voting bloc. Obama reportedly weighed the politics before approving the decision. One analysis of these politics calculates that Obama’s decision will help him with young, secular women, Catholic or not, and that’s why the White House is standing firm while making noises about a compromise. Obama is touting the...
  • Archbishop of San Francisco says Obama ruling strikes at religious freedom

    02/08/2012 7:59:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer of the Archdiocese of San Francisco has written a letter that will be distributed at all Masses this weekend about the Obama administration’s decision to require Catholic institutions to administration would require Catholic institutions such as hospitals and universities to provide contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. See Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ statement here. The ruling has raised a huge row with many Catholics, who make up 27 percent of the electorate and constitute a large share of independents. They are also concentrated in the battleground states that will decide the presidential election....
  • For Now, Government Still Lets You Pick Your Own Roommate

    02/06/2012 10:14:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | February 4, 2012 | David S. Addington
    The people of the United States ordained a Constitution of limited government. As time passes, the people have more of the “government” and less of the “limited.” Americans must work at maintaining their freedoms. Defense of the constitutional freedom of association involved in choosing roommates to share housing illustrates the effort required. Government has attempted to regulate our ability to choose a roommate, but efforts to resist that intrusion pay off in preserved liberty. Tricia Rowe, a 31-year-old single woman who owned a three bedroom, single-family house, wanted a roommate. She posted on a church bulletin board a notice that...
  • Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, bishop says

    02/03/2012 3:40:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 2/3/12 | Rosa Salter Rodriguez
    FORT WAYNE – A federal rule requiring religious organizations to pay the full cost of birth control, possible abortion-causing drugs and sterilization under their employees’ health plans has aroused local ire, including the local Catholic church’s refusal to comply. On Sunday, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese will make the church’s case against proposed provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the people in the pews with a statement that will be read at Masses. He issued a statement Thursday. District leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are expected to discuss the...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • Win in the Julia Ward case

    01/27/2012 7:23:04 PM PST · by Mercat · 3 replies
    Alliance Defense Fund email ^ | 01/27/2012 | Alliance Defense Fund
    A counseling student who refused the curriculum which required her to counsel same sex couples in an accepting way.
  • Atty Says School Threatened, Punished Boy Who Opposed Gay Adoption

    01/24/2012 1:27:39 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 50 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/24/12 | Todd Starnes
    A 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who wrote an op-ed opposing gay adoptions was censored, threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District, according to an attorney representing the child. Mathew Staver, the founder of the Liberty Counsel, sent a letter to Superintendent Todd Carlson demanding an apology for “Its unconstitutional and irrational censorship and humiliation” of Brandon Wegner. Wegner, a student at Shawano High School, was asked to write an op-ed for the school newspaper about whether gays should be allowed to adopt. Wegner, who is a Christian, wrote in opposition. Another student wrote in...
  • Feds say 7 from ran massive worldwide piracy website

    01/19/2012 1:58:07 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 19, 2012 | Unattributed
    McLEAN, Va. –  Federal prosecutors have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites,, on charges of violating piracy laws -- a day after a 24-hour blackout of popular websites such as Wikipedia drew national attention to the issue. "This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States," the Justice department said in a statement about the indictment. The indictment accuses seven individuals and two corporations -- Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited -- of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. It was...
  • SOPA, PIPA Threaten Free Speech, First Amendment

    01/18/2012 5:22:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 17, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    Free Speech: In the name of stopping online piracy of copyrighted material, some propose giving the federal government power to shut down websites without due process and control the greatest mode of free speech ever invented. Call them "sons of net neutrality," for while the Software Online Piracy Act (SOPA) working its way through the House of Representatives and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are shrouded in seemingly worthy goals, they would grant government power it should not have and arguably pose a threat to our First Amendment rights. Online piracy is a real problem, and the...
  • Valerie Jarrett Blasts Republicans from the Pulpit

    01/16/2012 4:12:06 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    On the Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to give a political speech, in support of her boss (Barack Obama) and congressional Democrats: "Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress--well let me be specific--because the Republicans in Congress," Jarrett told the crowd. According to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, at this point, "Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding." At the Sunday service, Jarrett also brought up Osama bin Laden's death in order...
  • JON CARROLL { The Lutherans seem so nice, too }

    01/16/2012 7:46:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/16/12 | Jon Carroll
    Let us first review the First Amendment as signed by those very Founding Fathers we so zealously quarrel about: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Naturally, various legal penumbras, as they say, have formed around each of these phrases, with freedom of speech bringing up one set of issues and freedom of religious expression another. The First Amendment is regarded by...
  • Supreme Court delivers a knockout punch to the White House

    01/11/2012 2:39:31 PM PST · by americanophile · 135 replies
    Fox News ^ | Peter Johnson Jr.
    Wednesday the United States Supreme Court delivered a knockout blow to the White House in the cause of religious liberty. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a unanimous court swatted away the government’s claim that the Lutheran Church did not have the right to fire a “minister of religion” who, after six years of Lutheran religious training had been commissioned as a minister, upon election by her congregation. The fired minister -- who also taught secular subjects -- claimed discrimination in employment. The Obama administration, always looking for opportunities to undermine the bedrock of First Amendment religious liberty, eagerly agreed....
  • MIC CHECK?!?! State Run Political Campaigns?

    01/10/2012 8:41:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 1/10/12 | Thomas Lord
    Imagine opening up your copy of the Constitution one day and finding these words: Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure. Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.  On January 7th, Occupy Berkeley's ruling authority, its General Assembly, somehow came to endorse an upcoming protest called "Occupy the Courts". The protest is in response to the Citizens United...
  • 'Karma' Facebook post leads to criminal charges (Zero-Intellgence Gov't Schools)

    12/31/2011 10:58:31 AM PST · by bamahead · 59 replies
    MyFox - Tampa Bay ^ | December 29, 2011 | Doug Smith
    <p>LARGO - Is it a crime to wish bad karma on someone? A Pinellas County teenager says she was suspended from school and charged with a crime just for posting a karma comment on her Facebook page.</p> <p>Allie Scott is a junior at Osceola High School. The 16 year old says it all started in the school parking lot last month when she parked her brother's car in another girl's spot. She was asked to move it, and when she did at the end of the day, the car had been scratched up with a key.</p>
  • Go Daddy spanks SOPA, yanks support

    12/23/2011 8:34:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    C|Net ^ | 12/23/11 | Josh Lowensohn
    Following criticism from customers for its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, domain registrar Go Daddy today said that it's no longer backing the legislation. "Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation - but we can clearly do better," said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman in a statement. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it." In addition, the company...
  • Judge rules that Occupy Movement protesters are common trespassers

    12/14/2011 5:25:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 14, 2011 | Rona Fischman
    Real estate law and Occupy Boston meet here, in an entry by Richard D. Vetstein. Last week, Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Frances A. McIntyre issued a ruling clearing the way for the eviction of the Occupy Boston protest in Dewey Square. Judge McIntyre had originally granted the protesters a temporary restraining order sustaining the protests, but after reviewing evidence and hearing legal argument, she has changed her mind. For interest to our real estate readers, the Judge balanced the City’s property rights vs. the protesters First Amendment speech rights. The judge ultimately concluded that the “occupation” as practiced by the...
  • City Settles in Liability Suit Against DA (1st AND 5th Amendment case)

    12/13/2011 8:01:34 PM PST · by bamahead · 5 replies
    The Agitator ^ | December 13, 2011 | Radley Balko
    This seems noteworthy: A former University of Northern Colorado student has settled his lawsuit against a county prosecutor who signed off on a criminal libel investigation into the student over writings the student posted on a satirical website. The former student, Tom Mink, will receive $425,000 as part of the settlement, according to a news release put out today by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Mink in the lawsuit. Mink sued in early 2004 after Greeley police raided his home and took his computer while investigating things Mink wrote on “The Howling Pig” website. Mink posted satirical criticisms...
  • Austin-tacious? Texas Gov Puts Values on Display

    12/10/2011 5:01:16 AM PST · by hocndoc · 21 replies
    Rick Perry's latest ad was intended for Iowa, but thanks to the national media, it's airing on every network in America. A number of pundits are panning the spot for its bold social conservative themes, which they insist will hurt the Texas Governor's chances. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian," Gov. Perry says, "but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." The ad is called "Strong," and...