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  • Clarice Feldman: The Penumbra School of Law

    07/05/2015 9:51:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I was watching in horror a series of Mark Dice videos of interviews in which passersby signed petitions to repeal the First Amendment toshut down criticism of Obama because it was all clearly racist. petitioned to repeal the Bill of Rights; revealed they didn’t know when and why we celebrate the Fourth of July; signed up to ban the American flag and replace it with a New World Order one. I wanted to believe the people responding were outliers -- just ignorant San Diego beachgoers. Unfortunately there are too many indications they are not, and that this disregard for the...
  • Donald Trump, It’s Time for a Constitutional Showdown with Mayor de Blasio

    07/03/2015 5:17:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/03/2015 | David French
    The Left’s outrage cycle moves on, relentlessly. Having triumphed over Bo and Luke Duke, having triumphed over marriage itself, the social-justice Left is moving on to The Donald. Our own Rich Lowry has detailed the corporate onslaught against Donald Trump — motivated by his comments about Mexican immigrants: “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They are are bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” NBC, Univision, and Macy’s have severed ties with Trump. All of this is par for the course in modern...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • Let's Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    06/29/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Steve Berman
    Time Magazine wasted no time in calling for the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions, with writer Mark Oppenheimer firing the initial salvo.  Oppenheimer writes the “beliefs” column for The New York Times, in which he studies religious matters with the alacrity of a medical examiner performing an autopsy: God is dead, let’s find out what killed Him. I have a different view on the subject, that God’s not dead, but attempts to kill Him surely result in self-impalement on His extremely sharp sword.  Churches don’t need tax-exempt status for God’s sake, but for society’s sake, and I offer...
  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 12:14:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2015 1:02 AM EDT | Rachel Zoll and Steve Peoples
    Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong. The Republican Party’s 2016 presidential candidates are already campaigning on the issue. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation’s governors “to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held...
  • Lesbian Wisconsin Senator: First Amendment Makes Clear Christians Must Participate In Gay Weddings

    06/28/2015 12:18:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 166 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Spit Stixx
    What she’s saying is that the First Amendment means that you can believe in your heart and mind what you want, but you can’t act on it without federal permission, as far as religion goes. As to her point about a religious objection to providing medical care, Christianity doesn’t allow for letting gays die by refusing them medical care, so that’s a red herring. Big difference between refusing to participate in a wedding and depraved heart manslaughter by refusing to save a life. “Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you...
  • F the “Respect Compact”

    06/26/2015 6:10:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Student Body: I am writing today for the specific purpose of recruiting a student plaintiff to sue our university over its policy of forcing students to sign a “Respect Compact,” which is used by the administration to punish speech that is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The lawsuit is also necessary because the so-called respect compact is actually breeding intolerance and disrespect among students for the constitutionally protected opinions of others. For those who are not aware, signing the Respect Compact was initially done on a voluntary basis. Of course, when government-run institutions start making “suggestions” or “recommendations,”...
  • First Amendment Sensitivity Training

    06/18/2015 5:06:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mike Adams
    In my last column, I made the case for establishing First Amendment Centers on public university campuses. I argued that such centers should focus on eight goals, four of which would be corrective measures, and four of which would be proactive measures designed to enhance respect for divergent opinions. In the last column, I elaborated on the corrective measures. This column will focus on the proactive measures: 1. First Amendment Sensitivity Training for Students. When students make politically incorrect comments they often face punishment in the campus judiciary. This sometimes involves putting them through re-education programs, which are often referred...
  • First Amendment Centers

    06/16/2015 3:29:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Eleven years ago, I gave a speech at Yale Law School. It was called “The Constitutional Crisis in Higher Education.” I’ve have given variations of that speech on more than 80 college campuses since then. In that time period, the crisis has become substantially more serious. Now, it is time for defenders of free speech to take more aggressive measures to curb censorship on our nation’s campuses. We cannot simply keep talking about the crisis. We need to tackle it aggressively. One essential measure needed to tackle the crisis involves the creation of First Amendment centers at public universities all...
  • High school principal loses job after defending Texas officer

    06/11/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 44 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | June 11, 2015 - 12:04am | REUTERS
    A Florida high school principal has been removed from his job after commenting online in support of the Texas police officer who resigned after a video surfaced showing him manhandling a black bikini-clad teenager and pulling his gun on other black teens, according to officials and local media. Miami-Dade County Public Schools said in a brief statement on Wednesday that North Miami Senior High School principal Alberto Iber had been removed. It added a replacement would be announced shortly. The statement did not specify what prompted the move, but stated that district employees “are required to conduct themselves, both personally...
  • Thought Crime: School Principal Reassigned For Defending Police Officer in a Comment on Facebook

    06/11/2015 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There's a war on cops going on and there's also a war against those who dare to defend them.In case you've missed it, there's yet another controversy over how police handled a group of rowdy teenagers at a pool party in McKinney, Texas. After repeatedly asking a young black woman to leave the area, a white police officer (because every time a white police officer does anything to a black person it's racist, you know) threw her to the ground in an attempt to conduct an arrest. When two of the woman's male friends ran up behind the officer, he...
  • Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds

    06/09/2015 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 30 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/8/2015 | Jon Fingas
    If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven't seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser "shotgun" whose eight 5W beams are adjustable with lenses, much like you'd adjust the choke on a conventional shotgun to narrow or widen its buckshot spread. As you might gather, 40W of combined laser power is pretty powerful -- and unbelievably dangerous. The gun can destroy everything from balloons to ping pong balls, and there are reflected beams that could easily smack someone's eye. Don't try this at home, folks. It's still an impressive feat...
  • Pamela Geller: Hollywood Is "In the Pocket" of Jihadists (Q&A)

    06/09/2015 6:49:05 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 9, 2015 | Paul Bond
    The organizer of a deadly "Draw Muhammad" contest also challenges Bill O'Reilly to debate his coverage of the controversial event. "I expect he knows he would be shown up," she says. Pamela Geller has been on a rampage against radical Islam for years, beginning notably in 2010 by spearheading of the opposition to what she called the “Ground Zero Mega Mosque” near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center. Her most recent controversy was the organization of a "Draw the Prophet Muhammad" contest in Texas. At the event [2], two self-described jihadists shot a security guard before police killed...
  • That Pesky Little First Amendment

    06/08/2015 8:02:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 17 replies
    SurvivalBlog ^ | June 08, 2015 | James Wesley, Rawles
    Over the weekend, by way of the NRA some troubling news spread across the Internet: “Commonly used and unregulated Internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a ‘gag order on firearm-related speech,'” This stems from an Obama Regime reinterpretation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The State Department is updating the ITAR, which implements the Federal Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The net effect of this new ITAR amplification would be to reclassify gun blogs, forums, chat rooms, and firearms “how-to” web pages as...
  • Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage

    06/08/2015 5:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage by AWR Hawkins 7 Jun 2015 On June 1 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda.” The gun control measures contained therein which were to be passed by executive fiat. Since that time Representatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4th) have placed riders on a DOJ appropriations bill to stop portions of the executive gun control push in its tracks. Now the NRA-ILA is revealing that the Obama administration is working behind the scenes to stifle reporting on firearms. From the NRA-ILA: Even as news reports have been highlighting...
  • Shaun McCutcheon Blew-Up Campaign-Finance-Law, Became a GOP-Hero Then Set His Sights on Paris Hilton

    06/08/2015 1:43:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washingtonian's Capitol Comment Blog ^ | June 7, 2015 | Luke Mullins
    Inside the marvelous life of a first amendment celebrity.By the time Shaun McCutcheon arrives at the main event, all the good seats are taken. It’s day two of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the annual pilgrimage that right-wing die-hards make to Washington each winter—and 51,000 square feet of ballroom are bustling with would-be presidential candidates and conservative activists: old men in tricornered hats, soldiers in uniform, and women in big government sucks buttons. McCutcheon takes the only empty chair he can find, way in the back behind a college-age woman texting a picture of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. While...
  • Stop Obama's Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

    06/07/2015 1:48:38 PM PDT · by GregoTX · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 5th 2015
    It's happening again— President Obama is using his imperial pen and telephone to curb your rights and bypass Congress through executive action. Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions of the Administration's "Unified Agenda" of regulatory objectives (see accompanying story), the Obama State Department has been quietly moving ahead with a proposal that could censor online speech related to firearms. This latest regulatory assault, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, is as much an affront to the First Amendment as it is to the Second. Your action is urgently needed to ensure...
  • Dear Texans: Here's 46 Republicans Who Voted Against Freedom Of The Press

    05/31/2015 5:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Last Wednesday, the Texas Legislature pushed through, and I mean pushed, controversial legislation which repeals portions of the First Amendment, effectively ending citizen journalism in the Capitol. How quaint, eh? Yep, when Texas legislators found out about the undercover video footage about to be released by Hannah Giles (of ACORN fame) and Joseph Basel with the American Phoenix Foundation, they flipped out and quickly jammed through legislation, SB19, which would criminalize this First Amendment practice from 1985 forward. Why they picked 1985 only lawless liberals and repugnant Republicans can know. I would have thought for an apropos Orwellian effect theyÂ’d...
  • Courts Find Academics Unexceptional

    05/27/2015 10:43:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 26, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    They may be the big men and women on campus but off campus they are just men and women. “The claim of legal status depends on the prior claim that academics are special, even exceptional, and, because exceptional, exempt from the rules and regulations that apply to others,” Stanley Fish writes in his book, Visions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism To Revolution, published last year. “This thesis—I call it academic exceptionalism—has been put forward in the courts, but, more often than not, it has been rejected.” Fish is a professor of law at Florida International University. “The logic of execeptionalism...
  • 51 Percent Of Democrats Pretty Much Want To Destroy The First Amendment

    05/21/2015 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    So, National Review’s Charlie Cooke found an interesting poll showing that a majority of Democrats–and a substantial proportion of Republicans–want to upend the foundation of First Amendment law in the United States. They want to criminalize so-called hate speech. Nevertheless, 60 percent of Americans say that it’s “okay” publish Muhammad cartoons, and over 70 percent approve of our right to offend. So, what’s going on here? Party affiliation is the only place where we see a majority for making hate speech a crime. That honor is awarded to the Democrats, where 51 percent agree with that sentiment, according to a YouGov poll. Yet, 37...
  • Majority Of Dems OK With Criminalization Of Hate Speech

    05/21/2015 7:56:54 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 46 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 05/20/2015 | Blake Neff
    A poll released Wednesday by the online pollster YouGov has found that a plurality of the American public, as well as a majority of Democrats, support limiting the First Amendment to allow a ban on hate speech.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Hypocritical and Totalitarian War on Free Speech

    05/20/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-05-20 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has suggested that a key litmus test in evaluating prospective Supreme Court appointees would be their willingness to challenge "the right of billionaires to buy elections." Presumably, a suitable judge would indicate a desire to overturn the Citizens United decision that struck down a ban on political expenditures by corporations and unions ruled to violate the First Amendment protection of free speech – a case coincidentally centered on Citizen United’s attempt to advertise for and air a film critical of none other than Clinton. In light of recent allegations swirling around the presidential favorite, Clinton’s...
  • Obama call to change ‘how the media reports’ raises concerns

    05/13/2015 3:10:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13, 2015
    President Obama is taking heat for calling for changes in "how the media reports," during an anti-poverty event where he also took a swipe at Fox News. At the Georgetown University discussion on Tuesday, Obama lamented how, sometimes, the poor are cast as "sponges" who don't want to work. "I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu -- they will find folks who make me mad," Obama said. "I don't know where they find them. They're like, I don't want to work, I just want a free Obama phone...
  • How the Left Amended the First Amendment

    05/12/2015 4:20:24 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/12/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Free speech and artistic and intellectual expression have been controversial Western traditions since the rise of the classical-Greek city-state. When our Founding Fathers introduced guarantees of such freedoms to our new nation, they were never intended to protect thinkers whom we all admire or traditionalists who produce beloved movies like The Sound of Music. The First Amendment to the Constitution instead was designed to protect the obnoxious, the provocative, the uncouth, and the creepy — on the principle that if the foulmouths can say or express what they wish and the public can put up with it, then everyone else...
  • I Support Free Speech, But...

    05/08/2015 7:00:58 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 31 replies
    Afterburner, First Amendment ^ | May 8, 2015 | Bill Whittle
    [Embedded Video Here] Speech is either free or it isn't! The attack in Texas wasn't against Conservatives--it was against every American. Check out this important Afterburner to find out why Bill says you're DEAD wrong if you think the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo or attendees at the free speech event in Texas had it coming to them for being too "provocative" by drawing Mohammed.
  • Alabama bill would let ministers refuse same-sex marriages

    05/06/2015 7:26:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 5/6/2015
    A bill working its way through the Alabama Legislature would allow probate judges and ministers to refuse to marry same-sex couples on religious grounds. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday heard passionate testimony about the bill that the sponsor says came about after a brief period of legalized gay marriage in Alabama. Proponents say the bill would protect religious beliefs, but opponents say it opens the door to broader discrimination of same-sex couples and other groups.
  • Perfect timing: Hilary backs restrictions on First Amendment protections

    05/06/2015 2:25:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/06/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Fresh off the heels of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s embrace a philosophy that would result in the elimination of federal protections on “hate speech” (he mistakenly believed that those protections had been eliminated over a half-century ago by the Supreme Court), Barack Obama’s likely successor as America’s leading Democrat has embraced the cause of restricting free speech. In her dogged quest to sate her restless left-flank, Hillary Clinton has endorsed the notion that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC can only be reversed by passing an amendment to the Constitution. The Court determined in Citizens United...
  • Freedom Of Speech, But

    05/06/2015 12:03:54 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 19 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 05/06/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    It's quite astonishing to watch what is unfolding in America today as our media engages in self-censorship while acting as apologists for the actions of Islamic terrorism. By doing this, the media not only sacrifices the freedom of speech that is essential to our pluralistic society, but it also promotes the fear that jihadists seek to instill by dictating what is and isn't "off limits" to debate. This is already happening with news reporters such as Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC now calling for special speech protections for Islam in the wake of Sunday's terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. Pamela Geller...
  • CNN anchor Chris Cuomo: The First Amendment doesn’t protect hate speech, you know

    05/06/2015 9:30:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/06/2015 | AllahPundit
    This guy is a professional journalist. And a Yale grad. And a law-school grad.But let’s be fair. If you polled the media, how many of them would agree? Don’t stomp Cuomo just because he’s bold enough to say what the rest are thinking.For once I’m with Glenn Greenwald. The funniest part of this, at least for law nerds, is Cuomo suggesting that a “hate speech” exception might be found in the text of the First Amendment itself rather than a Supreme Court case somewhere. You remember how James Madison went on and on about hate speech in the Federalist...
  • Americans Have a Right to Insult Islam

    05/05/2015 6:55:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/05/2015 | Rich Lowry
    Terrorists assaulted a “Mohammed cartoon” event in Texas sponsored by activist Pamela Geller, and the response has been, in part, soul-searching over what’s wrong with Pamela Geller. Geller is an attention-hungry provocateur who will never be mistaken for Bernard Lewis, the venerable scholar of Islam. Her Texas gathering to award a cash prize for the best cartoon of Mohammed — depictions of whom are considered offensive by many Muslims — was deliberately offensive, but so what? Two armed Muslim men showed up intending to kill the participants, and were only thwarted when they were shot dead by a police...
  • Pamela Geller plays with fire

    05/05/2015 4:46:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 127 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | may 4, 2015
    Americans will defend to the death — and literally had to — Pamela Geller’s right to disseminate images of the Prophet Muhammad. The First Amendment applies even to irresponsible provocateurs. A Geller-organized event in Texas over the weekend included inviting artists to draw images of Muhammad, an act that has provoked deadly attacks by some Islamists. In explaining her rationale, Geller pointed to an Iranian Holocaust cartoon contest that drew nearly 1,000 entries, saying “We need to make a similar show of strength of what is right.” Which extended to a drawing of Muhammad anally impaled on a pencil up...
  • CAIR: We Condemn The Terror Attack In Texas, But Pamela Geller Totally Had It Coming

    05/04/2015 2:30:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Council on American Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR, has issued a statement about the terror attack last night in Texas during a Muhammed Cartoon Exhibit. They're also partially blaming the organizers of the event for the violence and are equating them with the terrorists who carried out the attack. (bolding is mine) "We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation. "We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never...
  • 'Freedom to worship' – Obama's next bait & switch [Rev 13]

    05/04/2015 11:48:25 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2015 | BOB UNRUH
    Early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate attack on the Constitution’s “freedom of religion” protections. The report noted a crucial change in Obama’s language between his June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he spoke of a Muslim America and its “freedom of religion,” to the November 2009 memorial for the Fort Hood soldiers gunned down by a radical Muslim, where he termed it “freedom of worship.” From that point on, “freedom of worship” has become the term of choice, the report said. Now, the...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

    05/03/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Dana Ferguson
    While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. It’s hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state...
  • American Churches Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Will Lose Tax Exemption

    05/02/2015 8:12:01 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 64 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | May 2, 2105 | Timothy A. Pope
    The admission was made by Barack Hussein Obama's lawyer, the sitting Solicitor General of the United States, Donald Verrilli, Jr., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, during questioning by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Samuel Alito, Jr. Solicitor General Verrilli, using a public office to defend same-sex marriage on behalf of the United States, was asked by Justice Alito if religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about Biblical marriage. Verrilli's reply was, "It's certainly going to be an issue."
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • The National Council of Resistance of Iran President-Elect to Testify Before Congress

    04/28/2015 2:36:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Raymond Tanter
    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. -First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, December 15, 1791.Congress intended the First Amendment to permit a wide range of opinions and views and produce a free exchange of ideas even if they are at odds with tradition. According to political myth, Otto von Bismarck said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch...
  • My Sister's Closet ads pulled from light rail trains

    04/28/2015 8:29:34 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 35 replies
    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Apr 28, 2015 | Jill Monier
    PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Are they clever ads with a play on words, or are they just outright sexually-explicit? A valley store's new billboards are at the center of controversy, and Valley Metro has already pulled them off their trains. The ads are nothing new; chances are you've seen them on trucks or billboards around Phoenix. The owner of My Sister's Closet said she entered into an advertising agreement, the ads were approved, so she was stunned when the ads were abruptly pulled. "Wanted: One Night Stand, Buy a Bigger Chest, Make a Booty Call," my sister's closet thought these ads...
  • Iowa Radio Host: Religious Freedom Top Conservative Presidential Issue

    04/27/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for the Washington Times, Steve Deace, explained that there are three specific issues animating the 2016 Republican presidential contest. “If you are weak on these, don’t even show up,” Deace cautioned conservative Republican presidential aspirants. “This is sort of the triumvirate of issues. That is amnesty, that is religious freedom, and the other is Common Core. If you are soft on these issues, or have been in the past, you’re done.” The author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, told Breitbart senior writer and guest host of Breitbart News Sunday airing...
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

    04/27/2015 10:17:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 57 replies
    Life Site ^ | 04-24-2015 | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.” “Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday. Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent...
  • The Left Thinks Thought-Crime is Okay But Can't Control the Consequences

    04/18/2015 9:02:30 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 7 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/18/15 | Steve Berman
    A generation of liberal indoctrination on campus has led to the widespread acceptance of thought-crime, a monster that says it’s okay to shun those with “unacceptable” views.  Liberals think they can control the monsters they release, but they can’t. Where does it lead?  Straight to the ovens, Rabbi Shmuley Bioteach warned Friday, Fortunately, we have not seen an outbreak of violence in the United States as we have in Europe. Nevertheless, the anti-Semitic acts on college campuses are alarming. No one should be surprised, however, given the nationwide campaign to delegitimize Israel by calling on universities to boycott and divest from the Jewish...
  • Caged Animals

    04/14/2015 4:57:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Chancellor Sederburg (chancellor@uncw.edu): I am writing today to ask you to fire an emotionally volatile and ideologically bigoted administrator who is about to get you sued. Since you are only an interim chancellor and will soon be leaving you will not have to deal with the political fallout for firing this woman who happens to be a lesbian activist. But fire her you must. Please allow me to explain. Last week, Ratio Christi (RC) and the College Republicans (CRs) decided to host a controversial event on campus. The event, which was called the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), featured a...
  • Liberal Activist Vandalizes Muslim’s Apartment to Claim College is Unsafe for Muslims

    04/12/2015 12:52:12 PM PDT · by rightistight · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/12/15 | Aurelius
    Zeinab Khalil, a liberal Muslim activist who went to the University of Michigan, has complained that Michigan is an unsafe environment for Muslims. Her evidence? Supposed "oppression" of Muslims, such as showing a movie and the fact that a Muslim student's apartment was vandalized last December. The problem with that statement is that Khalil herself is the one who vandalized the apartment. The student who lived there, Omar Mahmood, has had enough of Khalil's hypocrisy, however, and has released irrefutable evidence that Khalil was behind the act. At the end of last year, Khalil and other Muslims pelted Mahmood's apartment...
  • When Social Liberals Take Controls . . .

    04/06/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | April 5, 2015 | Dexter Duggan
    When Social Liberals Take Controls . . . No One Is Safe From Being Smashed Against Rocky Law April 5, 2015 By DEXTER DUGGAN Exactly ten years before the dominant media’s enmity exploded against Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Holy Week arrived at the end of March, there had been another media storm carrying over into Holy Week at the end of March 2005. A disabled Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, was being agonizingly starved and dehydrated to death as her estranged husband wanted, and the dominant media judged this to be wonderfully fine. She was an unwanted burden...
  • The lesson from Indiana is that we need to repeal public accommodation laws

    04/03/2015 12:15:07 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 48 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 2, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    "Freedom of association includes the freedom not to associate." – Ayn Rand The past week has presented this nation with the spectacle of raw, unadulterated freedom-hating liberalism in action. The state of Indiana passed a law which allowed for religious freedom to be used as a defense for both individuals and businesses when facing discrimination lawsuits. Because one of the key points in the leftist cultural marxism agenda has been to create a legal environment in which businesses (and eventually churches) can be punished for refusing to participate in gay "weddings," the Left went absolutely bonkers because this law worked...
  • Let’s Face It, Republicans Are Cowards On Religious Liberty (But Voters Aren’t)

    04/02/2015 12:22:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The GOP’s capitulation on religious liberty was as swift as it was predictable. Republicans have talent for courting just enough controversy to generate prodigious amounts of negative press but at the same time not doing enough to accomplish anything meaningful. And few things in this world rattle your run-of-the-mill Republican more than some ginned-up outrage over “discrimination” or “bigotry.” The media’s deliberate distortion of the intention, reach, and history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—not to mention pressure from corporations like Apple and Walmart—was more than enough to do the trick. What excuse does Mike Pence have for flubbing a...
  • Professor: Indiana RFRA ‘Fix’ Could Send Christians to Jail

    04/02/2015 11:01:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Austin Ruse
    The greatly anticipated “fix” to the Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.Rienzi, of the Becket Fund and Catholic University School of Law and who was lead attorney in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that upheld a claim under the federal religious freedom law, said this would “criminalize religious objectors.”
  • Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas

    04/01/2015 3:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently, we’re all so thin-skinned that we can’t bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview. This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning. Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in...
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was “patently frivolous.” Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...