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  • No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on... (Salon)

    09/04/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 8/4/15 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Full Title: No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on the disturbing bigots-get-rich-quick trend Subtitle: If the plan was to fundraise, more platforms aren't going to play along It’s a narrative so familiar by now that we can all recite the script. As Sarah Thyre laid it out Thursday: “1. Jail 2. Book deal/Fox News guest 3. jillion dollar @gofundme page w/donations from fellow bigots.” And with the developments this week in the case of Kim Davis, who was indeed jailed not for being a Christian but being in contempt of court, many presumed that this was the...
  • Ted Cruz Blasts Jailing of Christian Kentucky Clerk as Un-American

    09/04/2015 9:27:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 4, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Ted Cruz slammed the decision by a federal judge to order a Kentucky county clerk to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her Christian faith, labeling it un-American.“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.”Cruz declared that he stands with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis “unequivocally” for refraining from issuing any marriage licenses in the more than two-month...
  • Ted Cruz indifferent to rule of law in Kim Davis case (MSNBC)

    09/04/2015 7:30:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/04/15 | Steve Benen
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemns President Obama – a frequent occurrence – the far-right national candidate often emphasizes the rule of law. Cruz doesn’t just think the president is wrong; he thinks Obama is a tyrannical dictator who flouts legal norms. “The pattern we’ve seen under President Obama, disregarding the law, is really one of the most troubling aspects of this presidency,” Cruz said last year. “When he disagrees with the law … he simply refuses to comply with it.” The Republican senator added that the president is “lawless.” But that was in 2014. In 2015, Cruz sees Kentucky...
  • Federal Judge Says He’s Above Natural Law as He Tosses Clerk Kim Davis in Jail [terrifying quote]

    09/03/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 121 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/3/15 | Scott Ott
    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She’s an elected official, and can’t be fired except by voters in her county, so a federal judge had her thrown in jail today. I expected as much. Any true civil-disobedience act must come with the willingness to bear the legal consequences of your extra-legal behavior. Davis politely thanked the judge before being carted off to the clink.If it were me, I also would have submitted to the governing authority, but not without a resounding “SAY WHAT, YOUR HONOR?!” after he said this… “The idea of natural...
  • Ted Cruz rips jailing of Kim Davis: ‘This is not America’

    09/03/2015 4:23:17 PM PDT · by Isara · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz criticized a federal judge for ordering a Kentucky county clerk to be jailed after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The Texas senator said he “unequivocal” stands with Kim Davis, who was put in federal custody for contempt after testifying before Judge David L. Bunning Thursday that marriage is between one man and one woman. “Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement. “Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (tinyurl.com/qb63fpr), in his latest video (youtu.be/ZmKeXj91Wfo) says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • Court’s Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences

    08/17/2015 10:27:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-17-2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — It is not too early to identify the sleeper case of the last Supreme Court term. In an otherwise minor decision about a municipal sign ordinance, the court in June transformed the First Amendment. ...It would have been easy to strike down the ordinance under existing First Amendment principles. In a concurrence, Justice Elena Kagan said the ordinance failed even “the laugh test.” But Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for six justices, used the occasion to announce that lots of laws are now subject to the most searching form of First Amendment review, called strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny requires...
  • High school students told to remove American flags from trucks

    08/14/2015 12:50:36 PM PDT · by Dacula · 98 replies
    WSB TV ^ | 8-14-15 | Craig Lucie
    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/national/carroll-county-students-told-remove-american-flags/nnKGj/ A high school student says when his mother came to pick him up in his truck that was flying an American flag, a staff member told them it wasn’t allowed to be flown on school property. Now multiple students at Mount Zion High School in Carrolton are standing behind him and flying flags on their cars.
  • Ohio Supreme Court board orders all judges to perform gay ‘weddings’

    08/14/2015 9:21:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 93 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/14/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    TOLEDO, Ohio, August 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Judge C. Allen McConnell is a Christian. As such, he said he could not officiate a homosexual "wedding," because it would go against the teachings of his religion. Now, the Ohio Supreme Court advisory board says McConnell's position violates judicial ethics and that all Ohio Christian judges must relinquish their religious freedom and perform same-sex "marriages." When he refused to marry two lesbians last month, the 71-year-old Toledo judge apologized to the women, and they were "married" a few minutes later by another judge. But McConnell also officially asked for the Ohio Supreme Court's...
  • Walter Williams: Academic Fascism

    08/10/2015 9:42:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2015 | Walter Williams
    George Orwell said, "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell's statement, he need only step upon most college campuses. Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain statements racism and feel they should not be used in class. They call it micro-aggression. To them, micro-aggressive racist statements are: "America is the land of opportunity." That is seen as perpetuating the myth of meritocracy. "There is only one race, the human race." Such a statement is seen as denying the individual as a racial/cultural being....
  • Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

    07/29/2015 5:45:03 PM PDT · by BAW · 190 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 29, 2015 | AP
    A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
  • BREAKING: Court blocks pro-life group from releasing new fetal body part videos

    07/29/2015 7:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Life Site ^ | July 29, 2015 | John Jalsevac
    The California Superior Court has issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life group, from releasing further undercover video footage taken of three top-level staff of StemExpress. CMP is the organization behind the series of three videos released over the past three weeks exposing the alleged harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood – body parts that are then purchased by StemExpress. CMP has alleged that the fees paid by StemExpress to Planned Parenthood violate federal law prohibiting the sale and trafficking of human tissue. While Planned Parenthood...
  • Mongols Nation Conclusion Nears

    07/29/2015 1:52:42 PM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 11 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 7/28/2015 | Donald Charles Davis
    Expect the Mongols Nation case to be dismissed by Judge David O. Carter next Monday afternoon. A hearing on the dismissal is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Carter’s courtroom in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. The case has attracted national attention. At issue is the question of whether the government, or a couple of rogue federal prosecutors named Christopher Brunwin and Stephen R. Welk, can forbid members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club from wearing the club’s distinctive insignia. Brunwin and Welk have made careers of this. They attempted to seize the Mongols trademarks in...
  • Planned Parenthood Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV

    07/28/2015 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/28/15 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practices was released by the Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see it if PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate “patient privacy.” Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations....
  • High School Girls Save First Amendment

    07/28/2015 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of high school girls has done something Republican members of Congress only talk about: They saved the First Amendment by actually using it. samantha jones fights atheists pledge of allegiance lawsuit “In July 2014—the summer before her senior year—Samantha Jones’s father told her family the American Humanist Association (AHA) was suing the Matawan-Aberdeen (N. J.) School Board on behalf of an anonymous atheist family,” Paula Parker reports in the August 2015 issue of Citizen magazine. “They claimed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools was unconstitutional and discriminatory because it includes the phrase ‘Under God.’” Citizen is published...
  • New York District Court violates Reason Magazine’s Freedom of Speech

    07/20/2015 11:39:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 18, 2015 | Judy Russell
    It’s unquestionable that the United States prides itself on the freedoms which establish its foundations, but it is also undeniable that our very own judicial system is just as guilty of violating these freedoms. reason magazine On June 2nd, Reason magazine was issued a subpoena by a U.S. district court, demanding “any and all information” on six of the magazines’ readers. When the organization didn’t comply, the government authorized a gag order, prohibiting Reason from discussing or acknowledging the order and the subpoena. “Given the seriousness of the potential legal sanctions, I was exceedingly anxious that a Reason staff member...
  • Dem Bill Removing ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife’ from Federal Law Draws Ire of Faith Leaders

    07/17/2015 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT | Penny Starr
    Last week, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would remove the words “husband” and “wife” from the language used in federal law—a move that had drawn ire from faith leaders and family advocacy groups that see this legislation as expected fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “It is as if a collective madness has settled over our nation's elite and they are trying hard to bring everyone under the same cloud of confusion,” Bishop E.W. Jackson, president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), told...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: the partisan John Doe investigation was unsupported in reason or law

    07/16/2015 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | GABRIEL MALOR
    The long unraveling of the so-called “John Doe II investigation” convened by partisan district attorneys in Wisconsin is now complete. This case was about using vague campaign-finance rules to intimidate conservative groups and smear Republican officials, including Gov. Scott Walker. No charges were filed in the John Doe II investigation and it was halted by both the state and federal courts.Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court releases its final disposition in the case: To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor’s legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed....
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa crowdfunder breaks record with $352K

    07/14/2015 10:46:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history. Continue to Give also handles ongoing fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as mobile and kiosk tithing for churches. GoFundMe, the nation’s largest crowdfunder, removed a campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa in April...
  • Beyonce Calls for Repeal of First Amendment at Bohemian Grove Performance

    07/13/2015 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/13/15 | Mark Dice
    Media analyst Mark Dice tells beachgoers in San Diego, California that Beyonce has launched a new campaign to repeal the First Amendment in order to "help fight racism" to get people's reactions. Their blind support of this insane idea is absolutely shocking. Must see!
  • Lesbian Democrat senator denies individual right to religious liberty

    07/13/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The chilling redefinition of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senate’s only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that don’t comply with the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, an era of religious persecution may be upon us. Baldwin made her remarks on the June 27 broadcast of Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. In a transcript of her remarks posted on Newsbusters, Baldwin ignored the fact that it was religious persecution in Europe that led to people...
  • Ohio Security Guard Open Fire During Struggle Over Journalist's Camera [VIDEO]

    07/12/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 127 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-11-2015 | Photography is Not a Crime
    A video obtained by Photography is Not a Crime shows a court security guard approach PINAC correspondent Mike Skidmore and try to snatch his camera before Skidmore punches him repeatedly in the face, prompting the guard to pull out his gun and open fire.
  • Oregon Christian Bakers Forced to Pay $135K by Monday Deadline or Lien May Be Placed on Home

    07/11/2015 7:33:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions. Although an online fundraiser established on GoFundMe.com to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities...
  • Wake Up America, Free Speech and Religious Liberty Are Under Siege

    07/11/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2015 | David French
    Flush with victory following the Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Left is doing what it does best – bringing down the hammer on dissent. In Oregon, a young couple faces a gag order and ruinous fines merely for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Calls to eliminate tax deductions for orthodox religious organizations are increasing, and key Senate Democrats are either waffling on protecting religious schools or expressing outright hostility to their most basic liberties. Even before Obergefell, Christian schools faced threats to their accreditation, and Christian groups endured systematic and comprehensive efforts...
  • 70 House Democrats Sponsor Bill Mandating Tax-Funding of Abortion

    07/10/2015 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2015 | 1:20 PM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), along with about 70 other House Democrats, introduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday that would provide taxpayer-funded abortion coverage to all women who are covered by an insurance plan through the federal government—including federal workers, military members, women incarcerated in federal prisons, and low-income women covered by Medicaid. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Coverage Act, or EACH Woman Act, states that “The Federal Government shall (1) ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program” and “in its role as an employer...
  • Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration, finds name may be disparaging

    07/08/2015 9:01:54 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 87 replies
    A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.
  • Destroying Religious Freedom to Save It

    07/07/2015 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court announced the previously unknown constitutional “right” to impose same-sex “marriage” on all 50 states, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was readying its next volley. For two decades, the ACLU has cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense of religious liberty in various worthy and some not-so-worthy cases. No more. The ACLU has decided that the unalienable right to religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment must give way to newly coined claims by newly empowered groups. In a Washington Post column, ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling called on Congress...
  • Franklin Graham Slams 'Outrageous' Attack on 'Freedom of Speech' After Fining of Christian Bakers

    07/07/2015 8:21:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against what he calls an "outright attack" on freedom of speech after Oregon's Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakin upheld an earlier ruling that forces Christian bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 for refusing to participate in a lesbian wedding. "Give me a break. In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they've been through," Graham wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Even more outrageous is that Avakian has also now ordered the Kleins to 'cease and desist' from speaking publicly about not wanting to...
  • One Senator Says That The 1st Amendment Does Not Apply To Individuals, And Does Not Stop There

    07/07/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 109 replies
    DailyHeadlines.net ^ | 07July15 | Belle
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the 1st Amendment’s religious liberty protections don’t apply to individuals. On MSNBC last week, Wisconsin’s junior Senator claimed that the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion extends only to religious institutions, and that individual’s do not have a right to the free exercise of their own religion. During the MSNBC appearance, which was covered by Breitbart and NewsBusters, Baldwin appeared clueless to the fact that the free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment has already been found to apply to individuals – not just churches, synagogues, mosques or other institutions of faith and...
  • Judge To Oregon Bakers: No Free Speech For You [On top of the $135,000 fine]

    07/06/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/06/2015 | Rachel Lu
    By decree of the great state of Oregon, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa must pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple whom they “mentally raped” by refusing to bake their wedding cake. This was expected, but the final judgment, handed down last Thursday, came with another twist. Aaron and Melissa Klein have also been given a “cease and desist” order, which effectively decrees they must refrain from stating their continued intention to abide by their moral beliefs. Land of the What-Was-That? Let’s be clear on why this is so sinister. There are times when speech rights conflict with other...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty – and are calling on "Christians … to take a stand." "For years, we’ve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "I’m here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • Clarice Feldman: The Penumbra School of Law

    07/05/2015 9:51:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 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...