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  • 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...
  • First Amendment attorney joins effort to shut down Righthaven

    06/30/2012 6:08:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 430 june 2012 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas First Amendment attorney Allen Lichtenstein has joined the initiative to shut down copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC. Lichtenstein said Friday he's signed on to represent the receiver who claims to control Righthaven and who plans to put an end to Righthaven pursuing appeals of its legal setbacks. After judges rejected its lawsuits and its assets were seized by creditors in December, Righthaven continued to operate solely to pursue those appeals. And as recently as June 22, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson publicly claimed to be the CEO of Righthaven and had openly hired an outside attorney to...
  • 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...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Man jailed for threatening South Park writers (Muhammad in a bear suit)

    06/23/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 22 June 2012
    A Muslim convert from New York has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison after admitting threatening the writers of South Park over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, alias Younus Abdullah Muhammed, ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against perceived enemies of Islam. In February he pleaded guilty to making threatening communications, using the internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organisation's websites to conspire to commit murder. The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Alexandria,...
  • New Video: HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty

    06/23/2012 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    Acton Institute Powerblog ^ | June22, 2012 | Michael M. Miller
    What would Diedrich Bonhoeffer have to say about the HHS mandate? Eric Metaxas–best selling author of the biographies on William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy gives us some insight in this 2 minute video that explains the real issue behind the HHS Mandate: Religious liberty. He’s joined by economist Jennifer Roback Morse, a Catholic economist and founder and president of the Ruth Institute. The short video distills the fact that opposition to HHS Mandate is not about the morality of contraception or even abortion. It is about religious liberty and maintaing the freedom of religion that our Founders realized...
  • Launching the Fortnight for Freedom

    06/22/2012 12:43:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    FIRST THINGS ^ | June 21, 2012 | Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    This speech was delivered last night in Indianapolis to a group of Catholic journalists on the eve of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a national campaign of teaching, witness, and prayer against the abortifacient and contraceptive mandate and in favor or religious freedom. I’ve known Greg Erlandson as a friend for many years. So I was glad to accept his invitation to join you tonight. And I’m very glad to speak on the theme of religious liberty because events in our country have made it an urgent concern. I can sum up my remarks tonight in five simple points. First, religious...
  • Hitler Learns Aaron Worthing (Walker) Case Has Been Dismissed

    06/16/2012 6:56:55 PM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 1 replies
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 6/16/2012 | Snarky Basterd
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  • Making Reporters Use Government Equipment to Write About Jobs Numbers?

    06/06/2012 7:33:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The unilateral, unprecedented move by the Labor Department with this politically critical data has First Amendment proponents up in arms.The deadline is closing in on a Labor Department order requiring news organizations to use government computers and equipment to distribute sensitive economic data — including the politically important and sometimes unsavory monthly jobs report. Until now, reporters have been provided the Labor data shortly before the embargoed release time to analyze and draft their stories from a lock-up room at the department. When it’s release time, the Labor Department flips a switch to let news organizations transmit over secure lines...
  • 'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle

    05/26/2012 1:09:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/25/12 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.   WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.” Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan...
  • Barrack Obama's "Freedom of Worship"

    05/24/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 4 replies
    Ward World ^ | 05/24/2012 | Kevin A Ward
    The timing may be off with this post, but there is an observation I've been meaning to point out with regard to Barack Obama's HHS Mandate on religious institutions. Barack Obama in defending the mandate has suggested that it has no impact on "Freedom of Worship". So, exactly where does "Freedom of Worship" appear in the Constitution? It doesn't. The First Amendment provides for "Freedom of Religion". No one to my knowledge has called him out on this significant distinction. Freedom of Religion of course provides for living one's life in concert with the principles of your faith. It unambiguously...
  • Evangelicals respond to Catholic lawsuits: ‘We are all Catholic now’

    05/22/2012 7:04:47 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    LifeSitenews.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Obama administration’s HHS mandate has united Christians of all stripes – evangelical, historical Protestant, and Roman Catholic – as they close ranks behind a flurry of lawsuits filed yesterday morning to overturn the controversial measure and stall government interference in religion. After 43 Catholic institutions – including the major archdioceses, dioceses, universities, and publishing houses affiliated with the Church in the United States – filed a dozen lawsuits to strike the measure down on First Amendment grounds, the Christian and conservative communities quickly applauded the move. President Obama with Secretary of Health...
  • Ted Deutch wants to stifle free speech

    05/21/2012 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 16 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/21/2012 | John R. Smith
    Ted Deutch has passed the point of merely being wobbly on business issues. The Florida congressman is now firmly entrenched in the anti-business ranks of the Beltway. Deutch crossed the line when he introduced a bill in the U.S House to silence the financial voice of American business in our elections process. He is proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning businesses, and political groups created by businesses, from contributing money to political candidates at the federal, state and local levels. Deutch would also forbid spending money to influence the outcome of ballot issues. He believes that businesses should...
  • First Amendment Right to Record the Police Performing Their Duties in Public

    05/19/2012 6:26:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 17 May , 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The U.S. Justice Department opined May 14 that the First Amendment does secure such a right, reaffirming a January letter that I had missed. “Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties,” the letter reasons, “is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers.” The letter, addressed to the Baltimore Police Department based on the Department’s past interference with such recording, is consistent with the Seventh Circuit’s May 8 decision in ACLU v. Alvarez (which it doesn’t cite) and the First Circuit’s decision in Glik v....
  • Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 - FY2012 NDAA [Blocking indefinite detention of US citizens]

    05/16/2012 7:03:24 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    Lawfare ^ | May 16, 2012 | By Steve Vladeck
    Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs’ First and Fifth Amendment rights. There’s a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a “reaffirmation” of the AUMF), but I haven’t had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have...
  • Florida nabs white supremacists planning "race war."

    05/09/2012 1:33:26 PM PDT · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit. "The American Front (AF) is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the affidavit said.
  • Black Bloc Occupiers Turn Violent Against Photographers

    05/07/2012 6:32:35 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | May 07, 2012 | PETAPIXEL
    On May 2nd, news started coming in that the previous day’s MayDay Occupy protests in New York had turned violent towards photographers. At first, people viewed the assaults as unplanned, isolated incidents; but since the attacks took place, a piece on Anarchist News has been released to set the record straight: photographers, apparently, are the enemy.
  • Brokaw: White House Correspondents' dinner hurting the press

    05/07/2012 8:39:29 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2012 | David Eldridge
    Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw said Sunday that the glitzy annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner is damaging the perception of the press among the American public. "It's time to rethink that," the longtime newsman said Sunday in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said the annual black-tie affair, which features Washington reporters and editors drinking, joking and partying with Hollywood stars and the city's top lawmakers -- including the president -- is contributing to the public's mistrust of the media. snip... "That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people...
  • Who should decide who’s fit to publish? Government? Politicians?

    05/03/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    We’re never more than a step or two from tyranny. And the inclination to be tyrannical is buried not so deep beneath the surface even in the best of us. Who hasn’t longed to shut someone else up because the other’s message is so, take your pick, offensive, stupid, wrong, different, harmful, or even, correct? There’s much that’s wrong with journalism, and we spend a good bit of our day saying so, and pointing out its failings, particularly when those failing originate from the other end of the ideological spectrum. But what’s worse . . .
  • Abridged: The First Amendment Is Now a Felonious Criminal Act *Video*

    05/01/2012 4:18:44 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 10 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | 5/1/2012 | Mac Slavo
    As Congressional representatives overwhelming approved the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act in February of this year, few Americans were paying attention. When President Obama signed the Act into law, he did so in secret, without any of the fanfare that came with his signing of universal health care two years prior – and for good reason. This is one of those laws the government doesn’t want you to know exists until it’s too late to do anything about it. For many, awareness of the existence of the new law will only become apparent when they are arrested and...
  • The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

    04/25/2012 4:10:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    The New American ^ | May 2012 Issue | James O. E. Norell
    DID YOU KNOW SOUTH AFRICA HAS A CONSTITUTION THAT'S FAR SUPERIOR TO OUR OWN? THAT'S WHAT ONE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AS WELL AS SHADOWY ACTIVITIST GROUPS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO EFFECT CHANGE, BELIEVE. “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa … a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights …” -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jan. 30, 2012. That stunning disavowal—by an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court—of the Constitution she has sworn...
  • Nancy Pelosi Seeks To Rewrite First Amendment

    04/23/2012 5:35:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012
    Free Speech: The former speaker, echoing the president, says the Supreme Court got it wrong in ruling we have the right to pool our money for purposes of political speech. Leave it to Nancy Pelosi, who said we had to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what's in it, to suggest that a document we had well over two centuries to read was misinterpreted by the court in its Citizens United decision wherein it held that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts on political advocacy as long as they do not coordinate with candidates or campaigns. Pelosi, at...
  • Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment

    04/21/2012 6:58:13 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 51 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | April 21, 2012 | CNS
    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.
  • Campus Police Detain and Draw Weapons on Student Activist for Wearing Empty Holster

    04/11/2012 9:53:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 126 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 April, 2012 | cbaus
    Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday. Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest. A police report released on Thursday indicates two officers drew their firearms before approaching...
  • Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government

    03/27/2012 3:56:32 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 28 replies
    ---- Snip ---- U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed. ---- Snip ----
  • AAR: Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, Washington DC

    03/23/2012 9:01:05 PM PDT · by ottbmare · 17 replies · 2+ views
    March 23, 2012 | self
    Today tens of thousands of Americans gathered in 140 cities to peacefully protest the "HHS Mandate". This recent mandate of the US Department of Health and Human Services requires religious institutions and faithful employers to provide insurance coverage of contraceptive drugs and devices, sterilization services, and abortion-producing drugs, even if this coverage is anathema to them. The mandate levies crushing fines on any institution that attempts to opt out of paying for such coverage. Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims are all strongly opposed to providing coverage of such services, and since HHS and the Obama Administration have been absolutely...
  • Can the Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up?

    03/16/2012 5:35:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from infringing upon the freedom of speech, the freedom of association and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Speech is language and other forms of expression; and association and petition connote physical presence in reasonable proximity to those of like mind and to government officials, so as to make your opinions known to them. The Declaration of Independence recognizes all three freedoms as stemming from our humanity. So, what happens if you can speak freely, but the government officials at whom your speech is aimed...
  • Was “Citizens United” an activist Supreme Court decision?

    03/09/2012 9:56:28 AM PST · by Chuckmorse · 16 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | March 12, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    The simple answer is no, the Citizens United decision was not an activist Supreme Court decision. The Citizens United decision upheld the principle that organized groups, whether they are corporations, unions, or for that matter groups such as the National Organization of Women, a corporation, have the right to engage in political speech and political activism in the form of supporting candidates and causes with money and in-kind support. Citizens United upheld the Constitutional principle of the right to assemble and to seek redress of grievances. By rendering their decision, the Supreme Court upheld the right of any group, which...
  • Gloria Allred seeks Rush Limbaugh prosecution

    03/09/2012 5:23:53 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 77 replies
    Polititrash ^ | 3/9/12 6:30 PM EST | MJ LEE
    Rush Limbaugh has drawn the ire of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent a letter to the Palm Beach County state attorney requesting an investigation into whether the popular radio host should be prosecuted for calling a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” last week. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73829.html#ixzz1oflKsUnV
  • Dolan: White House invoked support of “enlightened” Catholics in refusing to budge on mandate

    03/08/2012 2:13:03 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    March 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) White House staff members have told U.S. bishops that the administration will not consider further revision of the mandate forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, and that the religious leaders should listen to “enlightened” Catholics who accept the president’s terms, reports Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In a letter sent to fellow Bishops last week, the New York archbishop revealed some of what had transpired in a recent meeting involving staff members from the White House and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “Our staff members asked directly whether the...
  • Fluke says Limbaugh hasn't called her to personally apologize

    03/05/2012 12:55:15 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 5, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sandra Fluke said Rush Limbaugh has not called her personally to apologize for referring to her as a “slut” and a “prostitute” last week. Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified last month to Democrats about the new contraception mandate in the healthcare reform law, also said she wouldn’t welcome a personal call from Limbaugh. “No [he has not called],” she said during a Monday appearance on “The View.” “And let me be clear that I think his statements on the air have been personal enough about me so I'd rather not have a personal phone call from him,” she...
  • Hypocritical Criticism Of Rush Limbaugh Is No Fluke

    03/05/2012 5:53:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 77 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 5, 2012 | Daniel John Sobieski
    When the left savages the right, it's OK. When America's top conservative questions why taxpayers must subsidize the sex life of a coed, the sky falls in. Bill Maher, call your office. When the late, great Andrew Breitbart was asked in a Twitter conversation whether he'd apologize for his website's posting of a video of a speech by Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod that led to her forced resignation, Breitbart replied, "Apologize for what?" Breitbart knew the sensitivities and the hypocrisy of the left when their sacred cows and double standards were under attack. Hell hath no fury, he knew,...
  • 'Sharia Ruling' Judge Defends Decision for Muslim

    03/05/2012 10:11:24 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 30 replies · 1+ views
    CBN News ^ | Sunday, March 04, 2012 | Erick Stakelbeck
    [...] in a phone interview, Martin told CBN News he's a life-long Lutheran, not a Muslim. "The victim claims that I said that I was a Muslim, and he portrayed incorrectly that I was a Muslim, and that I showed biased toward Muslims in my ruling, and really that's ridiculous," Martin told CBN News. But critics, like Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, say the judge stepped out of bounds of the First Amendment. [...] "It sounds like he's Sharia compliant, not constitutionally compliant," the Texas lawmaker said. Martin, however, stands by his ruling, saying there wasn't enough evidence to find the...
  • Senator: Obama's Acting Like U.S. Is USSR

    03/01/2012 1:00:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 10+ views
    CNSNews ^ | March 1, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    VIDEO at link, 1.30 min. (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is acting like the U.S. is the Soviet Union in ordering that all health-care plans must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, but that when those plans are provided by religious institutions that have a religious objection to those things the insurance company must offer them for free. “The president has said he offered an accommodation," said Johann's in a speech on the Senate floor. "The accommodation is that: Whoa! Lo, and behold, this is going to be...
  • The Supreme Court Must Protect the First Amendment from Unions

    03/01/2012 11:41:44 AM PST · by american_steve · 1+ views
    The National Review Online ^ | 02/29/2012 | David Rivkin and Andrew Grossman
    “Organized labor” brings to mind railroads, factories, and government offices, but the labor movement’s biggest recent gains have been in the home. Led by SEIU, unions and their political allies have pushed through executive orders and legislation in a dozen states to “organize” home-care workers, such as personal assistants and sitters, by deeming them state employees for collective-bargaining purposes alone. California was the trailblazer in this campaign, with SEIU first trying to convince the state courts to designate Los Angeles County home-care workers as county employees. Having lost the battle in the courtroom, SEIU commenced lobbying the California legislature to...
  • Va lawmaker calls for removal of 'disrespectful' Metro ad

    02/29/2012 9:37:00 PM PST · by Dadofmany · 15 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | Feb 29, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    WMATA issued a statement saying its advertising has been ruled by the courts as protected under the First Amendment, and the Authority does not decline ads based on their political content. "WMATA does not endorse the advertising on our system, and ads to not reflect the position of the Authority," says the statement. In response to their statement, Congressman Jim Moran says, "I am disappointed by WMATA's defense of this inappropriate advertisement. If their current advertising guidelines do not prohibit profane advertisements on taxpayer-funded property, then WMATA should take the initiative and update them. Profanity has no place in the...
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Judge rules against atheist attacked in costume [Video at link]

    02/27/2012 10:00:42 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2012 | Dennis Owens
    MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - It almost sounds like the makings of a joke: an atheist, a Muslim and the Mechanicsburg Halloween parade. But non-believers aren't laughing about an attack and insist what's really frightening is the way a district judge ruled on it. The Atheists of Central Pennsylvania decided to walk in the Mechanicsburg Halloween parade. There was a zombie Pope and a zombie Muhammed. On YouTube, you can catch a scary moment. It's dark and distorted, but a Muslim man comes off the curb extremely offended at Muhammed being depicted in this way. "He grabbed me, choked me from...
  • FCC chairman’s books contain undocumented meetings with left-wing lobbyists

    02/21/2012 4:22:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/21/12 | Josh Peterson
    In the months leading up to the Federal Communications Commission’s December 21, 2010 “net neutrality” vote, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s appointment book contained two key meetings not listed in Commission’s legal filings, The Daily Caller has learned. Genachowski’s appointment book, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and provided to TheDC by the National Legal and Policy Center, showed two meetings that were not listed in the Commission’s ex parte filings in the month prior to the “net neutrality vote.” “Net neutrality” is where Internet traffic management policies of Internet service providers (ISPs) are governed by the FCC....
  • 2,500 Religious Leaders Call On Obama To Rescind His 'Severe Blow To Our Religious Liberty'

    02/21/2012 2:06:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 21, 2012 | Craig Bannister
    Yesterday, Family Research Council (FRC) Pres. Tony Perkins led an event announcing the release a letter signed by over 2,500 religious leaders from a range of faiths opposing Pres. Obama’s contraception and abortifacient mandate. In a newsletter to FRC’s membership recapping the announcement (emphasis added), Perkins says: “Together with our good friends Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Richard Land, Pastor Gary Simons, and Star Parker, we made it clear that this isn't about contraception. It's about conscience and the freedom of every American and God-fearing organization to exercise their moral convictions.” “No church should be forced to concede their faith...
  • Obama administration eviscerating the constitution

    02/21/2012 6:15:46 AM PST · by SmileRight · 8 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 2/21/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum recognized the constitutional threats posed by Obamacare early on. So he insisted Florida take the lead in crafting a court challenge to the health care law, a challenge which has been joined by 25 other states. In doing so, McCollum weathered the scorn of the left, which branded him as a political hack willing to waste taxpayer dollars pushing a case based on legal nonsense. While different courts have rendered different judgments on the legal challenges, they’ve left no doubt that the constitutional arguments against Obamacare are far from spurious. On the contrary, the...
  • McCain Blasts GOP Super PACs, Calls Supreme Court Ignorant For Citizens United Decision

    02/19/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 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...
  • Obama Deceives Catholics on Compromise

    02/19/2012 7:27:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 19, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Give the Obama administration their due, they sure are great deceivers. In an effort to escape the firestorm engulfing them because of the ObamaCare mandate that forces churches to violate their theology, the president announced a “compromise” on February 10. The details of this compromise demonstrate that President Obama simply cannot be believed. Naturally, the Washington Post, either as compliant dupes or dishonest confederates, ran with the front page headline: “ Obama shifts course on birth control rule to calm Catholic leaders’ outrage .” The headline contained a falsehood, the “shift,” as well as the administration’s messaging to Catholics,...
  • Leni Riefenstahl: Congratulations on the HHS Regulations

    02/19/2012 11:08:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Memo: From Leni Riefenstahl To: President Barack Obama Schatzi, it's been over a year since I last wrote you. Please forgive me. It's been so hot here I can barely stand to touch the keyboard. Not that I don't appreciate the green energy projects you funded to cool off this place, but dear, you know even with the trillions you spent, those projects just keep going under. Yes, I know it helped put billions in the pockets of your donors, but hell is not freezing over you know and we could use energy for the air conditioners. Anyway, I forced...
  • (Stolen Valor Act) High Court Dilemma: Can Lie About Medal Be Crime?

    02/19/2012 7:16:27 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, February 19 | Associated Press
    High Court Dilemma: Can Lie About Medal Be Crime? Xavier Alvarez was in good company when he stood up at a public meeting and called himself a wounded war veteran who had received the top military award, the Medal of Honor. Alvarez was lying about his medal, his wounds and his military service, but he wasn't the first man to invent war exploits. He was, however, one of the first people prosecuted under a 2006 federal law aimed at curbing false claims of military valor. Concerns that the law improperly limits speech and turns people into criminals for things they...
  • Pelosi, Boxer and Judas — Obama Lied At Notre Dame

    02/17/2012 6:00:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's BVusiness Daily ^ | February 17, 2012 | IBD staff
    Rights: The House Minority Leader says self-insurance is no protection against the government's contraceptive mandate, while California's junior senator says people have a right to be insured but no right to practice their faith. Lost in the phony "compromise" on the Health and Human Services mandate on religious institutions being forced to pay for contraceptive services was the fact that many such institutions are self-insured. So making insurance companies pay instead is a distinction without a difference. Sometimes these religious institutions are their own insurance company. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who once complained that her fellow Catholics had this...
  • Does The First Amendment Protect Bloggers Too?

    02/16/2012 6:23:48 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 22 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/16/2012 | Rusty
    A court ruling last December would seem to indicate that no, bloggers are not privy to the same legal protections afforded so-called real journalists. Via the Washington Examiner: This past December, federal judge Marco Hernandez of Oregon issued a ruling in the libel trial of Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox that has dangerous First Amendment implications. Hernandez ruled that blogger Crystal Cox was not entitled to the same protection under media shield laws that other members of the press enjoy. This ruling made it easy for a jury to find her guilty of libel. That result threatens the First Amendment...
  • A Religious War Out of Thin Air

    02/15/2012 2:50:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2012 | Eugene Robinson
    At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no "war on religion," no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj. It never occurred to me to evaluate the Grammy Awards show on theological rectitude, but apparently we're supposed to be outraged at the over-the-top "exorcism" Minaj performed Sunday night. The hip-hop diva, who writhed and cavorted amid a riot of religious iconography, is accused of anti-Catholic bigotry -- and seen as an enemy combatant in an escalating "war on religion" being waged by "secular elites," which seems to be used...
  • Urgent Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights

    02/15/2012 6:41:29 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | February 14th | William A. Estrada
    Urgent calls are needed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and your two U.S. senators to urge them to support Amendment No. 1520 by Senator Roy Blunt (MO). This amendment would halt the Obama Administration’s new mandate requiring all employers—including religious employers—to violate their consciences and provide free birth control and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Action Requested Please do three things: Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and urge him to allow the Senate to vote on Amendment No. 1520, the Blunt Amendment. You can reach Majority Leader Reid at 202-224-3542. Call your two U.S. senators and...
  • Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation' - President's political hemorrhaging to continue.

    02/13/2012 7:12:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.13.12 | G. Tracy Mehan, III
    The American bishops have, with alacrity, rejected President Obama's proposed "accommodation" on the contraception mandate in no uncertain terms. Their response came before the sun had set on the very day of his announcement. Noting that the "proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions," the Catholic hierarchy virtually guaranteed more political hemorrhaging for the White House. The bishops indicated that they were not consulted in advance of the President's announcement and had just received information about...