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  • This is Providence

    08/28/2014 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mike Adams
    AuthorÂ’s Note: Some of the themes discussed in this column were part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking this link. March 18, 2010 was one of the worst days of my life. That was the day Judge Malcolm Howard threw my lawsuit against UNCW out of court. Three years after filing suit and a full eight years after I started to criticize universities, including my own, for violating the First Amendment I lost a bid to go to trial. I also lost all credibility...
  • Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces

    08/28/2014 1:12:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. … “An injustice has been done,”...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

    08/26/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/26/2014 | James Poulos
    Two New York farmers who hold weddings on their property have been fined after disinviting a gay couple who hoped to tie the knot there. Is this a win for gay rights, or an encroachment on religious liberty? As is only to be expected, a fresh wave of controversy is swirling around a court’s imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who don’t want a gay couple to get married on their property. In today’s news cycle, where outrage is instinctively deployed as a weapon against our memory, the story of the Giffords (who owned the farm) versus...
  • Government to track political speech on internet [Is FreeRepublic next?]

    08/26/2014 9:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is a real headshaker that should send chills down your spine.Washington Free Beacon: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project....
  • War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

    08/21/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war — not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." This hostility toward Christianity is a global phenomenon. Radical Muslims are targeting, persecuting and, in many cases, slaughtering Christians in numerous countries around the world. But I want to talk about a softer form of hostility — though nevertheless of serious concern — that is occurring in the United States. I filled an entire book with examples of discrimination...
  • Ferguson the Latest Instance of Shackled American Journalism

    08/18/2014 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Police in Ferguson, MO arrested two journalists for covering the protests over their fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager eight times, including in the back. Officers shoved Wesley Lowery, of the Washington Post, into a soda machine for taping them, before he was cuffed in plastic binds. An officer rammed Ryan Grim’s head against glass. The reporter for the Huffington Post wasn’t packing up his reporting gear quickly enough. Both journalists’ respective papers released statements condemning the Ferguson police, but the decline of free press reaches further than one town in Missouri. Unfortunately state suppression of the press is hardly...
  • Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go (Bloomfield, New Mexico)

    08/08/2014 8:10:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
    A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. The Daily Times reports that Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the “principal effect of endorsing religion.” …
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Court Rules in Favor of Ground Zero Cross, Rejects Atheists' Appeal

    07/29/2014 5:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the 17-foot cross beam salvaged from the wreckage of Twin Towers will remain in the National 9/11 Museum, despite the very best efforts of American Atheists Inc. In “American Atheists v. Port Authority of New Jersey and New York” the group asserted that the artifact's positioning in the museum towered "over any other symbols in the vicinity, expressing Christian primacy." It charged that the Latin cross's dominance violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. The judges found, however, that the...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing ‘Queen James Bible’ on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/26/2014 6:10:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God’” has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog.
  • President Obama You Have Crossed A Dangerous, Unprecedented Line

    07/22/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret. I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning “discrimination” by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind. This was an outrageous act of discrimination against religion in the name of anti-discrimination, an act of bullying people of faith in the name of the prevention...
  • TX: First and Second Amendment Win in Arlington

    07/19/2014 7:12:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The first and second amendments of the Bill of Rights are essential for supporting each other.   The first amendment is essential to support the second, while the second amendment provides the means to protect the first.   It is clear that the open carry of firearms is itself a strong political message.   Openly carrying a gun is protected political speech. In Texas, open carry activists have been pushing hard to have the right to open carry modern handguns restored.   It was lost during reconstruction when the carpet bagger government rewrote the state constitution.   Open carry activists have participated in hundreds,...
  • Chilling

    07/17/2014 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    "Chilling" is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them. Classic examples of "chilling" occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at anti-war rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing -- meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they...
  • City of Houston: First Amendment Advisory

    07/15/2014 7:39:48 PM PDT · by magna carta · 18 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | July 14,2014 | Liz Theis
    Ever had problems deciding EXACTLY where in a city park to protest or demonstrate something? Don't worry the Houston Parks Department has your back. For example at Bell Park it's at Latitude 29 degrees 43'46.20" N. Longitude 95 degrees 23'28.47" W
  • Calif. School District Tells Student It Has an 'Obligation' to Censor God in Graduation Speech

    07/15/2014 7:30:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2014 | Katherine Webber
    A California school district has refused to apologize to one of its students for previously banning him from mentioning God in his graduation speech, saying instead that it has an "obligation" to prevent sectarian speeches. Brooks Hamby, the salutatorian of Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, made national headlines back in June when he ignored his school's attempts at censoring God from his graduation speech, instead giving an inspirational, Christian-oriented speech on the importance of standing up for one's beliefs. Now, one month after the controversial speech went viral online, lawyers for the Brawley Union High School District say...
  • Conservative Supreme Court Victories

    07/14/2014 6:43:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 11, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation’s annual Scholar’s and Scribes event held on July 8th discussed the Supreme Court’s 2013 – 2014 term. The discussion about the cases focused around women’s health, the First Amendment, and racial discrimination. hobby lobby scotus protest A member of the scholars’ panel, John Malcom, Director of Legal and Judicial Studies at Heritage, remarked that this was an exceptionally good year for conservatives, although the positive results were achieved through narrow victories. The most recent case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, was the topic of an in-depth discussion. Due to the political backlash and misreporting about the decision from...
  • Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy? [Democrats Propose Amendment to Restrict Speech]

    07/11/2014 7:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2014 | Zac Morgan
    The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10–8 vote a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would functionally eliminate the political rights of speech and association. While the committee made the language more succinct than in its original iteration, the law still poses a profound threat to fundamental liberties. For instance, Congress probably would have the power to ban religious sermons and church literature. Section 1 of the amendment permits Congress and the states to “advance democratic self-government” — whatever that means — “and political equality” by “regulat[ing] and set[ting] reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: These are the Fahrenheit 451 Democrats (Proposal-Repeal Free Speech)

    07/10/2014 9:00:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | July 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Mr. Chairman, this is the single most radical and most dangerous proposal introduced in the 113th congress. If this proposal were adopted, it would repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment. The breadth of this proposal is astonishing. It should lead the evening news on every station. It saddens me that 46 democratic senators have signed their name to a constitutional amendment expressly repealing the free speech provisions of the Bill of Rights. Ted Cruz continues....
  • The Triumph of Law Over Ideology

    07/09/2014 3:25:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Ken Connor
    It's been almost a week since the Supreme Court issued their ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, and there appears to be no end in sight to the Left's outrage over the outcome. As expected, given the controversial nature of the issue at hand, most of the ire is reflexive and purely visceral. It's unlikely that many are taking the time to actually educate themselves on the Court's reasoning behind the decision. In their eyes, misogyny and religious fanaticism won out over women's rights, period. On the Right, there is a temptation to fall into essentially the same error: ascribing...
  • FIRE Files Four Lawsuits

    07/07/2014 12:05:36 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announced today that it is coordinating the filing of lawsuits against four universities as part of its new Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. FIRE logo The project goal is to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes at universities by targeting First Amendment violations and initiating lawsuits. First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere will serve as the leading counsel to students and faculty members participating in the project. “For 15 years, FIRE has fought for free speech on campus using public awareness as our main weapon, but more is needed,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff,...
  • Supreme Court Slaps Down the Obama Administration

    07/04/2014 4:55:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Seldom in American history has the Supreme Court unanimously rejected positions advocated by presidents' administrations. But in this respect at least, President Obama has produced the fundamental transformation he promised in his 2008 campaign. Over the last three years, the Court has rejected Obama administration positions repeatedly in unanimous 9-0 decisions. A review of these cases reveals much about the governing philosophy of the Obama administration. One thing is abundantly clear, namely that this administration has a crabbed view of the First Amendment right of free exercise of religion. That is apparent not only in June's 5-4 decision ruling in...
  • OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility

    07/02/2014 5:39:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ben Domenech
    Yesterday’s narrow Hobby Lobby decision shows why the culture war isn’t over – it’s just getting started. The reality is that in the absence of the ability to compel employers to pay for things over their religious objections, and at a time when covering 16 forms of birth control out of 20 is culturally insufficient, the Obama administration will be more than happy to turn to the traditional method of the left: skipping the middle man of the employer and just handing people other people’s money. So because some people cannot be compelled to pay for their employee’s IUDs, Plan...
  • A God-Given Right To Break the Law

    07/02/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    In 1878, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a Mormon's First Amendment challenge to the federal ban on bigamy. Because marrying more than one person is a crime, the court reasoned, allowing it for religious reasons would be akin to allowing human sacrifice by someone who sincerely believes his deity demands it. The court had a point, but only if you accept the analogy between polygamy and murder. Likewise, critics of this week's Supreme Court decision concerning religious objections to Obamacare's birth-control mandate have a point, but only if you accept their argument that declining to pay for something is the...
  • Prof. Mark Rienzi: A good day for Hobby Lobby

    07/01/2014 7:46:54 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | June 30, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Prof. Mark Rienzi, who won last week’s McCullen v. Coakley, and who litigates together with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, has these thoughts on Hobby Lobby; I thought our readers would be interested in them, so I’m passing them along. (Please note that these are Prof. Rienzi’s thoughts, on behalf of the Becket Fund, not my own.) * * * Here are a few initial thoughts on today’s decision in Hobby Lobby from the perspective of a law firm — The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — that has been litigating these cases against the Department of Justice across...
  • The Wait Is Over: Supreme Court Ruling Emboldens Us to Continue to Carry On

    07/01/2014 4:47:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 38 replies
    LCMS.org ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
    Two years ago, I sat on a panel before Congress, testifying to the importance of religious liberty in America today. It seems like a long time ago. Since then, we have seen and heard a steady stream of news, from the church and the culture, about the Health and Human Services’ mandate and the Affordable Care Act, abortifacients and the conscience, religious freedoms and what this means for women. Thankfully, the wait is over. The Supreme Court has ruled, and the verdict is in: In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty, specifically in regard...
  • Hobby Lobby Scores Religious Liberty Win Over ObamaCare

    06/30/2014 5:10:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business daily ^ | June 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    First Amendment: The pen may be mightier than the sword, but President Obama's pen is not mightier than the Constitution or Americans' right to run businesses without sacrificing their religious beliefs and consciences. While the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and a furniture maker in Pennsylvania was limited to "closely held" for-profit businesses, and is limited to the contraception mandate, its effect could be one more Obama-Care thread unraveling under the weight of its own injustice and inefficiencies. The court has rightly decided that businesses such as Hobby Lobby, which is solely owned by founder David...
  • Hill reacts to Hobby Lobby ruling

    06/30/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | June 30, 2014 | Paige Winfield Cunningham,Seung Min Kim
    The Supreme Court’s ruling that employers with religious objections don’t have to comply with Obamacare requirements to provide contraception coverage sparked swift reaction on Capitol Hill.
  • What Is (and Isn't) at Stake for Obamacare in the Hobby Lobby Case

    06/29/2014 9:24:05 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 24, 2014 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court won't strike down Obamacare's contraception mandate, but a ruling for the law's challengers could still render the policy toothless for millions of women. The justices are set to rule any day now in a challenge to the birth-control mandate, and any decision against the policy would have ripple effects far beyond the two companies that filed this lawsuit. Just how far, however, depends on how broadly the Court rules—and it has plenty of options. No matter what happens, the Court won't strike down the entire mandate. The two companies that brought their challenge to the Supreme Court—Hobby...
  • Let's Repeal Freedom of Speech?

    06/29/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    The First Amendment, I think I’ll keep it. Not so for 44 sitting U.S. Senators — all Democrats. They’re proposing Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would amend the U.S. Constitution by scratching out a sorta important part of the Bill of Rights. Senate Joint Resolution 19 would repeal the First Amendment. Well, not all of it, actually: just our right to speak out politically, to engage in political action and campaign for or against those in power. The new amendment would remove all protections against Congress regulating our speech, at least insofar as we have to spend even a plug...
  • Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Obama for 12th and 13th time Since 2012

    06/26/2014 10:12:51 AM PDT · by rhema · 74 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/14 | John Fund
    Did you know the Obama administration’s position has been defeated in at least 13 – thirteen — cases before the Supreme Court since January 2012 that were unanimous decisions? It continued its abysmal record before the Supreme Court today with the announcement of two unanimous opinions against arguments the administration had supported. First, the Court rejected the administration’s power grab on recess appointments by making clear it could not decide when the Senate was in recess. Then it unanimously tossed out a law establishing abortion-clinic “buffer zones” against pro-life protests that the administration supported (though the case was argued by...
  • My Free Speech College Entrance Exam

    06/24/2014 7:01:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mike Adams
    College campuses are becoming increasingly hostile towards certain forms of speech. One of the main reasons for the hostility is the admission of students who are too emotionally immature to tolerate dissenting opinions. In addition to lacking emotional maturity, many of these students lack humility. They believe that their emotions trump the ideas of others. Obviously, I disagree. In fact, I think that these students need to be weeded out early in the college application process. I think I have a specific plan that can help make that a reality. We already ask students a lot of questions in the...
  • US Border Patrol Restricts Media Access at Mexican Border

    06/23/2014 7:06:48 PM PDT · by Jabba the Nutt · 24 replies
    Breitbart via Gateway Pundit ^ | June 22, 2014 | Rachel Pulaski
    The Obama Administration apparently doesn’t approve of Freedom of the Press. Historically, U.S. journalists have reported all over the world during wars and conflict. Our brave journalists were at the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq reporting but according to federal agents the border is not safe enough to report from. Journalists are being told to leave the Anzalduas International Bridge which connects the city of Mission, Texas, with Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. This area has always been open to media to report on illegal crossings from Central America.
  • Awesome: Christian University Doesn't Have to Comply With HHS Mandate

    06/21/2014 5:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Colorado Christian University has won an important case against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate. Instead of CCU being forced to provide employees and students abortifacients, a federal judge in Denver has ruled that the school can retain its religious freedom. It's a significant decision, and one that the Supreme Court will surely keep in mind as it prepares to decide on the high profile Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. The Becket Fund, a non-profit, public interest law firm who represented CCU in its lawsuit, emailed LifeNews the good news: In a carefully reasoned opinion, the court...
  • How conservatives can be banned from using Microsoft services

    06/19/2014 6:34:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    I gave a cursory read to the Code of Conduct in the updated Microsoft Services Agreement, which, among other things, states under Prohibited Uses states, You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute, or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information, or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that: ...Threatens...defames...degrades, victimizes, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals for any reason, including on the basis of age...sexual orientation, race or religion, or incites or encourages anyone else to do so. Obviously, this is purposely ambiguous and broad ("for any reason"!), but...
  • God Redacted from High School Graduation Speech

    06/18/2014 3:47:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/16/14 | Todd Starnes
    Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech. But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks’ graduation speech were “inappropriate” and violated “prevailing legal standards.” School officials rejected three versions of the young man’s graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top secret government document. “The first and second draft speeches proposed oppose government case law and are a...
  • GODLY REBEL: School Tells Christian Not To Mention God At Graduation, Watch What He Does

    06/16/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by rhema · 47 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 6/16/14
    This young man, Brooks Hamby, was the salutatorian for his High School’s graduating class. When he submitted his speech to the school for approval, they told him that he would not be able to mention God. This is what he says in his speech:
  • Benghazi’s Most Important Whistleblower Just Came Forward

    06/16/2014 9:35:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | June 15, 2014
    Benghazi’s biggest whistleblower just came forward. Her name is Cindy Lee Garcia and she has revealed that the producer of the video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks admitted to her that he is a Muslim. This is a game changer. It means that the narrative we’ve been fed – that filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was a Coptic Christian is not only false but also a blood libel against Christians. ... what Benghazi was all about. It was agitprop (agitation / propaganda to push communism), a vehicle to be used by the Obama administration to launch an all...
  • Gay Danish Couples Win Right to Marry in Church [Church compliance "mandatory"]

    06/10/2014 6:12:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 92 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/7/14 | Richard Orange
    Homosexual couples in Denmark have won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one third of the country's priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies. The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages. Denmark's church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote "historic". "I think it's very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married. Today, it's only heterosexual couples." Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry...
  • Ted Cruz throws down, lectures fellow Senators on Free Speech and the First Amendment

    06/03/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | June 3, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This is a great Ted Cruz clip where he lectures his fellow Senators on the Judiciary Committee on free speech while destroying their liberal canards. He also calls out Democrats in the Senate for wanting to repeal the First Amendment.
  • Eradicating racism not what the left really wants

    05/19/2014 2:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | May 11, 2014 | Julie Szydlowski
    Two recent incidents -- the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bigoted comments - underscore what the left so badly wants us to believe: that white America is inherently, hopelessly racist. Unfortunately it seems the left - which ignores racism committed by non-whites -- wants to use racism to impose draconian control measures on private citizens, while convincing minorities the left is their only hope for justice. The Court's ruling on Michigan's affirmative action ban, for instance, should be considered a victory to anyone claiming to want a color-blind...
  • Williams: America's Budding Tyrants

    05/19/2014 9:54:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 21, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses. Back in 1964, it was Mario Savio, a campus leftist, who led the free speech movement at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, a movement that...
  • Suspended Cabbie Insists He Has Right To Wear Nazi Armband

    05/17/2014 10:49:51 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 44 replies
    CBS - New York ^ | May 16, 2014 11:10 PM | Staff - (Video interview - Lou Young)
    A New York City cab driver insisted Friday that it is his right, hands down, to wear a Nazi armband – even if the Taxi and Limousine Commission says otherwise. As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported Friday evening, Gabriel Diaz, 26, spoke outside of his family’s home in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, after he was suspended for wearing a swastika while driving the cab. “I am. I’m a National Socialist – what you guys call a Nazi. I am. I’m a believer of it,” Diaz said. Diaz was suspended for wearing the armband while driving his cab....
  • Wolfeboro Police Commissioner uses the N-Word

    05/17/2014 10:16:09 AM PDT · by First Authority · 29 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | May 16, 2014 | LARISSA MULKERN
    WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Police Department’s dispatchers and the town manager’s office have fielded hundreds of phone calls and emails from as far as Alaska and Canada, reacting to reports of a police commissioner’s racist comment overheard in a restaurant. Wolfeboro officials, do not understand that the police commission is a separate, elected board and not made up of sworn police officers. To clarify any murkiness, Wolfeboro Police Chief Stuart Chase held a press conference Friday afternoon, the day after hundreds of people turned out to protest Commissioner Bob Copeland’s racial slur brought to light by local resident Jane O’Toole,...
  • Supreme Court justice agrees: First Amendment limits only Congress

    05/10/2014 11:00:08 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 10, 2014 | By Bryan Fischer
    I have argued since I first began writing and speaking on this issue that the First Amendment restrains only the actions of Congress. The first word in the First Amendment, after all, is the word "Congress." "Congress shall make no law..." The Founders quite intentionally were not imposing restraints on what a state could do in offering prayers before legislative assemblies, or what a city could do in erecting Ten Commandments monuments, or what a school could do in offering prayer and Bible reading over the intercom or at graduation. Congress and Congress alone is bound down by the chains...
  • Church 5, State 4

    05/10/2014 4:50:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The First Amendment won one this week before the Supreme Court of the United States -- by one vote. The close vote in the case brought to mind the old story about the corporate board of directors that approved a resolution wishing its CEO a speedy and complete recovery from his heart attack -- by a vote of 9 to 8. This should have been a simple case and the outcome obvious from the start. But before the justices could do the right thing in a free country, they had to go through an intense and protracted debate. Only then...
  • Supreme Court case on prayer shows too many nonbelievers have thin skins

    05/09/2014 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 9, 2014 | By George Will
    After the marshal on Monday spoke the traditional “God save the United States and this honorable court,” the Supreme Court ruled that the upstate New York town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of “establishment of religion” by opening its board of supervisors’ meetings with a prayer. This ruling would not scandalize James Madison and other members of the First Congress, which drafted and sent to the states for ratification the First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Congress did this after hiring a chaplain. Three decades have passed since the court last...
  • RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY: TRULY INDIVISIBLE

    05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Samuel Gregg
    Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed. Who would have thought that the welfare state’s expansion in the guise of Obamacare—which, by definition, significantly reduces economic freedom—would directly impact the ability of individuals and groups to conduct their affairs in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs? This, however, is precisely the reality confronting us. Most people are used to thinking of religious liberty as a prerequisite...
  • NYTs Links to Gun Watch: Carrying Guns Protected Symbolic Political Speech

    05/07/2014 11:28:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I appreciate that there is a link to a Gun Watch article in the New York Times.  It is in the opinionator piece linked to here and below.   The link to Gun Watch is at the phrase this Michigan lawsuit:  According to open carry advocates, their presence in public space represents more than just an expression of their Second Amendment rights, it’s a statement, an “educational,” communicative act  — in short, an exercise of their First Amendment freedom of speech. (See this, from the group Ohio Carry, and this Michigan lawsuit.)  Could the New York Times be dragged into...
  • Display of American Flag Deemed “Racist” at California School

    05/05/2014 3:40:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 13 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/5/14 | Aurelius
    Today, several dozen adults protested in front of Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California. The protest was mostly silent and instead of signs, most of the protesters simply held American flags. This display was deemed "racist" by numerous onlookers and commentators. Georgine Scott-Codiga, president of the Gilroy Morgan Hill Patriots group stated, "We're just here to support the First Amendment's right to free speech. Cinco de Mayo is a circumstance of the issue. The issue is free speech." Tonight, some Latinos living in Morgan Hill plan a counter-protest. They allege that the display of American flags "implies Mexican...
  • Students: Illegal To Wear An American Flag Shirt On Cinco De Mayo In California

    05/05/2014 10:10:38 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 74 replies
    Weasel Zipper | May 5 2014 | Weasel Zipper
    Diversity and tolerance is a one way street Via The DC Students in a California school district will not be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, due to concerns that such displays of patriotism would inflame racial tensions by offending Mexican students on their holiday. The district’s policy concerned many free speech advocates, but was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In response, Tea Party groups plan to protest outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. And they will be wearing American flag T-shirts. “They silenced a symbol of patriotism and freedom in...