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  • The Conservative American Crisis

    04/18/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 11 replies
    Thomas Paine famously wrote in The American Crisis, “How easy it is to abuse truth and language, when men, by habitual wickedness, have learned to set justice at defiance”. In condemning the King of England, Paine continued, “amongst the various assumptions of character, which hypocrisy has taught, and men have practiced, there is none that raises a higher relish of disgust, than to see disappointed inveteracy twisting itself, by he most visible falsehoods, into an appearance of piety which it has no pretensions to”. Paine was articulating the stance in which Britain, most notably the King, had claimed to be...
  • The Left Thinks Thought-Crime is Okay But Can't Control the Consequences

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

    04/17/2015 6:15:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Life News ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court issued an order today preventing the Obama administration from forcing religious groups in Pennsylvania to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama administration and prevented it from making such a mandate. In an order issued last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito prevented the federal government from enforcing its contraceptive mandate against a range of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations including Catholic Charities and other Catholic schools and social service organizations connected with the Diocese of Erie and the...
  • Coming to America

    04/08/2015 10:37:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/15 | Jim Yardley
    “Freedom is never free”, but this concept seems to have passed many, if not most, illegals right by I heard Neil Diamond’s song “America” (which is frequently referred to as “Coming to America”) today as I was driving alone in my car. It was released in 1980 as part of the film The Jazz Singer, and became a huge hit single in 1981. If my reaction to hearing it again after 35 years is typical, it is still a huge hit among people who love their nation. Among people who are willing to risk their lives to protect their nation....
  • Former slave testimonials

    04/08/2015 8:17:16 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 88 replies
    Ohio Historical society ^ | 4/8/2015 | Ohio Historical society
    Last night I stumbled across a collections of interviews conducted in the 1930s with blacks who had been born into slavery. They're kind of hard to read since they're written as the words were spoken with a heavy southern black accent. Most interesting to me is the lack of anger from these former slaves. In fact, some spoke quite fondly of their former owners. At worst, they spoke with indifference of their former owners. None of this matches the rage filled narrative of today with the endless claims of payment due.
  • Hey Government: Leave Businesses Alone!

    04/06/2015 7:11:13 PM PDT · by goodn'mad · 17 replies
    Vanity | April 7, 2015 | goodn'mad
    Can you remember a time when a business owner's business was considered to be HIS or HER business? They could (and did) post signs reserving the right to serve anyone they chose. For example, "No shoes...no service." Or, "You must wear a coat and tie to dine here." No one thought much about it. It was a given....it was THEIR business, THEY took the risk, and they could run it as they dang-well pleased! And if they didn't want your business, fine, you could go to the many establishments that did. The marketplace pretty much sorted it all out without...
  • When Social Liberals Take Controls . . .

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

    04/05/2015 2:26:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Rob Jenkins
    One aspect of the religious freedom controversy that’s not getting much attention is its similarity to the debate over Obamacare. The same issue lies at the heart of both — namely, whether the government can force people to enter into contracts against their will. In the case of Obamacare, the Supreme Court basically rejected the administration’s constitutional arguments, then bizarrely decided the law was OK because the penalty for not complying was a tax, not a fine. In other words, the government can’t make you buy health insurance, but it CAN “tax” you if you don’t. Now several states have...
  • Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana (LGBT Totalitarianism)

    04/04/2015 11:13:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called religious freedom laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision. They’re not — at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God’s will. And homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.
  • Don't Surrender Religious Liberty to Fascists

    04/03/2015 3:11:59 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | April 2, 2015
    In a race to see who can cave the fastest, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson reneged on his promise to sign his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), instead sending it back to state legislators with a request to “recall it and change the language.” Perhaps he was upset that Indiana Governor Mike Pence was getting all the attention for wimping out on his own state’s religious freedom protections. Why should Republicans cave once when they can cave twice? Clearly, the beatings have been effective. The brouhaha in Arkansas stems from the RFRA bill that passed the legislature on Tuesday and...
  • How to Talk About the Indiana Law With Your Liberal Relatives at Easter

    04/03/2015 1:36:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 4/3/15 | Ryan Anderson
    Editor’s note: Amid the discussion about the religious liberty laws in Indiana and Arkansas this week, there’s been a lot of misinformation—and a lot of thoughtful concerns about what religious freedom laws actually allow and what they ban. We talked to Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon Fellow Dr. Ryan T. Anderson to get the facts—and to find out whether, as your liberal relatives will likely argue as the political discussions happen this holiday, the original Indiana religious freedom law would have allowed discrimination.What’s religious liberty all about?Religious liberty is about protecting people’s fundamental natural rights. People have rights—including the...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

    04/03/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 3, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent a long time on the phone last night with a law professor at one of the country’s elite law schools. This professor is a practicing Christian, deeply closeted in the workplace; he is convinced that if his colleagues in academia knew of his faith, they would make it very hard for him. We made contact initially by e-mail — he is a reader of this blog — and last night, by phone. He agreed to speak with me about the Indiana situation on condition that I not identify him by name or by institution. I do know his...
  • Schwarzenegger: Indiana’s religious freedom law is bad for Republicans

    04/03/2015 7:13:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Arnold Schwarzenegger
    I became a proud Republican before I even understood English. I immigrated to the United States in the heat of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the choice — as I heard it through a friend’s translation — was simple. Hubert Humphrey, with his talk of government programs, sounded too much like an Austrian politician. Richard Nixon talked about freedom, getting the government off our backs and giving the people room to grow. I was hooked.
  • Walker: IN Law Outrage From People “Chronically Looking For Ways To Be Upset About Things”

    04/02/2015 12:37:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    INTLDaily ^ | April 2, 2015
    Scott Walker: Indiana Law Outrage From People “Chronically Looking For Ways To Be Upset About Things” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday much of the outrage over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes from “people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things.” Walker was participating in “Insight 2015,” a program put on by Wisconsin conservative radio host Charlie Sykes. “We don’t need to, in Wisconsin, we have it in the constitution. That’s the remarkable thing for all of the hype, particularly in media here in Wisconsin. We have it in the constitution,” Walker said when...
  • The Eclipse of Religious Liberty

    04/02/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 2, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    A week ago today, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a minor-league religious liberty law, one very close to the federal RFRA model, offering what, should it ever be appealed to in gay rights cases, would offer a small modicum of protection (the right to a hearing) to religious conservatives. And then the world came crashing down, with much of the American Establishment — business, entertainment, news media, Democratic politicians — coming down hysterically hard on the state. Then it happened in Arkansas, whose governor quickly backed away from a bill he had previously supported after Wal-mart cleared its corporate throat...
  • Indiana lawmakers announce deal to update religious freedom law

    04/02/2015 7:49:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/2/15 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Indiana lawmakers announced Thursday morning that they had reached a deal to update the state's controversial religious freedom law so that it states the law cannot be used to discriminate against anyone, including gay and lesbian customers...... language in the legislation states that the law does not, "Authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing [based on] sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service." The references to "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" are the first to appear in an Indiana law.
  • Indiana lawmakers strike deal to fix religious freedom law

    04/02/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Republican Indiana legislators have reportedly struck a deal to fix the state's controversial religious freedom law in order to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. "We feel there is a strong consensus," Senate Pro Tempore David Long (R) told The Indianapolis Star Wednesday night.
  • Final Four coaches release joint statement on controversial Indiana law

    04/01/2015 6:06:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jeff Eisenberg
    In an effort to get in front of the issue before media availability begins in Indianapolis on Thursday, the four Final Four coaches released a joint statement supporting the NCAA in its stance on Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The statement released through the National Association of Basketball Coaches emphasizes condemns every form of discrimination.
  • (Sen Mark) Kirk Statement on Indiana's Discrimination Law

    04/01/2015 5:44:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Mark Kirk ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana: “I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”
  • The Rout of Conservative Christians

    04/01/2015 12:18:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 1, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    To no one’s surprise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Walmart) caved on the state’s RFRA. Excerpt: Facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights advocates, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to either recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure so that it mirrored a federal law approved in 1993.
  • How RFRA works [Brilliant graphic explains law, even an MSNBC anchor can understand]

    04/01/2015 11:40:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Seen on social media--this should go viral, it is a great explanation with real world examples of the law in action.
  • Tip for the GOP: Show restraint in the culture wars (NeoCon Rubin strikes again)

    04/01/2015 11:14:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports: Commenting on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, GOP pollster Whit Ayres said, “We are headed to the point where a political candidate who is perceived as anti-gay at the presidential level will never connect with people under 30 years old. … More than anything else, it’s a tone and an attitude of inclusion and acceptance that Ronald Reagan articulated beautifully and that too few Republicans have articulated effectively of late.”
  • Arkansas governor: Bill needs changes before I sign it

    04/01/2015 8:55:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2015 | Eric Bander
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he does not plan to sign the version of the religious freedom bill that currently sits on his desk and called on the state legislature to make changes before sending it back to him. Hutchinson, who called the issue "divisive" and cited his own son as an example of someone urging him to veto the bill, made the announcement during a Little Rock press conference Wednesday morning. The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage...
  • Fox’s Perino, Gutfeld Pan ‘Unnecessary Culture War’ over Indiana: ‘Hurts the Right’

    04/01/2015 7:21:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 31, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    On Fox’s The Five today, both Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld panned what Perino deemed an “unnecessary culture war” over Indiana’s religious freedom law. Perino argued that the tide is turning on gay marriage not just across the country, but within the GOP, and this fight only helps to “nullify” the progress that’s being made in the party to get Republicans to be more open and accepting of gay rights.
  • Mid-American Conference boycotts Indiana in wake of RFRA

    04/01/2015 7:14:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI Wire ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The Mid-American Conference announced it won't hold championships or meetings in Indiana in response to the state's recent signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ESPN reported Tuesday. Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league would continue to avoid conducting business in the Hoosier state until, "the current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion."
  • The Week Mike Pence’s 2016 Dreams Crumbled

    04/01/2015 6:30:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | April 1, 2015 | Adam Wren
    With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted a laundry list of accomplishments achieved in the first half of his first term: Two balanced budgets. A falling unemployment rate. More than 100,00 new jobs created. It seemed the predicate for a potential 2016 run. Basking in the glow of the moment, Pence dropped his customary aw-shucks Hoosier persona and let himself boast: “Tonight, there are 49 other governors across this country who wish they could be me!” Maybe then. Not anymore.
  • Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill

    03/31/2015 5:00:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure, saying the bill approved by lawmakers earlier in the day undermines "the spirit of inclusion" in the state.
  • Indiana Democrats call for repeal of religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 4:08:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    FOX 59 ^ | March 31, 2015 | Matt Adams
    Indiana Democratic leaders—and the White House—responded Tuesday to the ongoing controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pence’s call for legislation to “clarify” the law. Speaking at the Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) called for a repeal of the law.
  • (Pat) Haden (USC-AD) skips Indiana meeting because of religious-freedom law [ed]

    03/31/2015 3:45:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHadenUSC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."
  • NY bans state-funded travel to Indiana

    03/31/2015 1:35:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2015 | Keith Laing
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Tuesday that he is banning all non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a state law that critics say would allow businesses to deny service to gay people. "Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety,” Cuomo said in a statement.
  • Connecticut governor: Mike Pence is a ‘bigot’

    03/31/2015 10:27:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Mike Pence is a bigot, according to one of his fellow governors. “When you see a bigot you have to call him on it,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Story Continued Below Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, on Monday signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a "religious freedom" law signed last week by Pence. Critics say the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians; Pence insists it’s meant only to protect religious communities from government encroachment...
  • NASCAR: Indiana law fosters intolerance, exclusion

    03/31/2015 9:19:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 31, 2015 | George Diaz
    Perhaps Indiana Gove. Mike Pence and state lawmakers should revisit the “religious freedom” legislation. They’ve officially lost NASCAR , a sport that, despite its growing diversity, still has a strong conservative base. “NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes, in a statement released Tuesday. “We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we...
  • No, Indiana’s new religious freedom law isn’t discriminatory

    03/31/2015 7:01:33 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 22 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 03/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    The Left is apoplectic – again – over a new piece of statutory law in Indiana that does nothing more than protect long-standing religious freedoms. To liberals, however, “religious freedom” is not a First Amendment right to be protected, but rather code for bigotry, racism, homophobia, smacking kittens and eating fried foods.
  • Indianapolis Mayor (GOP) Orders City Employees to Ignore Religious Freedom Restoration Act [ed]

    03/31/2015 6:52:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 30, 2015 | Taylor Wofford
    Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana's largest city, has come out against a controversial religious freedom act signed into law last week by the state’s Republican governor, the Indianapolis Star reports. In a press conference Monday, Ballard announced that he had issued an executive order that "no vendor, contractor, grant recipient or anyone receiving public funds or benefits of any kind shall discriminate on the basis of...sexual orientation [or] gender identity."
  • Indiana: The Holy War of the Left

    03/31/2015 6:35:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 31, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Today’s Indianapolis Star front page uses the headline approach usually reserved for war. Because that’s what this is: culture war, and the mainstream media, as a vital part of the progressive movement, is waging total war for a cause they believe is holy. I’m not exaggerating. To most of the media, there is no other side in the gay marriage debate, or on anything to do with gay rights. There is only Good and Evil. And so we have the spectacle of a moral panic that makes a party that is a chief beneficiary of the First Amendment — a...
  • Questions For Indiana’s Critics

    03/31/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    I know that I should say something about the backlash and debate over Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it’s been hard to come up with something that I didn’t already say in my column when it was Arizona’s variation on the same law, vetoed under pressure, that was in the news. That column made the case that the only remaining question in the same-sex marriage “debate” was what kind of space, if any, an ascendant cultural liberalism would leave to Americans with traditional views on what constitutes a marriage; that the correlation of forces (corporate now...
  • Indiana Chamber Comments on Religious Freedom Bill Becoming Law (No friend of SoCons)

    03/30/2015 10:21:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce ^ | March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, becoming law today and the reaction to that: “In our eyes, the law is entirely unnecessary. The reactions to it are not unexpected or unpredicted; passing the law was always going to bring the state unwanted attention. "Yet we are optimistic that the public overall will continue to look to Indiana as a place to come to do business, attend a convention or enjoy a sporting event. Indiana has shown time and time again – whether it’s hosting the Super Bowl or...
  • Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellwether

    03/30/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent the weekend reading as much as I could about the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law. What it tells us is very bad, from a conservative perspective, especially a religious conservative perspective. Let me explain. First, the Indiana law is not substantially different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, nor is it substantially different from state RFRAs in place in most other states in the US. Indiana law professor Daniel O. Conkle, who supports gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular, also supports the Indiana law, and explains why here. Excerpts:
  • Indiana plans language to 'clarify' religious objections law to assuage discrimination fears

    03/30/2015 9:49:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/15
    Indiana's Republican legislative leaders said Monday they're working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.... Supporters of the law insist the law will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. Arkansas is poised to follow in Indiana's footsteps, as Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll sign a measure moving through the state's Legislature.
  • Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

    03/30/2015 7:13:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Tim Cook
    There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.
  • Ex-CFO Who Slammed Chick-fil-A Lives on Food Stamps (lost his $200K+ job)

    03/29/2015 9:18:22 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 79 replies
    newser ^ | Mar 28, 2015 | Neal Colgrass
    (Newser) – Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube. Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News. "I think people are scared," Smith says of potential employers. "I think people are scared that it could happen again." Back in the summer of 2012, as thousands of people were opposing Chick-fil-A's stance on gays, Smith rolled into a Chick-fil-A drive-thru for a free glass of water and slammed...
  • ‘Wrong’ kind of hero: Why feminists diss Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She’s an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She’s an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She’s a fierce advocate for women’s rights. She’s a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation...
  • Angie's List nixes $40M project over Indiana bill

    03/29/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none,” Oesterle said, “and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
  • Report: Lubitz tweeted "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of

    03/28/2015 10:03:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/28/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane who deliberately crashed in the Alps on Tuesday killing 150 people, retweeted (actually looks more like shared on Facebook) the photo above, with the caption "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of freedom - is not my Germany." (Hat Tip: Mike K). And the New York Times reported on Friday that Lubitz "lived, at least part time, with his parents. Mr. Lubitz’s mother was an organist at a Protestant church near the town center.” Mike K adds: Here is the sad, but probably true story....
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that state’s Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called “religious freedom” act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state, according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • #BoycottIndiana: Keith Olbermann calls on NCAA to pull Final Four from Indianapolis over RFRA law

    03/27/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Add Keith Olbermann to the now trending #BoycottIndiana mob looking to punish the state over its new religious freedom law — a law that closely mirrors the 1993 Chuck Schumer sponsored, Bill Clinton signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
  • Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

    03/27/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere. This isn’t because GenCon is run by political progressives or “social justice warriors” trying to make a difference. It really, really isn’t. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis it’ll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him). Because it makes...
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/24/2015 8:25:29 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 28 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | March 12, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    Speech given to Freedom Fest, Las Vegas, NV Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I...