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  • A Virtuous Society

    05/30/2015 9:45:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/30/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    When a society abandons these virtues, the people become corrupt, and unwilling to abide by the rule of law. A viciousness blankets the people, which leads to violence and lawlessness Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function. He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” With freedom comes responsibility. The responsible society is one that is virtuous. A man with virtue is a man that possesses “sacred honor.” It is for the sake of a free society that men must deny...
  • I’m deeply disturbed by the anti-freedom trend sweeping the West

    05/29/2015 9:17:32 AM PDT · by all the best · 20 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | May 29, 2015 | Simon Black
    I came across an interesting story from India recently. In a landmark animal rights case, the High Court there ruled that birds can no longer be kept in cages. The judges asserted that birds have a fundamental right to live with dignity and be free. Incredible. If only we humans had the same fundamental right. Many of us come from a country that claims to be free. We grow up singing songs about our freedom, and we are told by our governments that evil men in caves hate us because we are so free. This is powerful propaganda that starts...
  • Obama in surprise visit to Cuban community church in Miami [Betrays Cubans, Rubs it in their face]

    05/29/2015 2:24:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ....Obama paid a surprise visit yesterday to a Miami religious shrine popular with Cuban exiles.... "The president is visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami to pay his respects to the Cuban-American diaspora that worships there," said Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman. "He will honour the sacrifices that Cuban-Americans have made in their pursuit of liberty and opportunity, as well as their extraordinary contributions to our country." ...Cuba is due to be taken off the US list of state sponsors of terrorism
  • The 4 percent-plus solution

    05/26/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Richard W. Rahn
    Of those running for president, who will give this speech? “Ladies and Gentlemen, my administration will implement a series of economic policies to cause the economy to grow at an average rate of 4 percent or more a year. Growth of 4 percent-plus per year will create jobs at a faster rate than the growth in the labor force and provide hope for those who had despaired of finding a good job again. At a growth rate of a little over 4 percent per year, real incomes for all of our citizens will double in only 17 years. (At the...
  • Memorial Day - Post Your Heroes

    05/25/2015 1:36:35 PM PDT · by Textide · 35 replies
    seld | 05/25/2015 | self
    I have the good fortune to live near DC and Arlington cemetery on this Memorial Day. The morning was hot, and Dear Leader's presence blocked some of Arlington Cemetery. I told one of the Army sentries that I underestimated this SOB as he could screw up Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. I had the goal to find the graves of three men who were killed in action this Memorial Day. This first was a man who is familiar to anyone who watched "The Pacific". John Basilone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Basilonehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1-O2QFmy4Y The second was a the grandson of a controversial figure, who nevertheless...
  • Memorial Day 2015: A Day of Remembrance

    05/25/2015 6:37:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-25-2015 | MOTUS
    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." —Winston Churchill As we do on this day each year, we pause to remember the men and women who died fighting for our freedom. We stand by humbly, gratefully, silently, to honor their sacrifice.We remember…We mourn for those lost…And we mourn for those they’ve left behind…As we reflect again on the the steep price of freedom.By all means, enjoy your picnics, parades and celebrations today – it is a holiday after all. But do pause to remember and honor all the brave...
  • The Pilgrims Formula To Save America!, Kirk Cameron in Monumental

    05/23/2015 8:11:31 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 13 replies
    The Pilgrims Formula To Save America! Kirk Cameron in Monumental ( 15:19 ) Published on Sep 30, 2012 If we go back to the formula the Pilgrims laid out for a successful America, we can still save America.
  • Heads LGBTs Win, Tails Christians Lose

    05/23/2015 9:26:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 5/21/15 | Rod Dreher
    So, a Canadian Christian jeweler custom-made a pair of engagement rings for a lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, at their request. Later, when they found out that the jeweler personally opposes same-sex marriage, they went to pieces and demanded their money back.
  • Why compassion for illegal immigration is wrong

    05/22/2015 8:37:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    America is for the Free. The rest of the world already caters to the captives of tyrants Unchecked immigration is destroying our nation by undermining and overrunning the very institution that was built to harbor immigrants through the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution… Don’t call it compassion when the president, elected officials or a candidate takes a stand that illegal immigrants deserve a pass to stay in this country and receive citizenship, let alone resident status. It is approval of America’s demise; an uncontrolled decimation of what the Founders established in the new world expressly to provide free exercise...
  • Who will free us like in Operation Jericho: Languages of Militarization and Federalization

    05/21/2015 10:34:13 PM PDT · by lavaroise · 3 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 05/21/2015 | Marcel Casteloni
    This month, Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force News magazine, celebrates the daring role of Operation Jericho by its valiant air force personnel during WWII. Mosquito aircrafts were dispatched despite bad weather in order to breach walls of a Nazi prison allowing French resistance to escape. Compromised British Intelligence officers were amongst the prisoners urging accordingly. On their return home, several pilots were shot down by the Luftwaffe, while many of those escaping were killed. These are the histories of bravery clashing with ideologies the like of Hitler. Nowadays “liberation theologies” competing for recognition against historical record for political...
  • In need of assistance in debate about Socialism

    05/21/2015 10:57:10 AM PDT · by youngphys01 · 106 replies
    So I am in a debate with colleagues about the future of capitalism and socialism and they are claiming that with the rise of automation, capitalism will fail as an economic system and the only way to prevent mass starvation and severe poverty i to implement all of the socialist ideas of Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi and others and do it now. The idea is that with the rise of automation technology, any job that depends on manual labor and repetitive actions will simply be gone and tons of construction and other jobs will disappear. And so there will...
  • The Cost of a Free Republic

    05/21/2015 4:55:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's Memorial Day week. You can tell as you flip through the local paper; Memorial Day notices appear as sales headlines and attention grabbers. "Memorial Day Sale" and "Pre-Memorial Day Sale." Pretty soon, we'll see post-Memorial Day sale advertisements. Sales and barbecue are the two things that many people think about when Memorial Day is mentioned. What else? Well, for many Americans, it's the weekend that the pool opens and summer begins. But it means more than that. Memorial Day began soon after the Civil War as Decoration Day. It was the day the graves of the fallen members of...
  • Submit to the Lord [charismatic caucus]

    05/19/2015 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-1915 | Jedediah,Bible
    Submit to the Lord and you will find, Breakthrough of a new kind, For in submission Heaven becomes clear, And you will see into things others fear, For The Father's Heart is Pure Above All, And only The Holy may access and call, For The Eyes of The Cherubim guard what is pure, So only the Holy are able to endure . . . Isaiah 6:5-8 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' (Calls for UN regulation)

    05/18/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Complete Headline: Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws. In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
  • The End of America or the Rise of Reason?

    05/14/2015 5:33:26 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 24 replies
    Self | 05/14/15 | Me
    With each passing day I grow increasingly tired of debating anti-American contrarians who refuse to recognize even the most universally espoused truths. It is nearly impossible to engage the left in meaningful discourse, allow voters an earnest opportunity to judge candidates on the merits of their beliefs and record, without Democrats resorting to juvenile grandstanding and the regurgitated accusations of race, gender, and class warfare. When the American flag becomes offensive in the country for which it was commissioned, government transparency requires a coup d'etat, handouts are more celebrated than hard work, and the necessity of protecting our borders and...
  • Disobey!

    05/13/2015 9:01:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | John Stossel
    Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues that it's time for civil disobedience. Government has become so oppressive, constantly restricting us with new regulations, that our only hope is for some of us to refuse to cooperate. Murray's suggestion -- laid out in "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission," will make some people nervous. He argues that citizens and companies should start openly defying all but the most useful regulations,...
  • Why a Huckabee Loss Would Be a Win for Religious Conservatives

    05/13/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | May 13, 2015 | David French
    Last week The New Republic’s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig wrote an extended pre-mortem not just for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign but for the culture wars in general. Tracing the rise of Huckabee’s political career to the rise of the religious Right, she tries to use Huckabee’s career as a stand-in for the fortunes of religious conservatism writ large. To Bruenig, a Huckabee defeat will represent “one more [conservative] loss in a greater, longer defeat in America’s culture wars.” I agree with Bruenig that Mike Huckabee will probably lose, but I come to the exact opposite conclusion about the culture wars. A...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:36:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:30:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • From Freedom to Bondage

    05/11/2015 5:52:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If we abandon Godliness, we will surely abandon liberty, for without morality, we are incapable of freedom Benjamin Franklin said that only a “virtuous people are capable of freedom.” Franklin understood the importance of a moral society, and how secularism may seem free on the surface, but that a society that abandons the Laws of Nature by Nature’s God ultimately leads themselves to bondage, under human masters and tyrannical statism. The Founding Fathers recognized the truth about human nature, primarily viewing it from a classical Christian angle. Our rights are self-evident, but so is the fact that while humans are...
  • It Takes A Good Guy With A Gun To Defend Freedom Of Speech

    05/10/2015 7:55:24 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish | 05/10/2015 | Sultan Knish
    The unnamed traffic cop who stood up to two offended killers did not follow Gandhi’s advice; he refused to lay down his arms or try to fight them with non-violent arms. His heroism reminds us that freedom is not defended with empty idealism easily perverted into appeasement of evil, but with the force of arms. Gandhi and his Western disciples were wrong. The soldiers who fought Hitler did far more to save humanity than Gandhi ever did. A single traffic cop with a gun has had more of a positive impact on freedom of speech in this country than all...
  • South Carolina Freedom Summit

    05/09/2015 8:29:25 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 1 replies
    Greenville South Carolina Freedom Summit ^ | May 9, 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    This is a streaming video http://www.scfreedomsummit.com
  • The Chains of Government Strengthens as our Morality Weakens

    05/09/2015 5:05:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/15 | Leigh Bravo
    Must we accept that we are no longer the electorate and the elected, but the ruling and the ruled? “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”- Benjamin Franklin What has happened to the United States? Many say that it is a natural progression that is inevitable, but is it actually the breakdown of our morals, our ethics, our family structure and our school systems? Is it the inevitable “chains of government,” that have slowly but surely bound us with the very freedoms we claim to embrace? In...
  • Scott Walker urges crowd to pray for government, business leaders

    05/07/2015 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 7, 2015 | By Annysa Johnson
    Gov. Scott Walker told a heavily — if not exclusively — Christian crowd gathered at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee Thursday to go out and share their faith with the world, and to pray for their leaders in government and business regardless of party or position. "Always pray for our leaders so that God's will will be followed rather than their own," he said. Walker spoke at the annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast, organized by the West Allis-based Christian publishing nonprofit ProBuColls Association. An evangelical Christian, Walker has been increasingly open about his faith on the campaign trail, as he...
  • Don't be fooled by Pamela Geller [CNN Gives Muslim "author" platform to defame her]

    05/05/2015 11:12:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/4/15 | Haroon Mohgul
    ....While Geller claims to stand for American values, much of what she does undermines our values.... ...this isn't only about free speech...It's also about how some people use freedom of speech to subvert other American values. I am Muslim, and after attacks like these, folks always ask, "Do you condemn terrorism?" Or they throw up their hands and say, "Where are the Muslims!" Well, to be blunt: Not at the event. In fact, every major mosque in the Garland, Texas, area not only shrugged off the anti-Islam event happening in their backyard... It appears from early reports that the suspects...
  • Religious rights need protection

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs “have” to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs “have” to be changed? We don’t need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isn’t about theology at all,...
  • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to...

    05/02/2015 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2015 | Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, D.C.
    The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause… We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt...
  • Illusions of Freedom

    05/01/2015 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/15 | Sierra Rayne
    The notion that there is a threshold above which authoritarian nations would democratize is attractive, but our experience since the end of the Cold War suggests this view is too simplistic and results in a risky foreign policy stance for the West A narrative has dominated the West’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War: if we increase per capita GDP in authoritarian nations, they will democratize. Most notably, this doctrine was applied to China, and yet China failed to move away from its authoritarian system. Russia has gotten wealthier and returned to authoritarianism. Both nations used the...
  • Traumatically brainwashed Boko Haram captives open fire at rescuers

    05/01/2015 11:36:09 AM PDT · by yuffy · 5 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | Updated: May 1, 2015 4:51 pm | By: Associated Press
    Some of the nearly 300 girls and women freed by Nigeria’s military from the forest stronghold of Boko Haram were so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, and experts said Wednesday they would need intensive psychological treatment. The military was flying in medical and intelligence teams to evaluate the former captives, many of whom were severely traumatized, said army spokesman Col. Sani Usman. He said earlier that none of the schoolgirls kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok a year ago appeared to be among the 200 girls and 93 women rescued Tuesday. But on...
  • 10 books to celebrate the socialist holiday of May Day

    05/01/2015 11:22:28 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-05-01 | Benjamin Weingarten
    May 1 marks what is known as May Day, a celebration of international workers chosen by the socialists and Communists of the Second International to recognize the Haymarket affair in Chicago’s Haymarket Square of May 1886. In order to ring in the holiday, we thought it apt to share 10 books on socialism and Communism and their impact on mankind. 1) The Marx-Engels Reader by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels This book contains the core works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which provide the intellectual basis for socialism and Communism. 2) The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek One...
  • Gay Marriage Backers to Finance Anti-Discrimination Efforts

    05/01/2015 6:45:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 30, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    With gay marriage being debated by the United States Supreme Court, some of the major backers of efforts to legalize it around the country are casting their attention to the next fight: anti-discrimination bills in a variety of states. The new effort, Freedom for All Americans — a $5 million-a-year campaign over the next five years — is predicated on the fights around gay marriage, which played out state by state until reaching the Supreme Court in a fight that, advocates hope, will legalize same-sex marriage nationally.
  • Obama's Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules For Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 5:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/28/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • GOP hopefuls gather to woo Iowa social conservatives

    04/25/2015 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sean Higgins
    DES MOINES, IOWA — Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will share a stage Saturday here in the hopes of winning the backing of the state's socially conservative GOP activists, whose support can be crucial to winning the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary..... Notably absent are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both of whom were invited. "The event will have a definite religious cast to it," said Don Racheter, chief operating officer of the Public Interest Institute, an Iowa nonprofit free-market group. The coalition evolved from the state branch of the...
  • 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.