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  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • FEC chair warns of chilling regulations, book ban on conservative publishers

    07/24/2014 1:16:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. “By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC. “That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free...
  • H.R. 5093: Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act

    07/21/2014 6:51:50 PM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    govtrack.us ^ | 7/14/2014 | unknown
    To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting the marketing of firearms to children, and for other purposes.
  • Fired NYT Editor Blasts Obama Administration for Criminal Prosecution of Journalists, Whistleblowers

    07/19/2014 8:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2014 - 11:11 AM | Barbara Boland
    Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, whose firing brought out nasty attacks and allegations of sexism at the Times, was interviewed by Greta van Susteren On the Record last night. While she played close to the vest about the reasons for her firing, she didn’t hold back on the Obama administration, defending her earlier branding of it as “the most secretive” she has ever deal with since President Carter, and elaborated: “I have never dealt with an administration where more officials—some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesmen for various federal agencies—demand that everything be off...
  • Schumer to Religious Americans: Pick One--Your Faith or Your Business

    07/11/2014 7:31:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    cns.com ^ | 7/10/14 | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business. “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced 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....
  • Schumer To Religious Americans: Pick One—Your Faith or Your Business

    07/10/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 10, 2014 - 4:13 PM | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or “you don’t have to form a corporation.” “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra—you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. Schumer claims the Supreme Court’s decision that closely-held firms have a right to deny coverage for certain types of birth control they find objectionable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was...
  • Public defenders fired for anti-Arab postings

    07/08/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/8/14 | Brittany Wallman and Rafael Olmeda
    Two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired Tuesday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres both lost their jobs, as outrage built after the Sun Sentinel published an article including the Facebook comments a week ago, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said. The remarks from the two mens' personal Facebook accounts last week were posted under an item about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teen boys. The killings were blamed on the Islamic militant group Hamas. "They are the filthy swine they don't eat. Their ignorance to the...
  • MiniTrue — 1984 + 30 — FaceBook Censorship

    07/07/2014 4:44:43 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Saynsumthn’s Blog ^ | 7/7/2014 | Carole Novielli
    Facebook Flags Images of Pro-Life Father Loving Unborn Child as “Violent” by Carole Novielli | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/7/2014 A Black pro-life organization has had three Facebook images flagged as “graphic violence!”One of those images depicts a father loving his unborn child.Two of the three images are anything but violent. One is a 4th of July meme and the other says “We will not be silenced!”  LifeNews blogger Ryan Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning Creative Professional who founded The Radiance Foundation (TRF), a life-affirming 501(c)(3), along with his wife, Bethany. Working in conjunction with noted national civil rights...
  • Supreme Court women lash out at birth control decision

    Their unusually strident dissent written by Sotomayor said the Wheaton injunction threatened the credibility of the Hobby Lobby decision. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Sotomayor wrote. "Not so today." The point of the dissent? "It is not the business of this court to ensnare itself in the government's ministerial handling of its affairs in the manner it does here," Sotomayor wrote.
  • According to the Supreme Court, Corporations Have More Religious Freedom Than Taxpayers

    07/01/2014 5:36:28 PM PDT · by unlearner · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/1/2014 | Avik Roy
    For all of the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—in which the Court ruled that the government doesn’t have the authority to force “closely-held corporations” to violate their religious beliefs—a simple fact has been lost. The ruling did not overturn a single word of the “Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as Obamacare. Nor did the Supreme Court prevent the government from requiring that taxpayers finance abortion-related services. Pro-life activists—and Obamacare opponents—are cheering today. But when they sit down and reflect, they’ll realize that they haven’t won a thing. The Supremes endorsed the White...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • Hillary’s People: the tapes they don't want you to hear

    06/20/2014 2:28:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6-20-14 | Matthew Continetti
    The facts are these. In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court. She was not a public defender. No one ordered her to take the case. An ambitious young lawyer, she was asked by a friend if she would represent the accused, and she agreed. And her defense was successful. Attacking the credibility of the 12-year-old victim on the one hand, and questioning the chain of evidence on another, Clinton got a plea-bargain for her client. He served ten months in prison, and died in 1992. The victim, now 52, has had...
  • ACLU asks Lee County [Virginia] high school to remove Ten Commandments

    06/05/2014 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WBTW.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | WBTW News 13
    A Southwest Virginia public school has violated the First Amendment according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On May 22nd the A.C.L.U. sent Superintendent of Lee County Schools Mark Carter a letter saying immediate action needed to be taken after the A.C.L.U. received "a disturbing report of multiple First Amendment violations at Thomas Walker High School". According to the letter sent by the A.C.L.U. it says based on the information they have received "school officials, including teachers and administrators, are actively promoting religious practices during school hours on school grounds as a part of official school activities". (snip) The A.C.L.U....
  • Colorado baker to stop making wedding cakes after losing discrimination case

    05/31/2014 10:00:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2014
    The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. "We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs," Phillips said after the hearing, according to CBS Denver. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples. The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.
  • Ted Cruz: Democratic Senators Want to ‘Repeal the First Amendment’

    05/22/2014 9:42:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM | Penny Starr
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told attendees at a Family Research Council pastors retreat that Democrats wanted to limit free speech through amending the Constitution. “When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” Cruz said at the FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall 2014 event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. “This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment.” Calling these “perilous, perilous times,” Cruz said Senate Democrats have said they are ready to vote on the amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 19—“an amendment to...
  • White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says

    05/22/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 176 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Jonathan Karl
    A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway — and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened — the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video. The subject line of the...
  • Don't Silence Graduation Speakers

    05/18/2014 8:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    "Oh, that my enemy would write a book," goes the old wish, coined by someone who knew there is no better way to expose fools than through their own words. It's an idea that deserves consideration from the college students and faculty unhappy with their schools' choice in commencement speakers. The usual response to such invitations is to demand that they be revoked. This year, critics cowed Brandeis into yanking its offer to anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Outrage at Rutgers prompted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to withdraw, and when howls when up at Smith, International Monetary Fund...
  • The FCC Issues its Proposal On Net Neutrality; Protesters Are Tossed from Hearing

    05/17/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As spring unfolds here in the Northern Hemisphere, the future of the free and open Internet hangs in the balance. As such, I strongly believe everyone should have at least some understanding of what is at stake. When most people hear or read the words “net neutrality” their eyes glaze over with a feeling of confusion and despair: “I can’t remember, am I supposed to be for or against this?” This is exactly how the lawyers and lobbyists in D.C. want it, but unless the citizenry is informed we could lose the...
  • Appeals Court declares portions of Wisconsin campaign finance law unconstitutional

    05/15/2014 11:42:08 AM PDT · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Madison, Wis. – In a ruling with stunning implications on political speech in Wisconsin and beyond, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declared portions of state campaign finance laws restricting issue ads unconstitutional. The 88-page decision handed down late Wednesday afternoon sides with Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. and its state political action committee, which sued to block the enforcement of multiple state statutes and rules against groups that spend money for political speech independently of candidates and parties – so called issue advocacy groups. The 7th Circuit’s ruling, legal experts tell Wisconsin Reporter, could cut the legs out...
  • Virginia county takes aim at home Bible studies, freedom of assembly

    05/15/2014 1:16:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 11, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    A new Fairfax County, Va., zoning proposal takes direct aim at the right to assemble in the privacy of one’s own home. This proposed “Group Assembly in Residential Dwellings” zoning ordinance amendment not only poses a grave and fundamental violation of the U.S. Constitution but smacks of the worst type of government overreach. The ordinance would limit the number of people one could have in their home to 49 a day, and to exceed that limit more than 3 times in any 40-day period would be a violation of law. I never imagined hosting a Bible study in my home...
  • 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...
  • Chuck Schumer: Let's amend the Constitution so Congress can restrict free speech

    05/09/2014 10:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    More reining in of freedom.Oh those New York Democrats! First we have Hillary (OK, only a New Yorker in a carpetbagging sort of way, but still . . .) wanting to "rein in" our notions that we have real Second Amendment rights. But that's the Second Amendment. That's not as important as the First, right? So for that one, we need Chuck Schumer, Hillary's senior as a senator before and after her tenure, to launch the attack.And he is: The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unions and corporations to donate to independent political groups has driven liberals to such fits that...
  • FEC Chair: Government May Soon Move To Limit Conservative Media

    05/08/2014 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:25 PM 05/07/2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman warned that the federal government—including some officials in his office—may soon move to clamp down on conservative media. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” Goodman told Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. At threat, in Goodman’s estimation, is the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations like PACs. Many in government want to curtail the ability of all news outlets to endorse and promote candidates and issues without any limits or disclosure...
  • FEC chair warns that conservative media- Drudge...and Sean Hannity face regulation- like PACs

    05/07/2014 3:58:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 7, 2014 AT 8:49 AM | Paul Bedard
    Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview. “The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense...
  • Fairfax aims to downsize home assemblies

    05/06/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    FAIRFAX, Va. – A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings...
  • 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...
  • For Islamists to force Sharia on us they must first kill our freedom of speech

    05/05/2014 9:10:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/5/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Recently all fourteen Democrat Florida State Senators voted to allow the introduction of Sharia Law into the Florida court system. Fortunately they are nowhere near a majority (they lost 24 to 14) and the measure died at the hands of true Americans. The proposed law (SB386) was titled Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases. A report on this vote, which included a brief outline of what living under Sharia law means, drew some comments that indicate a serious lack of understanding of the dangers of Sharia law. Several expressed skepticism that “this is what the Democrats actually voted for”...
  • Fl Teacher Banned Bible From "Free Reading" Time In Classroom

    05/05/2014 8:16:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 5,2014 | Ken Klukowski
    Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment.
  • Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes

    05/05/2014 5:41:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    A plan to ban "frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes" is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts. Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia's most populous county. "I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples' right to assemble," Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement. The proposed zoning ordinance limits "group assembly" at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings "shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period."
  • Biden: ‘Journalists Can Tell People the Truth’ or ‘Tell People What is Not the Truth’

    05/03/2014 11:33:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 2, 2014 - 3:15 PM | Penny Starr
    Vice President Joe Biden told people at a conference on Friday that freedom of the press includes allowing journalists to “tell people the truth, and even tell people what is not the truth.” Biden was the featured speaker on Friday at the Motion Picture Association of America, a lobbying group headed by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), which held its second annual Creativity Conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. […] “Of course, each society is different and some are fundamentally different,” said Biden. “But there’s certain common ingredients that make up success: Basic liberties so citizens can think and...
  • Obama Likely To Make Anti-Muslim Speech Illegal & Punishable

    04/25/2014 8:32:59 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 109 replies
    MrConservative.Com ^ | April 23, 2014
    Bill Killian, a US attorney, claims that anti-Muslim speech violates Muslim’s Constitutional rights. Therefore, he argues, it should be illegal and punishable by law. Killian said, “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.” At this time, Obama’s DOJ is working to determine what, exactly, is considered illegal speech against Muslims. Guidelines and specific laws are expected to come soon. Currently, the government is not allowed to prevent speech that is hateful towards a religion, unless a specific threat is made. To prevent speech that is...
  • NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

    04/24/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/14 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. "Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are," said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. "I don't think that's right."
  • Ted Cruz: Gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment rights at risk [July 23, 2013]

    04/24/2014 9:14:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | July 23, 2013
    Liberal heads begin to explode in 5..4…3…2…1During an interview this past Friday with CBN’s David Brody, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stressed that gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment protections at risk.“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced.“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government.“I think there is no doubt that...
  • Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

    04/20/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 20, 2014 | by David Dayen
    On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”). “How can we say we live in a just and humane society,” said one speaker, “without providing for the sickest and most vulnerable among us?” Los Angeles, with its massive low-income population and largest concentration of immigrants anywhere in the country, may be the epicenter of the continuing uninsured crisis in America. Somewhere around one million county residents...
  • A Bit More on the Speech Police

    04/18/2014 10:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 18, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    When I wrote about Adam Weinstein of Gawker and his proposal to literally imprison people for their political views, most of the pushback from the left and from David Frum, America’s Hall Monitor™, consisted of hand-waving, e.g. “You can’t generalize from the position of one crank with a blog, etc.” And while I am sympathetic to the emerging bipartisan consensus that no sentient being could possibly take Adam Weinstein seriously, the fact is that Gawker has a larger readership than The Nation and The New Republic combined. Sure, it’s 99.44 percent pure riff-raff, but the damnable thing about democracy is...
  • Oregon City Students Protest Day of Silence with Anti-Gay T-Shirts

    04/14/2014 3:25:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 4/12/14 | Ian Parker
    OREGON CITY, Ore. – Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School's celebration of unity Friday. Friday was National Day of Silence. It's where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools. Two students told KATU News that if the school is supporting Day of Silence, then they have the right to speak out against it. They wore T-shirts to school that said, "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK," which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter...
  • CT:College suspends student for asking questions about gun control

    04/14/2014 7:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2 April, 2014 | Robby Soave
    <p>A Connecticut community college suspended a student veteran for his aggressive questioning of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy during a public forum, prompting a First Amendment advocacy group to condemn the college for its flagrant disrespect for free speech and due process.</p>
  • Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over owner’s support for true marriage

    04/08/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PORTLAND, OR, April 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A soon-to-be opened natural foods store in Oregon is in danger of never opening its doors after homosexual activists publicized remarks its Mormon owner made online supporting true marriage and organized a boycott targeting not just the store, but its suppliers. Chauncy Childs had planned to open Moreland Farmers Pantry, an organic, locally-sourced grocery store, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. But because of comments she made under a pseudonym during a discussion on Facebook last year in which she defended true marriage and said business owners should have the right to refuse...
  • Wisconsin Civil-Rights March:Prosecutors targeting conservatives lose in federal court

    04/12/2014 7:30:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-11-14 | WSJ
    Score another one for free political speech. On Tuesday, Federal District Judge Rudolph Randa soundly rejected a motion to dismiss a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Wisconsin prosecutors who are investigating the political activities of conservative groups (but not liberals). In a 19-page ruling, Judge Randa wrote that Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O'Keefe's claim that the unlawful investigation violates his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights may proceed. Mr. O'Keefe has standing to bring the lawsuit because "chilled speech is, unquestionably, an injury supporting standing" and that claim doesn't depend on whether he is charged with a crime; "the threat...
  • Hollywood celebrity looks forward to religion being treated like racism

    04/09/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 4/9/2014 | M Donnelly
    <p>‘as time goes on, weirdly, I’m growing less liberal. I’m more like, ‘No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!’.</p>
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case

    04/07/2014 11:31:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 2:13 PM EDT | Jeri Clausing
    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. The justices left in place a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling last year that said Elane Photography violated New Mexico’s Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph the same-sex ceremony “in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.” …
  • Federal Law Bans Homofascist Conspiracies (Brendan Eich Take Notice)

    04/06/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by nd76 · 12 replies
    United States Code ^ | 06/25/1948 | Congress
    It is actually illegal for two or more people to get together to do what they did to Brendan Eich. Title 18, Section 241 of the United States Code states as follows: If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on...
  • Mozilla Chief Learns, if You Don’t Support Gay Marriage, You Don’t Deserve a Job

    04/04/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    As we enter this golden age of tolerance and diversity, the nation’s gay rights community is sending a warning message to Americans: If you don’t support gay marriage, you don’t deserve a job. Apparently, Brendan Eich did not get that message. He’s the former chief executive officer at Mozilla, the technology group that gave us the Firefox Web browser. Eich resigned under a firestorm of controversy after it was revealed he had donated $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that protected traditional marriage. It’s unclear who outed Eich. But that really doesn’t matter. Once his donation...
  • Court: NYC can ban church service in public school

    04/03/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:53 PM EDT | Tom Hays
    In the latest chapter of a long-running legal fight over separation of church and state, a federal appeals court again ruled on Thursday that New York City school officials can ban a small Christian congregation from holding weekend services in a grade school. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a city Department of Education policy that prohibits church services in public schools is constitutional. The policy allows religious and other community organizations to use classrooms and other facilities for after-hours programs, but denies access to those seeking to use the space as a “house of worship.” …
  • Ted Cruz: Religious liberties under attack

    04/02/2014 10:22:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2014 1:09 PM EDT | Philip Elliott and Alan Suderman
    Possible Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said Wednesday that religious Americans have a duty to take a stand against policies, such as President Barack Obama’s health care law, that could threaten their liberties. “As believers, we are called to action; not just sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel but to stand and speak no matter what the consequence,” the Texas senator told students at Liberty University. “Religious liberty has never been more under attack.” …
  • New Jersey High School Senior Suspended for Flying Confederate Flag

    03/30/2014 6:25:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/28/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    17-year-old Gregory Vied was suspended for flying a confederate flag atop his pickup truck, "which was parked in the student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township." According to News 12 New Jersey, Vied said he was suspended on March 25th after being repeatedly told he could not fly the flag.
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • Gov. Scott Walker refuses to take down religious tweet

    03/24/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24 Mar 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, “Philippians 4:13.” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” the verse reads. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ,...
  • DOJ to Supreme Court: Killing Human Embryo in Womb is Not Abortion

    03/23/2014 8:19:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 170 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 23, 2014 - 9:46 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Justice Department is telling the Supreme Court that killing a human embryo by preventing the embryo from implanting in his or her mother’s uterus is not an “abortion” and, thus, drugs that kill embryos this way are not “abortion-inducing” drugs. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. The crux of the administration’s argument in this case is that when Christians form a corporation they give up the right to freely exercise their religion—n.b. live according to their Christian beliefs—in the way they run their business. It is in...