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  • 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...
  • Climate Change "Denialists" Should Be Imprisoned

    03/17/2014 3:23:33 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    TheConversation.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Lawrence Torcello
    Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent? Lawrence Torcello, PHILOSPHY professor thinks so. "The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organised campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.
  • AIR FORCE: CHRISTIANS' RELIGIOUS SPEECH NOT LEGALLY PROTECTED RIGHT

    03/16/2014 7:01:44 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse. Last year Breitbart News broke the story of a campaign by anti-Christian extremists to suppress traditional Christian expression within the U.S. military. There were conflicting stories regarding the possible court martial of service members who share...
  • Wisconsin ‘Anti-Speech’ Bubble Zone Suspended

    03/13/2014 6:57:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 3-13-14 | Bethany Monk
    A Wisconsin city on Friday temporarily suspended its “bubble-zones,” which prohibit leafleting and other free speech activities. The new Madison ordinance creates hundreds of these 320-ft. wide spaces. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) calls this “unconstitutional.” ADF filed suit last month on behalf of pro-life groups and individuals challenging the ordinance. Former NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Director Lisa Subeck introduced the law—and chiefly sponsored it. The pro-abortion group aggressively promoted it. “No one should want the government to gag speech just because it doesn’t reflect the government’s views or the views of abortionists,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “For that...
  • In A Free Country, Christian Confectioners Should Not Be Forced To Pack Anyone’s Fudge

    02/27/2014 9:08:55 PM PST · by IChing · 13 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 2/26/14 | Donald Joy
    The philosopher Voltaire famously (and accurately) said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” To those holding most of the power in our country now, “gay is the new black”–and as with the de facto black-supremacy which has taken hold over the decades due to a pervasive litigious and public-relations minefield, gay-supremacy is likewise rapidly catching up, and catching on. Arizona’s already controversial governor, Jan Brewer, has just vetoed a bill passed by her state’s legislature which would have protected business owners who turn away customers out of conscientious objection to...
  • Appeals court in California orders YouTube to remove anti-Muslim film that sparked violence

    02/26/2014 2:44:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | Published February 26, 2014
    A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in many parts of the Middle East, prompting widespread riots and influential clerics calling for the death of an American actress who sued for the removal of the clip from the site. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube by an actress who appeared briefly in the 2012 video that led to rioting and deaths because of its negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Obama’s Trifecta - He's violated each of the First Amendment’s parts

    02/26/2014 3:25:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2014 | George Neumayr
    The First Amendment has three parts to it: the protection of religious freedom, the protection of speech and press, and the protection of the people’s right to assembly and petition. In all three categories, the Obama administration’s record is outrageous: it has forced the religious to finance free contraceptives, treated some journalists as potential criminals, and sought to undermine political speech and action through “campaign finance reform” and IRS harassment. Conforming to the Obama administration’s pattern of disregarding the First Amendment in total is this month’s news: a Federal Communications Commission plan, now thwarted, to gather information on newsroom practices....
  • Obama crackdown on press freedom escalates

    02/21/2014 6:21:16 PM PST · by onyx · 24 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | by BEN SHAPIRO
    Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief. Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a...
  • Arizona governor asked to nix bill angering gays

    02/21/2014 10:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2014 6:56 PM EST | Bob Christie and Terry Tang
    Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the state. The legislation allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, and all eyes are on Republican Gov. Jan Brewer as she decides whether to sign the bill. A decision is likely next week. The conservative governor is already feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill passed late Thursday. A prominent Phoenix group believes it would be...
  • Joe Goebbels, Move over - The Alarming FCC Incursion

    02/21/2014 11:15:41 AM PST · by harpu · 27 replies
    www.clashdaily.com ^ | 02/21/2014 | Marilyn Assenheim
    The Federal Communications Commission is an “independent government agency” and was born when Congress signed the Communications Act of 1934. Its purpose, as reported by AllGov.com, was to prevent a monopoly of the airwaves: “Concerned over the growing power of large corporations and conglomerates…President Franklin Roosevelt wanted the FCC to make sure the country’s budding mass communications systems did not fall into the hands of a select few.” Today’s interpretation would add the caveat “unless that monopoly is the government.” Thursday, news broke that the FCC plans to plant “researchers” (read “agents”) in every print newsroom, internet news outlet, television...
  • Michigan Students Protest Libs

    02/21/2014 7:18:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 21, 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    In a bold move on today’s politically correct campuses, a group of brave libertarian students at the University of Michigan recently decided to stand up and tell the school that they were, in effect, “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” In a no-holds-barred letter to the powers that be, the students said they were “sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens, watching their administration fawn over and pander to a vocal group of radical students while they are treated like pariahs” according to The College Fix. In the letter, they explained that while “nearly...
  • 'There's no room for anything manly now': Feminist speaks out AGAINST the loss of masculine virtues

    02/19/2014 10:31:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2013 | Staff
    Our society is neutering boys of their maleness at a young age, while the lack of people with military experience in important positions is a recipe for disaster, claims Camille Paglia, the controversial lesbian author and social critic. Self-described ‘dissident feminist’ Paglia, 66, believes that attempts to deny the biological distinctions between men and women is to blame for the much that is wrong with modern society. 'What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide’ she told the Wall Street Journal. Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is well known for her critical views...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?

    02/18/2014 3:32:28 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 130 replies
    aclj.org ^ | February 18, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.” As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall...
  • 1st Amendment Uproar: University Removes Pro-Life Poster, Says 'We Have to Keep It Happy,,,

    02/17/2014 4:41:06 AM PST · by blueyon · 19 replies
    IJReview ^ | 2/14/2014 | Emily Hulsey
    "1st Amendment Uproar: University Removes Pro-Life Poster, Says 'We Have to Keep It Happy for Everybody' " Officials at the University of Alabama are facing criticism for taking down a student organization’s pro-life display. The poster, which features pictures of unborn babies and mothers who died after an abortion, was sponsored by student group Bama Students for Life. University officials stated that the display was taken down after they received complaints that the images were graphic and offensive.
  • When Will Social Conservatives Stop Demanding Special Rights?

    02/14/2014 7:48:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2014 | Josh Barro
    This week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2453, "An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage." Despite its name, this bill isn't about religious freedom. It's about creating new special rights (yes, those dreaded special rights) for people with anti-gay views. The bill would protect the ability of any individual, government agency, or "religious entity" (which includes a business operated in accordance with owner's religious views) to refuse service based on sincere religious beliefs about sex or gender, and to refuse to recognize any marriage or similar arrangement for those reasons — even if such service...
  • Oklahoma Restaurant Owner Comes Under Fire Because He Doesn't 'Want Gays Around’

    02/10/2014 12:11:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 | Irving DeJohn
    Gary James, of Gary’s Chicaros, said he can easily spot a ‘freak’ or ‘f’ A man in a wheelchair claims he was denied service, and the small-town restaurant has been slammed nationwide for its hateful views.This Oklahoma eatery will certainly leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. Outspoken Enid, Okla., restaurateur Gary James has come under heavy scrutiny recently for his unsavory language and controversial views surrounding minorities and homosexuals. Patrons claim that Gary's Chicaros dishes out a side of bigotry with each meal. These shocking revelations became public after a handicapped patron came forward to say he...
  • Obama: ‘Freedom of Religion Is Under Threat’

    02/06/2014 2:00:04 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jared A. Favole
    President Barack Obama said religious freedom is under threat, and highlighted the plight of two American Christians held in North Korea and Iran. In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of lawmakers and numerous faith leaders, Mr. Obama said it’s clear that “around the world freedom of religion is under threat.” He said the U.S. works with countries that don’t live up to America’s standard of religious tolerance and pointed to China as an example. He said America’s relationship with the Chinese is important to the world but said that he stresses in meetings with Chinese...
  • Gen. Boykin to Congress: Religious Liberty Must Be Affirmed, Cherished in Military

    02/04/2014 7:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2014 - 5:06 PM | Penny Starr
    In a statement put into the record at a Jan. 29, 2014 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel, retired Lt. Gen. William “Gerry” Boykin, said religious liberty is a “core value of our nation,” and that religious beliefs “sustain” troops who face harm or death in the course of performing their duties. “In sum, religious freedom and expression is not something to be given begrudging accommodation,” Boykin, the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command, said on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC) as its executive vice president. “It is a core value...
  • Should Neo-Nazis Be Allowed Free Speech?

    01/31/2014 5:53:39 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 80 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01-30-2014 | Thane Rosenbaun
    New studies show that unbridled hateful speech can cause emotional harm. Is it time for the United States to follow other democracies and impose limits on what Neo-Nazis and other haters say? Over the past several weeks, free speech has gotten costlier—at least in France and Israel. In France, Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, an anti-Semitic stand-up comic infamous for popularizing the quenelle, an inverted Nazi salute, was banned from performing in two cities. M’Bala M’Bala has been repeatedly fined for hate speech, and this was not the first time his act was perceived as a threat to public order. Meanwhile, Israel’s...
  • Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case

    01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin
    In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For The IRS To Stop The Tea Party

    01/25/2014 10:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York's senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as...
  • Schumer: Democrats Enable Tea Party to Bash Government

    01/25/2014 11:00:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | January 23, 2014 | Kristina Peterson
    Democrats have long enabled the tea party movement to villainize the federal government, Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said in a speech Thursday. In an address at the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund, Mr. Schumer said the grassroots conservative groups won over voters by convincing them that government overreach caused their economic problems — an argument Democrats have done too little to rebut. “When the tea party elite came in and said, ‘Government is your problem,’ we didn’t say: ‘No, it isn’t. It’s part of your solution,’” said Mr. Schumer, a member of Senate Democratic leadership. Tea party...
  • Supreme Court Will Review Ohio Law Criminalizing ‘Lies’ About Politicians

    01/23/2014 9:00:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 22, 2014 - 3:33 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The U.S. Supreme Court announced on January 10th that it will consider a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law that makes it a crime to “lie” about political candidates, which a pro-life PAC says was used to censor its political speech during the 2010 mid-term congressional election. […] The lawsuit was sparked by an Ohio State Election Commission ruling that there was probable cause that four billboards SBA List planned to put up in former Congressman Steven Driehaus’ district during his reelection campaign were “malicious lies” under Ohio’s False Statement Law. Fourteen other states have similar laws on the...
  • IRS Sets Sights on Secret Hollywood Conservative Group

    01/23/2014 9:20:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    Newsmax IRS Sets Sights on Secret Hollywood Conservative Group Thursday, January 23, 2014 09:28 AM By: Drew MacKenzie A conservative group in Hollywood, shrouded in secrecy for fear of a backlash from powerful movie industry liberals, is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service after applying for tax-exempt status. Friends of Abe has attempted to stay under the radar and is fiercely determined to protect the identity of its 1,500 members, The New York Times reports. But now the group has come under the scrutiny of the IRS after the federal agency requested information about its meetings with politicians including...
  • Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple

    01/22/2014 6:41:31 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 101 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/21/14 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community. Last year, the bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, of Portland, citing their Christian beliefs....
  • Obama Proclaims ‘Religious Freedom Day’ While Fighting 91 Religious Liberty Lawsuits

    01/19/2014 9:52:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2014 - 4:08 PM | Craig Bannister
    On Wednesday, Pres. Obama declared today “Religious Freedom Day”—even as his administration continues its court fights against those seeking religious liberty. While fighting 91 different lawsuits against his HHS mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives, Obama even vowed to “remain committed to promoting religious freedom” in his proclamation. …
  • The new intolerance: will we regret pushing Christians out of public life?

    01/18/2014 8:39:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New Statesman ^ | January 14, 2014 | Cristina Odone, deputy editor
    I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to discuss traditional marriage – and the state was trying to stop me. Incredible, in a 21st-century European country, but true. I was invited to speak at a conference on marriage last summer, to be held at the Law Society in London. The government had just launched a public consultation on changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. The conference was a chance for supporters of traditional marriage to contribute to the debate. The participants included a retired philosophy professor, a representative of the Catholic archdiocese of Westminster, the chairman of the Tory...
  • Obama Secretly Signs No Free Speech Bill

    01/17/2014 3:36:56 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 27 replies
    Mr. Conservative ^ | 1/17/14 | Robert Rich
    Long gone may the days be where the people of the United States have the right to express themselves freely under the First Amendment. Obama just signed a bill into law secretly that allows for Secret Service to arrest anyone publicly protesting within their vicinity. The bill turned law, H.R. 347, has passed through congress with little objection from either side, or the American public. This could be on account of lawmakers sneaking it through congress allowing for no real discussion on the matter until after it was passed. The law effectively allows for secret service, or anyone under secret...
  • Huckabee talks religious liberty, 2016 campaign

    01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Shawn Hendricks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mike Huckabee says he won't be seeking the title of "America's pastor" if he decides to run for president in 2016. Instead, he would seek to be a servant leader who is both "salt and light" in today's culture. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, said he won't make any political announcements until after the midterm elections. A busy speaker and the host of "Huckabee," the Fox News channel talk show, he said his concern for the nation's direction could be the deciding factor. "I just feel like our country is...
  • Mike Huckabee wants to ban the term 'RINO'

    01/14/2014 11:17:19 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 115 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/14/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    "Many of you used a term that I’d like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party: RINO," he said, calling it a "pejorative term" that questioned one's purity. Huckabee pointed out that he got a tweet from someone who complained that he was a RINO, which upset him. "With all due respect, I’ve fought in the trenches of Republican politics for over two decades, but I wouldn’t pretend that I’m lord over determining who the real Republicans are versus the so-called RINOs," he said.
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian — it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • Phil Robertson is my 1st Amendment blood brother

    12/26/2013 6:19:03 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/26/2013 | Ted Nugent
    No beer in the Rose Garden is going to calm things down. The “Duck Dynasty” guys are standing by their man. And sadly the A&E gang is standing with the politically correct cult of denial, which wants to muzzle the free speech of those with whom it disagrees. This is all the result of one of the “Duck Dynasty” guys, Phil Robertson, stating what he and many millions of Americans believe about the Bible and homosexuals in a GQ magazine interview. Welcome to the culture-war party, Phil. State a commonly held belief and watch the other side go ballistic. You...
  • On Free Speech, Sarah Palin and Mark Steyn are Right

    12/23/2013 3:53:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 23, 2013 | David French
    Is someone really violating your right of “free speech” if they’re not using the power of the state to censor you? What if they’re “only” trying to get you fired, shamed out of public life, universally reviled, and left as a laughingstock — all without taking even a moment to address the conservative’s underlying argument? To some, that’s just a battle of free speech (conservative comment) versus free speech (lefty efforts to ruin your life), and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to be reminded of the law, thank you very much. The other side of the argument – the Mark...
  • Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare

    12/19/2013 5:56:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Reform: In yet another legal blow to the president's signature law, a federal judge rules that its contraceptive mandate does not trump Catholic groups' right to exercise their religious liberty and conscience. Religious liberty advocates and First Amendment defenders are cheering the stunning decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in New York that promises to speed up the unraveling of ObamaCare. Cogan not only found that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that requires health insurance to include contraceptive coverage was constitutionally questionable, he actually forbade HHS from enforcing it. As the New York Post details, in...
  • Howard Dean: Employers Have No Right to Make Health Decisions, But Gov't Does

    12/02/2013 5:13:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a liberal Democrat, says decisions about health care should rest with the federal government, not with individual employers who pay for their workers' health insurance. "So, you know, this is one country," Dean told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday. "We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court. We'll see what the court does, but I don't think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to...
  • Scotus Deciding If ObamaCare Trumps Religious Liberty

    11/27/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge by a Christian-owned store chain against the HHS birth-control mandate that requires businesses to provide contraception coverage, a violation of religious conscience. Some 16 months after the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a constitutional form of taxation, some 40 for-profit companies are about to find out its constitutionality on another front — whether they must cover some or all forms of birth control if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The nation's highest court has agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of a June decision by the U.S. 10th Circuit...
  • Huntington Beach Bar Fights To Save Sign That Salutes Veterans

    11/26/2013 6:42:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    CBS Local Los Angeles ^ | November 26, 2013 12:11 AM | Staff
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Veterans are rallying around a local bar whose owners say they have been ordered to removed a sign that salutes their service. “Thank a veteran for your freedom!” says a large sign perched above Johnny’s Booze and Pool. Vets love it and make up a significant part of the establishment’s clientele. “I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost … I struggled a lot when I first came back,” an Army vet told CBS2′s Stacey Butler. But someone complained to the city about the sign, and now the bar’s owners...