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  • Dems on FEC move to regulate internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

    10/24/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by knak · 63 replies
    In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report. Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said. The powerplay followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote...
  • Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior

    10/21/2014 5:04:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It's time for them to start standing up for religious liberty. The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are stewing in their apathy. It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences. This nightmare began Oct. 7, when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated Idaho's marriage...
  • Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!

    10/21/2014 4:08:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    It all started in September, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman issued an "overly broad" subpoena for the sermons of select ministers who opposed the city's equal rights ordinance. Because of intense national opposition from even Texas' attorney general, this past Wednesday, Parker and Feldman appeared to recant or at least reduce their flagrant overreach and disregard of the ministers' legal protections under the First Amendment. By the weekend, however, the truth came out that they were only using political smoke and mirrors to try to simmer the patriotic fury; they were not changing course to...
  • Religious Liberty Under Attack as City of Houston Subpoenas Church Sermons

    10/19/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by Red6 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The battle over Houston's non-discrimination ordinance has moved from the ballot box to the church pulpit, as a group of pastors fights efforts by the city to subpoena their sermons and private communications with church members. The law, passed last June, was criticized because it could be used to allow men to use women's bathrooms, among other objections. Opponents to the law had collected more than 50,000 signatures to place a repeal measure on the ballot this November, far more than the 17,269 required. However, the City of Houston moved to invalidate the majority of the signatures,...
  • Twitter Blocks #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Campaign That Supports Subpoenaed Houston Pastors

    10/17/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Twitter allegedly blocked a new online campaign designed to support the Houston pastors who were subpoenaed by the city's lawyers demanding that they turn over their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the city's first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The #HoustonWeHaveAProblem campaign and petition were created by Faith Driven Consumer, the same organization that supported and helped to reinstate Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty" after he was thrown off the show for his comments about homosexuality surfaced from a GQ interview.
  • Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

    10/17/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I don’t mean to point out the obvious here—but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It’s a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the city’s attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • Christians Can’t Accept Houston’s Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/17/2014 5:14:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10-16-14 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article “Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents” probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Public University Cracks Down On Students Handing Out Constitution Outside ‘Free Speech Zone’

    10/16/2014 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials and campus cops at Southern Oregon University threatened to call the police on a group of four students who were distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated “free speech zone” last week. The Constitution kerfuffle occurred last Tuesday at the obscure public school in the middle of nowhere, Campus Reform reports. The students, all affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, ironically were also gathering signatures for a petition to end the taxpayer-funded school’s restrictive speech policies. Administrators and school police officers didn’t like it. The four students say they were followed by bureaucrats and cops and threatened...
  • HOUSTON MAYOR BACKS OFF FROM SUBPOENAS TO PASTORS

    10/15/2014 10:35:49 PM PDT · by This Just In · 158 replies
    Breitbart-Texas ^ | October 15, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned. Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.” Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • Burke campaign bars journalist from event with first lady; free press advocates cry foul

    10/09/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter Watchdog ^ | 10-7-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Reporter was barred from covering a campaign rally Tuesday in Madison for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and featuring first lady Michelle Obama. Melissa Baldauff, communications director for the state Democratic Party, informed Wisconsin Reporter on Monday it wasn’t allowed to attend the event at the Overture Center because the online publication isn’t a legitimate news source. This marks the second time in about a week the Burke camp has dictated press coverage of a campaign fundraiser in Wisconsin headlined by the first lady. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Meg Kissinger reported White House and Burke staff tried...
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • Pharmaceuticals decry FDA's social media rules

    09/24/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Pharmaceutical companies say the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new social media rules would have a "chilling" effect on the industry and leave consumers in the dark.The FDA in June released draft guidelines for how drug firms should use social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But pharmaceutical companies are concerned the FDA would hold them responsible for misinformation about their products posted online by third parties that the companies have little to no control over. They say the rules would discourage them from interacting on social networks, leaving consumers without useful information about their products."Given the extraordinary growth of the...
  • Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to...
  • E Pluribus Unum

    09/16/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    On this past 9/11 in Woodruff, South Carolina, several high school students showed up at school with American flags flying from the beds of the pick up trucks they were driving. The school principal confiscated the flags stating, "It was against district policy to draw too much attention to one's vehicle." Well, I don't claim to be the swiftest horse in the corral, so can somebody tell me just what in the hell the principal is taking about? Does it seem to anybody besides me that what the boys were drawing attention to was not their vehicles, but to the...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Moms Demand Action making fudge with “facts

    09/13/2014 9:48:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | unknown
    Miguel at Gun Free Zone has a great post about how Moms Demand Action are busy making fudge. Fudge as in fudging the truth into some bastardized “facts” to promote their flawed message. What flavor of fudge are the Mommies making up in the kitchen? They’re trying to claim that most every mass shooting incident has not occurred in a gun-free zone. How are they coming up with that? They aren’t relying on the FBI’s definition of a mass shooting, but instead counting crime scenes in private homes.
  • Upstate New York braces as Remington Arms packs up to leave

    09/13/2014 8:32:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 99 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/8/2014 | Raquel Okyay
    An upstate New York lawmaker said the loss of manufacturing jobs in the state last month is due to an anti-gun administration that has ignored pleas from local officials to be involved in the negotiating process. “Remington talks have come to a halt,” said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R.-Newport), whose district includes the Village of Ilion, where the Remington Outdoor Company has been located for almost 200 years. “We are losing 105 jobs at the Ilion primary plant,” said Butler. In February he predicted long-term consequences of Remington’s decision to expand to Huntsville, Ala., instead of Ilion, N.Y. The small...
  • After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits “Assault Weapons Are A Myth”

    09/13/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Bob Owens
    In a stunning op-ed released Friday, the NY Times finally admitted that “assault weapons” are a made-up political term fabricated by anti-gun Democrats. Op-ed writer Lois Beckett also admitted that once the term was manufactured and used to outlaw a class of weapons that dishonest anti-gun Democrats had used to con an entire nation, nothing happened.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Silent Coup: Harry Reid’s plan to hand America to liberal billionaires

    09/12/2014 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    “The constitutional amendment before us,” Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, “isn’t about limiting free speech.” Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union. I am sure you two have met before. Writing in June that the nonprofit “strongly opposes” the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLU’s Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal “deceptively complex,” “unnecessary,” “redundant of existing law,” “dangerous for liberties,” “vague,” “overbroad,” “exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes,” and “the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly limit...
  • Man Confronts Reporter for Photographing Private Building from Public Road

    09/12/2014 7:57:34 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 88 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Jeff Gray
    Man Confronts Reporter for Photographing Private Building from Public Road PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was video recording from outside an indistinguishable building in Jacksonville today when it began speaking to him, a booming female voice telling him he was not allowed to take photos. The voice, which was obviously coming from somewhere inside viewing him with a camera, almost seemed to be able to hear Gray speaking back, telling him he must walk to the building’s front gate, which he did, careful not to enter the property of the building. A man then came walking out, acting as if he...
  • Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets

    09/11/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dan Wolken
    (RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday (Sept. 10). Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol. “My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression...
  • States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

    09/04/2014 11:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:08 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Michael Tarm
    A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans....
  • New York’s ‘shut up’ rule

    09/03/2014 10:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Scott Blackburn
    Keep quiet. That’s the message being sent by New York State Board of Elections, which disregarded the First Amendment to enact new “emergency regulations” on political speech that could become permanent at the end of this month. Intended to regulate spending by independent groups during campaign season, the regulations are so expansive that almost anyone, citizen or organization, hoping to have their say on any issue could find themselves in bureaucratic dire straits. Imagine you hear a radio ad where your state representative — let’s call him Fred — claims to oppose higher taxes. But you know that Fred voted...
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • Town Passes Recording Ordinance After Cop Caught Dissing Obama

    08/29/2014 2:38:54 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 11 replies
    Fox9NJ ^ | 08/29/2014 | Meg Baker
    Helmetta, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Steven Wronko is a Helmetta, New Jersey resident who recently taped local police officer, Richard Recine, saying that he doesn't have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Obama doesn't. .... Well now, the Helmetta town council met last night to discuss an ordinance that would ban the unauthorized taping of a public official in a public municipal building, such as the recording Wronko uncovered of officer Recine. .... Wronko went to city hall to file an OPRA request related to the animal shelter because he suspected neglect. That is when and where officer Recine...
  • Journalism Association Demands Apology for...Anti-ISIS Comments

    08/29/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing fire for these comments, made on Outnumbered: [This has been happening] "for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islam…this isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It's the only thing these people understand."
  • Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces

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

    08/23/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 5:51 PM EDT
    Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans. Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The...
  • Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    08/12/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    July 8, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­-- the "Black Mass" there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again. Please help TFP Student Action gather 50,000 petitions. Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not ‘developed’ enough for free speech

    08/05/2014 8:08:34 PM PDT · by bamahead · 75 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 5, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still “developing” and cannot yet handle certain information. Speaking during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) briefing on sexual harassment law in education, Democrat Michael Yaki likened restricting free speech on college campuses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision to ban the death penalty for minors. During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding “slave auction[s]” or celebrating Latino culture by “making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors.” “Certain factors in how the...
  • The IRS’s God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • 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 · 64 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....