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  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Liberty

    07/08/2020 3:07:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | July 8, 2020 | White House
    Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a big win for religious freedom and freedom of conscience.  Almost a decade ago, the Obama administration attempted to force employers, including religious nonprofits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, in violation of their religious beliefs.  Twice before in this ongoing saga, the Supreme Court has blocked these overly rigid and misguided efforts and sided with religious freedom.  Today, it has once again vindicated the conscience rights of people of faith.Since Day One, the Trump Administration has sought to lift burdens on...
  • Supreme Court upholds Trump exemptions to Obamacare contraceptive mandate

    07/08/2020 11:51:05 AM PDT · by lastchance · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | Melissa Quinn
    Washington The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration's broad exemptions to employers who raise religious or moral objections to providing free birth control coverage, paving the way for more employers to opt out of a provision of the Obama-era health care law that has been at the center of a long-running dispute before the courts.

    07/08/2020 7:27:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The First Amendment protects the right of religious institutions to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine. Kedroff v. Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Russian Orthodox Church in North America, 344 U. S. 94, 116. Applying this principle, this Court held in HosannaTabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, 565 U. S. 171, that the First Amendment barred a court from entertaining an employment discrimination claim brought by an elementary school teacher, Cheryl Perich, against the religious school where she taught. Adopting the so-called ministerial exception to laws...
  • Companies That Boycott Facebook Continue to Advertise on Russian Social Media Platform

    07/07/2020 6:44:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2020 | Alana Goodman
    Advertisers that are now boycotting Facebook to protest "hate speech" have spent years running ads and marketing campaigns on a Russian social media platform that bans gay-rights groups and is known as a haven for white supremacists. Over 100 companies announced a boycott of Facebook last week in protest of divisive political speech on the website. The boycott coincides with a public pressure campaign led by Joe Biden and other top Democrats to press Facebook to enforce stricter control over President Trumps postings. But many of these companiesincluding Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Adidas, and Reebokhave been regular advertisers on VK, a popular...
  • Survive the ascendancy of wokeness: Become 'anti-fragile' Exclusive: Patrice Lewis offers tips that'll allow you to actually exercise your free-speech rights

    07/04/2020 8:23:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 7/3/2020 | Patrice Lewis
    In an interesting American Thinker piece entitled "How to Fight the Woke and Win," the author included a piece of advice called "Become Anti-Fragile" as follows: "In war, you must always secure your supply lines. One of the Woke's most powerful weapons is economic pressure, so take that away from them as much as possible. Being anti-fragile will allow you to stand firm when you need to speak the truth." [Emphasis added.] (Continued below)
  • Judicial Watch Files First Amendment Lawsuit Against DC Mayor [Weekly Update]

    07/03/2020 11:17:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 2, 2020 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues to Expose Full Truth Behind Obama Unmasking/Spy Abuses Judicial Watch Files First Amendment Lawsuit Against DC Because No One Is Above the Law! Supreme Court Allows the Abortion Industry to Set Abortion Policy Happy Independence Day! Judicial Watch Sues to Expose Full Truth Behind Obama Unmasking/Spy Abuses The term unmasking refers to the practice of political appointees obtaining the identities of American citizens referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals. Unmasking has a legitimate purpose, but in the final months of the Obama administration his lieutenants were abusing the process as they frantically looked for...
  • California Bans Singing in Church

    07/03/2020 7:03:41 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/2/2020 | Joel B. Pollack
    "The State of California has banned singing in any indoor religious services, even with masks on, under new guidelines issued by the Department of Public Health to control the spread of the coronavirus. The new guidelines state (emphasis added): Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved...
  • Congratulations, Dummies: You Canceled the First Black Oscar Winner

    07/02/2020 6:22:46 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 32 replies
    Now that were in the book-burning stage of the revolution, Black Lives Matter has managed to cancel one of the most historically significant films in American history. And in doing so, they have all but erased the film career of the first black Oscar winner. Nice going, idiots! Whats your next trick going to be? Burning down all the grocery stores in black neighborhoods? Oh, wait During the ongoing streaming wars that have been happening under the radar, entertainment companies are gobbling up the rights to classic films. Each company hopes that its exclusive content will be enough reason for...
  • Boston Arts Commission votes to remove statue of Lincoln with freed slave

    06/30/2020 11:24:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 01 2020 | Vincent Barone
    The Boston Arts Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a public monument depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed slave. The Emancipation Memorial in Park Square a replica of the original standing in Washington, D.C. will be taken down with an art conservator to document, recommend how the bronze statue is removed, supervise its removal and placement into temporary storage, the motion reads. As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, its important that we look at the stories being told by the public art in all our neighborhoods, Boston...
  • Supreme Court Rules That Foreign Soros-Backed Operatives Do Not Have First Amendment Rights

    06/30/2020 8:57:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | Jun 29, 2020 | By Shane Trejo
    The ruling was against the Soros-backed Alliance for Open Society International. The Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday making it clear that a major front of progressive billionaire oligarch George Soros does not have 1st Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. In the case of Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts ruled against 1st Amendment right for the Soros front. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented against the majority while Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the...

    06/28/2020 12:23:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 26, 2020 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    MAJOR VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: The Merits of the Case With the decision in Soos v. Cuomo, federal district Judge Gary L. Sharpe has removed religious gatherings from the virtual ghetto in which Governor Cuomo, his Attorney General and New Yorks Mayor Bill de Blasio had placed them under Cuomos crazy-quilt scheme of executive orders by which he is enforcing his increasingly indefensible, and in many applications patently ridiculous, COVID-19 lockdown. Before this decision, religious gatherings alone were confined to 25% of building capacity while secular businesses, manufacturing facilities, nonprofits, office environments of all kinds and even restaurants with permitted...
  • Cuomo, de Blasio wrong to limit worship services, condone mass protests: federal judge

    06/26/2020 11:44:53 AM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 26 June A.D. 2020 | Caleb Parke
    A federal judge said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio "exceeded" their executive limits by limiting worship services and condoning mass protests as the state continues to reopen from coronavirus restrictions. U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe issued a preliminary injunction Friday on behalf of two Catholic priests -- Steven Soos and Nicholas Stamos -- and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants -- Elchanan Perr, Daniel Schonborn, and Mayer Mayerfeld -- in Brooklyn, represented by the Thomas More Society.... De Blasio had "simultaneous pro-protest/anti-religious gathering messages" when he "actively...
  • US 5th Circuit: "The First Amendment does not allow our leaders to decide which rights to honor and which to ignore." (my title)

    06/19/2020 2:07:37 AM PDT · by abb · 15 replies
    U. S . Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit ^ | June 18, 2020 | Gregg Costa & James Ho
    For people of faith demoralized by coercive shutdown policies, that raises a question: If officials are now exempting protesters, how can they justify continuing to restrict worshippers? The answer is that they cant. Government does not have carte blanche, even in a pandemic, to pick and choose which First Amendment rights are open and which remain closed. Instead, laws that burden religion while exempting the non-religious must pass strict scrutiny. SeeChurch of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, 508 U.S. 520, 546 (1993). The burden on religion must be justified by a compelling governmental interest, and the...
  • Curfew in area around Tulsa's BOK Center effective at 10 p.m. Thursday

    06/18/2020 8:56:18 PM PDT · by MNDude · 28 replies
    Tulsa police announced a curfew for areas around the BOK Center ahead of President Donald Trumps scheduled campaign rally. In a Facebook post Thursday evening, police announced that an area of downtown will be off limits from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday ahead of the rally. The curfew will again take effect after the rally until 6 a.m. Sunday. The curfew is the result of an executive order from Mayor G.T. Bynum, which cites both local and nationwide unrest in recent weeks as the rationale for the curfew.
  • Catholic priests, Orthodox Jews sue Cuomo, de Blasio over reopening plan: Blatant double-standard

    06/18/2020 5:14:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/14/20 | Caleb Parke
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are using coronavirus restrictions as a "blatant double standard" to discriminate against people of faith, using threats of fines and criminal prosecution, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another? Christopher Ferrara, Thomas More Society special counsel, said in a statement to Fox News. These orders, both the emergency stay-home and reopening plan declarations, clearly discriminate against houses of worship,"...
  • Monuments, Memorials, and the Mob Mentality

    06/18/2020 4:57:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 18, 2020 | Evan Berryhill
    Weve reached a breaking point with cancel culture. Weve seen extremists topple and deface historic statues of Christopher Columbus and Sir Winston Churchill. Thousands have signed a petition to remove a statue in Boston featuring Lincoln and a freed slave. Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are now canceled. Cancel culture has come for the childrens show Paw Patrol. They tried to cancel Dominos Pizza simply for tweeting thanks to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany 8 years ago for a compliment she tweeted at them. Next on the list will be classic shows like Seinfeld, characters like Barney Fife, and...
  • 'Leftist lie': Black Lives Matter post could cost Northeastern principal his job (fired for FB posting an anti-BLM video by black conservatives)

    06/17/2020 5:20:32 PM PDT · by tellw · 19 replies
    York Dispatch ^ | June 16, 2020 | Lindsay C VanAsdalan, York Dispatch
    The Northeastern superintendent is recommending the school board fire an intermediate school principal accused of sharing a social media post calling Black Lives Matter a "lie." At Monday's virtual meeting, the school board unanimously authorized the administration to summon Shallow Brook Intermediate School Principal Scott D'Orazio for a hearing before the board. The hearing would only be open to the public if D'Orazio agrees to open it, and his employment status would be determined by a board vote then, district solicitor William J. Zee said in an email Tuesday. The time and date of the hearing have not yet been...
  • Dem Rep: Religious Liberty Is a Bogus Term

    06/16/2020 5:08:40 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 36 replies
    freebeacon ^ | JUNE 15, 2020 | Paul Crookston
    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D., N.Y.) said Monday that religious liberty is a "bogus term" that merely serves as a "pretext for discrimination." Maloney was celebrating the morning's high-profile victory for LGBT rights at the Supreme Court, but he took time to criticize the author of the decision, Justice Neil Gorsuch, for having supported religious liberty. "We know that Neil Gorsuch is a supporter of so-called religious liberty, which is a bogus termit is actually some sort of pretext for discrimination hiding behind the guise of religion," Maloney said. "I'm still on the lookout for that from the author of...
  • Mark Zuckerberg blasts Trump for incendiary rhetoric in response to scientists' misinformation complaint

    06/12/2020 2:04:25 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12 2020 | Dom Calicchio
    In a letter appearing online Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan write that President Trumps divisive and incendiary rhetoric has left them deeply shaken and disgusted in a volatile time that they say requires unity in the U.S. Writing under the letterhead of their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which focuses on technology solutions to social problems, the couple were responding to last weeks call by more than 270 scientists that Facebook address what the scientists described as misinformation appearing on social media. A copy of the Chan-Zuckerberg letter was posted on Twitter by Recode journalist Teddy Schleifer.
  • UN human rights expert recommends changes in US policing

    07/27/2016 3:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2016 6:04 PM EDT | Sarah Grace Taylor
    A United Nations human rights expert is recommending changes in the way protests are handled in the United States, saying the process of issuing permits for demonstrations is arbitrary and could easily lead to discrimination against certain groups. Maina Kiai of Kenya, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, offered preliminary findings Wednesday from his visits this month to seven U.S. cities including the sites of this years Democratic and Republican political conventions to investigate how the U.S. upholds its citizens rights of assembly and association. Kiais full report to the United Nations will...