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  • Pope opens synod; calls for welcoming Church but no gay marriage

    10/04/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. Francis presided at a solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to open the meeting, known as a synod, on the theme of the family in the modern world.
  • University: The Last Bastion of Free Speech?

    10/01/2015 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 3 replies
    Attorney Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jaye Lyn Ryan
    What the UC Regents are doing here is a form of thought police that nips the expression of ideas in the bud, and put a student or professor in jeopardy for sharing an idea, or exploring a notion aloud. University is not about being sheltered from new and controversial ideas. University is where ideas are allowed to flourish or die on their own merits, for the benefit of the world. Full Article HERE - Criminal Defense of First Amendment
  • Archbishop:'True Intention Behind' Push for Same-Sex Marriage is 'Imposition of Totalitarian System'

    08/27/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    CNS ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mark Judge
    Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agana, Guam has posted a message on his archdiocesean website stating that the “true intention” behind the push for same-sex marriage “has always been about the destruction of the family and the imposition of a totalitarian system.” The archbishop also predicted the next step in the process would be to use the education system so “that our children, your children, will be forced to assimilate to this pattern of non-gender.” “It is important to understand that the political pressure to push the agenda for same sex ‘marriage’ has never been about gay rights; the true...
  • Pope Francis Says Government Workers Have The Right To Refuse To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

    09/28/2015 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>September 28, 2015 Pope Francis Says Government Workers Have The Right To Refuse To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses By Rick Moran Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from the U.S. today that government workers issuing gay marriage licesnses have a "human right" to refuse to do their duty if it goes against their conscience.</p>
  • Obama Warns Christians: Gay Rights More Important Than Religious Freedom

    09/28/2015 7:43:26 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/27/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    As Pope Francis flew back to Rome, President Obama issued a stern warning to Christians, warning them their attempts to assert their religious liberty to oppose gay rights would fail. We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions, he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress made on gay rights under his administration. But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesnt grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights. The fundraiser for the...
  • Obama says religious freedom is not an excuse to deny gay people and other's constitutional rights

    Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.
  • Gay marriage fight shifts as politicians spy an opportunity

    09/20/2015 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2015 10:55 AM EDT | Adam Beam
    Politicians who may have thought they wouldnt have to say much at all about gay marriage once the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it now must answer a different question: Do you support Kim Davis? The Rowan County clerk, who has become a darling of many conservatives despite being a Democrat, cited Gods authority and religious liberty in choosing jail time over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Some social conservatives have cast Davis as a hero, shifting the gay marriage debate from one about civil libertiesa matter that appeared to have been settledto one about religious liberty.
  • Students Win First Amendment Lawsuit on Constitution Day

    09/18/2015 7:46:51 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/18/2015 | Mary Lou Byrd
    Students whose flyers were censored by Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, won their First Amendment lawsuit Thursdayon Constitution Daywhen a settlement was reached restoring students rights to free speech. Three students filed the lawsuit after their flyers, with unflattering depictions of President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, were banned by the university. Dixie State claimed no flyers that mock or disparage individuals were allowed. As part of Thursdays settlement, Dixie State agreed to revise campus policies to meet First Amendment standards. These include the universitys unconstitutional flyer approval process, posting policies, club...
  • Hitler Would Be Proud

    09/13/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Invoking Hitler usually is done by an over-the-top left-wing politician about something a Republican did which has nothing to do with the actual situation. Using the name of Hitler for a Jew in any other context than historical debates or reminiscing about Mel Brooks The Producers should always be done with great caution. But the stifling of free speech permeating our society warrants this deviation from my long-standing policy. To me there remains nothing as sacrosanct as protecting rights under the First Amendment to the Constitution. As I often repeat, there is a reason it is the First Amendment. My...
  • First They Came For The Christians

    09/06/2015 5:58:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 6, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    We live in a fundamentally transformed America where Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis is thrown in jail for refusing to issue a lesbian couple a marriage license in violation of her religious beliefs but San Francisco officials who violated the law, created a sanctuary city, and harbored an illegal criminal alien charged with the murder of Kate Steinle, are not? Kim Davis, we are told, is obligated as a public official under the law, as determined by the Supreme Court, which was not established to write laws to issue such licenses. But then are we saying Christians cant be...
  • [Satire] Judge Defends Jailing of Kentucky Clerk

    09/05/2015 8:26:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was led away in shackles after U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her to be held in jail until she agrees to comply with his orders. Bunning justified the harsh treatment calling "contempt of court among the most serious offenses against the rule of law in this country. The humiliation of shackles and the open-ended nature of the incarceration is needed to strike fear into both Ms. Davis and others who night contemplate challenging our authority." The judge belittled Davis' contention that her natural right...
  • No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on... (Salon)

    09/04/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies ^ | 8/4/15 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Full Title: No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on the disturbing bigots-get-rich-quick trend Subtitle: If the plan was to fundraise, more platforms aren't going to play along Its a narrative so familiar by now that we can all recite the script. As Sarah Thyre laid it out Thursday: 1. Jail 2. Book deal/Fox News guest 3. jillion dollar @gofundme page w/donations from fellow bigots. And with the developments this week in the case of Kim Davis, who was indeed jailed not for being a Christian but being in contempt of court, many presumed that this was the...
  • Ted Cruz Blasts Jailing of Christian Kentucky Clerk as Un-American

    09/04/2015 9:27:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 4, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Ted Cruz slammed the decision by a federal judge to order a Kentucky county clerk to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her Christian faith, labeling it un-American.Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny, the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement Thursday afternoon. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.Cruz declared that he stands with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis unequivocally for refraining from issuing any marriage licenses in the more than two-month...
  • Ted Cruz indifferent to rule of law in Kim Davis case (MSNBC)

    09/04/2015 7:30:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/04/15 | Steve Benen
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemns President Obama – a frequent occurrence – the far-right national candidate often emphasizes the rule of law. Cruz doesn’t just think the president is wrong; he thinks Obama is a tyrannical dictator who flouts legal norms. “The pattern we’ve seen under President Obama, disregarding the law, is really one of the most troubling aspects of this presidency,” Cruz said last year. “When he disagrees with the law … he simply refuses to comply with it.” The Republican senator added that the president is “lawless.” But that was in 2014. In 2015, Cruz sees Kentucky...
  • Federal Judge Says Hes Above Natural Law as He Tosses Clerk Kim Davis in Jail [terrifying quote]

    09/03/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 121 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/3/15 | Scott Ott
    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Shes an elected official, and cant be fired except by voters in her county, so a federal judge had her thrown in jail today. I expected as much. Any true civil-disobedience act must come with the willingness to bear the legal consequences of your extra-legal behavior. Davis politely thanked the judge before being carted off to the clink.If it were me, I also would have submitted to the governing authority, but not without a resounding SAY WHAT, YOUR HONOR?! after he said this The idea of natural...
  • Ted Cruz rips jailing of Kim Davis: This is not America

    09/03/2015 4:23:17 PM PDT · by Isara · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz criticized a federal judge for ordering a Kentucky county clerk to be jailed after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The Texas senator said he unequivocal stands with Kim Davis, who was put in federal custody for contempt after testifying before Judge David L. Bunning Thursday that marriage is between one man and one woman. Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny, Mr. Cruz said in a statement. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (, in his latest video ( says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • Courts Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences

    08/17/2015 10:27:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-17-2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON It is not too early to identify the sleeper case of the last Supreme Court term. In an otherwise minor decision about a municipal sign ordinance, the court in June transformed the First Amendment. ...It would have been easy to strike down the ordinance under existing First Amendment principles. In a concurrence, Justice Elena Kagan said the ordinance failed even the laugh test. But Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for six justices, used the occasion to announce that lots of laws are now subject to the most searching form of First Amendment review, called strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny requires...
  • High school students told to remove American flags from trucks

    08/14/2015 12:50:36 PM PDT · by Dacula · 98 replies
    WSB TV ^ | 8-14-15 | Craig Lucie A high school student says when his mother came to pick him up in his truck that was flying an American flag, a staff member told them it wasnt allowed to be flown on school property. Now multiple students at Mount Zion High School in Carrolton are standing behind him and flying flags on their cars.
  • Ohio Supreme Court board orders all judges to perform gay weddings

    08/14/2015 9:21:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 93 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/14/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    TOLEDO, Ohio, August 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Judge C. Allen McConnell is a Christian. As such, he said he could not officiate a homosexual "wedding," because it would go against the teachings of his religion. Now, the Ohio Supreme Court advisory board says McConnell's position violates judicial ethics and that all Ohio Christian judges must relinquish their religious freedom and perform same-sex "marriages." When he refused to marry two lesbians last month, the 71-year-old Toledo judge apologized to the women, and they were "married" a few minutes later by another judge. But McConnell also officially asked for the Ohio Supreme Court's...
  • Walter Williams: Academic Fascism

    08/10/2015 9:42:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2015 | Walter Williams
    George Orwell said, "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell's statement, he need only step upon most college campuses. Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain statements racism and feel they should not be used in class. They call it micro-aggression. To them, micro-aggressive racist statements are: "America is the land of opportunity." That is seen as perpetuating the myth of meritocracy. "There is only one race, the human race." Such a statement is seen as denying the individual as a racial/cultural being....
  • Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

    07/29/2015 5:45:03 PM PDT · by BAW · 190 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 29, 2015 | AP
    A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
  • BREAKING: Court blocks pro-life group from releasing new fetal body part videos

    07/29/2015 7:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Life Site ^ | July 29, 2015 | John Jalsevac
    The California Superior Court has issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life group, from releasing further undercover video footage taken of three top-level staff of StemExpress. CMP is the organization behind the series of three videos released over the past three weeks exposing the alleged harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood body parts that are then purchased by StemExpress. CMP has alleged that the fees paid by StemExpress to Planned Parenthood violate federal law prohibiting the sale and trafficking of human tissue. While Planned Parenthood...
  • Mongols Nation Conclusion Nears

    07/29/2015 1:52:42 PM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 11 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 7/28/2015 | Donald Charles Davis
    Expect the Mongols Nation case to be dismissed by Judge David O. Carter next Monday afternoon. A hearing on the dismissal is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Carters courtroom in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. The case has attracted national attention. At issue is the question of whether the government, or a couple of rogue federal prosecutors named Christopher Brunwin and Stephen R. Welk, can forbid members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club from wearing the clubs distinctive insignia. Brunwin and Welk have made careers of this. They attempted to seize the Mongols trademarks in...
  • Planned Parenthood Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV

    07/28/2015 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/28/15 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practices was released by the Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see it if PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate patient privacy. Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations....
  • High School Girls Save First Amendment

    07/28/2015 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of high school girls has done something Republican members of Congress only talk about: They saved the First Amendment by actually using it. samantha jones fights atheists pledge of allegiance lawsuit In July 2014the summer before her senior yearSamantha Joness father told her family the American Humanist Association (AHA) was suing the Matawan-Aberdeen (N. J.) School Board on behalf of an anonymous atheist family, Paula Parker reports in the August 2015 issue of Citizen magazine. They claimed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools was unconstitutional and discriminatory because it includes the phrase Under God. Citizen is published...
  • New York District Court violates Reason Magazines Freedom of Speech

    07/20/2015 11:39:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 18, 2015 | Judy Russell
    Its unquestionable that the United States prides itself on the freedoms which establish its foundations, but it is also undeniable that our very own judicial system is just as guilty of violating these freedoms. reason magazine On June 2nd, Reason magazine was issued a subpoena by a U.S. district court, demanding any and all information on six of the magazines readers. When the organization didnt comply, the government authorized a gag order, prohibiting Reason from discussing or acknowledging the order and the subpoena. Given the seriousness of the potential legal sanctions, I was exceedingly anxious that a Reason staff member...
  • Dem Bill Removing Husband, Wife from Federal Law Draws Ire of Faith Leaders

    07/17/2015 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT | Penny Starr
    Last week, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would remove the words husband and wife from the language used in federal lawa move that had drawn ire from faith leaders and family advocacy groups that see this legislation as expected fallout from the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling in June that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. It is as if a collective madness has settled over our nation's elite and they are trying hard to bring everyone under the same cloud of confusion, Bishop E.W. Jackson, president of STAND (Staying True to Americas National Destiny), told...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: the partisan John Doe investigation was unsupported in reason or law

    07/16/2015 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot ^ | July 16, 2015 | GABRIEL MALOR
    The long unraveling of the so-called “John Doe II investigation” convened by partisan district attorneys in Wisconsin is now complete. This case was about using vague campaign-finance rules to intimidate conservative groups and smear Republican officials, including Gov. Scott Walker. No charges were filed in the John Doe II investigation and it was halted by both the state and federal courts.Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court releases its final disposition in the case: To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor’s legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed....
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa crowdfunder breaks record with $352K

    07/14/2015 10:46:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding websites history. Continue to Give also handles ongoing fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as mobile and kiosk tithing for churches. GoFundMe, the nations largest crowdfunder, removed a campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa in April...
  • Beyonce Calls for Repeal of First Amendment at Bohemian Grove Performance

    07/13/2015 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/13/15 | Mark Dice
    Media analyst Mark Dice tells beachgoers in San Diego, California that Beyonce has launched a new campaign to repeal the First Amendment in order to "help fight racism" to get people's reactions. Their blind support of this insane idea is absolutely shocking. Must see!
  • Lesbian Democrat senator denies individual right to religious liberty

    07/13/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The chilling redefinition of the First Amendments guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senates only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that dont comply with the Supreme Courts same-sex marriage decision, an era of religious persecution may be upon us. Baldwin made her remarks on the June 27 broadcast of Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. In a transcript of her remarks posted on Newsbusters, Baldwin ignored the fact that it was religious persecution in Europe that led to people...
  • Ohio Security Guard Open Fire During Struggle Over Journalist's Camera [VIDEO]

    07/12/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 127 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-11-2015 | Photography is Not a Crime
    A video obtained by Photography is Not a Crime shows a court security guard approach PINAC correspondent Mike Skidmore and try to snatch his camera before Skidmore punches him repeatedly in the face, prompting the guard to pull out his gun and open fire.
  • Oregon Christian Bakers Forced to Pay $135K by Monday Deadline or Lien May Be Placed on Home

    07/11/2015 7:33:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions. Although an online fundraiser established on to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities...
  • Wake Up America, Free Speech and Religious Liberty Are Under Siege

    07/11/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2015 | David French
    Flush with victory following the Supreme Courts 54 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Left is doing what it does best bringing down the hammer on dissent. In Oregon, a young couple faces a gag order and ruinous fines merely for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Calls to eliminate tax deductions for orthodox religious organizations are increasing, and key Senate Democrats are either waffling on protecting religious schools or expressing outright hostility to their most basic liberties. Even before Obergefell, Christian schools faced threats to their accreditation, and Christian groups endured systematic and comprehensive efforts...
  • 70 House Democrats Sponsor Bill Mandating Tax-Funding of Abortion

    07/10/2015 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2015 | 1:20 PM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), along with about 70 other House Democrats, introduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday that would provide taxpayer-funded abortion coverage to all women who are covered by an insurance plan through the federal governmentincluding federal workers, military members, women incarcerated in federal prisons, and low-income women covered by Medicaid. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Coverage Act, or EACH Woman Act, states that The Federal Government shall (1) ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Childrens Health Insurance Program and in its role as an employer...
  • Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration, finds name may be disparaging

    07/08/2015 9:01:54 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 87 replies
    A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.
  • Destroying Religious Freedom to Save It

    07/07/2015 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 7, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court announced the previously unknown constitutional right to impose same-sex marriage on all 50 states, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was readying its next volley. For two decades, the ACLU has cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense of religious liberty in various worthy and some not-so-worthy cases. No more. The ACLU has decided that the unalienable right to religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment must give way to newly coined claims by newly empowered groups. In a Washington Post column, ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling called on Congress...
  • Franklin Graham Slams 'Outrageous' Attack on 'Freedom of Speech' After Fining of Christian Bakers

    07/07/2015 8:21:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against what he calls an "outright attack" on freedom of speech after Oregon's Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakin upheld an earlier ruling that forces Christian bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 for refusing to participate in a lesbian wedding. "Give me a break. In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they've been through," Graham wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Even more outrageous is that Avakian has also now ordered the Kleins to 'cease and desist' from speaking publicly about not wanting to...
  • One Senator Says That The 1st Amendment Does Not Apply To Individuals, And Does Not Stop There

    07/07/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 109 replies ^ | 07July15 | Belle
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the 1st Amendments religious liberty protections dont apply to individuals. On MSNBC last week, Wisconsins junior Senator claimed that the Constitutions protection of the free exercise of religion extends only to religious institutions, and that individuals do not have a right to the free exercise of their own religion. During the MSNBC appearance, which was covered by Breitbart and NewsBusters, Baldwin appeared clueless to the fact that the free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment has already been found to apply to individuals not just churches, synagogues, mosques or other institutions of faith and...
  • Judge To Oregon Bakers: No Free Speech For You [On top of the $135,000 fine]

    07/06/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/06/2015 | Rachel Lu
    By decree of the great state of Oregon, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa must pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple whom they mentally raped by refusing to bake their wedding cake. This was expected, but the final judgment, handed down last Thursday, came with another twist. Aaron and Melissa Klein have also been given a cease and desist order, which effectively decrees they must refrain from stating their continued intention to abide by their moral beliefs. Land of the What-Was-That? Lets be clear on why this is so sinister. There are times when speech rights conflict with other...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty and are calling on "Christians to take a stand." "For years, weve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "Im here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • Clarice Feldman: The Penumbra School of Law

    07/05/2015 9:51:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I was watching in horror a series of Mark Dice videos of interviews in which passersby signed petitions to repeal the First Amendment toshut down criticism of Obama because it was all clearly racist. petitioned to repeal the Bill of Rights; revealed they didnt know when and why we celebrate the Fourth of July; signed up to ban the American flag and replace it with a New World Order one. I wanted to believe the people responding were outliers -- just ignorant San Diego beachgoers. Unfortunately there are too many indications they are not, and that this disregard for the...
  • Donald Trump, Its Time for a Constitutional Showdown with Mayor de Blasio

    07/03/2015 5:17:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/03/2015 | David French
    The Lefts outrage cycle moves on, relentlessly. Having triumphed over Bo and Luke Duke, having triumphed over marriage itself, the social-justice Left is moving on to The Donald. Our own Rich Lowry has detailed the corporate onslaught against Donald Trump motivated by his comments about Mexican immigrants: Theyre sending people that have lots of problems, and theyre bringing those problems with us. They are are bringing drugs, theyre bringing crime, theyre rapists, and some, I assume, are good people. NBC, Univision, and Macys have severed ties with Trump. All of this is par for the course in modern...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the penumbras and emanations of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administrations Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to taxexempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • Let's Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    06/29/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies ^ | 6/29/15 | Steve Berman
    Time Magazine wasted no time in calling for the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions, with writer Mark Oppenheimer firing the initial salvo. Oppenheimer writes the beliefs column for The New York Times, in which he studies religious matters with the alacrity of a medical examiner performing an autopsy: God is dead, lets find out what killed Him. I have a different view on the subject, that Gods not dead, but attempts to kill Him surely result in self-impalement on His extremely sharp sword. Churches dont need tax-exempt status for Gods sake, but for societys sake, and I offer...
  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 12:14:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2015 1:02 AM EDT | Rachel Zoll and Steve Peoples
    Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong. The Republican Partys 2016 presidential candidates are already campaigning on the issue. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nations governors to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held...
  • Lesbian Wisconsin Senator: First Amendment Makes Clear Christians Must Participate In Gay Weddings

    06/28/2015 12:18:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 166 replies ^ | June 28, 2015 | Spit Stixx
    What shes saying is that the First Amendment means that you can believe in your heart and mind what you want, but you cant act on it without federal permission, as far as religion goes. As to her point about a religious objection to providing medical care, Christianity doesnt allow for letting gays die by refusing them medical care, so thats a red herring. Big difference between refusing to participate in a wedding and depraved heart manslaughter by refusing to save a life. Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you...