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  • New citizens can skip pledge to take up arms and defend the US

    07/22/2015 8:16:12 AM PDT · by dware · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.21.2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday said it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to pledge that they will "bear arms on behalf of the United States" or "perform noncombatant service" in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process. Those lines are in the Oath of Allegiance that people recite as they become U.S. citizens. But USCIS said people "may" be able to exclude those phrases for reasons related to religion or if they have a conscientious objection.
  • Scorned Christian Bakery Breaks Online Fundraising Record

    07/18/2015 2:45:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had the audacity to defend their religious beliefs two years ago, and they suffered mightily. When a lesbian couple, Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, requested a cake from the Oregon-based Christian bakers for their wedding, the latter politely declined because doing so would violate the religious edicts they so strongly follow. The Kleins’ religiously motivated decision prompted the gay couple to sue, and the Oregon labor commissioner ruled that the Kleins would have to shell out $135,000 in damages. Thanks to Americans who still cherish religious freedom, however, it appears this Christian family...
  • 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 Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senate’s only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that don’t comply with the Supreme Court’s 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...
  • U.S. senator: Individuals don’t have religious freedom, just churches

    07/08/2015 6:56:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 73 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment applies only to churches, not to individuals, a U.S. senator said on national television recently.Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI – the nation's first openly lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate – addressed the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision on June 27 on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki."Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married?” the host asked. “Where do you come down on that?"Baldwin responded that the First Amendment gave Americans no right to exercise religion outside the...
  • The New York Times's Anti-Christian Hypocrisy

    07/03/2015 5:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Once again, this time by the New York Times, it has been proven that the only group that it is politically correct to bash or offend is Christians. They turn the other cheek and forgive those who trespass, rather than behead and bomb, or storm newspaper offices to murder and maim. That much was admitted by New York Times editor for standards Phil Corbett in defending the newspaper’s decision to publish Monday a picture of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned out of condoms, after being among those that refused to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Mohammed that prompted a...
  • You Can’t Compromise with Culture Warriors

    07/01/2015 5:40:03 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/1/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    I loved reading the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books to my daughter. The somewhat Aesopian theme is that if you give the mouse what it wants – a cookie – it will just want more: a glass of milk, a straw, etc. The story came to mind last week, a week that began with many vowing to inter the Confederate flag and that ended with the Supreme Court mandating that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. As far as culture-war victories go, the flag news was big, but the marriage ruling was tantamount to VE...
  • EXCLUSIVE: County Clerk Resigns Instead of Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

    07/01/2015 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned.“I choose to obey God rather than man,” Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.“I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority,” she wrote. ‘The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same...
  • 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 administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, 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...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. Religious Liberty

    04/30/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case to determine whether the Constitution requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses and requires other states to honor same-sex marriages performed in those states. A primary argument by the plaintiffs is that gay marriage is covered under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and that if straights can marry, then so can gays. The counterargument is that marriage is a privilege and not a right, a union of one man and one woman sanctioned over millennia by virtually every culture and country over time as the stable...
  • Forget A Federal Marriage Amendment and Go For Religious Freedom Acts In All 50 States

    06/30/2015 4:37:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Hawkins
    “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools. By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.” – Justice Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court decision that forced gay marriage on the country The dilemma Christians and conservatives face after the Supreme Court's made-up-from-whole-cloth-instead-of-the-Constitution ruling on gay marriage is...
  • Ted Olson: ‘Not Illegal’ for Bakery to Refuse to Take Part in Gay Wedding Under SCOTUS Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:15:13 PM PDT · by GregoTX · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – Former Solicitor General Ted Olson told “Fox News Sunday” that it is “not illegal” for a bakery for instance to refuse to participate in a gay wedding under last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. “It's not illegal under this ruling,” Olson said in response to Fox News host Chris Wallace’s question about how the ruling will affect religious freedom. “There's the question – and it became hot this spring – of religious freedom. Can the proverbial baker or photographer who is selling his services openly, can he refuse to participate in a same-sex marriage...
  • Supreme Court Justices Predict Next Battle: Religious Freedom

    06/27/2015 11:21:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/26/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    With same-sex marriage declared constitutional in all 50 states, some Supreme Court justices worry that religious freedom will face unprecedented challenges in coming years. In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Today’s decision, for example, creates serious questions about religious liberty. Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is — unlike the right imagined by the majority — actually spelled out in the Constitution.”In his decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that those who object to same-sex marriage because of religious beliefs still enjoy constitutional rights to “advocate”...
  • ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

    06/27/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Louise Melling
    Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University, thought he had found his calling when he attended a campus meeting of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. But when he tried to sign up, he was told that he would have to shave his beard, cut his hair and remove his turban. When he asked for a religious accommodation as a Sikh, the Army refused, saying that these articles of faith would undermine unit cohesion and morale, readiness, health and safety, and discipline. ..................................................... Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to...
  • Happy 800th Anniversary, Magna Carta!

    06/19/2015 11:09:07 AM PDT · by philly-d-kidder · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:14 AM | BY JOANNA BOGLE
    LONDON — June 19 will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta — the great charter of rights and freedoms drawn up by the Catholic Abbots of England’s Catholic monasteries and the feudal barons of the English counties and presented to King John to sign. Queen Elizabeth II will visit Runnymede on the Thames, where the signing took place, and various ceremonies and commemorative events are planned around the country for the occasion. But what most people perhaps do not recognize is the central role played by the ROMAN CATHOLIC Church in all of this.
  • You Will Be Assimilated (same-sex marriage bait-and-switch)

    06/14/2015 3:10:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 22, 2015 | JONATHAN V. LAST
    You may recall Brendan Eich. The cofounder and CEO of Mozilla was dismissed from his company in 2014 when it was discovered that, six years earlier, he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign. That ballot initiative, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, passed with a larger percentage of the vote in California than Barack Obama received nationally in 2012. No one who knew Eich accused him of treating his gay coworkers badly—by all accounts he was kind and generous to his colleagues. Nonetheless, having provided modest financial support to a lawful ballot initiative that passed with a...
  • Can Gays And Christians Coexist In America? Part V

    06/12/2015 8:36:23 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6-12-15 | Dan McLaughlin
    In parts I, II, III, and IV of this essay, I examined the problem: why Christians face increasing demands to accept same-sex marriage and homosexual sex not as voluntary conduct but as essential components of personal identity, and why the nature of Christian theology would require Christians to renounce their own faith identities to do so. In this final part, I look at the prospects for a solution or, at any rate, an armistice. As I noted at the outset of part I of this series, we do not live in a live-and-let-live society; we live, increasingly, in one in...
  • North Carolina Protects Religious Rights In Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    05/28/2015 12:32:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/28/2015 | By D.C. McAllister
    The N.C. House passes a bill allowing magistrates to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. Despite accusations of hostility toward homosexuals and discrimination on the level of Jim Crow, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that allows magistrates to recuse themselves from performing marriages due to sincerely held religious objections to same-sex marriage. After more than two hours of passionate debate, the House passed Senate Bill 2 in a 65 to 45 vote Wednesday. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) after the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts...
  • At Mosque, Brazil Celebrates First Place in Religious Freedom

    05/25/2015 5:51:21 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 13 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    At Mosque, Brazil Celebrates First Place in Religious Freedom Brazil ahead of the United States in religious freedom, according to Pew Research Center By Julio Severo Brazil lost the world soccer cup last year, but at least it is being celebrated for achieving the first place in religious freedom in late April, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, in a report by the Religious News Service. On April 29, Latin America’s largest and oldest mosque, Mesquita Brasil, brought some 700 leaders together for its Celebration of Religious Freedom where Muslims, Afro-Brazilian (similar to voodoo) adherents, Mormons, Sikhs,...
  • NY lawmakers ask Gov. Cuomo to ban nonessential travel to Louisiana after Jindal executive order

    05/21/2015 8:11:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/21/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Bobby Jindal signs 'religious freedom' order protecting same-sex marriage opponents

    05/20/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Louisiana's religious freedom bill essentially defeated in committee

    05/19/2015 11:09:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    nola.com ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Lane
    A Louisiana House panel has effectively defeated religious freedom legislation that drew staunch opponents to it based on criticism – either real or perceived – that it authorizes discrimination against LGBT people. The bill (HB 707) is designed to block the government from pulling licenses, tax benefits, and the like from a company because of the owner's view of same-sex marriage. But LGBT advocates and a few legal experts have said it would also allow businesses of any size to refuse to recognize and sanction discrimination against married same-sex couples, should same-sex marriage become legal in Louisiana.
  • Starnes: Radical Group Wants Christian General Court-Martialed for Speaking About God

    05/19/2015 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants a two-star general court-martialed because he spoke about his relationship with God.Major General Craig Olson was a speaker last week at a National Day of Prayer gathering. He described himself in that speech as a "redeemed believer in Christ."Mikey Weinstein called the general's remarks a "brutal disgrace." Mr. Weinstein is the president of the MRFF. He fired off a nasty letter to the Secretary of Defense calling for the Air Force general to be severely punished. He alleged that airmen were "utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian...
  • Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says

    05/17/2015 9:59:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 73 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 17, 2015
    An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying. In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.” The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and "aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions."...
  • The new totalitarians: Change your religious beliefs or else

    05/12/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/11/15 | Eric Metaxas
    May 11, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- In the first century, Jesus was asked whether the Jewish people, who were under pagan, Roman occupation, should pay taxes to Caesar. The Lord, of course, said we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. But in 21st century America, Caesar is angling for a better deal—and he’s getting it.Our old friend Chuck Colson sounded the alarm several years ago when certain political figures on the Left—including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton—began downsizing the First Amendment’s guarantee of our God-given right to freedom of religion into a more...
  • Christians Who Have Avoided Culture Wars No Longer Have a Choice With Religious Freedom in Jeopardy

    05/09/2015 10:59:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/09/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    MIAMI BEACH — Christians who have so far avoided controversial "culture war" issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday. Theologically conservative Christian non-profit organizations, including churches, could face losing their tax exempt status or being shut down, and Christian doctors, lawyers, counselors and other professionals could be forced out of their professions, he explained. Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, was delivering a presentation, "Religious Liberty and the American Culture Wars," at the...
  • The Left's New Insult: "Go Fund Yourself"

    05/07/2015 2:46:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Laura Hollis
    A significant number of Americans seem to no longer understand our constitution, our system of government or the structure of our legal system. The outcry over crowdfunding support for litigants is a good example. When Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, was forced to shut down because of threats, supporters rallied to help them, raising over $800,000 on a GoFundMe fundraising page that had been set up for that purpose. The left went ballistic. It wasn't enough that the owners of the misbegotten restaurant had been given a public flogging for an opinion the press had solicited (as opposed to an...
  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • Obama's Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules For Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 5:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/28/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • Puffed-up Leftist Tyranny Punishes Dissenters

    04/28/2015 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Forget for a moment the ever-failing economy, the implosion of our foreign policy coherence, and our virtually unilateral withdrawal in the war on terror under Barack Obama's presidency. If liberty lovers don't start fighting back soon, we'll forfeit our freedom of thought and religious expression under the assault of fascist leftist activists in our culture. Let's just look at two of the many recent events that should have us very concerned. As you may have guessed, they revolve around the controversial matter of same-sex marriage. At the outset, let me say that this issue is no longer about same-sex marriage...
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

    04/27/2015 10:17:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 57 replies
    Life Site ^ | 04-24-2015 | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.” “Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday. Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent...
  • Ted Cruz @Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit

    04/25/2015 11:03:06 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 7 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | April 25 2016 | Ted Cruz
    Ted Cruz remarks to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Summit.
  • Consciously Sidelining Ourselves

    04/24/2015 5:26:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton's business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart's management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton's family. A few of the Walton clan remain on the Wal-Mart board of directors, but now its board also includes Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, and Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram. One would be hard pressed to imagine either as regular shoppers at Wal-Mart. For...
  • To Protect Religious Freedom, Republicans Attempt Historic Move Against D.C.

    04/22/2015 6:04:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 4/22/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    A powerful congressional committee last night passed a measure to kill one of two controversial pieces of legislation from taking effect in the District of Columbia, moving closer to acting out a historic power play against a bill that critics believe infringes on religious liberty.Opponents of the bill, called the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, say it prevents schools and organizations in the nation’s capital from operating in accordance to their moral and religious beliefs.If lawmakers are successful in overturning the bill, it would be the first time in more than two decades that Congress has undone Washington, D.C., law.“We think...
  • San Francisco Priest Who Defied Tyrants

    04/22/2015 7:23:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Terry Jeffrey
    Every San Franciscan -- and every friend of freedom -- should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never backed down. Born in San Mateo in 1911 and educated at Saint Ignatius and the University of San Francisco, Fahy was a brilliant man who left behind indisputable proof of his eloquence and courage. He could have been a prince of the city, one of San Francisco's most prominent and prosperous men. Instead he took a vow of poverty and devoted his life to God. He joined the Jesuits, went to China,...
  • “When they come to destroy your business because you are pro-traditional family”

    04/21/2015 8:23:18 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 32 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    When some homosexual couple comes to your Christian business for services at their immoral event, don’t panic. Go ahead and take their business! Then explain what is going to happen next.
  • IBM Warns Louisiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Bill [LGBT Mafia Hijacks American Corporations]

    04/17/2015 12:19:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Riley
    IBM Warns Louisiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Bill By Charles Riley IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company's employees. "A bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values," IBM vice president James Driesse wrote in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal. "IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law," Driesse...
  • Involuntary Servitude Returns to America

    04/16/2015 3:06:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-16-15 | Jack Golbert
    A confession: Many years ago, I was an ultra-left liberal, a Marxist, in fact. As a newly minted attorney at law in New York, I joined the ACLU and volunteered serve as one of their lawyers. About six weeks later, they asked me to represent an American Nazi accused of inciting to riot. I refused. They were mightily put off, horrified in fact. They remonstrated. “But he has a right to counsel.” I said, “Maybe so, but he doesn’t have a right to me. I’m protected by the Thirteenth Amendment.” (The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary...
  • A Way Out for Christian Wedding Businesses?

    04/17/2015 10:14:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force gay acceptance from Christians -- making not only their position but also their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry -- the cakemakers, the caterers, the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are headhunting Christians who refuse their business on moral grounds by slapping them with lawsuits or "human rights" complaints. Fascists would appreciate these tactics. Everyone witnessed the national shaming and death threats that came to Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, because the owners declined to cater a gay "wedding" --...
  • Can the US Have Both Religious Freedom and Gay Marriage? Louisiana Bill Shows Way Forward

    04/15/2015 9:12:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A Louisiana bill seeks to balance gay marriage with the religious freedom of those who oppose it. The "Marriage and Conscience Act," sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, would prevent the state from punishing people for actions they take regarding marriage due to their religious or moral convictions. The core section of the law states: "Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, this state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage." Even though...
  • Ironic: Feminists Rally to the Bimbo Destroyer.

    04/13/2015 2:49:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    More philosophy from my Facebook. The last item might be the most provocative. Ironic. Feminists are going to rally around the woman who oversaw the slander and destruction of other women to suppress her meal ticket hubby's "bimbo eruptions." The sleazy, cynical lust for power certainly knows no gender barriers. Obama assures us he has a tight handle on the Mullah's nuclear shenanigans. This from the same guy who claims to learn what mischief his cabinet heads are up to from watching the news. 8-ish year old kid ready for the soccer game. His dad fogs him with a spray-can...
  • The $20,000 gold Apple Watch Edition sold out in China in less than an hour

    04/10/2015 4:56:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/10/2015 | Joshua Barrie
    The Apple Watch Edition has already sold out in China — and it took less than an hour for the most luxurious gold version of the device, which reportedly costs Ą126,800 ($20,000) to get completely snapped up. Today, Apple put the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Edition up for pre-order in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Customers can now try on and buy the watches, but the company says people won't get them until weeks later in the UK — elsewhere, it could be longer. Relatively few will actually walk out of...
  • Indiana Burning

    04/11/2015 12:52:37 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies
    Radix News ^ | April 11, 2015 | Daniel Oliver
    Liberal fire and brimstone rained down on Indiana after the legislature passed its new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Riding a wave that has grown, since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, into a force against any right to be selective (always derogatorily described as “discriminating”), progressive liberals now seek to eliminate the basic right of Americans to choose to deal, or not deal, with homosexuals.... The real question is, why shouldn’t people be allowed to discriminate on the basis of what is known as sexual orientation? In a country where the right to associate is guaranteed, and the...
  • The Long Retreat in the Culture War

    04/10/2015 10:53:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars. Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse their services to same-sex weddings. And the white flag went up again. Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the '60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven out of schools and the public square, is being whipped back into the churches and told to stay there. America has gone over to the revolution. Looking back,...
  • Shocking Primetime Balance on CBS

    04/10/2015 4:47:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Conservatives know what to expect when the networks create shows about lawyers. From "L.A. Law" to "Ally McBeal," we've observed countless crusading liberal protagonists confront and defeat conniving corporate executives and other corrupt establishment villains. This seemed to describe "The Good Wife" on CBS over the past five years. But something interesting has happened over the past few weeks. Producers have introduced a wealthy conservative character named Reese Dipple, who engages seasoned liberal lawyer Diane Lockhart on the hot-button social issues of the day. As they say on cable TV, you won't believe what happens next. This debate began because...
  • Too Soon to Go Full Totalitarian

    04/10/2015 4:19:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity. A population that, according to the census, makes up less than 10 percent of the nation, gives the impression that it represents at least a quarter of the population. Many Americans are surprised by how few gay Americans there actually are. To its credit, the gay rights movement has worked hard to shift culture...
  • Reuters poll: Majority says businesses don't have right to refuse service based on religious beliefs

    04/09/2015 7:01:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Reuters via Hotair ^ | 04/09/2015 | Reuters posted by AllahPundit
    <p>Of fully 40 different demographic subgroups measured, the only one in which more people think businesses should have that right than shouldn’t is Republicans. And even among Republicans, it’s only a plurality who say so. There were no clear majorities for the right to refuse service on religious grounds among any group tested.</p>
  • Preventing Christian Persecution: A Failed Foreign Policy

    04/09/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joshua Holdenried
    At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast this week, President Obama addressed a room full of Christian leaders. What was clearly scripted to be a general Easter address came dangerously close to political posturing. During his remarks, the President shared that, “on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day.” What followed was spirited laughter, as Obama’s quip was largely understood as a reference to...
  • Shooting Themselves in the Foot

    04/09/2015 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The turmoil over the efforts by the State of Indiana to make lawful the decisions by operators of public accommodations to decline their services based on their stated religious views has died down because the legislature amended the offending parts of its legislation so that the new law prohibits denying services based on sexual orientation, yet its affirmations of religious liberty are meaningless. The statute as amended last week basically states that in Indiana all persons have the right to the free exercise of their religion, and if that right clashes with any other claimed right, the courts must take...
  • 'BELTWAY CONSERVATIVE' SPIN ASIDE, REPUBLICANS CAVED ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAST WEEK ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    04/09/2015 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    4/9/2015 | Self
    Let me start by saying "God Bless You" to all the parties I mention in this post. I sincerely wish peace and serenity, sanity and sobriety in the lives of everyone. I get a sense from emails I've received and comments on radio talks shows etc. etc. that the old "Beltway Conservative" machine is revved up to portray Republican politicians who have caved to the bad guys as good guys. I heard Mark Levin speak of Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as a "decent man". I've been told Governor Pence is a good guy in other places, too. I won't...
  • Here’s How The Embattled Owners Of Memories Pizza Plan To Share Their Newfound Fortune

    04/08/2015 6:39:48 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 8, 2015 | Norville Rose
    In a recent post about the small Indiana pizza shop that came under fire for the owners’ stand against catering a hypothetical gay wedding, Western Journalism told you about the amazing amount of money supporters donated to provide financial relief after bitter controversy and threats forced the family-owned restaurant to close. Memories Pizza, run by Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal in the tiny town of Walkerton, Ind., plans to re-open on Wednesday. The O’Connors say they’re incredibly grateful for all the encouragement from friends and customers, and for the more than $842,000 that some 30,000 well-wishers donated through a...