An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
This is a few days old, but just in case you missed it, it is well worth the read! Courts are violating our 1st Amendment rights in more than one way. We are no longer free to practice our Christian or Jewish faith. Muslims, on the other hand, are free to do what they damn well please with no consequences.
Gay rights trump religious rights.
That’s the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple’s commitment ceremony.
The high court’s decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
As one New Mexico justice ominously noted, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin “are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”
The state’s demand that the Huguenins disobey their religious beliefs and photograph the ceremony is “the price of citizenship,” a justice wrote.
I write extensively about the Huguenins in my upcoming book, “God Less America.”
The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who oppose gay marriage, said Jordan Lorence, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents the Huguenins.
Hear How Barbra Streisand Imperils Your First Amendment Rights
There is a terrific piece in Christianity Today about the doings in Ukraine. While reading it, I thought, “We could learn a lot from them, and the acting president.”
What if the people gathered in Laffeyette Park, demanding the resignation of the current occupant of the White House? Would there be violence? Not from those who want their freedom, but from the police, on the directions of their superiors? Would they obey, as those in Ukraine obeyed? Would they shoot unarmed citizens? I’d like to think no, they wouldn’t, but I am starting to wonder. More and more, we are seeing the brutality of police in various parts of the country, so yes, I do wonder.
I know that the majority of the police force, on all levels, are good, decent folks. However, there are some who see that badge as a license to kill. If an order came from their superiors, that most likely would come from higher up the food chain, I have no reason to believe there would be some who would follows those orders. It brings to mind the statement that many Nazis repeated during their trials after WWII, “I was just following orders.”
There is an event that has been organized called Operation American Spring. The purpose is to restore our Republic and Constitution. Will it succeed? Some don’t think so, and claim those who are organizing the event are, to put it politely, not quite right in the head. That’s just the nicest thing I’ve read from the ‘opposition’. The rest? Well, I do try not to use such language.
Will there be enough Americans who will stand up for their country against tyranny? That’s anyone’s guess. Too many people have become the ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘I don’t want to rock the boat’ types. Can you imagine if our Founders thought the same way as today’s citizens? We’d be singing God Save The Queen, instead of the Star Spangled Banner!
Am I going? I would if I could. Health issues prevent me from doing a LOT of things I’d love to do, whether I can afford them or not! We will, however, be attending the Defend The Constitution Rally, one county over. How can I go to one, but not the other? I’ve been to D.C. I know how much walking is involved in getting from one place to another. Trust me, I wouldn’t survive!
My point? If we don’t stand up, literally… physically, and emotionally, against the tyranny that has taken over, bit by bit, we will no longer be the United States of America. If we don’t speak out, we may no longer have a voice to speak out! We must learn from those in other countries who have taken their demands, their ‘fight’, to the streets, and won.
KMOV anchorman Larry Conners has been “advised” by KMOV’s parent company Belo Corp. to not make statements, post on Facebook, or participate in interviews concerning a recent controversy over Facebook comments he made about the Internal Revenue Service.
Conners has hired St. Louis attorney Merle Silverstein. Silverstein issued a letter to media outlets claiming that the corporate order “is the only reason for his silence.”
Hmm…. Seems to me, this would be a news story. Journalism dude is being hammered by the IRS, then interviews the POTUS, and gets hammered by the IRS? Yep…seems like there’s a story there somewhere. What’cha wanna bet he’s one of the few…VERY FEW…in the news biz that leans conservative? And he’s having his own 1st Amendment right of ‘free speech’ being violated? Yep….a bigger story than there was originally.
“Any issue he has with the IRS are personal issues. They have nothing to do with our television station KMOV or him as a journalist,” Mike Valentine, vice president for content at Belo, told the website BuzzFeed earlier this week. “As a news anchor, he owes a duty to our viewers to report in an unbiased manner. His Facebook post and his Twitter posts, as a result, were inappropriate. And we don’t condone personal posts that jeopardize the journalistic nature of our business. It’s really that simple.”
Oh, I dunno Mikey….I’d say that the bias is already there in the “news”. The man mentioning IRS issues on his FB page, likely only seen by locals that follow him, and now it’s national news? Well now, I’d say that YOU, Mikey, have made this a bigger issue than it would have been if you had allowed the man to do his job, and speak his mind. And now, he’s off the air? Very interesting, don’cha think, eh Mikey??
Here I rebut the 3 major lies of our time: Multiculturalism is good; islam is a peaceful “religion”; and the First Amendment gives islamists the “right” to build mosques, proselytize, and institute sharia here.
Let us repudiate the lies; and rebuild the shining city on the hill.
February 18, 2013 Act for America Chapter in Fayetteville, TN from Publius Huldah on Vimeo.
We’ve really got to have a chat with Mr P/H about getting these videos available sooner!
I don’t “celebrate” President’s Day. It is a commercial holiday, pushed for by advertisers in the mid 80s, and has become nothing but a “sale day” for businesses. Today has nothing to do with either George Washington, nor Abraham Lincoln. It’s also another paid day for federal employees. There are many presidents in our history who don’t deserve to be honored. IMHO, they can take this generic ‘holiday’, and stuff it where the sun don’t shine!
While I realize that Washington was not perfect, he sacrificed a lot for this country. If we had not won that war for Independence from Great Britain, he would have been hung, along with his compatriots. Contrary to what the so called ‘educators’ are teaching now days, Washington was a deeply religious man. Perhaps his idea of religion isn’t what I consider faith, but he still gave Glory to God.
I would suggest that anyone who doesn’t think this country was founded on the principles set forth in the Bible, read the actual history, and the facts, behind the 1st Amendment.
George Washington’s Example on Religious Liberty
Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.”
But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds as a military commander, a President, and a patriotic leader make him arguably the greatest statesman in our history.
All Presidents can learn from Washington’s leadership in foreign policy, in upholding the rule of law, and—especially now—in the importance of religion and religious liberty. While the Obama Administration claims to be “accommodating” Americans’ religious freedom concerns regarding the Health and Human Services (HHS) Obamacare mandate, it is actually trampling religious freedom. President Washington set a tremendous example for the way that Presidents should handle such conflicts.
The attacks of this administration on religious freedom have been unprecedented in this country. His sappy words are meaningless in lieu of his actions. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Obama’s Religious Freedom Proclamation
Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom.
“Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,” the President wrote. “As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.”
That’s one heck of a proclamation from an Administration whose actions have attacked religious liberty for Americans.
The best-known example is Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that employers pay for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. This has caused business owners to face excruciating decisions between complying—and violating their consciences—or facing massive fines.
Annals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789)
I don’t care what Barack Hussein Obama has told the public…he is NOT a Christian. Nor are those who voted for this fiasco called ObamaCare! Nor do they give a flying flip about our Constitution, since it is quite obvious that they don’t consider it a limit on them…but find ways around it to limit We, The People. Thousands escaped the religious persecution of Europe, hoping to find the freedom they desired, and needed, in this new land. A few hundred years later, their descendants are facing the same persecution….a full frontal attack on their faith!
We have the right….no…the DUTY to fight against evil. What could be more evil than forcing people of faith to deny their faith? To penalize them for that faith? To force murder on their conscience? To make them pay for something so abhorrent? The Obama administration defies all logic, consistently denies the people’s GOD given rights. What else can he be, but a tool of evil? And evil must be fought, at every turn.
Yesterday, on the eve of its religious-liberty-crushing mandate taking effect, President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) made an outrageous claim:
The Obama administration will continue to work with all employers to give them the flexibility and resources they need to implement the health care law in a way that protects women’s health while making common-sense accommodations for values like religious liberty.
Religious liberty is a fundamental right guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution, not a mere “value” whose worth is subject to devaluation by any given Administration’s policy. Regrettably, devaluation of this first principle is exactly what we’ve seen from the Obama Administration, which after a year of such lip service to religious liberty has held firmly to its original mandate despite widespread, intense, and ecumenical outcry against it.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s latest promise rings hollow and adds insult to the grievous injury that HHS is already doing to Americans who believe that religious liberty is not something that stops when one leaves a house of worship.
…..ObamaCare DOES violate the U.S. Constitution.
Two days from now, employers across America will become vulnerable to crushing government penalties for exercising their religious freedom. This isn’t exactly what lawmakers advertised when they pushed Obamacare, but it is part of the Obama Administration’s agenda—forcing nearly all employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization services.
Beginning August 1, employers must amend their health insurance offerings to include these drugs and services. And if they don’t? How about a fine of $100 per employee per day for non-compliance. This outrageous policy makes it impossible for employers to afford the fine—meaning they must change their insurance policies or stop offering health coverage to their workers.
But for many employers, offering the types of services required under the HHS mandate violates their consciences. It conflicts with their deeply held religious beliefs. And the government is telling them that doesn’t matter—what’s more, it’s telling them that their beliefs are inconsequential, and they must pay.
I have several questions! One, why aren’t other faith based organizations joining the Catholics in this lawsuit, or bring one of their own? What happened to that ‘separation of church and state’ the left is so fond of spewing as a fact, when it is not? Is it only when it is convenient for them? That answer would have to be yes. And tell me, just what happened to the 1st Amendment! Any person who has read anything about the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights KNOWS this offensive piece of legislation is a complete violation of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;“. If I know this, then those who actually studied should know it as well!
Three years ago, the University of Notre Dame invited President Barack Obama to deliver a commencement address and conferred on him an honorary law degree. But on Monday, the university joined 42 other Catholic institutions in suing the Obama Administration over new Obamacare regulations that force religious institutions to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization regardless of the employers’ moral or religious objections.
The mandate’s narrow exemption effectively applies only to churches and other houses of worship; religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, charities and other non-profits don’t qualify for a religious exemption. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, explained the significance of the Administration’s mandate and its impact on those institutions, remarking that, “For the first time in this country’s history, the government’s new definition of religious institutions suggests that some of the very institutions that put our faith into practice–schools, hospitals, and social service organizations–are not ‘religious enough.’”
A judge in the latest ACLU-generated Ten Commandments display case has suggested that the targeted high school cull out four commandments that refer to God in order to avoid a full-blown lawsuit. As reported by the Associated Press, the ACLU of Virginia has filed a complaint against the Narrows, Virginia, high school on behalf of an unnamed student who claimed the display, which is part of a larger exhibit of historically significant documents, makes him feel like an outsider because he is an atheist.
When I first heard about this last week, I thought it was a joke. Due to issues beyond my control, I didn’t get around to ‘investigating’ further. But here it is…in black and white. Exactly WHICH of the Ten Commandments would this judge suggest be removed? (Torah – 20:1-13) In the NKJV, there are 5 that don’t mention the Name, so which one would the judge leave in? Or maybe he hasn’t read them in a while?
The ACLU is arguing that the display violates the First Amendment’s supposed separation clause, while the Giles County School Board, represented by the conservative legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel, insists that the Ten Commandments represent a crucial part of America’s historic foundation, and should be included with the other documents and illustrations in the display.
Actually, the ACLU is wrong, as usual, when it comes to the 1st Amendment. They really need to do better in depth study on the subject. Unfortunately, there are a WHOLE lot of officials that are totally clueless, and just take the word of organization like the ACLU and that bunch out of Wisconsin, Freedom from Religion. I find it beyond rational that a minority can dictate to the majority, and the courts let them. In the meantime, the country has gone down the tubes! Perhaps if we return the Laws back into prominence in our classrooms, courts, and all public areas, the message would sink in? Just a thought.
“Filing this lawsuit has not been easy, and I would not have done it if I were not genuinely disturbed by the Ten Commandments in the school,” the student in the case, referred to as “Doe 1,” said in a court document filed April 30. “I have had to go against school officials who have influence over my life and future.”
I’d like to know who hired this…kid (?)…to push their agenda. And seriously, if this kid has such an issue with some basic, common sense Laws, then perhaps he/she has issues with ALL laws, rules, and regulations? I don’t mean to sound, well, old fashioned might be the term, but perhaps the parents of this student have gone out of their way to spoil the little darlin’, giving in to him/her, whatever their empty heart desired? It’s apparent to me there is an empty place inside this kid, but I’m sure there will those who would argue that point. Argue away….won’t change my mind.
The school board is asking U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski in Roanoke to rule that the Ten Commandments can stay, explaining that a private citizen had paid to put up the exhibit of historic documents and illustrations. The board insisted that the exhibit isn’t intended to be an endorsement of Judeo-Christian faith, but is an effort to show students some of the documents that were important to America’s founding.
Now, there’s an understatement! Where do these faith haters think we got our original laws? Perhaps they fell out of those rainbow farting unicorns? I’m guessing Nature’s Law is as alien to the ACLU and Freedom from Religion bunch as integrity is foreign to a Dem politician. :? Ok, a private citizen paid for the display, hoping to aid in helping students actually LEARN the history of this country. And the problem is? Oh, that’s right….those bozos don’t WANT kids to learn the truth.
The Giles County School District has a lengthy record of contention over Ten Commandments displays. “The county’s two high schools and three elementary/middle schools had posted the Ten Commandments for more than a decade,” reported the AP. “The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU’s co-counsel in the lawsuit, objected to the displays in 2010 and requested their removal. School officials replaced them with the Declaration of Independence.”
Another issue…do the citizens of the community not pay property taxes which, in turn, pay for the schools? Shouldn’t the citizens who actually have a say in whether or not the display stays or not? What right does the ACLU and FFR have that they can come into a community and tell these taxpayers what they can have in the schools THEY pay for, huh? I’d really like to know!
At a hearing on the case Urbanski, who hoped to resolve the issue without a costly and lengthy trial, explained the reasoning behind his suggestion of cutting out some of the commandments. “If indeed this issue is not about God,” Urbanski wondered, “why wouldn’t it make sense for Giles County to say, ‘Let’s go back and just post the bottom six?’ But if it’s really about God, then they wouldn’t be willing to do that.”
This entire country, at it’s founding, was ‘about God’, and the liberties HE provided for us! And I repeat the question….just which six would he ‘allow’ the school to post? ALL of them are vital to the nation. Just because a large number of people have forgotten, doesn’t mean that God has forgotten. In man’s arrogance, he’s forgotten just WHO is really in charge!
Well, apparently Twitter has either become a bunch of feckless weasels, or they have been taken over by the Obama regime. Same thing. Suspending Americans for Limited Government‘s account isn’t exactly supporting the 1st Amendment, is it. And why was their account yanked? This (pointing down to video) is why. The account has been restored, but the question still remains…. why?
Quite a powerful video, wouldn’t ya say?
These libtards seriously PISS ME OFF! I’m so bloomin’ sick of their hypocrisy! They can threaten the lives of presumed innocents, and what do we get? Silence! But let one conservative make an off the cuff remark, and all hell breaks loose! Vipers! The lot of ‘em! We’ve been insulted, demeaned, and threatened, but that’s ok. The 1st Amendment only applies to the mentally deranged commies! Ignorant bastards!