Pueblo, CO—Liberty Counsel successfully defended the First Amendment rights of a Pueblo, Colorado, citizen who regularly engages in street witnessing at Pueblo Transit Center bus terminal and its surrounding sidewalks. A transit director suddenly prohibited the one-to-one conversations and Gospel tract distribution, citing a city code prohibiting throwing of handbills or literature on the ground in public places.
“A policy forbidding literature distribution and conversation with others inside the bus terminal is unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Liberty Counsel told the transit authority.
With A&E Network facing an avalanche of public protest and in just over one week of its decision to place family-patriarch Phil Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” from its megahit reality series Duck Dynasty, the network caved.
When the PC outrage industry went into high gear with an angry Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) demanding Robertson’s head regarding his comments on homosexuality in an article by Drew Magery in the January 2014 issue of GQ (the magazine commonly viewed as having branded the concept of “metrosexual”), A&E executives promptly suspended Robertson from the enormously popular, cable-TV program, and support for his suspension echoed throughout the conventional media with cries of his being “homophobic” and “antigay.”
In the article, when asked about his religious faith, Robertson noted that his own youthful debauchery was self-destructive and put his marriage on the rocks, and that these were reversed only by his conversion to Christianity. He added that he now considers sexual relations other than those between a man and woman in wedlock to be sinful. In so doing, Robertson did not support bans on homosexual advocacy or relations but instead paraphrased Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
With a “polar votex” of frigid arctic air plunging North America into record cold temperatures, it would seem to be time to seriously look at the way we permit the global warming prophets of doom to dominate the political landscape. The formerly main stream media hangs on every destructive word hoping the gullible public will fall in line with their plans to rule the world.
The prophets of global warming… or as they have been forced to rename their theory, to climate change… based their thinking on flawed calculations and defective computer models. We have been treated to day after day of news reports of a ship of fools stranded in ice they didn’t believe existed. Yet when faced with the reality of colder weather and nonconforming data, the blind faith of the warmers keeps them moving forward in their quest to extract more and more hard earned in dollars from the American people.
Somehow there is a confidence that this extraction of resources from the common folk – the unwashed masses – would save the planet, as well as fund the ever more powerful and intrusive centralized governments. As with the pseudo-scientists of forty years earlier who were convinced that we were approaching a modern day ice age, the warmers among us are also undeterred by the facts.
As widely reported, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E’s breakaway hit “Duck Dynasty,” recently ran a-fowl of homosexual pressure groups, ruffling “progressive” feathers throughout concentrated pockets of deep blue America. He remains suspended “indefinitely” for candidly summarizing, in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the millennia-long “Love the sinner, hate the sin” biblical stance on homosexual practice.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” he bluntly opined. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!”
Dudes worldwide – save self-styled “gays,” Pajama Boy and a few liberal men actually rumored to be heterosexual – responded: “Eww! I know, right.”
“You know what I’m saying?” continued Robertson. “But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” he noted.
Phil Robertson has been kicked off Duck Dynasty indefinitely for speaking out against one of the ruling class’s sacred cows – the homosexual community. To make things worse, he even quoted one of the sources most despised by those who worshiping at the feet of big government – the Bible. It makes no difference to them that our creator made His views perfectly clear in I Corinthians 6:9-10:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
It is common for those who believe in little more than themselves and human wisdom to be critical of the church and Christian teachings. Piers Morgan even had the audacity comment that the anachronistic Catholic Church needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century – as if changing human values should bring about changes in the church’s teaching.
The magnitude of this Obama administration’s “progressive” radicalism becomes more evident with each passing day. In recent months, there has been a drastic spike in acts of both anti-Christian and anti-conservative discrimination and intimidation on military bases across the country. This mounting harassment is not being carried out at the hands of regular enlisted folk but, rather, at the hands of high-ranking officials who, in their official capacity, are targeting Christian and conservative organizations and individuals in an effort to silence them.
It has long been suspected that the Obama administration is using propaganda circulated by the roundly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, a left-wing extremist group that, in recent years, has adopted two primary goals: 1) raising truckloads of money and 2) smearing as “domestic hate groups” dozens of mainstream Christian ministries like the Family Research Council, or FRC, and the American Family Association, or AFA.
Plenty! Watch as David Barton explains to Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education the problems with the education system the national government is attempting to impose on the children of America.
[Editor's note: While originally published a little more than a year ago, this article seems to be appropriate in view of the recent attempts to stifle the free expression of a rodeo cowboy. We have the choice to submit to this verbal tyranny or to resist and speak the truth.]
The chief diversity officer (we really have one of those) in the US State Department published an article in State Magazine warning readers that some commonly used phrases might be offensive to audiences.
John Robinson suggests that ‘Hold the fort” might offend Native Americans. What if the fort is in Europe? There are a lot of famous ones there. Even if one accepts his reasoning, does the vernacular usage of a phrase mandate continuance of whatever etymological prejudice spawned it? For example, according to Robinson, “rule of thumb” was originally used to gauge acceptability of bruises left on a woman by her husband. Its been some time since America outlawed wife beating. Is there anyone who now connects the “rule of thumb” to spousal abuse?
After reading the comments and spending a good deal of time pondering the vagaries of his verbiage, I feel compelled to say something to Mr. Robinson.
Many people say they don’t recognize their country anymore. They say their representatives in Washington don’t seem to be living in the same world as the rest of us. Most of America works to take care of themselves and their families in an environment where performance gets the job done. At least that’s the way it used to be. Today, our government is run by academicians and political instigators. Few people in these positions of power have ever had a real job in the private sector that did not depend on government mandates and taxpayer subsidies to pay their bills and actually required them to perform.
The people are upset about the death of four Americans in Benghazi. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people don’t like the Internal Revenue Service targeting groups and people the president thinks are his enemies. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people don’t like the NSA collecting their phone and internet information. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people see statistics that prove the more armed citizens there are, the less crime. The administration is doing things that make them afraid of armed citizens and are trying to disarm them. They see dead children not as a tragedy, but an opportunity. The people don’t like millions of illegals sneaking across the border to compete for a shrinking pool of jobs in this country. The administration tells us not to worry about it, illegals help the economy. The Democrats are salivating over a new set of voters while the Republicans are afraid of offending a portion of 10% of the population. The American people don’t want ObamaKare. The administration tells us we are going to get it anyway, and we are going to like it. That is not a prediction, that is a command.
The sad saga of Paula Deen began twenty some years ago. The PC police jumped Jennifer Lopez just days ago. The PC police came out in full fury and portrayed as complete degenerates until they did public mea culpas to sooth the savage political correctness beast. These are just the most recent high profile citizens to fall victim to those who would like to control our thoughts and our speech.
Paula Deen ran into grief over something she said a quarter century ago. She was a product of southern upbringing in the mid twentieth century. This is how people in her circle talked at the time. Those who are fond of touting changing societal standards that we all need to accept fail to comprehend that changing standards mean that people have moved on from the old ones. It is the height of hypocrisy for holding those in compliance to old standards at the time guilty of today’s infractions. It just means they are looking for something to offend them.
This doesn’t mean we should be using the words that got the celebrity chef in such hot water, but who among us has not don’t things years ago that we would not be proud of. There was only one perfect one who walked the earth… and they killed him. This is why we cannot turn our country over to those who would rule our speech and actions, retroactively even, with an iron fist. Who among us can live up to their standards? What qualifications do they have to exert such control over free American citizens?
Obama’s liberation theology preaching pastor, Jeremiah Wright is well known for his comment that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”. Scandals of all sorts are popping up around the District of Columbia quicker than the “bimbo eruptions” of the Clinton administration. It could well be that Barack Hussein Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost.
Proverbs 28:13 tells us, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” We have seen all sorts of dereliction of presidential responsibilities. We have seen members of his administration – including cabinet members – acting against the best interests of the American people for years. Then we have seen them lie about it to cover their actions and nefarious motives. It’s hard to keep up with all the scandals without a scorecard.
The deaths of four Americans in Bengahzi, Libya is the big one that started it off. It is obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that we can have no confidence at all in anything we are told by the regime. Those of us who have not been blinded by the president’s brilliance have known all along that what we were told and what was going on were two entirely different things. Now, what was known by some is being laid bare for all to see.
A lot has been said about silence in the presence of those who would use deceit to gain advantage and control. Edmund Burke told us that, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Well, last night, an entire room full of our over paid and over pampered representatives said and did absolutely nothing while President of the United States talked of more spending and more government control of the innocent population.
Often many of these highly respected representatives are so enamored of their positions, the traditions of their respective houses, and the vaunted collegiality of the Senate that they find themselves in a psychological straight jacket, unable to voice the truth, and perhaps not even able to see the truth.
Several years ago, Joe Wilson was roundly criticized for having the audacity to shout, “You lie!” as the president uttered words of deceit to the nation. It’s like many of George Orwell’s words that have been proven true in recent years – “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” These people cannot handle the truth and will do their best to stifle those that tell it. This includes those that we look on as the “good guys”.
John Boehner has learned the lessons of the Chicago politics far to well for the good of his party or the good of our country. The problem with elevating people, even some good, well meaning people, is that they can easily dessert the principles and people who brought them to power – all in the name of retaining some control over the process, or, worse yet, just to remain part of the power brokers club.
I heard Boehner tell his story a few years ago. He seems to be a likable fellow who rose much further in the world than he ever thought he would go. In some ways, I could say the same thing about Jimmy Carter, and we all know how that turned out. Boehner’s recent actions show us the path he has chosen.
Committee assignments for the up coming session of congress show Tim Huelskamp (KS) and Justin Amash (MI) are gond from the House Budget Committee while Walter Jones (NC) and David Schweikert (AZ) have been booted from the House Financial Services Committee. Both committees, essential to the Boehner’s surrender to Barack Hussein Obama on the class warfare battlefield. All four are tea party favorites who have, among other things, stood up against Republican surrender in the past. They are they type of people we need in government – they stood on principle rather than voting to make an easier path for leaders going in the wrong direction.
A while back someone said, “It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.” This same official also said, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
We have seen evidence of the current regime attempting to put this advice into practice as they tried to to convince the. often gullible, American people that the attack on Ambassador Stevens and three others was simply a protest over some silly video that got out of hand… a “bump in the road” toward good relations with the Muslim Brotherhood.
While it was obvious to most anyone who gave it any thought that this explanation just did not pass the smell test, the formerly mainstream media attempted to give it credibility. Even though followers of Mohammed can be a little “different”, not many are seen carrying around RPGs and some of the other heavier weapons used in the attack, just as they wander about and get caught up in a spur of the moment protest. The evidence was overwhelming that it was a terrorist attack, but the Obama administration just kept looking the other way, refusing to recognize the reality of this tragedy. The President probably thought the truth was incompatible with his DNC victory dance. If al Qaida was still coming after US targets, perhaps the killing of Osama bin Laden did not have the impact he thought did.
The whole rhubarb over Chick-fil-A’s stand on traditional marriage reveals the progressive view that businesses are vehicles for the government to use to manipulate the people into compliance with their social engineering schemes… rather than produce goods and services that people need or want to meet their needs.
The attacks by the LGBT community, backed by various mayors, other elected officials and academics are aimed directly at silencing opinions that are found to be politically incorrect. It would be dangerous to permit them to succeed. Many times we are presented with the opportunity do something that makes a difference in the world, and many times we just let the opportunity slide by.
Every one eats lunch. Almost as many eat breakfast. Instead of the usual Starbucks or whatever other establishment you grab your coffee or quick meal, how about once or twice a week, hit a Chick-fil-A. The breakfast is mighty tasty and, my lunch favorite, the Spicy Chicken sandwich with a bit of Texas Pete bites back with perfection.
I don’t pollute my mind with too much from leftist Hollywood, so when a film like For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada comes along, I am pleasantly surprised. It is the story of Mexico’s Cristero War where the people fought back as the atheist government became more and more restrictive of the ability of the Roman Catholic Church to function in the country.
I don’t know anything about the spiritual lives of director, Dean Wright or writer, Michael Love, or if they even realized they were telling a tale that went far beyond a mere historical account of a shameful period in our southern neighbor’s history. It would be possible that the Hollywood types were telling the story of brave men and women standing up against the oppressive government did not even realize that the story had implications for us ninety years later and in the nation to the north.
It may be that the people behind the film understood this and got the job done anyway… or that the God of the universe used their desire to produce entertainment to tell a story we all need to see. And it is something all Christians, not just Catholics need to make time to see. It is an R rated movie, not for the usual reasons. The depiction of the brutalities inflicted on the peasants by the Federales are sometimes difficult to watch. Yet they help us understand more about the dangers faced by people struggling to worship God in the face of a government that destroyed churches and murdered priests.
Have you ever been told by someone that a “real Christian” wouldn’t say or do something you are saying or doing? If it is your pastor or a trusted friend that you know has been in the Word, it would be well to pay attention to them, and, as the Bible says, “consider your ways”. On the other hand, if it comes from someone whose shadow has never darkened the door of the church, or if they come from a church that questions whether or not the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God, you may not want to be so quick to assume they are speaking from some position of authority.
It is true that often Christians are the worst advertisements for the gospel. Many have said, “if that is a Christian, then I don’t want to be one”, because some of us have not lived up to our high calling. There are times when we need to “consider our ways” in this case as well.
However, this “you’re not a real Christian” attack is often mounted to silence the guilt provoking consideration of what our Creator really has to say about how we should live our lives. For instance, I have been told that a “real Christian” would understand that a homosexual was born that way and can’t help being attracted to members of the same sex.
“We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms,” President Bush declared after 911. People were angry about the attack on our land and realized something more had to be done. Yet, we wanted to retain the unique freedoms that made the United States a special place in the world.
While many expressed reservations about the Patriot Act that began the decline in our personal freedoms, it seemed necessary as we learned more about the intelligence failures that led to the September 11 attacks. We learned about how different branches of the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus knew parts of the story, but were unable to piece together a coherent picture of what was to come. We knew something had to change in the way they worked together.
There is no need to rehearse the step by step diminishing of our forefathers sought to install as the basis of our new nation:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
Washington, DC – Liberty Counsel Action told California state senators that it strongly opposes SB 1172, a bill that bans counselors from helping minors overcome same-sex attractions and puts restrictions on providing adults with “change therapy.” In addition, SB 1172 would impose unprecedented legal liability for counselors who suggest that it is possible to overcome same-sex attractions.
Introduced by State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, SB 1172 relies on a concept that the American Psychological Association (APA) has refuted: homosexuality is an immutable characteristic. In fact, the APA has stated that environmental factors do have a role in a person choosing homosexuality. Despite this research, SB 1172 would codify the assertion that homosexuals cannot become heterosexuals and that efforts to make such a change are harmful. However, no such assertion of harm is made regarding therapy that encourages heterosexuals to experiment with homosexuality, nor does the bill address the harms of counseling people to change their genders.
Mandi Campbell, Liberty Counsel Action Director of Public Policy, said, “If SB 1172 passes, the hands of psychotherapists will be tied and adults struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction will be discouraged from seeking help. What is even more problematic is that the bill prohibits minors from receiving change therapy, even when their parents consent. This would usurp parents’ rights to determine the upbringing and education of their children, a right affirmed by the Supreme Court.”
In addition, Will Grigg states that another major component of the indictment that is worrisome is the charge that Hutaree is guilty of “seditious conspiracy.” As Grigg writes, “Whatever is eventually learned about Hutaree, as things presently stand the indictment against it could provide a template for ‘seditious conspiracy’ prosecutions involving practically any group that endorses the use of defensive force to protect citizens against government aggression.
“Indeed, the definition of ‘conspiracy’ used in the Hutaree indictment could make a criminal out of anyone who reads Federalist Paper 46 in public, thereby sharing James Madison’s commendably seditious admonition that the people preserve ‘the advantage of being armed’ in the event that insurrection against the central government proves necessary in order to preserve liberty.”
Let’s look a little closer at Federalist 46, written by Founding Father, author of the US Constitution, and America’s fourth President, James Madison. In dispelling the fears of colonists toward a standing federal army, Madison said in Federalist 46, “Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops.”
I’m sure I’ll get all sorts of negative reaction to this, but there are some things that need to be discussed. Initial reports by the formerly mainstream media and later reports on the death of Florida youth, Trayvon Martin, simply do not match… which leads us to wonder what actually happened that awful night. It seems that Mark Twain knew what he was talking about when he said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”
Initial television reports told the story of witnesses seeing and hearing Neighborhood Watch member George Zimmerman being beaten by Martin before the shooting. Later reports bypassed that story and just reported that Zimmerman shot and unarmed young man. It’s hard to tell what actually happened when those telling the story don’t seem to have agreement as to what actually happened.
It is interesting that the media has no problem shaping a story to meet their particular slant or viewpoint. For example, the generally accepted picture everyone has seen is of a clean cut, smiling 14 year old, rather than the picture of the gang banger that supposedly came from the victim’s Facebook page. It also goes the other way, as they tend to show a five year old booking photo of the shooter rather than anything recent that reflects his current life situation.
The press and many so-called moderates criticize conservatives for being hung up on social values at the expense of pursuing the “real problems” of our day – like the economy. The problem for them is not that many of us have social values and the progressives and moderates don’t… it’s that our values are different from theirs. Honestly, for whatever else I would think of this opposition, I would not insult them by saying they have no values.
The fact that their value system finds no problem with killing innocent babies, or same sex unions… or even the generational theft of outrageously excessive government debt. They even have no problem with the government taking from those who have worked to make a better life for their families and giving the fruit of their labor to those who will not work. The values of this class of people revolve around their own gratification, even at the expense of others. It is the antithesis of the Christian ethic of looking out for the weakest among us.
Because of the near universal acceptance of the narcissistic worldview by the formerly mainstream media and academic elites, they portray any other way of thinking as aberrant, perverse and old fashioned. By accepting their narrative that their ideas are normal for twenty-first century man, we are conceding defeat in the battle of ideas that will determine the fate of our nation and of many of our fellow men.
The traditional view of free speech that our constitution gave us is that in the United States, we have a right to say pretty much anything we want, even if it is stupid and foolish, and even if someone is offended by the comment. In recent years, this view has been adjusted to exclude ideas that offend certain newcomers to our country or the elites who fancy themselves to be our keepers. That we still have some freedom of speech is evidenced by the fact that Democrats and some Republicans can still spread their lies and distortions and answer to no one.
Furthermore, opposition to them… such as this blog is still permitted to function. For how long, we don’t know. It is to our shame that the words “permitted” or “not permitted” are allowed anywhere near the term speech. Our Declaration of Independence declared that this right, along with all the others we hold dear came from our Creator… not our government.
I’ve thought about how to write this in a way that will not sound insensitive to cases where there are true cases of harassment that are sexual in nature. I probably have not been able to do this, so I will just say what has been on my mind for several years.
We have come to the point where such charges are bandied about for political and financial interest. They have become a form of legalized extortion in many cases, where they are used to inflict damage on someone in either the corporate or political world because the assumption is always “where there is smoke there is fire”.
For the radical feminist types… and those not quite so radical, but still wanting to gain something or inflict some pain on a male of our species, the charge of sexual harassment has been a God send… only it didn’t come from Him. Just the airing of such charges, often anonymously as in the case of Herman Cain, is enough for the man’s political enemies to want to convict and execute the man.
Many are upset, and rightly so, about the current regime forcing acceptance of active homosexuals within the ranks of our military. The same regime would really like to find a way to force all states to recognize same sex marriages that are sanctioned by a handful of states that have rejected the traditional, biblical view of the institution. There is a feeling by many that this rejection is primarily because the traditional view IS the biblical view.
However, we need to consider what these actions really mean… and what they do not mean. These actions are simply a reflection of the predominant thinking of a small segment of our society seeking to impose their values on the rest of us. It is not any indication of the right or wrong of the such a position. It does, however, expose the citizens to the consequences of this corporate tolerance of behavior that our Creator rejects in no uncertain terms.
As early as the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, chapter 18, we see, “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” Some say that is an Old Testament concept, that the New Testament preaches a concept of freedom. Yet Romans 1 says, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Fort Worth, TX — On Tuesday, high school freshman Dakota Ary was given in-school suspension for stating in class that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith. Liberty Counsel is representing Dakota in this case, demanding full vindication and a full retraction of the suspension. If the school board does not comply, a lawsuit will be filed for violation of Dakota’s First Amendment rights.
Dakota was in a German language class at Western Hills High School on Tuesday when the topic of homosexuality arose. “I’m a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong,” Dakota said to one of his classmates. His teacher overheard the comment, wrote Dakota an infraction, and sent him to the principal’s office. The class topic was religious beliefs in Germany. During the discussion, one student asked what Germans thought about homosexuality in relation to religion. Another student then asked to hear some translated terms such as “lesbian.” These questions provoked the conversation about Christianity and Dakota’s expression of his opinion to one classmate.
The discipline referral form says the comment was out of context, even though the lesson for the day was on religious beliefs. The teacher charged Dakota with “possible bullying” and indicated, “It is wrong to make such a statement in public school.” Last week, the teacher displayed a picture of two men kissing on a “World Wall” and told the students that homosexuality is becoming more prevalent in the world and that they should just accept it. Many of the students were offended by the teacher’s actions and his continually bringing up the topic of homosexuality in a German language class. Read more of this article »
Cross City, FL – Today Liberty Counsel filed a Notice of Appeal on behalf of Dixie County, Florida, at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the county’s Open Forum policy, which allows private displays of law and history, including the Ten Commandments. Liberty Counsel represents Dixie County in a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2007, after the county permitted a local resident to erect a Ten Commandments monument outside the county courthouse, where other private displays are also allowed.
The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida (Gainesville Division) ruled against Dixie County, ordering the Ten Commandments monument be removed by August 14, claiming it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The plaintiff represented by the ACLU does not live in the county, has never lived in the county, and has no intent to ever return to the county. Liberty Counsel will argue on appeal that the case should be dismissed because the plaintiff has no standing to sue. Moreover, Liberty Counsel will awww.LC.orgrgue that the case presents a Free Speech, not an Establishment Clause, issue. The Open Forum policy allows private citizens to erect private historical displays at their own expense. Read more of this article »
NBC stirred a firestorm of criticism when they thought they were putting together what was, to them, a patriotic segment for their golf coverage. The fact that they told us that it was not done to offend anyone indicates what they think about the average American. This may be more disturbing than if they had done it just to create controversy.
Once NBC was called on leaving out “under God” and “indivisible” they issued a limp-wristed apology.
“We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago, and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time, regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone, and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”
In 1966, while running for Governor in California, Ronald Reagan formulated what has come to be known as the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” This was in response to the trash talk about conservative 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater by so-called moderate Republicans. In general is was a pretty useful and workable rule at the time.
However today it seems to only work in one direction as we have seen in the uncivil treatment received by Sarah Palin or Ron Paul and others at the conservative/libertarian end of the spectrum. While conservatives have gotten used to the being ostracized and having lies and half truths told about them, the more moderate members of the party seem to have much thinner skin.
We are told we should not be criticizing Republicans who are throwing conservative principles under the bus as the country plunges downward in an economic tailspin. While party members are squelched when bringing this up, polls show more anger among conservatives at the Republicans than Democrats. This should be cause for concern by those counting on this voting block.
The practice of catering to incumbents, despite a lack of adherence to generally accepted, smaller, less intrusive government thinking has led the party to silently take the poison pill of semi-Democrat influence in the leadership positions. Yet no one is supposed to speak up. Read more of this article »
Pensacola, FL – Today, Federal District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers granted in part a Preliminary Injunction in favor of twenty-four clients of Liberty Counsel, and granted a request for hearing on their remaining claims. The case attracted national attention when the ACLU attempted to punish and even jail local school administrators and staff for praying over their meal. The ACLU pressured the Santa Rosa County (Florida) School Board into a Consent Decree that unconstitutionally forbids all manner of religious expression at school, right down to the mere uttering of the words “God Bless.” After vindicating the school officials charged with criminal contempt for prayer, Liberty Counsel filed suit to invalidate the unconstitutional Consent Decree. The School District joined hands with the ACLU in defending the Consent Decree, and both asked the Court to dismiss Liberty Counsel’s challenge. Read more of this article »
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