Posts tagged "First Amendment"

Leonard Pitts Jr., it's you who's deplorable

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. rejected the idea of trying to “understand” supporters of President Donald Trump because they are a bunch of white, Christian Americans alarmed by the loss of their “pre-eminence.” (“Do we really need to ‘understand’ Trump supporters?” as published in the Chicago Tribune.) Pitts was responding to a reader who suggested in... Read more »

Why SCOTUS must protect Jack Phillip's right to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple

Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission helped to delineate the complex issues in one of the most important religious civil rights case in years. The case will determine whether a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, can refuse, based on his constitutional right to be free of government interference in the practice... Read more »

Fascists harass photographer at University of Missouri

Students and, reportedly, University of Missouri professors reminding me of fascists harass a student photographer at the University of Missouri who is trying to record the protests for posterity. One of the harrassers is reportedly a communications professor, of all things. The student tries to explain that he has a first amendment right under the... Read more »
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Pro-choice forces push anti-conscience abortion bill through Illinois legislature

As if we weren’t looking, pro-choice forces this week are pushing an anti-conscience abortion bill through the Illinois Legislature. Illinois Senate Bill 1564, which rewrites the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, is designed to cripple or shut down  pregnancy resource centers, such as Aid for Women and the Women’s Center, that offer women alternatives to... Read more »

Amendment to strip Constitution of special protection for religious beliefs advances

PARODY Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2017) — Efforts to strip the Constitution of its religious protections moved one step closer to reality today as the Senate narrowly approved a rewriting of the First Amendment. The 68-to-32 bipartisan vote—by the required two-thirds margin–follows last month’s House approval of the same measure. No presidential action is required... Read more »

Are atheists imposing their views on others?

Atheists’ frequent criticism of Christianity and other religions is that they are trying to “impose their views on others.” Kept your religion to yourself, communities of believers are frequently instructed by atheists. Okay. Then perhaps atheists should follow their own advice. American Atheists have unveiled a tv commercial in which they are trying to attract... Read more »
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Kissimmee, Fl. police muzzle pro-life activists

From a press release: Florida Police Warned Not to Violate First Amendment Rights of Peaceful Pro-Life Protesters Thomas More Society tells Pro-Life Advocates to Proceed with Prayer Vigil at Kissimmee Planned Parenthood (April 4, 2014 – Kissimmee, FL) The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, together with Florida attorney Frederick Nelson of Orlando’s American... Read more »

Here's one of those hateful, sanctimonious, homophobic florists

…who for religious reasons want not to be forced by the government to provide a service or a product at same-sex weddings. Thinking that they have a right under the religious freedom provision of the First Amendment. Imagine. In this day and age. Barronelle Stutzman had been serving a gay client for years, but all... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Emanuel's unconstitutional threat to banks and businesses regarding guns

Article I, Section 10 is a little-known provision of the Constitution that prohibits states from passing a “law impairing the obligation of contracts.” Rahm Emanuel is not a state, but as mayor of a municipal subdivision of the state of Illinois, the constitutional provision applies to him too. Emanuel’s letter to banks (and businesses) to... Read more »
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Wheaton College, others win one against Obamacare's assault on religious liberty

A win for people of faith the media widely ignores A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College in their fight to protect their religious liberty against provisions in Obamacare that mandate religious institutions violate their consciences. The Obama administration had been fighting tooth and nail to have... Read more »
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