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… Oregon must realize [#freedom of religion]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 7th,2016

.. that people have the constitutional freedom to exercise their religion ..

.. that also includes when they conduct their personal affairs when they run a business . When there is an issue that they do not support and cannot stand , they are free not to support that person , persons , or group . That means they do not have to do business with them . , especially if their action violates their religious beliefs …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the blog report …

.. we have a Constitution . We also have a Bill of Rights , which is a document which covers protections of our individual rights . Those protections outweigh those of a common law , , or even those of statutory law . So , A statute that covers protection of a person ‘ s sexual orientation des not protect them against someone else does chooses not to serve them , just because it violates their religious beliefs …

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… No , Ellen , A R.F.R.A. is not an Act of Bias [#freedom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 28th,2016

.. not in the least ..

.. Ellen Degenerates and her friends in the radical left seem to think that the passage ofa r.F.R.A. signifies discrimination . it does not . Far from it . it signifies the re -emphasis of religious freedom …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post // video clip ..

.. it allows people to defend themselves in court aganist the invasiveness of the predations of the radical left and their minions . They would force these simple people to participate in functions associated with gay -themed events that they morally disagree with . Now , they can defend themselves against those threats ..

.. A R.F.R.A. allows them to be religious ,yet participate in the public sphere…

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… Yeah ! , Well Done ,Mississippi !! [#RFRA]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 20th,2016

.. recently , Ms Gov. Phil Bryant signed an update to his state ‘s Religious Freedom Restoration Act . To many , he did the right thing . To the radical left , the move signified a declaration of political war ..

.. for me , Bryant and Mississippi did the right thing . Our nation and our states stand for religious freedom . One of the things that they must stand for is that they must not for people into being a part of something that they do not believe in . These people do not believe in the morality and or legality of gay weddings . So this updated rfra HElps to protect THOSE folks that have a bona- fide belief in their religious beliefs that they are Not forced into something …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. I hope more states do the same , including my own state of Ohio …

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… Is This School District Nuts [#religious freedom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 21st,2016

.. this school district [Pine Creek High School] in Colorado has a period during the middle of the school day that allows , in essence , for the equivalent of ” recess . ”

.. So , these students organized a prayer group to pray during this time . They prayed , sang religious songs , and discussed issues from a Christian perspective . So , one would figure , who would have a problem with that ?? …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. other than radicals like the Freedom from Religion Foundation , the School District [the one that runs Pine Creek High] itself did . They complained that there is a so – called constitutional ” separation of church and state , ” and that they could not allow any religious – themed activities during the school day …

.. Right ?? Wrong !! . That time is recess time . The students are free to do whatever they want with their time during this period of the school day . They can do so as long as it does not disrupt the operations or other activities of the school …

.. so , what else happened ? The student group sued . They engaged the Alliance Defending Freedom foundation to handle the legal action . No resolution as of yet …

.. I wish these young people good luck . They deserve to win their case , and to receive damages and an injuction against the school district . That way , any other district so situated will not be tempted to repeat something like this using the ” separation of church and state ” excuse …

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… now Arkansas steps Up [#R.F.R.A. bill]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 1st,2015

.. Arkansas ‘ legislature has completed the bill . The bill has achieved final passage . Now all that remains in that the bill is to be sent to Gov . Asa Hutchison , who has said that he will sign the bill …

.. the bill is very similar to Indiana ‘ s . It is a sword , not a shield . It does not discriminate . It does not legitimize discrimination . It helps to protect the religious liberties of all Arkansans …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. there will be a ruckus . The big question is that how will Arkansas and Gov. Hutchison react to it . Some stoutness and leadership would be very helpful in this case ….

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… A MutiFaith Prayer Room is One Thing [#orlando]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 27th,2015

.. but this ?? ..

.. a ” reflection room ?? ” .. it does not matter where the source of money comes from , it is a mosque , plain and simple ..

.. worse , it is on public property . If there is anything like this done for any other religious faith , there would be a legal furore . Well , there is likely to be one here , as well …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. it would be even worse if the action were done with public money .Then it would be a violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution …

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… Time for the Holy Father to Step Up … [#religious faith]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 4th,2014

.. it is time …. long since time …

.. I am Catholic , and so is Judge Jeanine …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to her Opening Statement …

.. spot on , Judge Jeanine !! …

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… The N.A.G. Gang wants anti – religious tyranny [#bigotry]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 28th,2014

.. NOW is very , very unhappy with the Hobby Lobby decision . They are so unhappy that they are advising POTUS to go waaaaay over the line with another of his executive orders ….

.. [h/t — Townhall.com/tipsheet]..
.. [link] to the commentary ..

.. basically , NOW wants POTUS to effectively shred the Hobby Lobby decision , by eliminating it where it deals with federal contractors ….

.. Haven’t the NAGs remembered that the law overrules E.O.s (executive orders) , and the Constitution overrules both of them . Even if POTUS wanted to , any court worth a damn would throw his action O-U-T the door as a gross abuse of power …

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… Free At Last [#free Meriam]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. she is free , thank God .

.. Meriam Ibrahim , the brave Sudanese Christian woman / mother / activist , has been freed by a Sudanese appeals court . Part of me wonders why ?? ..

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. I think that the Sudanese realized that her case was costing them dearly in the Court of World Public Opinion . It was far easier to free her , and see to it that she , her husband , and their children would get safely out of the country .Which was very smart …

.. the Sudanese know that she is still in danger . There are many , many zealots in Sudan , in particular , in and around Khartoum [the capital] . They would reap a publicity bonanza by hunting her down and killing her & her family . Which is why she is in secure seclusion , with the help of the Government . They want her gone , preferably anywhere else …

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… the Efforts for Human Rights [#Viva Cuba Libre]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 20th,2014

.. being of a middle – class upbringing [my father was an electrical engineer , my late mother was a maternity nurse] in the Midwest here in the U.S. , it still amazes me what others have to go through each day just to fight for their simple , god – given human rights …

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. these young men and young women are people of amazing and tremendous courage and heart . They risk everything , everyday , to fight for their faith , their beliefs , and their freedom . They do it not just for themselves , but they do it for all of Cuba , even for the folks who are imprisoning them …

.. may God Bless Berta Soler and the Ladies in White …

.. may God Bless Viva Cuba Libré …

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… Congratulations , Mississippi !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 10th,2014

.. they passed the MS Religious Freedom Restoration Act .

.. no , not without a fair bit of grief .

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..
.. [link] to the article …

.. it hews to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act , which allows religious folks to protect their religious freedoms . It makes government have a really good reason for overruling them …

..

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… I Hope Someone Mounts a Ballot Issue [Religious Freedom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 8th,2014

.. on the Religious Freedom Bill that was subject to a veto by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer this week .

.. obviously , it would have to be in an initiative / referendum state . There are only so many of those around . Hopefully , more than one will be mounted , so that the loonie left cannot concentrate their fire on only one state .

.. Hopefully , Arizona is one of them . Arizona is an initiative / referendum state , so it could have a ballot issue there . Do not leave it out there on the branch of a tree ; have other states mount the issue . Also , preferrably , have one or more big states on the line . Thankfully , my home state [Ohio] is one of them . It would be a terrific driver of turnout for Christians , conservatives , and Tea Partiers .

.. the question is when ? Not this year ; it is too late in the year to mount an initiative battle . Putting it on either the primary or general election ballot next year [2015] ? Maybe … it depends on what kind of turnout that you want … 2016 is a Presidential year . The turnout will be sky – high …. but of who ?

.. It is a good question , but one that deserves the time of day . People deserve to know , openly , that they have their religious freedom to protect themselves from activist gays and lesbians who seek to drive devout Christian believers and their businesses from the public sphere …

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… These Small Proprietors should Counterattack [Religious Rights being overrun by “Human Rights” laws]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 5th,2013

.. these companies are being set upon by so – called “Human Rights” laws . Basically , these laws are imposing a secular code of humanist justice upon those of us who are believers , and our religious beliefs are being thoroughly trampled upon . This is the height of outrageous .

.. Those local and state bodies should remember that the great mass of the people are those who are religious believers . We are all of different faiths , but of one common set of beliefs . Those beliefs are spelled out in the individual rights set out in the Bill of Rights . They include , but are not limited to , our religious faith . Just because one goes into business in the common public sphere , does not limit one ‘ s ability to practice one ‘ s faith .

.. These so  – called “human rights” laws  have marched waaaaay over the line .  Many folks who are involved in this are pro – family and pro – traditional marriage . They believe that it should be limited to between one man and one woman . They should not and must not have their rights to religious freedom and freedom of property limited because they do not believe in so – called “same – sex marriage . ” These idiots are trying to impose their humanist beliefs on others , and it goes way beyond the pale of constitutionality .

.. The pro – family and pro – marriage forces should counterattack . There are laws limiting the infringement of civil rights , and usually they are put to use to the loonie left . Guess what ? They apply to everyone , and the Loonies are going to have to be made to find that out the hard way . Either there is religious freedom for all , or there is no religious freedom at all . Our constitution and the Bill  of Rights should still mean something .

.. these are links (ironically , to the Huffington Post) about a small local cake bakery who was forced to close because of their religious beliefs . They believe in the traditional  definition of marriage , and do not believe that they should be penalized for doing business in public , and remaining faithful to their religion . They believe that they can do both . They should and hopefully will fight back … [link1] … [link2]

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… Outrageous !! [Elane Photography case ruling // NM] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 23rd,2013

.. this one is truly disgusting and outrageous , folks . It is regarding a local photography business (Elane Photography) in New Mexico . Yes , they are a business that does business in the public sphere .

.. No , they are not compelled to violate their religious beliefs . Or , they should not be compelled to do so . The First Amendment to the Constitution (religious freedom) trumps the attempt at compulsion that New Mexico is attempting in their so – called “Human Rights Act.” They may compel anti – discrimination for gays and lesbians , but they cannot force folks to do business with them in violation of their religious beliefs , plain and simple .

… from Breitbart Media ‘ s Big Government …

On Thursday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that religious wedding photographers could be forced to photograph same-sex weddings. “When Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the [New Mexico Human Rights Act, or NMHRA] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races,” the court ruled unanimously.

The court said that Elaine Huguenin, the photographer, had discriminated against gay customers for not photographing their weddings, even though she had said she would be happy to take their pictures in different contexts. The court also refused any differentiation whatsoever between homosexual and heterosexual conduct under the law, despite the fact that same-sex marriage is not licensed in the state of New Mexico. Justice Edward Chavez wrote, “The difficulty in distinguishing between status and conduct in the context of sexual orientation discrimination is that people may base their judgment about an individual’s sexual orientation on the individual’s conduct. To allow discrimination based on conduct so closely correlated with sexual orientation would severely undermine the purpose of the NMHRA.” In other words, orientation and conduct are so intertwined that to discriminate against activity would be to discriminate against the person — an odd line of logic, given that it would then follow that discriminating against religious activity would constitute discrimination on the basis of religion, making the court’s logic self-defeating.

Justice Richard Bosson wrote, in concurrence, that the Huguenins are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” He concluded, “The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the Huguenins in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.” That “compromise,” he wrote, “is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

It may be the price of citizenship for the left, but it is the polar opposite of what the founders stood for when they wrote the First Amendment protecting freedom of religion. This is state-sponsored tyranny at its finest.

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).

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… Our Uniformed Military (enlisted & officers) have as much right to Religious Liberty as Anyone Else …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

.. Since when do outside groups have the right to impose religious censorship on our nation ‘ s military ? This is crazy !

.. Good Lord , they have enough to worry about , as it is . Their first job , Job One , is our nation ‘ s defense . Their efforts are second to none . Their abilities to perform their jobs and their missions are second to none . Our nation ‘ s military , its technology , its strategy , and its ability are second to none .

.. So when it is said that having religious faith , and showing the same , and speaking about it , is against the good order and discipline

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the military service . When does the civilian leadership have the right to impose anti – religious censorship , impinging on the religious freedom and rights of our fellow citizens in uniform ? Why ?

.. These radicals , such as the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation ” and the ” Freedom from Religion Foundation ” have perverted our Constitution , and its freedoms and rights . Most of all , our religious freedoms , for civilian and military alike , in the First Amendment to the Constitution , in the Bill of Rights . What it stands for is not the prohibition of religion in the public sphere . Not at all . It stand for the free exercise thereof , and the prohibition of a “state church.” Not for the suppresion of religion and faith .

.. Our history , military and otherwise , is clear on those points . First and foremost , is the 1st Amendment ‘ s targeting of religious freedom . Our founders wanted to be absolutely sure and clear that all of us have the free and clear right to practice our faith , or to not practice it , if that is our choice . Also , the provision of chaplains of various faiths . These people (men and women) are priests , pastors , rabbis , and imans , there to minister to the religious needs of our troops & Marines . Most of all , without impignging on the good order and discipline in the ranks , is their rights to make statements of religious and moral issues , that are a part of their job as a religious leader from the pulpit .

.. I post this article from Breitbart Media ‘ s “Big Government” of the insanity that is going on in the current atmosphere . It is time that a thorough cleansing of the anti – religious bigots from the public sphere take place …

A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes is a Christian chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations.

My legal research on this issue uncovered no regulation prohibiting Reyes’ speech, which looks like expression protected by the free speech and religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment. Military leaders did not respond to Fox’s inquiries asking the Air Force to identify any such rules.

Nonetheless, only five hours after MRFF’s complaint, the essay was removed from the website. Duffy has profusely apologized to MRFF for not stopping this religious leader from sharing religious thoughts.

But this response—which again appears to be a violation of Reyes’s First Amendment rights—is insufficient for MRFF. They said, “Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” and, “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately punished.” (Emphasis added).

So MRFF is saying that the coercive power of government must be used to punish a military officer, who is also an ordained Christian minister, for making ordinary religious references consistent with his faith.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council—one of the leaders of a new religious liberty coalition for the military—responded, “A chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members… Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?”

MRFF is activist Mikey Weinstein’s organization. He called observant Christians “fundamentalist monsters” seeking to impose a “reign of theocratic terror,” and he described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of “spiritual rape” that makes believers “enemies of the Constitution” who are committing an act of “sedition and treason” against this nation.

The Obama-Hagel Defense Department and Air Force have met with Weinstein and MRFF over a period of four years and recently told Congress that there are no problems with suppressing religious speech in the military. However, because this growing wave of anti-Christian extremism has been exposed to the public, the U.S. House has inserted new religious liberty protections for military members in pending legislation.

President Obama threatens to veto the legislation. Reyes’s story makes it more likely that Congress will stand its ground and fight to protect the religious liberty of him and countless others in the military, as those service members continue risking their lives to fight for all Americans.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

 

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