Archive for religious freedom – Page 2

A Big Fluke You, Evangelicals.

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Sandra Fluke

Last night, Chris Hayes had Sandra Fluke and right-wing radical and Washington Examiner contributor Tim Carney going tete-a-tete on his All In show. They were discussing the two cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear (probably in March, verdict in June) on corporate religious freedom rights, as they might affect the Affordable Care Act.

When you hear Sandra Fluke speak so eloquently below, you can see why this "whore" according to Rush Limbaugh was fought hard in being allowed to address a congressional panel on Women's Health and Contraception hearing by the terrified, misogynist, Republican party. How dare she spew common sense in such easy to understand words. The GOP was justified in trying to keep her silenced as she destroys all of their fanatical arguments so easily.

It's clear that the evangelicals are on the road with their bullhorns blazing, their pulpits popping  and their zealotry oozing. The more they speak, the easier it will be for the nine SCOTUS justices to see how giving religious freedom as a foundational justification to a company is wrong. It's tantamount to giving corporations the license to pick and chose which laws they wish to abide by and those they chose to ignore. Giving a corporation first amendment rights designed for individuals, (in this case religious freedom), will be the slipperiest slope they may ever have adjudicated. It's very doubtful that under scrutiny and behind closed-door discussions, the SCOTUS members will want to totally destroy human American with Corporate America. It could happen, but I wouldn't bet on it. Not if they are presented arguments like these:

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So What If We Lose Texas As Part Of The U.S.

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secession in colorado

Okay, so six counties in the north east quadrant of Colorado voted this week to secede. They want to form their own state. Well, we all know that ain't gonna happen. It takes more than a group of counties to make this a reality. It takes the approval of the state legislature and U.S. Congress for the secession effort to succeed. According to history, the last time a state willingly ceded territory was when Maine split from Massachusetts in 1820.

And what would we do with all of our flags with 50 stars? Would we have to sew on a 51st?

Well, maybe not. You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for. Well, how about this for a cost saving measure: We let Texas have what it wants -- to become it's own country. Then we lose them and we pick up North Colorado and we don't have touch the flags one bit. When one door closes, another opens kind of thing. You gotta like that.

But the idea of succession and even leaving the states and becoming it's own country is not new in Texas. HUFFPO:

Texas leaves the union

A year ago this week, more than 125,000 people signed a secession petition asking the Obama administration to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

Remember, by new government they mean new country. They already have their own state government. They're looking for sovereignty. Maybe they'll even decide to have a King ruling the new kingdom.

So what if Texas is successful in leaving? What kind of void would that leave the rest of us in? I'm sure the Astros, Mavericks, Rangers and Cowboys would still belong to our sports leagues. But, if we did grant them sovereignty, let's see how we'd fare. Here's some of what we'd have to give up.

1. We shed the state with the worst health care in the union. Yup, Texas is dead last.

2. Texas is on the bottom of women's health issues with among the strictest anti-abortion laws in the nation. We gain there.

3. The Lone Star State has discriminatory religious beliefs. They make it a requirement to pledge belief in a "Supreme Being" in order to hold public office. Atheists not allowed to run.

4. Women in general are cheated out of rights, wages and their votes in Texas. A 2013 report by the Center for American Progress gave the state of Texas an “F” for how it treats women.

5. Texas leads and has led the country in executions, with 503 since 1976. Pro or anti-capital punishment, there's still too much going on there in Texas.

6. Houston, the largest city in the state and fourth largest in the U.S. bars domestic partner benefits. Not exactly a welcoming place for LGBT partners.

7. New voter laws in the state make it hard for legal residents to vote. It's designed to eliminate women, students, minorities and the elderly. So our country would become more honestly represented.

And finally, we'd have Ted Cruz. He'll become a tri-citizen. He's Canadian by birth. American (still debatable with birthers) by his mother's nationality and Texan because that's where he's hoping to be anointed their first king.

Now taking this look at how losing Texas would effect us I'd say it's worth a right-quick consideration. We save on changing our flag. We save on seats in Congress because North Colorado is much smaller in population than Texas. Gone will be the biggots, racists and uncitizen-like minority that runs that state. Don't tell me this isn't a win-win situation.

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Hawaii - The Aloha State or the Oppression State?

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This is the first in a series of articles I hope to present to you with the help of an amazing woman -- Maggie Connor.

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If her name sounds familiar, it's because she's a former member of our US Olympic ski team.  She's a caring, spiritual woman who's opened my eyes about a huge injustice that deserves our attention and voice.  It's the preservation of the Native Hawaiian culture.  It's about restoring a proud people's respect and regaining their promised freedom.

Upon his deathbed,  King Kamehameha, the unifier of the Hawaiian islands uttered to his son, "E ho‘okanaka." Be a person of worth.

Today, 200 years later, that is the Hawaiian motto.

Who among us hasn't dreamed of a pilgrimage to our 50th state, drinking up our tropical paradise of the breathtaking islands?  They have everything from snow on their mountain tops to flowing lava spewing down to their sandy shores.  And nothing is more idyllic than the flora of their dense rain forests.  It's what technicolor dreams are made of.

It is, unless you’re Native Hawaiian – one of the indigenous peoples of the Paradise Islands.  God help you if you are, because the United States has turned their back on these marvelous people.  We've grabbed their lands.  Taken their possessions.  Defaced their holy and consecrated grounds.  We've imprisoned their people.  We've denied them access to their ancestors.  We've broken our promises. We've legislated against their freedoms.

Please, "E ho‘okanaka.”  Be a person of worth.  At least listen to the Native Hawaiian cause, and if you are so inclined, add your voice to the OHA, the office of Hawaiian Affairs.  They are just a click away: www.OHA.org

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Retired general to review religious intolerance at Air Force Academy

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I'm glad to see that they're attempting another investigation. Troutfishing over at Kos has done a bang up job thru the past few years reporting on this, and the MRFF of course is right on top of these outrages. If you read any of Troutfishing or the MRFF stuff, you'll see it's much more pervasive than they let on in the article.

DENVER — A retired Air Force general who once served as commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy will assess the religious climate at the school, where allegations and court battles over religious tolerance have periodically flared for seven years.

Patrick K. Gamble, who retired as a four-star general in 2001 and is now president of the University of Alaska, was asked to take an "independent, subjective look at the overall climate at USAFA relating to free exercise of religion," the Air Force said in a statement Friday.

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Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and a vocal critic of the academy, criticized the scope of the review as it was outlined in the Air Force statement.

The problem at the school is not with any restriction on the free exercise of religion, but with unwanted proselytizing by fundamentalist Christians, a violation of the constitutional concept of the separation of church and state, he said.

Gamble said he had not ruled out looking at the separation issue. He said his review team is still getting organized and its scope hasn't been determined.

"We're going to take a blinders-off look, and nothing's off the table, but nothing's on the table, either," he said.

(snip)

The tolerance issue surfaced when many cadets reported in a 2004 survey that they had heard slurs or jokes about other religions. Some said they felt ostracized because they weren't religious.

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