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Before You Cast Your First Stone (At Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis)

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The PC police, who seem hellbent on forcing all people to accept gay marriage after the  controversial Supreme Court Obergefell decision, suffered a setback when activist federal judge David Bunning released Kim Davis from a Kentucky jail.  Davis, a county clerk, spent five days behind bars after refusing to have marriage licenses to same-sex couples go out under her name, which would, in effect,  be condoning a practice that violates her religious beliefs.

Judge Bunning simply could have slapped Kim Davis with a fine but, no, this activist liberal judge chose to throw her in jail until she complied with his wishes.  Tuesday, Bunning backed down, bowing to pressure after denying Davis her due process and her rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Supreme Court Trades Constitution for Crystal Ball

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Last week’s back-to-back rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage shows just how far we have come from the government established by our founding fathers.  The checks and balances that have held this republic together for more than 200 years are gone!

The Constitution is no longer the instrument by which the legitimacy of all laws are judged.  It has been replaced by a crystal ball, in some cases, a justice’s personal opinion.

Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have publicly displayed their support for gay marriage.   Both have performed same-sex marriage ceremonies while this issue was making its way through the courts, yet ignored judicial precedent by failing to recuse themselves from Obergefell v. Hodges.

This court ruled that the very words in the laws that come under review now can be changed or simply ignored at the whim of a justice.  I offer the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts in the ruling that upheld Obamacare. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1st, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The Bullies Won in Arizona (and are on their way to your state)

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Nobody likes a bully.  In the movies, we cheer as the bullies are defeated but in real life we often give into them simply because no one likes to be bullied.   We take the road of least resistance, even when it means giving up important, even sacred ground.

Such was the case in Arizona when Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a most reasonable bill updating the state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”  to clarify two ambiguities in the state’s law which was modeled after the federal REFRA signed by Bill Clinton.   Specifically, this new version made it clear that one’s “free exercise of religion” does not stop when you run a business.  And that this “free exercise” not only protects you against the government but civil legal action as well.

Recently, business owners have been forced to go to great expense to defend their right to operate in a way that will not compromise the moral values they hold dear.  The lawsuits brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods against Obamacare’s birth control mandate are two of the most visible.   The U.S. Supreme Court will decide these cases next summer.

Ready or not, this issue is headed your way.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 5th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

D-Day for Parental Rights

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In the military, “D-Day” is the coded designation of an important invasion or military operation.  The term also has been used to mark the timing for a landmark event or decision.

Such a day is coming for a homeschooling family, the Romeikes, who fled religious persecution in Germany five years ago and are fighting to remain in this country.   It is also a D-Day for the protection of individual rights of every U.S. citizen

The clock now is ticking for the Romeikes and for the Obama Administration which has been ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes’ deportation case.  The deadline is December 19. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 4th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

The Price of Freedom

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July 4 is the birthday of our nation.  It is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document by which the American colonies declared their independence from British rule, which had become burdensome if not tyrannical.

This was, however, not an end but the beginning of a struggle for freedom that would last for more than seven years and cost many of the brave men who signed that document their comfortable homes, their land, their fortune, their children and — for some — their very lives. 

The men who met in Philadelphia that fateful day in 1776  to sign that document were not poor, malcontent scalawags.  These were men of means who risk everything to give us this nation where 

“all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …”

It is important to remember that, while these men were declaring their independence from Great Britain, they were also declaring their dependence on the God who created us.  And in case that was not clear enough in this declaration of rights, they closed the document in such a way that it could not be missed.

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor.”

The years that followed were difficult and victory would have been impossible without the direct intervention of the hand of God.  Those who doubt this simply do not know their history.  How else could a rag-tag army of colonists defeat the powerful British?  The miracles that followed are too numerous to mention such as the  blinding fog that allowed Washington’s men to escape from Brooklyn or just the right amount of snow and thaw on the icy Delaware River that paved the way for  — not one  — but three miraculous crossings. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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