This, after a $135,000 fine. The order states “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation” (Oregon). The Kleins note “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights” (Washington Examiner). The Klein’s lawyer said the judge “has ruled that the Kleins’ simple statement of personal resolve to be true to their faith is unlawful. This is a brazen attack on every American’s right to freely speak and imposes government orthodoxy on those who do not agree with government sanctioned ideas” (Daily Signal).Read More »
State legislators are looking at ways to protect the church (Times Free Press). From William McGurn:…there is nothing live-and-let-live about the way this movement has operated the past few years, and to pretend otherwise requires a willful blindness. Now, with Obergefell, the full furies have been released. As Justice Samuel Alito suggested in his dissent, thousands of Americans who never dreamed that the issue would affect them will soon get highly personal lessons in how the legalization of same-sex marriage by judicial fiat threatens their schools, their institutions and even their livelihoods. This is not your father’s culture war (WSJ).Read More »
In a narrow 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court in its Obergefell decision has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all 50 states.
As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.”
The majority’s argument, expressed by Justice Kennedy, is that the right of same-sex couples to marry is based in individual autonomy as related to sexuality, in marriage as a fundamental right, in marriage as a privileged context for raising children, and in upholding marriage as central to civilization. But at every one of these points, the majority had to reinvent marriage in order to make its case. The Court has not merely ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry—it has fundamentally redefined marriage itself.
The threat to religious liberty represented by this decision is clear, present and inevitable. The majority in this decision has placed every religious institution in legal jeopardy if that institution intends to uphold its theological convictions limiting marriage to the union of a man and a woman.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212147905″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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After horrible tragedies, like the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, most partisan politicians give some daylight between the tragedy and their own agenda. Not Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Michael Medved explains. Mike Gallagher speaks with Pastor Dimas Salaberrios who personally assisted those hurting in the wake of the shooting. Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, discusses his new book with Michael Medved. Bill Bennett turns to Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol to talk about why, on Iran, George W. Bush was right and Barack Obama is wrong. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shares his personal faith conversion with Michael Medved. Hugh Hewitt talks with Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen about the Supreme Court’s disgraceful 6-3 decision to embrace Obamacare–again. Chen argues that Justice Roberts’ contortions of language do real violence to the rule of law. Guest host Larry Elder on the Dennis Prager Show believes that race is not an epidemic in the U.S., but Democrats have a lot to gain by treating it that way.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212012264″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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This last week in an appearance on Face the Nation with new host John Dickerson, House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes told Dickerson that He believes, based on what he sees—and he sees about 99 percent of what the president sees—the U.S. is at greater risk of attack by foreign terrorists of Islamic State sympathizers than at any time in our history—including the days before 9/11.
The Democrats in Congress who are holding up the Department of Defense authorization bill and the Department’s appropriations bill have got to end this recklessness.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell must simply shut down the Senate until the Democrats do what is the first and most important job Congress: to protect and defend the United States. Put the final bill before the people and before the Senate, Mr. McConnell and hammer every day at the fecklessness of those who refuse to protect the country.
Accountability will follow but only if clarity precedes it. These are dangerous times. Obstructionists cannot be allowed to continue to injure the nation’s security.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211964528″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
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