Will International Law Supersede US Constitution and Silence Christians?
The First Amendment gives every American the rights to the freedom of religion and speech. Lately we’ve been seeing those rights being taken from us on an alarming basis. Christians here in America are being persecuted for standing up for what the Bible says about homosexuality and other issues. Instead of sinners repenting, they have been taking Christians to the courts and filing lawsuits to gag them.
One ongoing lawsuit could strip all Americans, especially Christians, from any First Amendment rights to religion or free speech. The case involves Pastor Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries. His alleged crime is speaking out publicly against homosexuality.
Who filed the charges against him and the process involved will shock you. The charges were filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) who claim that Lively’s speech condemning homosexuality is a crime against humanity and a violation of international law. They claim that the Alien Tort Statute in the US gives them the right to file the case and that their charge supersedes the US Constitution and the First Amendment.
The group charges that Lively considers himself an expert on the gay movement and that by speaking out against homosexuality he is deriving the group from their fundamental rights.
US District Judge Michael Posner reviewed the lawsuit and used 80 pages to say the case has merit and should move forward. Among Posner’s pro-gay comments contained in his ruling, he wrote:
“…many authorities [who] implicitly support the principle that widespread, systematic persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes a crime against humanity.”
“Indeed, defendant, according to the amended complaint, is alleged to have maintained what amounts to a kind of ‘Homophobia Central’ in Springfield. He has allegedly supported and actively participated in worldwide initiatives, with a substantial focus on Uganda, aimed at repressing free expression by LGBTI groups, destroying the organizations that support them, intimidating LGBTI individuals, and even criminalizing the very status of being lesbian or gay.”
Horatio Mihet, Senior Litigation Counselor with Liberty Counsel is representing Lively and says that his client is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution which is higher than international law. In his brief filed with the court, Mihet wrote:
“SMUG asks this United States court to punish one of its citizens, Mr. Lively, for ‘crimes against humanity’ under an international treaty that the United States has expressly rejected.”
“Moreover, what SMUG cavalierly and conclusorily labels as ‘crimes against humanity’ – the most heinous of crimes – is actually nothing more than civil, non-violent political discourse in the public square on a subject of great public concern, which occupies the highest rung of First Amendment protection.”
Read all of this at Godfather Politics.
Zo Peacefuly attends his California Assemblyman’s Meet & Greet, only to get harassed by a woman “attorney” attendee, who actually sics the cops on him!
Meanwhile, Democrat Al Muratsuchi shows his true hypocritical self. Just another example of how liberals like Al are not tolerant of things, but want to make it a law for others to be tolerant of the things they wouldn’t tolerate. Hear more in this ZoNation.
As if Bundy doesn’t deal with enough bulls**t, The BLM and the EPA are giving Bundy a truck load of Bovine Manure, and using turtles to do it. Who’s right? Many claim to have all the facts, and all the bull is working great as fertilizer for a field of conspiracy theories. Does Zo claim to know what’s what? No, but he’ll tell you what he honestly thinks. Here more in this Zonation.
From Joe Dan Gorman:”Cows, Guns and Money – IFL 2014 007
Our Federal Government has gone absolute power crazy. Rather than opting for ‘the standard peaceful solution’ of filing a lien or judgement—armed agents and K-9 units with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) actually drew weapons on unarmed American citizens at the Bundy Ranch over alleged ‘unpaid cattle grazing’ fees. They tazed and sic’d dogs on unarmed citizens….even pushing women down.
This prompted militia from all across the country to rush to Nevada to support Mr. Cliven Bundy, whose family had been ranching this land since the 1870s. The tense showdown between Federal Agents and Citizens, ended peacefully, thank God.”
Have you ever watched on tv a series product by Chuck Lorre (like the Big Bang Theory) and wanted to really read those ending cards of his that one can read two words before it goes away? Like the following:
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #280
You know you’re getting old when… You throw your back out on the toilet. You shave your ears. Your second wife calls your first wife “ma’am.” You’re genuinely excited when your prescriptions arrive in the mail. You read the obits in the newspaper to check the ages of the dead people. You read a newspaper. You’re bummed out that the smokin’ hot chick from Body Heat now looks like William Shatner in drag. You say “bummed out.” Women your age have real breasts and artificial hips. Masturbation leaves you winded. You try to amuse the kid hooking up your Blu-ray player by telling him about Betamax. You pee in morse code — dots and dashes — and have to look down to see when you’re done. Your car radio is set to “classic rock” so you have something to switch to during NPR pledge drives. Your doctor says things like, “that’s normal for a man your age” and “consider yourself lucky.” Beneath your chin is what appears to be a neck skin hammock. Beneath your penis is what appears to be two ping pong balls hanging from a flesh-colored bolo tie. You choose your new car because it offers great lumbar support and convenient cup holders. Watching “The Who” perform at the Superbowl made you inconsolably sad. You wonder if the orgasm you’re about to have will actually end your life. Your doctor tells you a new medication will reduce the amount of semen in your body and your only response is, “so what.” Your car radio is set to “classic rock” so you have something to… oh, wait, I already did that one.
Lot more of his found HERE.
Barack Hussein Obama and Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR don’t want the Supreme Court to decide whether or not Jerusalem is part of Israel
Ten Things You May Not Believe Have ‘Actually’ Been Blamed on Global Warming
Did you know climate change has been blamed for everything from malaria in airports to Kenya’s decreased coffee output?
On The Wonderful World of Stu Saturday, TheBlaze’s Stu Burguiere tackled some of what he considered to be the most ridiculous things “actually blamed on global warming.”
Read it all with the video HERE.
Elites’ Sacrificial Victims
When your goal is to save the planet, you can’t worry about who may get hurt.
Why do our well-meaning elites so often worry about humanity in the abstract rather than the real effects of their cosmic ideologies on the majority? The dream of universal health coverage trumped the nightmare of millions of lives disrupted by the implementation of it. Noble lies, with emphatics like “Period!” were necessary to sell something that would hurt precisely those who were told that this was going to be good for them. A myriad of green mandates has led to California’s having the highest-priced gasoline and electricity in the continental United States, a fact that delights utopians in San Francisco and in the long run might help the rest of us, but right now ensures that the poor of the state’s vast, hot interior can scarcely afford to cool their homes or drive to work. Fresno on August 1, after all, is a bit warmer than Berkeley or Menlo Park.
In a word, liberal ideology so often proves more important than people. Noble theories about saving humanity offer exemption from worry about the immediate consequences for individual humans. In a personal sense, those who embrace progressive ideas expect to be excused from the ramifications of their schemes. For the elite who send their kids to prep schools and private academies, public charter schools for the poor are bad, given that they undermine the dream of progressive, union-run education that has turned into a nightmare for those forced to enroll in it.
Recently, pundit Margaret Carlson wrote an op-ed lamenting the fall of Lois Lerner, as if her decline were due to a McCarthyesque hit. But Lerner staged her own dishonest disclosure of impropriety. She set up a phony, preplanned question that might offer her a platform to contextualize her unethical behavior. Despite her protestations that the IRS’s violations all emanated from a rogue office in Ohio, Lerner or her colleagues were in contact with Democratic enablers at the House Oversight Committee and the Department of Justice to find ways to thwart conservative tax-exempt organizations before the 2012 election.
Much more HERE.
Half a Win on Racial Discrimination
There’s a reason they call it “progressivism” — for years, the main legal question contested in affirmative-action cases, from Bakke to Grutter, was whether the state should be allowed to engage in racial discrimination. In the Michigan affirmative-action case decided today, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the question was whether the state should be required to engage in racial discrimination. The progress, then, has followed the Left’s familiar ratchet-effect model, inching its way from “not forbidden” to “compulsory.” Indeed, as the Wall Street Journal put it, the question here was not whether the use of racial discrimination for putatively benevolent purposes is constitutional but whether states “may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution.”
The Court came to the correct conclusion, but both Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent suggest very strongly that there is trouble afoot on our highest bench.
In a perfectly Orwellian dissenting opinion, which she read dramatically from the bench, Justice Sotomayor argued that the decision of the people of Michigan to end racial discrimination is itself an instance of racial discrimination and that the only way to mitigate such racial discrimination is through the mandatory maintenance of racial discrimination. In this opinion she was joined by Justice Ginsburg, with Justice Kagan recusing herself from the case. Justice Sotomayor argued that Michigan’s Proposal 2, which mandates race-neutral state policies, is the sort of legislation used to “oppress minority groups.” By outlawing racial discrimination, she argued, “a majority of the Michigan electorate changed the basic rules of the political process in that State in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”
Justice Sotomayor is here arguing in effect that if a constitutional referendum doesn’t go the NAACP’s way, then its effects are invalid. This is not an exaggeration: Justice Soyomayor argues explicitly that Michigan’s voters would have been within their rights to, for example, lobby university authorities to adopt race-neutral admissions standards but that by adopting a constitutional amendment insisting on race neutrality, thereby transferring the decision from the education bureaucrats to the people themselves and their constitution, they “changed the rules in the middle of the game.” Her opinion is legally illiterate and logically indefensible, and the still-young career of this self-described “wise Latina” on the Supreme Court already offers a case study in the moral and legal corrosion that inevitably results from elevating ethnic-identity politics over the law. Justice Sotomayor has revealed herself as a naked and bare-knuckled political activist with barely even a pretense of attending to the law, and the years she has left to subvert the law will be a generation-long reminder of the violence the Obama administration has done to our constitutional order.
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Texas Attorney General to BLM: I’m going to raise a ‘Come and Take it’ flag so the feds will stay out of Texas
Read this HERE.