Category Archives: Culture

Religious Freedom

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Religious freedom has been taking a beating.

A National Review editorial last week made the point that during the Clinton administration Democrats in Congress felt the Supreme Court had too narrow a view of religious liberty. As a result the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton. 

Along comes the Affordable Care Act (ACA), …which empowered the Obama administration to issue regulations that burdened a religious liberty..

This leaves Democrats in a political pickle. They passed a law to protect religious freedom, but they do not desire to protect religious freedom when doing so interrupts their risible war-on-women soap opera.

Senator Udall, in his rhetoric, has been particularly dishonest about this, characterizing the Hobby Lobby decision as mandating that women “have to ask their bosses for a permission slip to access common forms of birth control.” In fact, the decision does no such thing: Hobby Lobby has nothing to do with the right to do anything, but rather with the right to not do something.

Elsewhere on the religious freedom front, the Islamic State of Iraq has ordered Christians to either  pay jizya (a religious tax), convert to Islam, or die.

Burning Love for LeBron

140715LebronFour years ago Cavs fans burned their LeBron James Jerseys. Now LeBron is coming home and all is forgiven.

Chicago Mayhem

140712chicagoWhy are all those kids showing up at the border? The New York Times says they’re escaping gang violence in big cities in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

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Should some of them find their way to Chicago they can enjoy the blessings of liberty while feeling right at home. Over the Fourth of July weekend 17 people were murdered and 82 wounded by gunfire in Chicago.

Update:

Looks like some have found their way to Chicago.

Denver Fundraiser

140710obama-horse-denverColorado Senator Mark Udall didn’t show up for his own fundraiser in Denver yesterday. The president did. He also shot pool with Governor Hickenlooper and shook hands with a horse. He was offered a hit of marijuana but turned it down. Fortunately, Maureen Dowd wasn’t in town to offer him a candy bar.

Rich Lowry calls the border crisis Obama’s “man caused disaster“.

Undocumented Children

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Fifty-two thousand undocumented children have crossed the border so far this year. A union spokesman for the Border Patrol claims agents are now spending most of their time babysitting. Families in Central America believe the children will get asylum as refugees. An LA Times story documents that deportations have fallen under the Obama administration.

Under the Clinton administration the border patrol forcibly seized an undocumented Cuban political refugee. Elian Gonzalez undocumented childrenThat was six year old Elian Gonzalez. Elian wasn’t living at government expense. He was living with relatives in Miami. His mother had drowned during their escape from Cuba. Fidel Castro publicly insisted that Elian be returned to his estranged father in Cuba and AG Janet Reno complied.