[Rushtalk] Religion Or Pigskin?!?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Feb 27 21:39:31 MST 2014

>Thursday, February 27, 2014
>To: Friends & Supporters
>From: Gary L. Bauer
>Brewer Picked The Pigskin
>Sadly, as was widely predicted, Arizona Governor 
>Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed SB 1062. Responding 
>to her veto, Todd Starnes of Fox News tweeted, 
>"Protect the Super Bowl or religious liberty? Brewer chose the pigskin."
>Worse than the veto was that the left was 
>allowed to frame the debate. Legislation 
>intended to preserve religious liberty was cast 
>by most news outlets as an effort to restore Jim 
>Crow laws, which prevented black Americans from 
>being served by certain establishments. Those 
>laws were evil and there was no motivation for 
>them other than raw racism. And America has 
>correctly decided that racism is wrong.
>Now let's turn to this latest dispute. America's 
>founding ideal is that our liberty comes from 
>God, not government, and that this country would 
>stand for religious liberty. That means no law 
>can require the Amish to electrify their homes 
>or install telephones in their homes. 
>Self-employed Amish workers are not required to 
>pay Social Security taxes either.
>It has always been understood that if an 
>anti-Semitic group demanded that a Kosher deli 
>cater an event condemning Judaism, the deli 
>owners should be able to say no. This is not a 
>terribly controversial concept. Last year, a 
>Rasmussen poll found that 
>of Americans believed that a Christian 
>photographer should have the right to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding.
>In recent decades, the federal government and 
>liberal judges have eroded various aspects of 
>religious liberty. As a result, Congress 
>overwhelmingly passed the Religious Freedom 
>Restoration Act in 1993 to protect the "free 
>exercise" of religion. As we reported yesterday, 
>many states have similar laws. Yet, as we also 
>noted, current legal protections have proven 
>insufficient when it comes to Christian 
>photographers, bakers, florists and the like.
>By the way, the word "homosexuality" did not 
>appear once in the Arizona law. It simply said 
>that no business would be required to do 
>business in a way that violated the beliefs of 
>the owner. To give another example, if a 
>customer went into a Chick-fil-A with a button 
>that read, "I'm gay and proud," nothing in the 
>law would allow the Chick-fil-A store to refuse to serve that customer.
>But if the producers of the Grammy Awards went 
>to a Chick-fil-A restaurant and said they wanted 
>Chick-fil-A to cater the awards, which featured 
>a mass same-sex wedding, the owner of the Chick-fil-A would be able to say:
>"I'm sorry. My faith teaches me that marriage is 
>only between one man and one woman, representing 
>Christ's relationship to the church, and 
>prohibits me from participating in something 
>that mocks the teachings of my faith."
>By the way, the left's tolerance is a one-way 
>street. Suppose, for example, that Focus on the 
>Family is having a conference on the ways 
>same-sex marriage undermines the American family 
>and asks a gay-owned photography company to help 
>document and publicize the event.
>If the gay photographers refused, does anybody 
>think that a state agency would force them to do 
>it? Would companies like Apple be threatening 
>the state government if it didn't side with 
>Focus? Would the NFL say, "Unless you force this 
>gay business to serve this Christian event, we 
>may move the super bowl"? Of course not!
>Let me repeat: The culture war over the meaning 
>of marriage was never going to stop with just 
>the re-definition of marriage. We know the left 
>will keep pushing. Sadly, there is no shortage 
>of politicians who just want the issue to go away.
>Some of those politicians signaled this week 
>just how quickly they will retreat, people like 
>Sen. McCain, Mitt Romney and, for reasons still 
>bizarre to me, Newt Gingrich. How much more are they willing to give up?
>If you are a pastor and haven't figured this out 
>yet, let me make it clear: Right before your 
>eyes, significant parts of Scripture are on the 
>verge of being declared off-limits, subjecting 
>you to accusations of bigotry and jeopardizing 
>the tax-exempt status of your church.
>Men and women of faith must stand up and fight back. The hour is late.
>Reining In The Imperial Presidency
>That was the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing 
>yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee. 
>Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington 
>University warned the committee that America is 
>at a "constitutional tipping point."
>It is important to note that Turley is not a 
>card-carrying conservative. In fact, he's very 
>liberal, and conceded that he often agreed with 
>President Obama politically. But, Professor Turley added:
>"My view [is] that the president, has in fact, 
>exceeded his authority in a way that is creating 
>a destabilizing influence in a three branch 
 The fact that I happen to think the 
>president is right on many of these policies 
>does not alter the fact that I believe the means 
>he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be 
>a dangerous change in our system. And our system 
>is changing in a very fundamental way."
>Florida International University Professor 
>Elizabeth Price Foley concurred with Turley. 
>Referring to the many unilateral changes to Obamacare, Professor Foley, said:
>"Situations like this, these benevolent 
>suspensions as they get more and more frequent 
>and more and more aggressive, they're eroding 
>our citizens' respect for the rule of law. We 
>are a country of law and not men. It's going to 
>render Congress superfluous. 
If you want to 
>stay relevant as an institution, I would suggest 
>that you not stand idly by and let the president take your power away."
>I couldn't agree more! And I am left wondering 
>why Speaker Boehner or a U.S. senator of either 
>party has not delivered a major address 
>defending the constitutional prerogatives of Congress.
>Our Brave New World
>Large segments of the public and most elites 
>were absolutely sure that switching the 
>leadership of the United States from the 
>know-nothing, swaggering cowboy Bush to the 
>urbane, ethnically diverse, world traveler 
>Barack Hussein Obama would mean that peace would 
>break out, diplomacy would end strife and we 
>would become one big Coke commercial, all singing in harmony. Whoops.
>This morning's news provides adequate headlines 
>to remind us that foreign policy must be 
>grounded in reality. Evil exists in the world. 
>Disputes with foreign nations often are not 
>simple misunderstandings, but clashes between 
>different worldviews about the nature of man and liberty.
>North Korea is testing more missiles. A 
>pro-Russian coup is taking place in the Crimea. 
>A Russian warship has docked in Havana. Iranian 
>warships are reportedly headed into the 
>Atlantic. Al Qaeda is spreading throughout 
>Africa. China is in the middle of a massive naval buildup.
>Meanwhile, here at home the Obama Administration 
>is slashing the Army to pre-World War II levels, 
>and is presiding over the largest growth of the 
>surveillance state in the history of the country.
>Feel safe yet?
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