Congress tramples right of assembly, 3 nay votes

Right of assembly: protesters in front of building

(CCL snappybex)

Are you laboring under the illusion that the Democrats are the problem? Or are you one of those who thinks it’s the Republicans?

Either way, you’re wrong.

Nine words for you: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, aka. H.R. 347/S. 1794. You can read the whole thing here. It’s barely a page. And it’s proof positive that whatever party or Congressional faction you’re trying to scapegoat, the problem is way, way bigger than that.

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And so it begins: Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts

Arlene's Flowers and Gifts: red rose

Last Tuesday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit against Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, a Richland florist business that refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed were decade-long customers of the business.

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January 5th: Stand with Hobby Lobby and the 1st Amendment

Hobby Lobby logo

I wrote last Friday (“Hobby Lobby: Free exercise of religion costs all”) about the Administration’s attempt to force David and Barbara Green, owners of Hobby Lobby, to purchase insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs for their employees. David Green made his case in an article published in USA Today last September:

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Religious liberty 3, contraceptive mandate 0

Religious liberty

(CCL Sarah C)

Religious liberty advocates just scored another provisional victory. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals told the Administration yesterday to keep its word and rewrite the healthcare contraception mandate to accommodate religious liberty.

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TriMet and our fear of free speech

Free speech: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.

Poor TriMet. Being forced against their will to permit free speech.

Oh, the Portland, Oregon, public transit agency supports free speech. I know because they said so. They just desperately want for it to happen some place else. Because, you know, free speech can get messy. Just like democracy. And God forbid that life should get messy for the good folks at TriMet. (Well, any messier than it already is.)

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September 11th attack: How stupid do they think we are?

September 11th attack: Christopher Stevens official photo

Ambassador Chris Stevens

From the President down, the Administration blamed the First Amendment for the September 11th attack on our consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. It was, they said, all about a protest over an amateur film that had been on the internet since July.

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee opened a hearing  into our diplomatic security in Libya.

It’s probably just coincidence that the State Department suddenly claimed yesterday that it had “never concluded” that the September 11th attack that killed Stevens and three others was “a protest gone awry”.


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Constitution Day and The Innocence of Muslims

Constitution Day and The Innocence of Muslims: close-up of prologue to the Constitution

(CCL Kim Davies)

Today is Constitution Day. I was planning to write today about the 225th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s foundational document. About the importance of the Constitution to you and me, now, in the 21st century.

So I will.

In an address last week commemorating 9/11, the President said that, in the 11 years since 9/11:

we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home. . . . [O]ur country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.

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