ARROGANT, FREEDOM-CRUSHING GOVERNMENT
For any person of faith who thinks it’s safe to vote for today’s Democrats or to stay home on Election Day and not make your voice heard, just look to Virginia. They elected a Democratic legislature and Democrat Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam, and they have been suffering under arrogant, freedom-crushing government ever since. Here is the latest result of their government’s utter disregard for the rights of the people.
Three Christian schools and a Christian network of pregnancy centers are suing the state to prevent implementation of a so-called LGBTQ rights law that is actually a “replace religion with the state's beliefs" law. As always, it has one of those benign names that obscure its destructive and partisan intent: the “Virginia Values Act.”
As Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media reports, the lawsuit charges that the state is requiring “ministries to hire employees who disagree with their beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender; mandate that the ministries hire employees whose beliefs and lifestyles are ‘antagonistic to the ministries’ convictions;’ prohibit the ministries from firing employees who oppose their missions; require the ministries to provide services in a manner that violates their beliefs; ban the ministries from even communicating their biblical beliefs; make the ministries use their facilities in a way that contradicts their beliefs; and force the ministries to pay for ‘gender reassignment’ procedures in their health plans, even though the ministries object to these procedures.”
And if they refuse to substitute the state's PC values for their own? They will “face investigations, an onerous administrative process, fines up to $100,000 (!) for each violation, unlimited compensatory and punitive damages and attorney-fee awards, and court orders forcing them to engage in actions that would violate their consciences.”
The lawsuit charges that the law “targets the Ministries by singling out their religious speech and belief for hostility, and by showing favoritism towards, preferring, and promoting religious beliefs that approve of same-sex marriage and transgender ideology.” In doing so, it unconstitutionally relegates religious people to the status of “second-class citizens, outsiders, and not full members of the community.”
Since the Democrats took over with a 55-45 majority in the House and a scant 21-19 majority in the Senate, they have repeatedly shown contempt for the wishes of the citizens (who have protested in droves to no avail) and the First and Second Amendments.
Here's a little math to mull over: Virginia has over 6.25 million residents over age 18, and in the last election, over 3.6 million didn’t vote. Northam beat the Republican by less than 235,000 votes. How many of those 3.6 million non-voters are people of faith who didn't realize that not bothering to vote would result in an all-out assault on their religious freedom? Well, now they know.
That’s the cost of not voting: having the left attempt to force its version of “Virginia’s values” on you and your church in place of your real, constitutionally-protected Biblical values.
A lawsuit shouldn’t even be necessary. The Bill of Rights should have reigned supreme from day one. Now that you know how much respect Democrats have for it, the solution is simple: go to the polls and vote as if your right to hold your own sacred beliefs depends on it -- because as Virginia has made chillingly clear, it does.
PS – To prove that some people understand that protecting First Amendment rights is more important than immediate partisan advantage, the American Humanist Association has filed an amicus brief, supporting the Alliance Defending Freedom in a Supreme Court case defending a Christian student’s right to share his faith on a Georgia college campus outside of the designated “free speech” zone.
It sounds as if the atheist group has read the famous poem that starts, “First they came for…” You can’t use the First Amendment to protect your right not to believe in God after it’s been destroyed by people who want to take away the rights of those who do believe.
HOW POLITICS WORK
Wednesday night, while media talking heads were still having the vapors over Tuesday’s debate being so Trumpy, a little news happened that I’ll bet they find no time at all to cover. Senate Republicans brought back a bill that they first tried to pass in 2019 called the Protect Act. It would ensure that people with preexisting conditions are not denied health coverage.
Guess who voted against it? If you said Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats who’ve been accusing Republicans of wanting to deny health coverage to people with preexisting conditions, then congratulations: you’re getting the hang of how politics in Washington work.
NEW STYLE GUIDELINES
The Associated Press issued new “style guidelines” for “reporters,” because bad news about Democrats doesn’t just cover up itself.
The A.P. seems concerned that calling all that violence, arson, assaults and looting in Democratic cities “riots” might be giving readers the mistaken impression that rioting is taking place rather than “peaceful protests.” So they’ve taken the now-common Orwellian approach to the problem by simply changing the language in hopes of hiding the reality.
The A.P. starts with the typical premise that calling a riot a “riot” is racist: “Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.”
They suggest using “protest” or “demonstration” because those can technically refer to an action that’s violent or peaceful (and why inform readers which one it is?), or use “unrest” instead of “riot” because it’s “vaguer, milder and less emotional.” But really, just vaguer. Hey, why not “pep rally”? I love one of the comments at Twitter: “Oh, A.P, you’re a riot!” Side note to CNN: if you’re really trying to keep your viewers from knowing that there’s a riot goin' on, don’t call it a “peaceful protest” while standing in front of a burning building.
Too bad George Carlin isn’t still around to comment on this, since making language fuzzier to obscure the meaning was one of his favorite topics – such as the way that “toilet paper” somehow became “bathroom tissue.” Now, anything written by the A.P. about riots has become “toilet paper.”
The left has “normalized” marijuana, burning the American flag, rioting, looting, racism (against white people), kneeling during the National Anthem, attacking the police, censorship on the Internet, politicizing movies, sports and TV (all in one direction), resegregating and banning free speech on campus, abortion up to and beyond birth, and kiddie porn on Netflix. How could they possibly sink any lower?
How about by trying to “normalize” Satan?
HOUSE BILL REMOVES $600 MILLION IN POLICE FUNDING
In Tuesday’s debate, Joe Biden claimed that the only one who was calling for defunding the police was Trump, claiming his budget would cut local law enforcement assistance by $400 million. Psst, Joe: you might want to call Nancy Pelosi. The latest version of the House Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill removes $600 million in funding for police that was in the original version of the bill.
Amid all the political fighting, division, hatred and name-calling, the Rev. Franklin Graham had a post-debate message that deserves to be shared far and wide. And that’s exactly what happened on the Internet.
TWEET OF THE DAY
An NBA player allegedly tweeted during the debate, “F—America, bro, I’m moving to Hawaii.” The tweet was later deleted. I wonder who told him?
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