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Hobby Lobby Reiterates its Bigotry: For Political Leadership, Only Christians Need Apply

Today is Independence Day in the United States, and while many people treat Independence Day as a historical commemoration of the Revolutionary War, it is not. Independence Day marks the signing of a piece of paper on July 4, 1776 and invites us to consider the ideas animating that paper. Some of those ideas are […]

First Day without Patriot Act Warrantless Search & No Terrorists Attack: Why?

It is the first full day since the U.S. Senate allowed the bulk warrantless search capabilities of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to expire. Mind you, the U.S. government still has surveillance powers. The U.S. government can still obtain the phone records, e-mails and other communications of any citizen. Its agents just need […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

Rand Paul Wants Constitutional Protections For Some Behaviors But Not Others

Gay rights aren’t special rights. They’re just the same rights that are afforded to every other human being in the United States. […]

Heads Up: Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Warrantless Seizure) Expires June 1, 2015

Before she ran for the U.S. Senate, civil liberties advocate Shenna Bellows sounded the alarm on the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 215:

“The USA PATRIOT Act created new powers. It says that the government can now conduct what are called ‘sneak and peek’ searches, that they can go into your home, conduct a search of […]

10 GOP Congressmen Introduce Bill to Take Away Citizenship of American Babies Born in the USA

This month, Iowa Republican Steve King in the House of Representatives and Louisiana Republican David Vitter in the U.S. Senate introduced twin bills to the new 114th Congress (H.R. 140 and S. 45), together called the Birthright Citizenship Act. If their legislation passes both houses, it would take American citizenship away from little babies who […]

Congressman Steve King Proposes Repeal Of Sixteenth Amendment

Yesterday, Congressman Steve King, Republican from Iowa, introduced H. J. Res 16, legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives with a short and simple active clause: “The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed”.

The sixteenth amendment to the Constitution reads: “The Congress shall have power to lay […]

Ben Carson Believes In Bigotry, Not Democracy

People who ask us to vote for Ben Carson for President need to give the rest of us Americans some straight answers about which other groups Ben Carson would deprive of equality. Who else, besides gays and lesbians, would Ben Carson allow to become victims of bigotry? […]

President Obama Declares War Without Consent Of Congress

“We are at war with ISIL.”

This declaration was made at the end of last week by the top spokesman for President Barack Obama, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and was repeated by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

They are powerful people, who speak for the President of the United States, but who are they to declare […]

Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2013, Reports on Links to Terrorism Fade Away

Did you know that an American’s political career was brought to an end thanks to warrantless government surveillance of their financial activity?

It’s true. Remember New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? He was brought down from political office when payments to a prostitute were discovered by government snooping without a warrant or any prior suspicion of […]

Contraception and Insurance and Race and Military Recruiters and Campuses and Lunch Counters

As you’re probably aware, the Supreme Court has ruled that some American corporations are free to deny insurance coverage of contraceptive costs to their employees on religious grounds. Think about your opinion regarding this issue.

As you might also be aware, the Supreme Court has also ruled that American colleges and universities must accept military […]