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The Part of the First Amendment that Walter Jones Hasn’t Read

Text of H.Res. 399, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (NC): Text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Whereas the United States of America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and even today many Americans believe that our strength comes from these principles;

Whereas the creator is explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of […]

Congressional Bill Creates Special Right to Break the Law and Persecute Others, Only for those with Right-Wing Religion

60% of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 69% of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate are acting to narrowly protect people who use hold religious beliefs and use a combination of those religious beliefs and their government positions to persecute others.

I’m not making this up. Go read the […]

Government “Under God’s Authority”

In the news: Feagin County Sheriff Paul Cousins announced that under his orders, police officers will begin issuing tickets against all citizens who drive motor vehicles in his jurisdiction.  A member of the Amish religious community, Cousins explained that he felt driving a car would be sinful, and he would not allow sin to prevail […]

Wedding Cakes and Same-Sex Marriage: Does the Right to Not Be Upset Trump Free Speech?

Yesterday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that a bakery in Gresham, Oregon must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. You can read the ruling for yourself right here. Some salient facts:

Gresham, Oregon is a city of more than 100,000 people (a fifth of […]

Whoops, I Hit the Wrong Key and Posted 8 Cartoons of Mohammed

Whoops! Darn it, my mistake.

Again? Why do I keep hitting the wrong key?

I meant to post a funny picture of Garfield wearing a hipster sweater and making a remark about the size of the latest NASA budget.

Trying again… I swear this was the Garfield image, not the Mohammed […]

Ted Cruz Says Americans Are Free To Either Worship His God Or Worship His God

Ted Cruz believes that freedom of religion in the United States means freedom to worship his own god, but accuses Americans who want to be free from Christian prohibitions of waging jihad. […]

Walter Jones Favors Free Speech for Politicking Churches, Opposes Free Speech for Protesters

Yesterday, I noted that North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones had introduced legislation (H.R. 153) that would let churches start entering political campaigns without losing their special tax-exempt status. Jones terms it a “free speech” issue.

Today, I learned that Rep. Jones is a sponsor of legislation that would make it possible to toss protesters […]

NPR Compares Protest to Injury in “Bracing” Headlines

“… as New York Braces For More Demonstrations Over Eric Garner…”

These are the words I heard yesterday as I listed to National Public Radio news, in a story regarding the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man choked at the hands of the officers of the New York City Police Department.



Holy Hypocrisy in the U.S. Congress

Patrick J. Conroy, the official high priest of the U.S. House of Representatives, prays to his god to preserve American freedom, but the first freedom of our Bill of Rights is the guarantee of the Separation of Church and State, of which Conroy’s position and Conroy’s government-established prayer is a flagrant violaton. […]

U.S. Government Tracking Your Mail Without Probable Cause, Authority or Reasons

You may recall last year’s revelation that the U.S. Post Office is taking pictures of every single piece of mail as part of a gigantic program to keep track of who communicates with whom in America. Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program the pictures of your mail are made available to law enforcement […]

The Problematic Prayer Of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The U.S. Government God is a god of war, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is all too happy to be its priest. […]