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First it was one church. Then a second joined. Now there’s an online presence and a campaign for people of faith across the nation to recognize that God comes first, ahead of nation, and that means the Stars and Stripes will be accorded second place, behind the Christian flag.
According to a report from WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, Pastor Rit Varriale is placing the Christian flag at the top, with the American flag below it, on the flagpole at Elizabeth Baptist Church in the town of Shelby.
“Our typical flag etiquette is to have the American flag above the Christian flag. But when you stop and think about it, it should be our commitment to God first, then our commitment to country,” he told WBTV.
He admits he got the idea from Pastor Walter Wilson, down to road, at Focus Missionary Baptist Church.
And Wilson said the idea just came to him.
“As I was changing the rope one day, the Lord just laid on me that He is first and when He told me that, I switched the flags around.”
Now Varriale has launched the God Before Government website, through which other pastors are encouraged to join the movement.
There, he writes, “If there was ever a time when people need to stand up for traditional values and beliefs, it is now. On Sunday July 5th, Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina, took its stand with a flag raising ceremony that displayed the Christian flag over the American flag. This new approach to flag etiquette symbolizes that our service and commitment to God is greater than our service and commitment to government – especially a government that coerces us to violate our commitments to God.”
He said churches need to “start flying the flags in such a manner that it is clear we will serve God before government. If your church is willing to join ours, please take a picture of the flag pole at your church, post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #GodBeforeGovernment, and join the conversation about religious freedom and the role of government in modern society.”
On the site, he advises readers that silence is “no longer an option.”
He recalled a prayer offered to the North Carolina General Assembly, in which he said, “The sad truth about the church is that it often takes the path of ease, when instead it should take the path of resistance, responsibility and reform. … The American church, like the German church of the 1930s and 1940s, is free of persecution because it has done little that is worthy of persecution.”
Both pastors told WBTV they hope to spark a movement across the land – especially in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that created same-sex “marriage” in all 50 states.
Varriale acknowledges that some claim the move is disrespectful. And unpatriotic.
But the former Army Ranger brushes it off.
“I really don’t need a lecture on patriotism, I’m willing to give my life for my country. When you think of military mottos, for example, God and country, God first and then country,” he told WBTV.
Varriale he said the position of the flag is a symbol that congregations will serve God first.
One online commenter, Dave Higginson said, it’s a wakeup call for Americans “that God blessed us with our country and [Christians] should not, nor ever will, play ‘second fiddle.”
Should the US even have a 'secret' court?
On June 29, a secret court ruled that a federal court and Congress were wrong to end the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata; therefore, the mass surveillance can carry on as before — for now.
National Journal reports: "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FISC] approved a government request to renew the dragnet collection of U.S. phone metadata for an additional five months—a timeframe allowed under the Freedom Act, a newly enacted surveillance reform law that calls for an eventual end to the mass spying program exposed by Edward Snowden two years ago."
Although its use has been perfected by the current occupant of the Oval Office, the so-called FISA Court (officially the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) began to be used as a tool for rubber-stamping unwarranted surveillance in the Bush administration.
The FISA Amendments Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 10, 2008 after being overwhelmingly passed 293 to 129 in the House and 69-28 in the Senate. Just a couple of days prior to FISA being enacted, then-Representative Ron Paul led a coalition of Internet activists united to create the political action committee Accountability Now. The sole purpose of the PAC was to conduct a money bomb in order to raise money to purchase ad buys to alert voters to the names of those congressmen (Republican and Democratic) who voted in favor of the act.
The FISC is more powerful and autonomous than even Ron Paul likely imagined.
In his opinion, FISC judge Michael W. Mosman ruled, “Second Circuit rulings are not binding on the F.I.S.C. and this court respectfully disagrees with that court’s analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act.”
That’s right. The court, established specifically to judge the merits of applications by the government to spy on citizens, gave a green light to the NSA to keep spying on Americans, ignoring completely the will of the people, their representatives in Congress, and the plain language of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
Specifically, the ruling gives the NSA until November 29 to find a way to transfer power over the wiretapping to big business. As Voices of Liberty reports, “By that time, the NSA will have to be fully transitioned to meet the USA Freedom Act standards, requiring the bulk data collection be done by telecommunication corporations.”
In other words, although Congress cut off the bulk surveillance program on June 1, the secret court has now overruled that decision and placed itself above the legislature.
After November, the NSA will have to turn to its allies in the telecommunication industry for access to the data that these service providers will continue collecting.
Just how cooperative will the telecoms be? Consider this 2013 article in The New American:
The U.S. Department of the Interior has selected Verizon to participate in a $10 billion, 10-year contract to provide cloud and hosting services. This is potentially one of Verizon’s largest federal cloud contracts to date.
Verizon is one of 10 companies that will compete to offer cloud-based storage, secure file transfer, virtual machine, and database, Web, and development and test environment hosting services. The company is also one of four selected to offer SAP application hosting services.
Each of the 10 agreements awarded under the Foundation Cloud Hosting Services contract has a potential maximum value of $1 billion.
Put simply, not only has Verizon not suffered a loss of customers since revelations of its collusion with the National Security Agency’s dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone records, but now the company is being paid billions for its cooperation.
In justifying its exaltation of its own judgment over that of the Second Circuit Court and Congress, the FISC stated in its ruling:
"To a considerable extent, the Second Circuit's analysis rests on mischaracterizations of how this program works and on understandings that, if they had once been correct, have been superseded by the USA Freedom Act.”
Mischaracterizations? Perhaps that’s what constitutionalists are doing when they take the Fourth Amendment literally when it guarantees that
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
One senator isn’t comforted by the FISC’s redefinition of the law.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is a frequent foe of the NSA’s bulk collection program, and on June 30 he released a statement on his website criticizing the secret court’s revival of the data collecting scheme:
I see no reason for the Executive Branch to restart bulk collection, even for a few months. This illegal dragnet surveillance violated Americans' rights for fourteen years without making our country any safer. It is disappointing that the administration is seeking to resurrect this unnecessary and invasive program after it has already been shut down. However I am relieved this will be the final five months of Patriot Act mass surveillance, thanks to the passage of the USA Freedom Act. It will take a concerted effort by everyone who cares about Americans' privacy and civil liberties to continue making inroads against government overreach.
But for the time being, every citizen is now a suspect and the scope of the surveillance is being expanded to place every word, every movement, every text, every conversation, every e-mail, and every social media post under the never-blinking eye of the federal domestic spying apparatus.
The hour is now late if this Republic is to remain a land under the rule of law. To that end, it is critical that Americans recognize that the FISA Court’s rubber stamping of the exercise of such sweeping surveillance programs is in direct, open, and hostile violation of the Constitution.
Much of what is being done by the FISA Court is very similar to the Star Chamber, an English court of the 14th to 17th centuries that met in secret, with no record of indictments, no identification of witnesses, and no transcript of the proceedings.
Eventually this court was used as a political weapon — a way for the king and the Parliament to persecute their enemies and keep the dirty details hidden from the public.
The analogy of the FISA Court’s absolute approval of requests by the government to monitor citizens’ electronic communication to the decisions of the Star Chamber is apt and accurate on many points.
The policies that permit this data sharing and grant such secret authority to the NSA and the FISA Court are such a shameful disregard for our long history of individual-based human and civil rights (including the freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures) that it shocks the conscience even when the source is considered.
The FISA Court’s decision demonstrates that the government considers the protections of the Fourth Amendment to be nothing more than a "parchment barrier" that is easily torn through. The Obama administration — and the Bush administration before it — regards the Constitution, the separation of powers, and the Bill of Rights as advisory at best.
Judge Mosman summed up this constitutional crisis perfectly in the first line of his order of June 29 reviving the surveillance:
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”
Which, roughly translated from the French, means: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Attention all armchair crusaders, warriors of the web, and victims of life, the universe, and everything:
Take a break from your e-rantings, your Twitter manifestos, and your Justrage railings. Stop screaming at your screens for a moment – they can wait, and the odds of them walking away are slim. Put down your Frappuccino, your Doritos, and your frozen pizza.
This is meant for you.
Not long ago, I happened upon an article on society’s newest scourge – one more aggressive than a microaggression, more fearsome than a raging Bull Connor, and more phallic than a good five-cent cigar – creeping sexism.
Terrified yet? Collect your thoughts, change your underwear, and get back to your screens as soon as you can.
Beware of this great evil – one that would leave Brother Number One aghast and in tears. Here is the root of our nation’s problems:
Referring to mixed-gender groups as “you guys.”
Yes, that’s it! That’s what’s killing our economy, molesting our innocents, and driving us ever closer to the sulfurous abyss.
...Now, here is the real problem: that every self-righteous, mollycoddled twit with a keyboard considers it a duty to spew forth inane writings addressing the endless list of so-called social inequities.
I have been inspired to join the fray, only I won't be waging war against those standing in the way of universal equality and tolerance. My war will be fought against the irate, status-updating, post-sharing keyboard warriors who perpetuate this culture of blind, banal fury because they are so desperate to feel alive and with purpose that they seek to create an adversary where none naturally exists.
Heavens, I am cruel, and the world has been cruel and unfair to us, hasn't it, my victimized friends?
Or has it?
Perhaps all of these causes that keep too many of us energized, falsely ennobled, and indignant; that appear to give us some greater sense of use and purpose (while conveniently requiring no sacrifice at all), allow us to ignore the facts that very few of us in this land of privilege face or have faced any real struggles, that our lives are hollow and lonely, and that millions of us contribute nothing to society but vitriol.
Consider, warriors, the tremendous value of critically examining our own minds and thought processes; of understanding how we may best contribute to the world; of knowing those around us (not just their screen names); of observing and learning from our environment; and of cultivating gratitude for the countless lives and millennia of sacrifice required to make our lives nearly effortless and more comfortable than those of kings in generations past.
Do you truly believe the smartphone or computer upon which you're reading this was invented by fairies? Do you think your car is the handiwork of elves? Do you believe that having food on demand, a house of forever moderate temperatures, and a life in which polio, smallpox, and tetanus are little more than diseases written about in history books is the natural order of things?
The technology before you is the result of lifetimes of hard work and innovation, and for every person who grew rich and successful from patents, royalties, or publications, a thousand great souls sacrificed themselves for all that we have today – their unrecognized and stolen creations and discoveries, even their noble failures, were all requisite for these lives of ease and self-indulgent pity.
Let all decent and thoughtful men and women stand together and shame those who undermine our collective sanity and peace of mind with their petty, trivial, and moronic causes. Let all of us, the grateful ones, call this nonsense what it is: something upon which the useless and the vile fixate so that they may deceive themselves into believing that they serve some purpose in life beyond that of mechanical ducks – ingesting and excreting whatever is thrust before them.
I propose a movement that calls out, without hesitation or reservation, the arbitrary nature of these causes and recognizes that anyone who promotes the idea that we are all equal in every way is not only a fool, but a dangerous one.
We are not all equally failing, indifferent, dimwitted, or immoral, nor are we all equally talented, worthy of love and attention, successful, or productive. Not everything is subjective. Not everything is just an opinion. To collectively believe otherwise is suicidal, and this thinking has directly contributed to the decline of our civilization, one in which far too many people are now appallingly ineffectual, apathetic, and unskilled.
The notion that all people, no matter what they do or don’t do, accomplish or don’t accomplish, are equal – no better or worse than anyone else – must be fought against.
We are fast becoming a nation of lazy, spoiled weaklings, incapable of introspection, a place where every legitimate accomplishment must be minimized and every failure must be excused, lest the egos of the Cheetos-munching e-masses be turned black and blue from the trauma of the truth.
I propose that we build a culture of deliberate thought and unbiased observation, where each and every person’s contribution is considered with care, regardless of age, sex, or race. This is not equality – I despise the word equality. It has come to mean nothing more than the flattening of our perceptions, the dismissal of our abilities to maturely reason and judge, and a willful ignorance of our variations in intellect, knowledge, skill, and moral fiber – real differences that constitute the only sort of diversity worth taking into account. “Equality” as it is being thrust upon us by the champions of mediocrity is an insult to the memories and legacies of the true innovators – the heroes of discovery – that gave us computers, cars, unparalleled health and longevity, and perpetually full bellies.
These heroes were not the equals of their peers; they were their superiors, just as those who carry on this noble struggle today are our superiors. To say otherwise is to lie perniciously.
Are you capable of surviving outside our bubble of engineered luxury? How many of us can grow or hunt our own food, or can build shelters to protect ourselves from the elements? How many of us possess the wherewithal and dedication to rear our own children?
Rather, we eat from refrigerators, live in prefabricated boxes, and dump our children in public schools. We shuttle our spawn from one extracurricular activity to the next and otherwise avoid their dreaded company at all costs, while somehow still managing to feel as though we are involved, dedicated parents. We are safe in the knowledge that the cereal they eat is fortified, the water they drink will not infect them with cholera, and their scrapes and broken bones will not turn gangrenous.
This is what we have been permitted to become, yet we rarely consider what allows us to survive in our current state of unfitness. Nature extends only begrudgingly the modest kindness of a merciful death to the sick, the slow, or the lacking in initiative; however, we, even the most underwhelming of us, live in comfort. Consider that. Consider those who made it so.
Open your eyes, hearts, and minds, my friends. Take a step back from all your pettiness, and try to take in the big picture. This is not a global malady – it is a disease of excess. Still, most of us “living” in the developed world aren't really living at all: we are too busy being hurt and offended for that. We are sustained by a complex and artificial social and technological apparatus to which the vast majority of us have contributed nothing, yet the bulk of us appear far too obtuse, oblivious, or maliciously ignorant to be aware of as much.
Do you live in this world of fantasy? Have you not stopped to consider the horrific suffering of those who lived before you and the hellish lives of far too many around the globe today?
Take stock of what you are and your real strengths and limitations – look at them unflinchingly. Acknowledge your privilege and the profound obscenity of this psychosis of affluence and boredom. Remember that we are not all equal – rejoice in that. We owe our lives and our comfort to our betters. Honor them and their sacrifices in all that you do and whenever you make use of the fruits of their genius.
Rid yourself of all your illusions and self-deceptions. Do not obsess over slights and minor transgressions. Enjoy the glorious inheritance of hard-won knowledge that you have been given – that we have all been given. Use it wisely and with compassion. Contribute to it if you can – there is great honor in trying to do so, even if you fail. Do not partake of the bile and vomit. Free yourself of the idiocy of the self-pitying do-nothings, the perpetual victims, and the ungrateful parasites.
Live free for your remaining time – and all of us have but a short time left, as we have from the day we were born.
Live free until you die.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott wasted no time in responding to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The Governor issued a directive to all state agencies that ordered all state agency heads to respect and preserve the religious liberties and First Amendment rights of all Texans. In other words, he just shut down same-sex marriage in Texas.
The Governor released a public statement regarding this memorandum and the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling:
“The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an un-elected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.
“Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.
“The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.
“As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans – including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.”
This is refreshing to see Governor Abbott take swift and decisive action in response to this travesty of justice by the Supreme Court. Our hope is that more conservatively-governed states follow suit and stand up to this ruling.
Do you think Governor Abbott’s directive will be an inspiration to other Republican governors across the country?
REVIVAL: THE HOUR AND POWER OF GOD
Revival is the hour and power of God, and of the
devil, for the descent of the Divine power brings the
accompanying onslaught of evil supernatural powers.
It means MOVEMENT IN THE SPIRITUAL
REALM. Revival itself is the hour of God, when
heaven is opened, and the power of God works
among men, but when the Divine power appears to
pass away, and evil supernatural powers manifest
their workings in a man, or a church, or a country,
then men marvel that the devil's work should be
where God had been so manifest, not knowing that
the devil was planting his seeds, and DOING HIS
WORK, FROM THE DAWN OF REVIVAL.
Revival ebb began with its flow, but all unseen.
In the hour and power of God in Revival, the
"Tempter" appears to be absent, but he is present as
the Counterfeiter. Men say there is "no devil," and
yet it is his greatest harvest time. He is netting his
victims, mixing his workings with the workings of
God, and beguiling the saints more effectively than
he was ever able to do with his temptations to sin.
As a counterfeiter, and deceiver, the ever watchful
foe uses his old methods of deception and guile on
new converts, who, having victory over known sin,
think the Tempter has left them, not knowing his new
ways. His absence is only apparent, and not real.
Satan was never more active among the sons of God.
War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis
Tomorrow: Why Revival Stops
Jindal is another Repub that speaks the truth. Will people listen?
In a Monday tweet, 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal stated that a presidency of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton would result in the nation following in Greece’s footsteps to economic turmoil.
The Louisiana governor, who formally announced his bid for the presidency in late June, slammed two of the Democratic frontrunners over the failure of Greece’s economy and its similarity to progressive economic programs.
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Sunday, Jindal made a splash for comments accusing President Barack Obama and Clinton’s policies of being socialist and progressive.
“I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare,” Jindal said on John Catsimatidis’s New York-based radio show. “We are on the path towards socialism. It’s not too late, but the hour is late.”
Jindal also attacked Jeb Bush for not standing up for conservatism. Fellow governor and presidential candidate Bush suggested that Republicans might have to “lose the primary to win the general election, which prompted Jindal to defend his fellow candidates.
“I think we need to be who we are; we need to be fearless,” Jindal said. “I disagree with Jeb Bush. He said we have to be willing to lose the primary to win the general election. Let me translate — he’s saying we need to hide our conservative ideas.”
Yes, it is. But, how do you counter it?
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lamented Monday that the uproar over Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants indicates some people seem more interested in calling out violations of political correctness than discussing the issue of illegal immigration.
“It’s the P.C. police out in force,” Carson, a former neurosurgeon, said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller. “They want to make very clear that this is a topic you’re not supposed to bring up.”
It’s been almost three weeks since Trump, in his speech announcing a run for president, accused illegal immigrants from Mexico of being “rapists” who bring drugs and crime into the country. Since then, Trump has taken heat from rival presidential candidates, companies he has business deals with and members of the media who say his comments were offensive.
“It will be interesting to see what their reaction is to the shooting in San Francisco,” Carson said of Trump’s critics.
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(Last week, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed on San Francisco’s Pier 14. The shooter is believed to be an illegal immigrant with a lengthy criminal history who had been deported several times.)
Carson, no stranger to outcries over his colorful statements, argued Trump’s comments are the wrong thing to focus on.
“What we really need to be talking about is how do we take care of our illegal immigration problem,” he said. “I’ve talked about that extensively. And the key thing is we have to secure all our borders—north, south, east and west.”
“And it doesn’t have to be a fence or wall,” Carson added. “That’s stupid. We have all kinds of electronic surveillance devices, drones, not to mention people. So we can do it. And then turn off the spigot that dispenses all the things that they are coming here to get. Then there won’t be any reason for them to do it.”
“I mean that’s pretty simple, and straightforward,” he said. “And I think everybody knows that. That’s there’s the ability to do it, there’s not the will to do it. It’s too juicy a political football.”
Finally, someone's taking action in the wake of the Supreme Court's lunacy.
There's a brand-new push to actually redefine "gay marriage" ...
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision creating “same-sex marriage” has resulted in conflicts in local communities, lawsuits and the resignation of clerks who claim it violates their religious rights.
Now, among the strategies to protect First Amendment rights are two proposed voter initiatives in Colorado. One would preserve the traditional definition of marriage by recognizing it as a “religious expression.” The other would require the state to establish a list of businesses willing to accommodate same-sex couples.
The proposals, filed by Littleton residents Gene Straub and D’Arcy Straub, a lawyer, each will need 98,000 signatures to be placed on the election ballot, the Denver Post reported.
The proposed constitutional amendment reads: “A marriage is recognized as a form of religious expression of the people of Colorado that shall not be abridged through the state prescribing or recognizing any law that implicitly or explicitly defines a marriage in opposition or agreement with any particular religious belief.”
The Post explained that any same-sex couple “married before the proposed amendment takes effect or in another state would have their relationship redefined as a civil union, which carries some but not all of the legal rights of marriage.”
The second initiative would require the state to maintain a list “of businesses willing to provide services to LGBT couples, so that those opposed could contract with them.”
The proposal is designed to protect business owners like the Oregon couple fined $135,000 for declining to make a cake for a lesbian wedding.
WND has compiled a list of cases in which Christian business owners have been targeted legally or otherwise because of their stance on marriage.
As WND reported, legal defenders of traditional marriage have warned that the Supreme Court ruling creates a conflict between the newly created right and the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.
How did America get from “Mayberry” to “gay marriage?” Here’s the explanation, in “A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.”
Among other consequences of the ruling, clerks have been forced to quit, judges have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether and one U.S. senator said the decision should be ignored, comparing it to the Dred Scott ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court formally declared blacks were inferior to white.
And, notably, Christian leaders representing tens of millions of constituents have told the Supreme Court they will not abide by the decision.
The Post reported the Straubs are scheduled to meet July 16 with the Colorado Legislative Council staff to talk about the language of the proposals.
Among the opponents is “gay” activist Dave Montez, who called it “an unnecessary attempt to radically redefine all marriages in Colorado in order to undermine the Supreme Court’s recent decision.”
“Even before last week’s Supreme Court decision, the 37 states that already had marriage equality had proven that when loving, committed, gay couples share in the freedom to marry, families are helped and no one is hurt,” he said, according to the Post.
In fact, the vast majority of those 37 states have had “gay marriage” imposed on them by federal judges, mostly against the wishes of the voters.
Another opponent of the proposed initiatives is state Rep. Dominick Moreno, a member of the Colorado House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus.
“You can’t override the Supreme Court, especially at the state level,” he said, the paper reported.
WND reported it was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for the GOP nomination for president, who told NPR that there are many across America who can just ignore the Supreme Court ruling.
He said the case was brought by parties from four states, but that “does not mean that those who are not parties to a case are bound by a judicial order.”
Cruz said it’s tragic that the Supreme Court justices decided to rewrite the Constitution instead of doing their job, which is to interpret the law.
“It is a sad moment for the court when you have judges seizing authority that does not belong to them,” he said.
One change that would help, Cruz believes, is to put justices on the election ballot periodically for retention or removal by voters.
“If judges overstep their bounds, violate the Constitution, then the people have a check to remove them of office. I’ve called for that change,” he said.
Another Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said that if elected, he would sign executive orders to protect businesses, churches and others from the “discrimination, intimidation, or civil or criminal penalties” expected for exercising their religious beliefs.
He said the attorney general also could prosecute violations of First Amendment rights.
“While some cowardly politicians wave the white flag and surrender to this unconstitutional, out-of-control act of judicial tyranny, I reject this decision and will fight from ‘Day One’ of my administration to defend our Constitution and protect religious liberty,” he said.
“This ruling by the five lawyers is no law at all,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, a prominent legal defender of biblical marriage. “It is lawless and must be treated as such.”
At Conservative Review, Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz said the Supreme Court has threatened the nation’s foundational principle.
“We have seen the court redefine statutes. We have seen the court redefine the Constitution like they did with Obamacare and in Roe v. Wade. But now we witness the court go a step further and void out natural law, the very foundation on which the Declaration of Independence was constructed – the document that asserts fundamental rights and liberties.”
The decision, he said, was based on “indefensible” assertions and “is not just immoral.”
“It is irrational and illegal,” he said of the majority opinion written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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