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The Supreme Court’s Attack on Working Women

The following is a guest blog by Beth Huang, 2010 Fellow of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young People For program.

Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in two critical cases with major implications for working women. The Supreme Court ruled once again that corporations are people, this time conferring religious rights that trump workers’ rights to access full healthcare. In a dissent to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg noted “that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.” Justice Ginsberg’s dissent reveals the real impacts of denying coverage of contraception for low-wage working women -- something the slim five-justice, all-male majority fails to comprehend.

To compound the attack on working women, five male Justices severely undermined the ability of care workers – 95 percent of whom are women – to collectively bargain in the case Harris v. Quinn. This assault on working people stems from the Justices’ view that the care workers in the case are not “real” public employees and thus the union cannot charge the appropriate agency fee to all of them for its bargaining services. This ruling serves the interests of anti-worker extremists at the expense of these invaluable workers who care for our families and our children.

It’s clear: a majority of Justices are trampling over the rights of working women. In light of these attacks, it’s time to organize for gender equity and economic justice for working women.

Back in 2010 when I was a student, Young People For helped me develop organizing skills that have led me to effectively advocate for and with women and workers. Through my work in student labor organizing as an undergraduate and since graduation, I have seen that workers’ rights are women’s rights, from having access to comprehensive healthcare to having a voice on the job. To build an economy that works for today’s students and youth, we need to organize locally and train new leaders in the broad effort to advance our agenda for gender equity and economic justice.

At the Student Labor Action Project a joint project of Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association, we’re doing just that by building student power to advance an agenda that protects the rights of current workers and promotes a more just economy for students to enter when they graduate. Our campaigns focus on demanding funding for public higher education, which we know is a major source of good jobs and upward mobility for women and people of color; pushing back on Wall Street profits that fuel the student debt crisis; and raising the working conditions for Walmart workers, 57 percent of whom are women.

The Supreme Court’s decisions last week underscored the urgency of organizing for these changes. Women’s access to equal rights, power in the workplace, and comprehensive healthcare depends on it.

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'This Is God's Country': E.W. Jackson Proclaims That 'America Was Ordained By Almighty God'

Bishop E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia last year, spoke at last night's "Celebrate America" event where he loudly proclaimed that "America was ordained by Almighty God" and therefore Christians must take a stand and declare that, no matter what the government says, God's definition of marriage will never change.

"We've got to make up our minds that we wrestle not against flesh and blood," Jackson bellowed, "but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We've got to make up our minds that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into obedience to Jesus Christ. We've got to stand up!"

"We're not going to shut up," he continued, "and we're not going to stop. We're not going to quit. I don't care what anybody says, I don't care whether it's the president or the Supreme Court, a marriage is union between one man and one woman and that's all it will ever be!"

Matthew Hagee Says Obamacare Is Conditioning People To Accept The Mark Of The Beast

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee answered a question from a viewer who was wondering if Obamacare will "increase the risk of America supporting a one world government" by assuring her that it most certainly does.

As Hagee explained, Obamacare makes people more dependent upon the government, which is conditioning them to accept "the kind of global dictatorship that is described in the End Times" and to ultimately take the Mark of the Beast.

Acceptance of Obamacare, Hagee said, is teaching people "to look at a leader in the future and say 'certainly, you can give me a mark and that mark will keep me in terms of trading and doing all of the things that I want to do, buying and selling of goods and services, no problem; I'll do it because you're the government and you said I need it.'"

Legislation like Obamacare, he concluded, "leads us on a path and in a direction that in the end will take us to what the Bible describes as a one world government":

Glenn Beck Is The Nation's Calm And Rational Voice Of Reason

Continuing his role as a prophet of God and his habit of lecturing his staff during the morning meeting about whatever random thoughts he's had that day, Glenn Beck declared yesterday that it is the role of his company to serve as the calm voice of reason that will show the nation the way through the darkness and confusion.

Just as Beck was told by God to remain calm and rational back in 2007 during his interview with Al Sharpton even though he wanted to "rip him apart," Beck said that prompting was correct because at that end of the interview, he was the "clear winner" because he remained "calm and rational" and that same prompting applies today, as it is the role of Beck and his company to stand in front of the nation and calmly beg them to simply look at the truth.

"When everybody else is running in one direction," Beck said, "we are to stand and say 'stop, don't, please, I love you, please don't do that, wrong direction, please go the other way. Come with me. There's people, there are friends, it makes sense, it's the world you understand where we all have to work hard, but it's okay. It's okay. Please come with us":

Glenn Beck Has A Message From God: His Audience Will Save The World

Watching Glenn Beck's daily radio program is frequently an exercise in schizophrenia, as he inevitably spends several segments railing against those with whom he disagrees, calling them corrupt, immoral, and downright evil, only to then spend several subsequent segments talking about the importance of reaching out to those with whom one disagrees and loving one's enemies. 

The latter message has been Beck's obsession for the last several months, and though it certainly doesn't seem to have actually changed his personal behavior toward his own perceived enemies in any way, he is positive that it is the key to saving the entire world.

As he declared on his program today, Beck's audience currently has "an extraordinary opportunity to be people of light, to be a beacon of hope and courage" for all of humanity ... and this is a message that has come directly from God.

"Mark my words," Beck declared, "I have said things and made predictions on this program and I know the difference between me and Him and let me tell you, this is not coming from me. This is a global movement; you will be a source of light, of hope, and encouragement for all the world to see":

Staver: Gay Marriage Is 'A Direct Attack On Who God Is'

Rodney Howard-Browne, a pioneer of the Holy Laughter movement, is currently leading a three-week long revival event in Washington, DC called "Celebrate America" that is featuring a variety of Religious Right leaders.

Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver was among the first speakers to participate over the weekend where he declared that America is a modern day Pompeii that is on the verge of total destruction because of its embrace of things like abortion and gay marriage.

As Staver explained, not all sins are equal because, according to 1 Corinthians 6, sexual sins alone are committed against one's own body and so they are "unique from any other sin."

As such, he said, by accepting homosexuality and gay marriage, our society is "moving into a direct attack on who God is."

"When you destroy human sexuality," Staver proclaimed, "and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God's creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That's where we are moving right now in America":

Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and the Importance of Women Justices

Days after the Supreme Court handed down its damaging 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS issued an order that underscored the danger that Hobby Lobby poses for women’s health.

In Wheaton College v. Burwell, SCOTUS temporarily granted relief to Wheaton College, a religious institution that is “categorically” opposed to providing contraceptive services, from the contraception coverage compromise solution that the  Court explicitly endorsed in Hobby Lobby. The order says that Wheaton may be exempt from submitting a form that would inform the government that they object to covering birth control. Wheaton College argued that submitting this form would make it “complicit in the provision of contraceptive coverage.” The temporary order indicates that the Court’s majority may accept this problematic argument.

In what Think Progress called a “blistering dissent” to the order, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — joined by the two other female Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — sharply criticized the order. Sotomayor wrote in the dissent:

“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”

While this order is temporary until the case may be heard in front of the Court, the female Justices’ strong dissent demonstrates not only the division within the Court, but also the importance of having diversity on our courts. Women on the bench provide a critically important perspective on all cases, but especially those that deal with women’s lives. It is more important than ever, when women’s rights are under assault, that women are more fairly represented at all levels of government.

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Reilly: Gays Seek To Normalize Homosexuality In Order To Alleviate The Guilt Over Their 'Morally Disordered' Behavior

Former Bush administration official and current anti-gay activist Robert Reilly was a guest on Jesse Lee Peterson's radio program yesterday, promoting his new book "Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything" where he explained that the ultimate goal of gay activists is to make society accept the lie that homosexuality is okay in order to alleviate their own guilt about their "morally disordered" behavior.

Likening gays to criminals who justify their thievery, Reilly said that they seek to rationalize their own "sodomitical acts" as acceptable and then force everyone else to buy into the lie as well so they can avoid having to face "all the guilt that would normally accrue to their behavior."

Peterson agreed, saying that "homosexuals who are pushing this know that they are wrong, inside themselves they have guilt and they think that if they can convince the world that homosexuality is normal, then the guilt will go away."

But that guilt will never go away, Peterson concluded, "because it's wrong even if everybody says that it's right."

"You've diagnosed this whole thing absolutely correctly," Reilly responded:

Dave Daubenmire Seeks To Raise Up Godly Men Who 'Want To Defend The Lord, Not Sit On His Lap'

Today's installment of Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program featured an interview with none other than "Coach" Dave Daubenmire in which the two men agreed that what America needs today is the establishment of a "manly Christianity" that will raise up warriors for God.

Fuming that Christian men "have refused to stand up and engage in the cultural battle" and instead hired Republican "mercenaries to fight the fight that I believe God mandated the church to fight," Daubenmire declared that America desperately needs "a manly Gospel and a manly Christianity" because the contemporary church has become "sissified."

"I'm after men," Daubenmire said. "I want to train up Godly men who will serve the Lord in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I want to defend the Lord, not sit on his lap":

Fischer: 'A Lack Of Patriotism Is A Sin Against God'

Bryan Fischer began his radio program yesterday by declaring that while he was in church over the Independence Day holiday weekend, he was struck by the revelation that "a lack of patriotism is a sin against God."

As Fischer explained, God has providentially cared for and protected the United States of America since its creation and so a refusal to be patriotic is an insult to God.

"A failure to be a patriotic American is a sin against God," Fischer said, "because it's a refusal to thank him for his goodness, for his providential care over this nation from the beginning":

Barber: Hobby Lobby Decision 'Bodes Very Well' For Christians Who Want To Discriminate Against Gays

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Miranda noted how anti-gay activists were excited by the prospect that the decision had set a precedent that could now be used to exempt Christian businesses from having to comply with anti-discrimination laws when it comes to issues like gay marriage.

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber addressed exactly this issue, saying that he is hopeful that anti-gay Christians will now have a solid defense when they refuse to "be an indentured servant" by providing services to "a counterfeit gay marriage" because this ruling was "a strong rebuke of all those sexual orientation laws around the country in cities and municipalities and states that say somehow gays win, Christians lose, sexual orientation trumps all."

"This decision, if you read between the lines," Barber asserted, "it says religious freedom is sacrosanct, including for the business owner."

Saying that nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Christians are required to participate in sin by providing services for a gay wedding that mocks God, Barber believes that this decision "sends a strong signal" that religious liberty is protected by the Constitution and by law while sexual orientation is not.

"Clearly the First Amendment and RFRA, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, read through the prism of this decision," Barber said, "I believe bodes very well for Christians who say 'we will not partake and give any recognition to fake same-sex marriage'":

Matt Barber Celebrates The Fourth Of July By Warning That America Is On The Verge Of Judgment

On Friday's installment of the "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Matt Barber said that he would be celebrating Independence Day by praying that God will withhold His judgment from this nation because America is on the verge of total destruction.

As co-host Mat Staver explained, our entire system of government was built upon the self-evident fact that God exists, declaring this to be so obvious that "any idiot" ought to be able to see it, just as everyone knows that the sun rises in the East.

"The fact that there is a God who's a creator and we are endowed by these liberties," Staver said, "is self-evident truth."

Barber agreed, warning that "we are either in judgment as a nation or approaching judgment as a nation because we have, as a nation and our nation's leadership has turned its back on God and the Judeo-Christian principles of our founding."

Paraphrasing Ruth Graham, Barber then said that if God doesn't destroy America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, adding that he was going to spend his Independence Day focusing on the hope that America will fall to its knees and pray in order to turn away God's inevitable hand of judgment:

Barton: Harry Reid Supports Citizens United Amendment Because He Is An 'Atheist Mormon'

Ever since Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., proposed a constitutional amendment designed to restore to Congress and state governments the ability to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections, Republicans and conservatives have absurdly been decrying it as an effort to gut the First Amendment.

On today's "WallBuilders Live" radio program, David Barton attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for supporting this amendment, saying that his support for it proves that Reid is "an atheist Mormon" who doesn't realize that he will one day have to answer to God for trampling all over our God-given rights:

Barton: He has actually proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would re-write the First Amendment to take away original protections and limit the protections in the First Amendment.

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What it also tells me is, and he's apparently a Mormon guy, that's fine. He is probably an atheist Mormon, Mormon in name only and the reason I say that is that so many Mormon folks are so conservative on the Constitution and such great defenders ... And so, when you look at what he's doing, the Bill of Rights is laid out in the Declaration of Independence, you start with the first belief that there's a Creator, the second belief that the Creator gives us certain inalienable rights, the third belief in the Declaration is that government exists to protect those rights inalienable rights.

So eleven years later when the Founding Fathers did the Bill of Rights they said, hey, these are those rights that we were talking about that the government is not allowed to touch because these come from the Creator and government exists to protect rights from the Creator. So that's why we've never messed with the Bill of Rights because they were always off limits to government because they came from God directly to man, they did not go through government to get here.

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If you don't have the belief that you will answer to God for what you do, you will sell your country, you will sell your kids' future, you will sell everything going on and that's where we're getting.  And so it's not just a belief in God, it's the belief that you answer to God and you believe that, and see that's where Harry Reid is not. You know, he may believe in God, he probably says he does; I don't think he has any cognizance of having to answer to God for what he does.

Klingenschmitt Promotes Debunked Claim To Warn That 'Disarming Veterans Is A Form Of National Suicide'

Last year, a conservative blogger riled-up a bunch of folks on the Right by claiming that the Department of Veterans Affairs was unilaterally declaring some veterans to be mentally incompetent and thereby prohibiting them from buying or possessing guns.

The claim was so baseless that none other than Twitchy quickly debunked it but, amazingly, well over a year later, Gordon Klingenschmitt reported the original story as entirely true on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program this week, declaring that efforts to disarm veterans amounts to "national suicide."

"What is the Second Amendment designed to protect," Klingenschmitt asked, "but American national security. And if troops who are retired or no longer in the active duty military, they go home and they're disarmed, then America will be defenseless."

We are not quite sure how disarming mentally incompetent veterans would leave America "defenseless" considering that America would still have, you know, the strongest military in the world.

Another Damaging Supreme Court Term

The Roberts Court issued a number of damaging rulings this term, favoring the powerful and shaping the law to fit a far right ideology.
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Cindy Jacobs Has A Long Record Of Preventing Terrorist Attacks. Just Ask Her

Last week we noted that "respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs had issued an urgent prophetic warning that a massive 9/11-like terrorist attack against America was in the works. Now she has released a "prophetic update" video about this possible attack in which she recounted a variety of times when her prayers stopped various terrorist attacks from happening, as with the case in Dallas and the May Day prayer rally that stopped a bombing in Times Square.

In the video, Jacobs also revealed that she had been given a word about a possible attack on the Naval Yard in Washington, DC shortly before the shooting in 2013 which, thanks to Jacobs' prayers, "didn't take out as many people as it could have."

It seems that Jacobs has stopped so many terrorist attacks that she can't even keep them all straight any more, as she also recalled the time when she woke up in the middle of the night because "there's somebody getting on a plane in London and they're going to try to blow up the plane" and so she prayed and ultimately stopped the attack that was to be carried out by shoe bomber Richard Reed.

Reed, for the record, was traveling from Paris, not London:

Perkins: Hobby Lobby Case Was Really About Obama's Effort To Destroy Religious Liberty

Yesterday, Tony Perkins spoke with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV about the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which Perkins asserted was not about the issue of contraception coverage at all, but was really an effort by the Obama administration to weaken religious freedom as part of the long-term goal of implementing a "liberal, anti-religious agenda."

This was about breaking "through the firewall," Perkins said, "that has long existed around religious freedom in this country and if they could have forced businesses on this issue, in this manner, there would be nothing stopping them from advancing their liberal, anti-religious agenda."

Predicting that Obama would now double down after the loss at the Supreme Court, Perkins said that conservative Christians must "be vigilant and we've gotta push back" because Obama is going to become even "more aggressive in pushing his agenda" to completely destroy religious liberty in America:

Klingenschmitt: Jesus Will Overrule The Supreme Court And Toss Gays Into Hell

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt, who happens to be a current Republican candidate for office in Colorado, reacted to the recent decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Utah's ban on gay marriage by declaring that regardless of what the courts on earth rule, Jesus will eventually rule against gay marriage and toss all gays into Hell.

Saying that while the newspapers today are filled with headlines about the spread of gay marriage, eventually gay people will be called before the Great White Throne of Judgment where Jesus will overrule all of the earthly courts that ruled in favor of gay marriage and sentence gays to Hell.

"Jesus as the judge will overrule the Supreme Court," Klingenschmitt said, "and what will he do with these two men? It'll be printed in Heaven's newspaper in a hundred years that God throws them into Hell":

Mat Staver Takes The 'Abortion = Holocaust' Analogy To A Rather Strange Extreme

We are quite accustomed to hearing anti-abortion activists equate legal abortion in America with the Holocaust of the Jews in Nazi Germany, but Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver took that analogy to a rather bizarre extreme on yesterday's "Faith and Freedom" radio program when he declared that fetuses today are being dehumanized until they are considered to be "the dregs of the earth" just as the Jews were by the Nazis:

This is no different than what we did to humans in the Nazi holocaust. We dehumanized them, we stigmatized them, we called them names and prohibited them from working and so forth and so on until the point where they were looked at as scum, as scabs, as the dregs of the earth so that they were able to be just eliminated. You know, we've done that here in America and other places around the world with regards to the most vulnerable: the children in the womb.

Yes, fetuses are prohibited from working and generally referred to as scum on a regular basis in America today, all as part of the effort to justify the legality of abortion.

This is just another reasonable analogy from Mat Staver.

Kentucky Marriage Ban Struck Down

Continuing the unbroken record of marriage equality wins since last year’s Supreme Court ruling against DOMA in the Windsor case, today a federal judge ruled unconstitutional Kentucky’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote:

In America, even sincere and long-held religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted.

He dismissed the opposing arguments — including that the ban was good for the state’s economic stability and birth rates — out of hand, noting, “These arguments are not those of serious people.”

The judge has stayed the ruling for now, meaning that Kentucky couples can’t immediately begin marrying. But the decision is a significant victory for LGBT families in the Bluegrass State, where activists have fought courageously for equal rights for many years. Congratulations, Kentucky!

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