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Larry Klayman: 1776-Style Revolution Coming If Conservatives Don't Win 2016 Election

Last week, a U.S. Appeals Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by right-wing legal activist Larry Klayman on behalf of Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration.

Klayman used his weekly WorldNetDaily column on Friday to declare that he is now taking his battle to the Supreme Court, hoping that the court “will stand up against growing tyranny.”

“Our country is dying, most Americans are feeling and fearing,” Klayman claimed, writing that those who feel that way are beginning “to flock to Donald Trump and other anti-establishment presidential candidates.”

“Tomorrow, if real, honest, non-establishment leaders fail to get elected, such as a president who can arrest the downward spiral of the nation, revolution will break out as it did in 1776,” he wrote. “All political persuasions in this country have had it, and the judicial, legislative and executive establishment will figuratively be taken to the guillotines.”

Klayman made the same prediction about a revolution in 2013, when he urged “millions” to come to his rally calling for the overthrow of Obama. The revolution didn’t exactly materialize: Only about 100 people showed up.

As a lawless president, shredding the U.S. Constitution, Obama unilaterally granted amnesty to 6 million illegal aliens, plus benefits and work permits. He legislated in his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Nov. 20, 2014, expansion of deferred action.

However, Arpaio’s case was dismissed in December by Judge Beryl Howell – appointed by President Obama – for lack of “standing.” Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of Arpaio’s case. Sadly, this does not surprise me. Two of the three judges on that D.C. Circuit panel were appointed by Obama. Only one was appointed by President George W. Bush. I have always expected that the questions will have to be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court. And now we are moving the issue toward that final stage.

Is there hope the Supreme Court will stand up against growing tyranny to protect our Constitution? Even that hope is rapidly vanishing. I founded Judicial Watch in 1994 and later founded Freedom Watch with the goal of challenging the perversion of our nation’s laws, fighting government corruption and promoting transparency of government to the people. But I believed back then that there was still some chance left that some judges would stand up against lawlessness.



These problems are part of the lawlessness corrupting our nation. Our country is dying, most Americans are feeling and fearing – at least those not too busy keeping up with the Kardashians. This feeling drove thousands of ordinary Americans to tea party rallies in 2009 and beyond. Today, this is causing voters to flock to Donald Trump and other anti-establishment presidential candidates.

Tomorrow, if real, honest, non-establishment leaders fail to get elected, such as a president who can arrest the downward spiral of the nation, revolution will break out as it did in 1776. All political persuasions in this country have had it, and the judicial, legislative and executive establishment will figuratively be taken to the guillotines.

Santorum: 'Poisonous, Wretched, Cancerous' Abortion Rights Creating Another Holocaust

Speaking at an anti-Planned Parenthood rally in Iowa on Saturday, Rick Santorum compared the “poisonous, wretched, cancerous” legalization of abortion in America to the Holocaust, saying that both were “based on a lie.”

Santorum told the rally that he had recently read the book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews and thought it applied just as easily to legal abortion as to the Holocaust.

“The title of the book is ‘How Do You Kill 11 Million People?’ He could have retitled it ‘How Do You Kill 55 Million People Here In America?’” he said. “This book is about the Holocaust. And you know what his answer was, in one simple sentence? How do you kill 11 million people? You lie to them. Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry, Roe v. Wade, all of it is based on a lie about when a child becomes a human being.”

“We see the poisonous, wretched, cancerous result of that lie,” he continued. “Every lie, we all know, we tell our kids that when you lie that one lie leads to another lie, and another one, and another one, and pretty soon you just have this poisonous web that you can’t get out of. That’s where we are.”
 

 

Mike Huckabee Wouldn't Let A 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Access Abortion. He's Far From Alone In The GOP

Mike Huckabee’s statement on Sunday that he thinks a 10-year-old Paraguayan girl who became pregnant after being raped by her stepfather should have been denied access to abortion was no gaffe or fluke. In fact, Huckabee was expressing a belief shared by many of his fellow Republican presidential candidates and by the anti-choice establishment.

Even “mainstream” candidates Scott and Marco Rubio came out forcefully against rape exceptions in this month’s GOP presidential debate, with Walker also clarifying that he would not allow abortions that would save the lives of pregnant women.

Major anti-choice groups agree. The head of the Susan B. Anthony List, which has sponsored trainings to teach candidates how to speak about the abortion issue, decried rape exceptions as “abominable” and “completely intellectually dishonest,” and only supports them as a means to the end of passing legislation criminalizing abortion. Similarly, the National Right to Life Committee went after GOP congresswomen who undermined an anti-choice bill earlier this year because they thought its rape exception was much too narrow.

While Huckabee wants to bring Paraguay’s harsh abortion policies to America by granting constitutional protections to zygotes (the same plan proposed by Rand Paul) and possibly sending federal agents to raid abortion clinics, the Guttmacher Institute points out that “highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates.”

Indeed, the World Health Organization recorded [PDF] nearly 3,000,000 unsafe abortions taking place in South America in 2008, or 32 per 1,000 child-bearing aged women, even though abortion is banned in most South American countries. While there is no evidence that laws banning abortions eliminate the procedure, such restrictive laws are associated with maternal death and complications.

Pat Robertson: I Don't Have Psychic Powers, Just Get Messages From God To Heal People

On a typical episode of “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson dedicates a segment to calling out healings — curing everything from bacterial infections to tumors — or bequeathing miracle money on lucky viewers. Today, a viewer asked Robertson if he has “a psychic ability of sorts” that makes these healings through the television possible.

Robertson explained that he is not a psychic, but receives a word from the Lord “that will tell us what is going on and we can see it touch it, feel it and so forth.”

“This isn’t psychic, they are real and we’ve had thousands and thousands of people who have been healed,” he added.

PFAW Mourns Julian Bond, Civil Rights Icon and Longtime Board Member

Julian Bond, a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime board member of People For the American Way, has passed away at the age of 75.
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PFAW Mourns the Passing of Board Member Julian Bond

On the occasion of the passing of Civil Rights leader and People For the American Way board member Julian Bond, PFAW President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Julian Bond, one of the most important Civil Rights leaders in our nation’s history and a longtime friend, supporter and board member of People For the American Way.

“I’m profoundly humbled by the impact of Julian’s lifetime of dedication to Civil Rights and social justice. His commitment to the fundamental equality of all people was and will continue to be an inspiration for the entire progressive community. He was never willing to look away when he saw bigotry or discrimination, and he was never afraid to stand up when he thought that his voice could make a difference in creating a nation that was more just, more fair or more free. Julian was someone for whom intersectionality was not a buzzword, but a principle he felt at the core of his being. Throughout his life, he never stopped acting on his broad commitment to human dignity and equality. And even as he fought ceaselessly for social justice, Julian was as good humored and as humble a man as I’ve had the privilege to know.

“Our organization, our movement and our country are richer for the leadership and guidance he provided. He will be deeply missed. I know that I speak for everyone at PFAW when I say that we’re grateful for having known Julian and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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Steve King: 'Plausible' That EPA Intentionally Caused Animas River Spill To Get Superfund Money

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said last week that he thought it was “plausible” that the Environmental Protection Agency purposefully caused a toxic spill in the Animas River in Colorado in order to establish a Superfund site.

Earlier this month, a crew working for the EPA to clean up an abandoned gold mine accidentally caused three million gallons of contaminated water to spill into the river. The Denver Post reported this weekend that a “theory has been making its way around town that the EPA purposefully caused” the spill in order to ensure that the area is designated as a Superfund site. That theory, based on a letter to the editor of a local paper that some say “predicted” the EPA conspiracy, has begun to get national attention, including from the website of Fox News.

Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson, who has a record of getting GOP figures to comment on right-wing conspiracy theories, asked King on Thursday about this “nasty, probably been better than average rumor” that is “past the rumor stage, it’s at the accusation stage, that the EPA may have polluted a river on purpose so that they could collect Superfund money.”

“I only saw the headline on that, so that’s all I know,” King responded, “but when you say this to me, what flashes through my mind is Fast and Furious, how plausible did that sound when it first emerged, and it sounded completely implausible and yet it turned out to be completely true. So I don’t want to make allegations about this particular incident, I certainly want to learn a lot more about it, and I will, but it’s plausible.”

Paranoia-Rama: Nuclear War, Civil War & Cannibalism Coming To America

The prophets have spoken, and the news isn’t good for America. It turns out that war, terrorist attacks and a possible nuclear Armageddon are all on the horizon, and more likely than not it’s Obama’s fault.

Todd Starnes: Colorado Cake Case An Assault On Religious Freedom

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins invited Todd Starnes of Fox News to discuss a federal appeals court decision [PDF] which upheld an earlier ruling that a Colorado baker violated the law when he refused service to a gay couple who attempted to purchase a wedding cake from him.

“It’s not much of a legal stretch to imagine the day when they will tell pastors the same thing, you will participate in these weddings,” Starnes warned.

Perkins agreed, saying that day “probably will come.” The court dispatched with the bakery’s religious freedom claims, citing a federal court ruling against a South Carolina restaurant that said it had religious objections to racial nondiscrimination laws that compelled it to treat white and black customers equally:

Finally, we reiterate that CADA does not compel Masterpiece to support or endorse any particular religious views. The law merely prohibits Masterpiece from discriminating against potential customers on account of their sexual orientation. As one court observed in addressing a similar free exercise challenge to the 1964 Civil Rights Act:

Undoubtedly defendant . . . has a constitutional right to espouse the religious beliefs of his own choosing, however, he does not have the absolute right to exercise and practice such beliefs in utter disregard of the clear constitutional rights of other citizens. This Court refuses to lend credence or support to his position that he has a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of the Negro race in his business establishment upon the ground that to do so would violate his sacred religious beliefs. (Newman v. Piggie Park Enters., Inc.)

Likewise, Masterpiece remains free to continue espousing its religious beliefs, including its opposition to same-sex marriage. However, if it wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, CADA prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.

Starnes and Perkins linked the decision to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, despite the fact that the gay couple’s lawsuit was filed before Colorado had marriage equality (they were married in Massachusetts). Instead, the ruling relied on Colorado’s nondiscrimination act.

Later in the program, Perkins asked Starnes about a recent move to update the guidelines regarding which naturalized citizens can decline to say the part of the oath of citizenship about “bear[ing] arms on behalf of the United States when required by law.”

As we reported earlier, ever since the “bear arms” line was added to the oath in 1950s, some new citizens have been exempt from saying the line as conscientious objectors; the new guidelines would simply update the process by which citizenship applicants are allowed to decline to say the line.

Starnes somehow managed to claim that this is further proof that “under the Obama administration, the Islamic faith is being given special accommodation while the Christian faith is being marginalized or set aside.”

He then went back to decrying the “bullying” by LGBT people who “assault” stores owned by Christians but are “not going after the Muslim bakers” and “the Muslim florists,” who he thinks would also refuse service to gay couples. Perkins agreed, saying that gay people aren’t “bullying” Muslims because they are afraid of violence.

Jim Bakker Preparing To Go To Jail Again, This Time Because Of Jade Helm 15

Jim Bakker, the televangelist who served time in jail for fraud in the 1990s, declared on his program earlier this week that he may very soon wind up in jail again … this time as a victim of the made-up Jade Helm 15 federal takeover of Texas.

Bakker discussed Jade Helm 15 with Rick Wiles during a series of programs in which the two floated a variety of unhinged conspiracy theories. The two pastors agreed that the military exercise is meant to foment civil strife and, according to Wiles, target Texas because the state is trying to subvert the Federal Reserve system through its gold depository.

“The government is saying, ‘All we’re doing is, we’ve got our troops practicing for foreign wars,’ but I’m not so sure about that,” Wiles said. “I think they are getting ready for social unrest.” Referring to the gold depository, Wiles told Bakker that “this is why Jade Helm 15 is listing Texas as hostile territory.”

“We’re getting close to a civil war,” Wiles said, before Bakker wondered when freedom in America will come to an end: “I’ve done my time, I really don’t want to do any more, but America is not the America that we once knew as children.”

Wiles previously predicted that Jade Helm 15 could lead to a nuclear attack on Texas and “a round-up of patriotic men.”

Linda Harvey: 'It's A Very Dark And Black Place That We’re Heading For' As God Judges America For Gay Rights

Mission America’s Linda Harvey stopped by the radio program hosted by Cleveland Right to Life’s Molly Smith last week, where the two warned that God’s judgment is already beginning to befall America thanks to gay pride parades and Planned Parenthood.

Smith told Harvey about a recent promotional video put out by the Cuyahoga County GOP that features some vaguely rainbow colors in the background, which she found “very upsetting,” along with the failure of Republican leaders in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Well, you know, and many people would say that the signs are all here that we are reaping some of God’s judgment,” Harvey agreed. “I believe that the fact that we are being shown in no uncertain terms what abortion is all about, what homosexuality is all about — they’re parading down our streets, we have hundreds of thousands of people that come to the Columbus gay pride parade, and you can see what they’re parading, it’s horrendous. And the Boy Scouts are now on board with this and they’re in these parades.”

“People should open their eyes,” she warned, “and if they’re not willing to, God is just going to give us what the majority of America, what we want, and it’s a very dark and black place that we’re heading for.”

Later in the interview, Harvey warned that opponents of gay rights might soon be forced to go to jail.

After Smith declared that “we will be persecuted and we are being persecuted,” Harvey advised listeners to “start thinking about where you will draw the line, at the workplace and schools, because you will be asked and God will be watching all of us.”

“It is going to cost,” she said. “Not simply reputation, but it may cost you a job or money. Down the road, it may cost people their freedom, there may be jail involved.”

Smith compared the future jailing of gay rights opponents to the arrests of anti-abortion protesters: “the same thing that happened in the pro-life movement, many people went to jail because they refused to accept what was going on.”

Steve King Explains How He Wants To Destroy Planned Parenthood Like ACORN

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said yesterday that he hopes that Congress defunds Planned Parenthood before there is a “full investigation” into its fetal tissue donation program, saying that Congress’ response to recent attacks the women’s health group should resemble its defunding of the community organizing group ACORN in 2009.

The recent series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood have drawn comparisons to right-wing activist James O’Keefe’s heavily edited videos charging ACORN with various wrongdoing, including voter fraud and misuse of federal funds. Congress moved quickly to defund the organization before the charges levied against it began to collapse. The current Planned Parenthood smear is clearly modeled on the work of O’Keefe, a friend of the activists who created the videos.

“When we hear people say, well we can’t defund Planned Parenthood because we don’t know all of the places that they’re getting money from and we can’t be passing judgment on this until we do a full investigation, I completely disagree with that,” King told Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway. “This is similar in the function of ACORN. When we saw what ACORN was doing inside the offices across the country from the videos that were put out there by Hanna [Giles] and James [O’Keefe], that was enough to be convincing for Congress to shut off all money to ACORN, which was far more complex than shutting off the money to Planned Parenthood because they had affiliates that were different names."

“We wrote language that was broad and that encompassed it and did shut off most of, and there are still, we didn’t quite get the people followed but we got the organizations followed to do that. We can do this with Planned Parenthood, and we must.”

Jim Bakker: Buy Horses Before God Sends EMP Attack As Punishment For Gay Marriage

In his interview with fellow End Times preacher Rick Wiles this week, televangelist Jim Bakker announced that his ministry is buying horses just in case a nuclear EMP attack takes down the electric power grid.

“If the grid goes down, you’re going to be thankful to have a horse,” he told viewers, also boasting that his Model T truck “will run if the grid goes down.”

After Bakker explained the threats of an EMP attack and solar flares, he said that God is preparing to punish America for its “insane” policies on abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

“God’s judgment is coming on not just America but on the world,” Bakker said. “You cannot murder almost 70 million of our babies, you cannot take his word and turn it upside down, you cannot say that God didn’t ordain a mom and a dad to have a baby and that will be called married.”

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Bradlee Dean: If Obama Was Head Of Any Other Country, The Military Would've Take Him Out By Now

Far-right radio host Bradlee Dean wrote in his WorldNetDaily column today that the Obama administration has embraced “treason, treason and more treason,” conditioning people to the point they are “set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason.”

“If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America,” Dean said. “Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries.”

Because of America’s failure to remove President Obama from office, Dean laments, now the country will receive God’s wrath.

America is again being diverted away from another treasonous act by this administration: the “Iran nuke deal,” which is nothing more than appeasement through funding and enabling militarily America’s sworn enemies. Treason, treason and more treason.

Let me cut to the chase here. If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America. Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries. What is even worse is that as long as there are smiles and the reciting of the word “Constitution,” the American people are set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason. But as long as he is smiling …



"A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." – Proverbs 26:28

This only takes place when a people throws off God's Law and America's founding documents and gives a free hand to the destroyer (John 10:10). This is a point no one can deny in America today.

Furthermore dictators have a smile on their face as they go along not to offend, but to appease – that is, until he obtains the power he desires. Then he can dictate by force.



Be it known, America, that you have been warned time and time again concerning the corruption in your government and churches, which is God's mercy (Luke 12:2). Yet, you have done nothing to appease God's wrath by bringing forth judgment upon the heads of the wicked.

Target's New Toy Policy Will 'Promote Transgenderism Among Children,' Warns Brian Brown Group

CitizenGo, the international citizen activism group for which the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown serves as a trustee, is joining the Right’s pile-on of Target for phasing out gender-specific signage in some of its kids’ departments, warning that the new policy will “promote transgenderism among children.”

In a petition circulated by CitizenGo’s US campaigns director, Josh Craddock, the group warns that Target, by removing signs like those distinguishing between “building sets” and “girls’ building sets,” has caved to pressure by “radical gender theorists” and “sexual radicals” who “want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children”:

But now, under pressure from radical gender theorists, Target decided to go "gender neutral" by removing "gender and signs and using gender indicators, especially as it relates to kids" from its stores. The sexual radicals who encouraged Target to reverse its policy ultimately want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children.

Faith2Action’s Janet Porter made a similar connection in promoting a boycott of the retail chain, claiming that the new policy is the result of “Bruce Jenner’s surgery… where he now pretends to be a woman full time.”

Franklin Graham led the Religious Right charge against Target earlier this week when he posted on Facebook that it is “not the gender-neutral people out there” who “made their stores strong”:

I think Target may be forgetting who has made their stores strong. It’s not gender-neutral people out there—it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love. What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect? I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders. Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that. If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know what you think. Let them know that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated.

In an appearance on Fox News, Graham declared that “this whole gender-neutral business has gone too far,” accusing Target of “ignoring the millions of customers you have that are just hard-working families with children, and they’re not gender-neutral children, these are boys and girls, the way God made us.”

Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, for his part, worried that the new Target policy would promote confusing among shoppers: “If you go to buy a gift for a boy who's nine or six or a girl who's nine or six, you want to be able to go to that section and pick out a toy they might want. Now you have to sit there and look at a blended area and wonder is this for a boy or is this for a girl?”

Lawyer Behind Smear Videos: Planned Parenthood's Legal Tissue Donation 'Reminiscent' of 'Nazi Gas Chambers'

Catherine Short, the head of an anti-choice legal group that worked closely with the Center for Medical Progress in its release of a series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood, compared the women’s health group’s legal fetal tissue donations to “Nazi death chambers” in an interview Wednesday with End Times radio host Rick Wiles.

“It’s reminiscent of, you know, with the Nazi gas chambers where it wasn’t enough to kill thousands of innocent people, then they robbed their bodies afterwards,” Short, director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, told Wiles on his “Trunews” program. “And that’s the difference between this and, you know, the organ donation after death, or something like that, is that, you know, these are the people who caused the death and then they’re profiting off of it.”

“There really isn’t anything else to compare it to other than the Nazi death chambers. Planned Parenthood is on the same level as the Nazis,” Wiles agreed.

Wiles, livid about the temporary restraining order barring the release of two more of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos, argued that “the judge should have been threatening to imprison Stem Express,” a tissue supplier to medical researchers, “for trafficking in human body parts. This should have been the other way around. The judge should have been telling Stem Express, ‘I’m gonna have you locked up for trafficking in human body parts.’ Instead the judge is covering for them.”

“In my opinion, the state police in every state of America should be raiding Planned Parenthood facilities. They should just be conducting SWAT team raids on them,” Wiles advised.

“These are baby killers in there, chopping up babies, using tweezers to pick through their flesh, and taking out their organs and selling their organs,” Wiles continued. “I mean, if you did this any place else other than a Planned Parenthood facility, you would have a SWAT team inside your building.”

GOP Rep: Jeb Can't Lecture Us On Iraq When His Brother 'Sent 4,000 Americans To Die' There

Rep. Walter Jones appeared on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” radio show today, where he slammed Jeb Bush’s recent speech on the conflict in Iraq.

The North Carolina Republican, who last week said that his vote to authorize the Iraq War is one he will “go to my grave regretting,” told Alex Jones, “If my brother had sent 4,000 Americans to die in an unnecessary war, I don’t believe I’d be making those statements.”

“We never had to go into Iraq,” he said. “It was manufactured intelligence.”

“We had no business going into Iraq, taking out Saddam is part of the problem that we’ve got with the Middle East right now,” he added.

Rick Wiles: Muslim Spies Embedded In Churches Will Kill Us All

When Mideast “expert” Avi Lipkin isn’t shedding light on the Illuminati and Free Mason control of the U.S. and President Obama’s plan to settle 100 million Muslim immigrants on confiscated land, he is exposing the work of Muslims who have infiltrated “all” the churches in America, warning that these “spies” plan to kill all the country’s Christians at a certain time.

End Times preacher Rick Wiles has evidently embraced Lipkin’s claim, telling viewers of “The Jim Bakker Show” this week that Lipkin’s wife “has alerted Israeli officials that the Muslims in the Middle East are bragging that they have infiltrated every Christian church in America.”

“I believe it,” Bakker said. “They’re going to come in among us.”

Wiles even had evidence to back up Lipkin’s allegation: a vision he received from God in 1998. As Wiles tells it, God told him that “Muslims will put spies in Christian churches and they will have the names and addresses of every person on the staff, their spouses, their children, their Sunday school teachers and there is a day of jihad coming.” God continued: “There will be a war cry and a secret coded message will go out in all the mosques on a Friday that the jihad is to begin, the observant Muslims will be told you are obligated to commit jihad within the hour.”

Liberty Counsel Tells Kentucky Clerk To Defy Federal Court Ruling, Keep Refusing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel, which opposes LGBT equality in the U.S. and around the world, has been urging resistance in the form of mass civil disobedience to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. On Wednesday, a federal court ruled against Liberty Counsel and its client, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who has refused on religious grounds to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples.  U.S. District Judge David Bunning  issued a preliminary injunction ordering her to do her job and comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Bunning, a Bush appointee, stated the issue this way:

At its core, this civil action presents a conflict between two individual liberties held sacrosanct in American jurisprudence. One is the fundamental right to marry implicitly recognized in the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The other is the right to free exercise of religion explicitly guaranteed by the First Amendment. Each party seeks to exercise one of these rights, but in doing so, they threaten to infringe upon the opposing party’s rights. The tension between these constitutional concerns can be resolved by answering one simple question: Does the Free Exercise Clause likely excuse Kim Davis from issuing marriage licenses because she has a religious objection to samesex marriage? For reasons stated herein, the Court answers this question in the negative.

The judge analyzed the case under the U.S. Constitution, the Kentucky state constitution, and the Kentucky Religious Freedom Act (which is patterned after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act). He considered and rejected various arguments raised by Liberty Counsel defending Davis’s right to refuse to provide marriage licenses.

Davis contends that “[c]ompelling all individuals who have any connection with the issuance of marriage licenses . . . to authorize, approve, and participate in that act against their sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage, without providing accommodation, amounts to an improper religious test for holding (or maintaining) public office.” The Court must again point out that the act of issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple merely signifies that the couple has met the legal requirements to marry. It is not a sign of moral or religious approval. The State is not requiring Davis to express a particular religious belief as a condition of public employment, nor is it forcing her to surrender her free exercise rights in order to perform her duties. Thus, it seems unlikely that Davis will be able to establish a violation of the Religious Test Clause….

As the Court has already pointed out, Davis is simply being asked to signify that couples meet the legal requirements to marry. The State is not asking her to condone same-sex unions on moral or religious grounds, nor is it restricting her from engaging in a variety of religious activities. Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs. She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.

Liberty Counsel has filed an appeal of the ruling and requested a stay. Chairman Mat Staver denounced the judge’s ruling:

“Judge Bunning’s decision equated Kim’s free exercise of religion to going to church. This is absurd! Christianity is not a robe you take off when you leave a sanctuary,” said Staver. “The First Amendment guarantees Kim and every American the free exercise of religion, even when they are working for the government.”

“Kim Davis cannot license something that is prohibited by her religious convictions,” Staver continued. “To provide a license is to provide approval and places a legal authority behind what is being licensed. The First Amendment protects actions and not mere thought. Kim Davis should not be forced to violate her religious beliefs,” Staver concluded.

This morning, Davis’s office defied the Judge Bunning’s order and turned away gay couples who sought marriage licenses.  According to the Associated Press, “Davis wasn't at her office Thursday, but deputy clerk Nathan Davis said the office was advised by its attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel to continue refusing same-sex couples as it appeals.”

Last year, after a federal court struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex couples getting married, Staver and anti-gay activist Matt Barber urged magistrates in the state with similar religious objections not to resign but to “stand their ground” and refuse to obey the ruling.  

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