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Celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision (AP)

Celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision (AP)

For this episode, I’m taking on just one topic; the “Hobby Lobby” case decided by the Supreme Court.

On Monday, June 30th, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision saying that companies that are “closely held”, as Hobby Lobby is, could opt out of the new ObamaCare requirement that they cover contraceptives for women, including drugs that induce abortions. Those on the Right were cheering this win for religious freedom, but it occurred to me that, since the vote was 5-4, we’re just one Supreme Court justice away from losing our religion, er, religious freedom. The ruling from the court did not couch it in First Amendment terms, per se, but make no mistake; had it gone the other way, it would have been a precedent for continued chipping away at this constitutional protecting. The whole idea that religion is something you can only practice in your house of worship – or “freedom of worship”, as it has be redefined by the Clintons and others on the Left – is what has brought us to this point.

What kinds of people or government consider religious liberty something to avoid? There are some countries out there that actively do that, but I’m not so sure we want to live in them.

Another part of the Hobby Lobby ruling you may not have heard about; a more strong affirmation that corporations can indeed have a religious component to them. From a story on Politico, “The court appeared to reject, 7-2, the Obama administration’s argument that for-profit companies cannot assert religious rights under RFRA.” RFRA stands for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law created by Democrats, which had massive bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Clinton. Just remember that when you hear Democrats complain about the ruling based on a law they supported.

As previous guest to Consider This, Dale Franks, put it, “If you don’t want your employer making decisions about your health, then you probably shouldn’t ask them to pay for it.”

A couple other bits of information typically lost among the snarkiness coming from the Left include the fact that Hobby Lobby employees make significantly more than the minimum wage; $14 an hour is the minimum for full-time, and $9.50 for part time. So what contraceptives won’t be covered, they can certainly afford them on their own.

But the other not-so-well-known bit of info is that Hobby Lobby insurance already covers 16 out of 20 contraceptive methods on the ObamaCare list. The other 4 are generally after-the-fact, morning-after type that are, in the belief of the Green family that owns the company, tantamount to abortion. You want to prevent conception? They’re with you. You want to end a life? Eh, not so much.

Postscript: During the episode, you’ll hear me talk about some information from a ReligionNews.com article. In it, they cite a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, released in April that said that a majority (55 percent) said yes, a for-profit business owner with religious objections to birth control be subject to the requirement, “even if it violates their owners’ personal religious beliefs”. However, I’ve recently seen a Weekly Standard article noting that a new Rasmussen poll finds that 49 percent of American voters support a religious exemption to the federal government’s contraception mandate, while 39 percent oppose such an exemption. They’re polls, so they really just measure attitudes at a point in time, and who knows what might have changed between April and June. Just an FYI.

Mentioned links:

Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case

SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control

Want birth control? Go buy it. Nobody is stopping you.

When you find out how much Hobby Lobby pays their employees tell every liberal you know

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Can a state government decide what law it will and will not uphold? In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General has promoted herself to state Supreme Court Justice by refusing to defend a state law’s constitutionality because of her own personal opinion of the law. So then, do we need to keep two sets of laws for the state; one with a Democrat as the AG and one when it’s a Republican? When the US Supreme Court said that the people of California didn’t have standing to try to keep their own constitutional amendment in force, they opened the door to this.

The Left’s “Birthers”: 26% of Obama voters think the Tea Party is a larger terror threat than radical Muslims. Yes, really.

The trial of George Zimmerman riveted the nation’s media attention for weeks, which is understandable when the charges are 4 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of 3rd degree murder. OK, I’m playing with you there. It was just 1 count of 2nd degree murder that was on the line for George Zimmerman. Those other charges were against Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor, who was ultimately convicted of 3 of the 4 murder 1 counts, and the murder 3 count was reduced to involuntary manslaughter. So how did the coverage compare?

And all the while, in that shining beacon of gun-control, Chicago, hundreds of people, many of them Trayvon Martin’s age and race, are shot dead every year. They don’t get media coverage, or marches, or Attorney General Eric Holder’s attention, or a moment of silence at a Beyonce concert.

Mentioned links:

Pa. attorney general says she won’t defend state’s gay marriage ban

26% of Obama Supporters View Tea Party as Nation’s Top Terror Threat

Fred Thompson’s tweet

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of first-degree murder

Top Media in 1st Week of Trials: Gosnell, 5 Stories; Zimmerman, 203 Stories

Trayvon Martin, one year later: When will black-on-black slayings get the attention they deserve?

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The New Yorker magazine said this recently about the Benghazi issue: ““For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.” No, there was always something to it. It’s just now been demonstrated to the media. Those hearings that were supposedly a waste of time have had certain educational benefits, not the least of which was the allegedly independent and adversarial press that’s supposed to look into these things themselves.

But now, liberal pundits are trying to minimize the damage by painting opposition as purely partisan. They’ve come up with what I call “drive-by graphics” that draw totally unrelated parallels and ask why Republicans weren’t outraged over them. Apple, meet orange.

The IRS got caught giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups, from Tea Partiers to Billy Graham to pro-lifers. But the internal investigation was a sham, and, while the IRS has apologized, just try doing that to get out of your next audit.

And finally, I give a few thoughts worth considering about the Kermit Gosnell trial’s guilty verdicts.

Mentioned links:

The Damning Dozen: Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings

7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing

The IRS admits to ‘targeting’ conservative groups, but were they also ‘leaking’?

Inspector General finds a confused, mismanaged IRS

Last Year, Media Ridiculed Claims IRS Targeted Conservatives

IRS DEMANDED TEA PARTY READING LISTS, FACEBOOK POSTS

Tea Party Patriots, others still waiting for IRS tax-exempt decision

IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING TEA PARTY GROUPS

CLAIM: OBAMA CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR ATTACKED ROMNEY WITH LEAKED IRS DOCS

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I got our first e-mail listener feedback from what I talked about last episode, regarding whether or not legalizing same-sex marriage necessarily leads to polygamy. I thought it had to, but one listener took on my challenge to come up with a scenario where it didn’t have to happen. We had an e-mail conversation, and I’m highlighting that this time.

And remember, you, too, can have your feedback on the show. Let’s make this more of a conversation.

The media weren’t the only ones ignoring the Kermit Gosnell abortion doctor story. For years before he got caught, many, many other people ignored him as well, even though they knew what he was doing.

Mentioned links:

FDA Approves Plan B One-Step for Girls 15 and Older Without Prescription

PLANNED PARENTHOOD KEPT SILENT ABOUT GOSNELL BUTCHERY

PENNSYLVANIA GOVT. DID NOT INSPECT GOSNELL CLINIC FOR 17 YEARS

The bombing of the Boston Marathon started a number of things; a terrorism investigation, increased security all over the country, and the media’s attempt to, again, blame the Right for domestic terrorism. Folks, please, let’s take care of the wounded and bury our dead before breaking out the knee-jerk reactions, OK? It seems like after every single act like this, the media just has to have a race to see who can blame conservatives first.

There’s a murder trial going on in Pennsylvania. A doctor was arrested in 2011 for killing 8 people, and the trial has been going on since March 18th. Accusations of beheadings, special treatment for whites, severed feet in jars, 15-year-olds administering anesthesia, unsanitary clinic conditions that spread STDs to unsuspecting women, and multiple state agencies made aware of this but who chose to ignore what was going on. It wasn’t on the front page of your newspaper, or of the national TV news, because it paints abortion in a bad light, and Kermit Gosnell as the example of doing back-alley abortions in an approved clinic.

Mentioned links:

IT BEGINS: THE LEFTIST MEDIA STARTS TO BLAME THE RIGHT FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

Fox News Contributor Responds to Boston Marathon Explosions: Kill All Muslims

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror

Snopes entry: Dr. Kermit Gosnell Trial

From Roe to Gosnell: The case for regime change on abortion.

WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout

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I start out with a mea culpa this episode. No, the school where the President sends his daughters does not have armed guards.

A federal judge ruled in December that a North Carolina plan to offer license plates that say “Choose Life” is unconstitutional, saying the state cannot issue the plates without offering a similar product for the opposing viewpoint. So are they going to now have “Choose Death” plates?

CNN would like to say that they play the news down the middle, objectively. They’d like to say it, but on the gun control issue, “fair and balanced” is not quite accurate.

The Washington DC gun ban, passed in the 70’s, was ruled unconstitutional in the 2000’s. What happened to the murder rate during the ban, and after it was struck down, should be instructive when considering the Diane Feinstein gun ban. I have the info from a former prosecutor in DC.

Mentioned links:

4 Pinocchios for a slashing NRA ad on security at Sidwell Friends School

Federal judge rules North Carolina’s ‘Choose Life’ license plate unconstitutional

 Advocacy, Not Journalism: 13 CNN Guests Want More Gun Control, Only 2 Argue to the Contrary

Obama, Biden Announce Gun Violence Reduction Plan (see the first comment)

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There are some surprise consequences from the passing of ObamaCare. (And by “surprise”, I mean “easily predictable”.) Hospitals are shutting down services and the electronic medical records that were going to save us all money may actually cost us more. Yeah, who could have possible predicted that? (Hint: Anyone paying attention.)

In 1999, almost 2,000 children were killed by guns. But in that same year, over 800,000 died from another killer. Just as much a tragedy, but one political party is trying to make sure it stays that way.

Mentioned links:

Southwestern Pa. hospital to stop baby deliveries

In Second Look, Few Savings From Digital Health Records

How many children are killed each year by gun accidents?

Abortion Surveillance — United States, 1999

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Episode 21: The Post-2012-Election Analysis

Yes, the campaigning, the TV ads, the debates and speeches, and all the vote counting (well, except in Florida, where it’s tradition to drag that out) are now all behind us, and what do we have now? A Democratic President, a Senate controlled by Democrats and a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans. So basically, the same government we had before the election. The economy has been bouncing along anemically, millions have left the workforce, and of those remaining, a higher percentage of them are still out of work.

And votes for Obama were, explicitly or implicitly, a vote for ObamaCare, and with it the reduction of religious freedom as taking a stand for your beliefs against killing the unborn was considered less of an issue than making sure contraception would be dirt cheap for college students.

So what happened, or more to the point, didn’t happen?

It looks like the Obama campaign had the better “ground game”, as they call it. He got his base energized. Democrats were 38 percent of the electorate while Republicans were only 32 percent. I thought that the Chick-fil-A appreciation day was a harbinger of Election Day, but it was, apparently, only a measure of the evangelical support for Romney.

I won’t be a sore loser. The American people spoke, and congrats to President Obama and his supporters. It’s time to move forward. But forward to where? Listen in.

Mentioned links:

Exit Polls: Obama Gains With Latinos, Romney Gains With Evangelicals

On Second Thought…

30 Reasons Republicans Lost The Election

20 things that went right on Election Day

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This is the last episode before the election, so I’m making one final pitch.

From an economic standpoint, the choice is clear in this election; push on towards Greece, or hold on to economic freedom. Honestly, when you look at Greece, they’ve run out of money to pay for all the perks the Greek people have come to expect. There are people rioting in the streets, I suppose under the mistaken assumption that rioting puts money in the treasury.

While we’re teaching our kids to be thrifty and budget their money, we’re going to hand off to them debt in the double-digit trillions once they become taxpayers. A vote for Obama is a vote for just that bit of, frankly, immorality. And while we baby boomers are trying to collect our Social Security, they’ll be paying for that as well. Again, either we’re pushing towards Greece (the direction the Obama campaign describes as “forward”) or preserving economic freedom for our generation and future ones.

We have to cut spending. If you believe that, when it comes to revenue, the rich should pay more because they have more, then you should also understand that, when it comes to spending, those on whom we’re spending the most will have to bear their “fair share” of the cuts.

I am not calling for a ban on abortion, and, by the way, neither is Mitt Romney. However, if you think a million abortions a year is a bit on the high side, why would you vote for a party who is dedicated (according to their platform, both philosophically and financially) to making sure that abortion becomes equivalent of a civil right?

Mentioned links:

The Salvation Army disaster relief

Europe’s ageing population revolts at longer work and lower pensions

My blog post on the French pension protests of 2003

CBO: National Deficit to Hit Nearly $10 Trillion Over Upcoming Decade

The Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)

Democratic Platform “Opposes Any Effort” to Limit Abortions

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Not one for the kiddos, just an FYI. I’m keeping my PG rating, but it’ll be more PG than usual.

An international symposium in Dublin, Ireland of medical experts put out a statement saying that abortion, on its own, is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother. This should have far-reaching implications in the abortion debate.

After last week’s topic on the normalization polygamy, this week we have a story showing support for calling pedophilia a “sexual orientation”. While the act is still frowned upon (for now), if you change the vocabulary, you change the culture. Homosexual activists have been insisting that sexual orientation is akin to being left-handed or blue-eyed. If you’re born that way, no one can criticize it. Well, if that’s true, where are we heading with pedophilia?

Mentioned links:

Forum in Dublin on maternal health

Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children

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