In response to the decision by the court, First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford said the decision “is going to affect the religious freedoms of all of those who serve us in uniform, and that really is a shame.”
Shackelford’s nonprofit institute is defending LCpl Monifa Sterling.
In 2013, Sterling displayed the phrase, “No weapons formed against me shall prosper” taped at her desk. When her supervisor objected to it, Sterling said it was her First Amendment right. The supervisor later tore it down, she said. She replaced it and it was removed again.
She was then court-martialed and charged with refusing an order, failing to report for duty and lying about why she didn’t wear the proper uniform. She was convicted and given a bad conduct discharge…. read more
By Ed Straker
Last week, I warned that if Congress adjourned for the year too soon, it could open a window to give President Obama a Supreme Court pick. That’s because of a provision of the Constitution that allows the president to make recess appointments that can last two or more years. Now we get word that Congress is planning to adjourn early, which will give Obama an opportunity to appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
This discussion is fairly complex, involving both constitutional and statutory law, so bear with me.
1) Why does Congress want to adjourn early? Members of Congress want to adjourn early this year so they can kill last-minute Obama regulations. According to a 1996 law, Congress has 60 legislative days in which to disapprove of presidential regulations. If Obama makes some…. [read more]
Officials in the Alabama Supreme Court are busy ridding themselves, their courtroom, their offices and their building of Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Moore was suspended for the remainder of his term by a state committee over claims by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center that he was telling probate judges what to do, even though he specifically said he wasn’t telling them what to do.
He’s filed an appeal and a motion to recuse a number of judges who have expressed an opinion on the dispute, so the issue is far from resolved.
Nevertheless, on Thursday acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and Justice Michael Bolin called in three law clerks who formerly worked for Moore and fired them.
They were accompanied by police officers as they cleaned out their desks, according to Liberty Counsel, which has been defending Moore.
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver told WND the firings were without any notice….. [read more]
lhwm notes: Galatians 6:9 Let us not therefore be weary of well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Psalm1:1 Blessed is the man that doth not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
There are many recent developments in the godless West. To name a few:
— The Supreme Court of Italy last week ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in front of minors).
— The New York City Council voted in May that public urination is not a criminal act.
— The San Francisco City Council decided, by one vote, to continue the city’s ban on public nudity — not, of course, on the grounds of “decency” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time, probably a couple of years, before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.
— A few weeks ago, teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were instructed not to refer to their elementary school students as “boys and girls” but as “students” and “scholars.” The reasoning is presumably for inclusivity — there may be a student who has no gender identity — and that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people….. [read more]
lhwm notes: Genesis 6:11 The [population of the] earth was corrupt [absolutely depraved—spiritually and morally putrid] in God’s sight, and the land was filled with violence [desecration, infringement, outrage, assault, and lust for power].
Scandal: Leaked documents released a few days ago provide juicy insider details of how a fabulously rich businessman has been using his money to influence elections in Europe, underwrite an extremist group, target U.S. citizens who disagreed with him, dictate foreign policy, and try to sway a Supreme Court ruling, among other things. Pretty compelling stuff, right?
Not if it involves leftist billionaire George Soros. In this case, the mainstream press couldn’t care less.
On Saturday, a group called DC Leaks posted more than 2,500 documents going back to 2008 that it pilfered from Soros’ Open Society Foundations’ servers. Since then, the mainstream media have shown zero interest in this gold mine of information.
We couldn’t find a single story on the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, CBS News or other major news sites that even noted the existence of these leaked documents, let alone reported on what’s in them….. [read more]
The military’s highest court ruled yesterday that men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can be punished for exercising their religion if judges deem the practice not religiously “important.” The ruling upholds the government’s criminal prosecution of a U.S. Marine for refusing to discard personal notes that had Bible verses on them. The case may now be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2014, Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was ordered to remove from her workstation three pieces of paper with a paraphrase from the book of Isaiah, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper,” even though co-workers were permitted to keep nonreligious messages on their desks. She declined and was court-martialed. A lower court upheld Sterling’s court martial, rejecting her argument that her faith was protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“This is a real-life example of why judges shouldn’t play theologians,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Lance Corporal. “Here, a few judges concluded that keeping Scripture nearby isn’t ‘important,’ even though more than half of the world’s population belong to religions that teach the exact opposite. Avoiding obvious errors like this is why RFRA protects all religious beliefs, not just beliefs that government officials deem ‘important.'”….. [read more]
It started out with hints of official, United States governmental oppression of Christianity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, such as “discrimination” complaints against people who refuse to celebrate homosexual behavior.
Bakers, photographers and marriage-venue owners were penalized, and government officials publicly vilified their Christian faith and ordered them, in some case, to be re-educated.
Now two rulings have cemented the American court system’s determination that Christians must not be allowed to express their faith in public life.
The U.S. Supreme Court left standing a lower court decision that Washington state pharmacists who are Christian must violate their faith in order to practice their profession. The second decision came from a federal judge in Mississippi with a reputation for ruling against Christians who said county clerks in the state must violate their faith to hold their office….. [read more]
Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2016 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This story is developing. Check back soon for updates.
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.
The case had challenged two Texas regulations of abortion clinics: abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a medical emergency at their clinic, and clinic buildings must meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. They must have proper sanitation, staffing, and medical experts on hand to deal with medical emergencies…. [read more]
The Bible Says:
Proverbs 6: 16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.