From the Desk of John Rourke – March 31th, 2015

One new migrant enters the United States every 33 seconds. Interesting statistic. No matter the laws that are out immigration problems will not be solved until the border is secured. BUILD THE WALL!

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I may have mentioned this already but I still am in a state of disbelief. I was talking to a woman last week about current events and she mentioned that she does not watch the news – ever. She purposely avoids all news including local. I felt she was probably exaggerating and started to talk about ISIS in Iraq. She had absolutely NO IDEA WHO ISIS was.   I asked her if she voted and she said only in Presidential elections. TO go a little further I asked her how she knew who to vote for. Here response – “I look at their web pages and see where they stand on issues.”

Holy crap.

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Separation of church and state is no where to be found or referenced in the Constitution. The 1st Amendment states the government will make no law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  This tells me that the government cannot act in such a manner to declare an official religion. It also tells me that religion is protected from government influence.

The recent law passed in Indiana created to protect religious expression as far as I am concerned falls within the Constitutional authority of the State. If a cake maker does not want to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding that is their right if their religious beliefs are as such. If a business does not want to provide certain types of birth control to its employees due to religious beliefs – they should not be forced to.

This is freedom of – not from – religion should be intact even if the outcome looks ridiculous or is unpopular.

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Just noticed that as of this writing Amazon has the Baofeng UV-5R radio’s on sale for $29.75. Great deal.

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Watched the Predator last night. Remember – the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from the 80’s? Seen it so many times. Still pretty good.

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  1. “… many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.” -Gov. Pence

    We should allow discrimination based on what “many people” feel. Lovely. Pence also courageously signed the law in a “private” ceremony, and then courageously refused to say whether or not gay and lesbian citizens were a protected class, under which they would be the beneficiaries of the anti-discrimination statutes that would otherwise exclude them.

    This was particularly courageous because, if the answer is yes, then the law Pence signed is unconstitutional on its face, and if the answer is no, then he might have to explain why, and that wouldn’t play well nationally, would it?

    Indianapolis will play host to one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar and it sure would be nice to see some rainbow badges in the stands. -Charles P. Pierce

    • Charlie – In my opinion it is discriminatory to force people to do things against their religious beliefs. Let the market dictate. If a cake maker refuses to make a cake for a gay or lesbian wedding – and the public doesn’t like it – they will go out of business.

      Would be interesting to have a Nazi request a cake to be made from a Jewish cake maker and see if the government forces the issue. Certainly this example is different.

      Now – I agree that gays and lesbians should be a protected class however that doesn’t change my opinion that if a cake maker doesn’t want to bake a cake for a same sex couple because it is against their beliefs they should not be forced. Lastly – read the law. It is extremely difficult for the cake maker to refuse to bake the cake. THEY are required to go to court and PROVE their religious viewpoint. Good luck with that.

      Rourke

  2. If I’m bisexual does that mean I can get half a cake?

    Front page editorial from the largest newspaper in Indiana:

    “Only bold action — action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens — will be enough to reverse the damage.

    Gov. Mike Pence and the General Assembly need to enact a state law to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

    We urge Gov. Pence and lawmakers to stop clinging to arguments about whether RFRA really does what critics fear; to stop clinging to ideology or personal preferences; to focus instead on fixing this.

    Governor, Indiana is in a state of crisis. It is worse than you seem to understand.”

    http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/03/30/editorial-gov-pence-fix-religious-freedom-law-now/70698802/

    • Charlie –

      “Gov. Mike Pence and the General Assembly need to enact a state law to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

      Agree.

      Lastly – I congratulate you on coming out. It takes a lot of guts. Yes – you get half a cake.

  3. I read where the Senate of the State of Indiana has voted to join the cry for a Constitutional Convention. I have long feared such a Convention because of the plethora of outcomes. We could end up with a king, a dictator, or some wild and awful experiment in government like those which dot the Pacific Rim and parts of Africa. We received our current form of government through just such a convention which replaced the old ineffective Articles of Confederation. On the plus side of such a convention is the possibility of creating a fair user based tax code (or even a flat tax), setting a two term limit for all elected offices, promoting increased safeguards to our Judao-Christian heritage, and controlling our borders. Conflict rightly designed into our current constitutional system has produced total grid lock such that any progress through the legislative bodies on these most controversial of topics will never take place.

    It looks more and more like the only fix to our governmental problems is that dreaded Constitutional Convention.

    PR

  4. Where did States Rights go ? We need to have a huge out cry from Christians and Jews etc. religious liberty.People are starting to demand their rights -finally.
    Last night I saw a horrific of a white man on Fox News by three young black men on a train The white man refused to let them use his cell phone and refused to engage in a discussion re the Brown b oy- .
    If he were black and three white men beat him- the Pres and Holder would be there in a heart beat. .
    Watch yourselves folks . Arlene

    PR That was a beautiful post that you wrote-thanks fro sharing.

  5. Rourke re : the woman who doesnt watch the news. THis is exactly why we are in the state we are in-apathy.
    My sister who is living with us never watched the news either- no she is avidly following issues. Yes the news can be upsetting but the consequences of not being involved are more disasterous.

    May you all have a very meaningful Holy week and Easter and or Passover. Arlene

  6. Rourke and Charlie, it’s troubling when I see 2 intelligent people like yourselves lock horns over an issue that I believe is misunderstood. I will tell you what I believe to be the basics of RIFRA. Agree or not, it’s up to you. You can look for yourselves the where, when and why of RIFRA’s origins and it’s history since it’s inception in the mid 90s. In that history you will not find RIFRA as the driving force behind widespread discrimination (or any) of gays, or anyone else. Nor will you find it a safe haven for the religious to escape the laws we all live by. RIFRA is not a sword that the religious right can use to discriminate against gays but a shield that they can attempt to use to protect their beliefs… in court, and according to the court record, an extremely ineffective tool for preserving discrimination. It does not, and never has granted the cake baker, photographer, sign maker or any other business owner a green light to discriminate. Just as RIFRA doesn’t remove a business’s lawful obligation to provide insurance, only the requirement to provide abortifacients, because of religious beliefs, the baker must still bake the cake for the LGBT community, they don’t though have to provide the little gay couple figurines that sit atop it.

    DISCLAIMER: I fully support same sex marriage. Once the government started writing tax code and law around “marriage” it stopped being just a religious endeavor. If you don’t believe in “same sex marriage” than don’t marry anyone the same sex as yourself, beyond that , the ship has sailed….. and your side didn’t win. And for the “gay lobby”, I’m sick of them turning every slight into some “they won’t let me eat at the same lunch counter” bullshit! GET OVER YOURSELVES!!…. The rest of use are trying to.

    Rourke, if using E-Verify was law, do you think that what draws illegals across the boarder would evaporate?… I think it might.

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