Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment to the US Constitution

 

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31b-32 (NIV)

There are some in this country that would be happy to forbid praying in public.  Yet what better example of people using their first amendment rights than this?

That said, 'Saying Grace' recently set at auction record for a Norman Rockwell painting at $46M.

First Amendment

Jul '20 - Jun '21

(06/24/2021) Financial censorship of America first.  It is very disturbing that people are being financially punished without due process, and often - directly or indirectly - for their views.  This is a mostly new phenomena in America, and it is mostly conservatives being punished.  Part of the cancel culture.  What is so sick is the fact that a great number of Americans think that because other people do not agree with them, politically or socially, it is acceptable to punish them financially and otherwise. 

(05/25/2021) Jonathan Turley: Prince Harry and 'bonkers' First Amendment – take this threat to free speech seriously.  Free speech is already being suppressed by the cancel culture, social media and more.  Democrats yearn to be able to use the power of government to improve the efficiency of their suppression.  They naturally assume that they are going to be in charge of what speech is acceptable and what is not.

(05/14/2021)  A major's step backwards on religious liberty.  I'll limit myself to saying this: The Democrats politicize everything they can.  They have now fully politicized the military - the upper echelons, at least.  There is no reason to have confidence in our military any more because the brass knows that to get ahead, you must toe the (Democrat's) party line.  Of course, they are destroying the First Amendment as well.  We are heading into very dangerous territory.  If we cannot restore the integrity of our elections, nothing short of major divine intervention can save us.

(05/06/2021) Crap that Twitter permits, truth that Twitter bans.  You might be forgiven for thinking that they have an agenda.

(05/04/2021) Persecution Fears Rise as Biden Backs Away From Religious Freedom Abroad.  IT seems that the driving philosophy of the Biden administration is that if Trump did it, it must be bad.  If not, take credit for it.

(05/01/2021) Glad They Cleared That Up.  You have to read this to believe it.  A school district has declared some phrases to be "government speech" meaning it cannot be criticized.  What?!?! 

(04/25/2021) Cal Thomas: Lost liberties.  Just remember: as we lose more and more of our liberties, we will constantly be assured that it is all for our own good! 

(04/17/2021) Harvard Medical School doctors advocate race-based discrimination to favor minorities, calling it 'medical restitution.'  In short, declare evil to be good.  There is a lot of that going around these days. 

(04/17/2021) Facebook bans report on BLM co-founder's $3.2M home purchases.  So they have passed the point of banning stuff where they can make the claim of "misinformation," however weak.  They are now banning 100% factual stuff that makes their side look bad. 

(04/16/2021) How Biden Administration Redefines Words, Reshapes Facts to Serve Its Purposes. In other words, they lie.

(04/16/2021) Third-Grader Told to Remove “Jesus Loves Me” Face Mask. 

(04/14/2021) These Lawsuits Reveal The Left’s Goal To Banish Religion Altogether.  Don't be silly.  They merely want religion to accept and conform to the progressive agenda.

(04/14/2021) NBC Anchor Holt Urges Media To Lie.  To be fair, what he is saying is that to present the views of people that disagree with him is to present "misinformation" and they should not do it.  What is remarkable is how many lies, misrepresentations and deceit are presented as truth by the MSM and how much truth and facts are proclaimed to be "misinformation," to be withheld from the public.

(03/23/2021) Once Again, Colorado Baker Jack Phillips Is on Trial for Being Christian. That pretty much sums it up.  Christians are to live according to biblical principles in all of our life,not just some of it.  And practically speaking, the government has made that illegal, in spite of the First Amendment.

(03/19/2021) California Police Reform Bill May Ban Christians From Law Enforcement.  The bill's sponsor insists that is not the intention.  It may not be the intention; the problem is that it could be so used.

(03/16/2021) New Demands REMOVAL of Republican Students at Top College.  That would be Stanford, and would would "only" be the College Republican Chapter.   Good thing the Left is so tolerant or who knows what they might demand.

(03/11/2021) Biden's is the 'anti-faith administration.'  It sure seems like it.  The Democrats are fully aware that that Christians who take their faith seriously are the biggest obstacle to much of their agenda.  Too bad we are doing such a poor job of being that obstacle. 

(03/05/2021) The Relentless 9-Year Assault on Jack Phillips Unmasks the True Threat of the 'Equality Act.'  No question about it.  Practically speaking, we are talking the end of freedom of religion in America.  Any Christian organization that remains true to Scripture can be harassed, punished, and very possibly shut down.  Hyperbole?  Not at all.  Consider Jack Phillips.

(03/01/2021) Democrats get ready to unleash the IRS for selective enforcement on political opponents.  What disturbs me the most is that those on the Left are so convinced of their own righteousness that they are willing to use the power of government to force others to conform.  And we on the Christian right, who actually believe that we are doing God's will, are unwilling to use the power of government.  Well, we shouldn't.  You can't bring people to Christ by force.  But the Left is persuaded that if they can't force us to conform to their will, they jolly well are going to do their best to suppress and persecute us.  Persecute?  Why question this?  They are already doing it!

(03/01/2021) Pasha Is Going to Need to Talk to You.  Pasha is a WWII Soviet political commissar in a Russian TV series.  His duty was to enforce the party line in the military.  And such "enforcement" typically runs counter to the actual objectives of the military.  We tend to sneer at the fact the the Soviets had such commissars.  But we are loaded with plenty of "Pasha's," especially in academia, and the media.  And they wield a lot of power.  At the expense of actual education, actual news, actual reality.  Try saying that a "trans women" is a biological male in academia (or many other places) and see what happens.

(02/24/2021)  Congressional Democrats pressure companies to censor Fox News and conservative channels.  And yes, this is violating the First Amendment.  Nice little business you have going there.  It would be a shame if something were to happen to it (by the authority of government).  That absolutely, positively is the government censoring speech.  Will the courts so rule?  Well, they certainly don't take the Tenth Amendment and the enumerated powers seriously .  But many of us do take the Constitution seriously and we need to defend it.

(02/24/2021) Agent Fired from Literary Agency for Using Parler and Gab.  I am always a bit suspicious when people claim they were fired for reasons such as this.  After all, no one likes to admit they were fired because of their own failings.  But I will say that claims by conservatives of being fired for doing conservative things seem to hold up better than similar claims by liberals for doing liberal things.  And it is certainly consistent with the cancel culture which is demanding that conservatives be fired.

(02/23/2021) Biden's Alternate 'Reality Czar.'  How about "Ministry of Truth?"  If we ever wondered how the USSR and other countries sank into the nonsensical absurdities of 1984, wonder no more.  Many are pushing those very things for America today. Here is more: Biden Regime To Take Over Social Media and Institute Total Censorship.  This article is over the top, since this isn't necessarily going to happen, as the title implies.  But it is being advocated and that, in itself, is shocking.

(02/22/2021) Democrats Target Cable Providers for Carrying Fox, Newsmax, OANN.  They really do want to shut down all those who voice opposition to the Democrats.

(02/16/2021) Completely Biased ‘Fact Checkers’ Are Now Tools to Disparage and Discredit Conservative Thought.  True.

(02/13/2021) Biden flack who threatened to “destroy” reporter gets one-week suspension.  Biden promised to fire any of his people who were merely disrespectful.  But as we know, for the media (and Democrats), Democrats are known by what they say, not by what they actually do. 

(02/07/2021) Supreme Court enjoins some California restrictions on worship.  But they are also allowing a lot of restrictions to remain.  Still, any progress is progress.  Note that certain liberal members of the court have no problem with Government removing the protections of the First Amendment - and the Constitution in general. 

(02/01/2021) Churches Protest Danish Law Requiring Vetting of Sermons.  Now this is only for sermons presenting in a language other than Danish and is almost certainly aimed at Islam, as those are overwhelming majority of sermons given in a foreign language.  But it has a stifling effect, especially since Muslims are likely to simply ignore the law and Christians churches will likely comply.  If the authorities are concerned about Islamic sermons, better to infiltrate and hear those sermons directly.  Submitting a Danish transcript for approval doesn't mean that will be the sermon actually presented.  Sort of like gun control.  The people who obey the law are not the problem.  And the problem people will simply disobey.  And when will they decide that Christian churches cannot preach on homosexuality, transgenderism and whatnot?

(01/30/2021) FNC’s Carlson: ‘This Is the Most Sweeping and Audacious Assault on Civil Liberties in American History.’  That may be true, but since it is the Democrats doing it, we can be assured that it is for our own good.  So suck it up.

(01/27/2021) No More Hard Questions: Biden Team Considers Banning Conservative Media from Press Briefings.  Here we go.  The signs were all there, but naturally the "mainstream" and self-proclaimed "objective" press covered it all up.

(01/27/2021) FNC’s Carlson: ‘Never in American History Has There Been Press Censorship on This Scale.’  Very true.  The fact that is it mostly being done by private entities is really not relevant because it is done at the behest of a political party that is now in charge and has the power to reward or punish those "private" entities. Exposing said entities to lawsuits would balance the scales a bit, but under the Dems, that is never going to happen.

(01/21/2021) The threats and violence Twitter won’t police.  Of course not.  The Left politicizes everything.  When I say everything, I mean it.  They've already politicized science and they are working on math. In every field, the truth is subservient to the latest progressive narrative.  What we have here is that violence, or any hint (real or imagined) of possible violence is bad.  That is, if it comes from the Right.  It is okay from the Left because their motives are pure.  Remember how the Tea Party was always full of angry people on the verge of violence?  Never happened.  I went to Tea Party rallies and anger wasn't there either.  Just love of country and a passion for the America our founders envisioned and prepared (via the Constitution) for.

(01/20/2021) The Left Wants to Eliminate Competing Ideas.  I'm sure you have noticed: the Left doesn't want to debate, they just want you to shut up.  Why?  Because their ideas do not stand up to scrutiny.  They plug their ears to any dissenting opinions.  As a little aside, there were a few occasions where evolutionists were willing to debate intelligent designers.  They consistently lost, so we've probably seen the last of such debates.  Of course, having lost the debates doesn't cause them to change their minds or even just reconsider a bit.  No, it caused them to stick their fingers in their ears instead.  Denis Prager mentioned that he regularly asks people on the Left to come on his radio show and debate.  Very few take him up on his offer.  Meanwhile, can you think of a single liberal host who actually invites conservatives to their show to debate?  Probably not because virtually all conservative will take them up on their offer. Doesn't this tell you everything you need to know about conservative view vs liberal ones?  The primary defense the Left has for their views is ad hominem attacks on any and all who disagree.

(01/19/2021) Kohl’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond will Stop Selling ‘My Pillow’ Products After CEO Mike Lindell Challenged Election Results.  When I criticize the Left in America, I often forget to include corporate America.  Yet corporate America has largely been taken over by the Left, whether it involves "woke-ism" like this or demands for government subsidies and bailouts.  Sure, private entities can censor free speech.  But what about censoring free speech at the behest of the government - either because of threats of punishment or expectations of rewards?  Does not that qualify as the government violating the First Amendment.  It does, but who cares? 

(01/19/2021) Here are a couple articles sounding the alarm - though the alarm has been sounding for some time.  The question is, have we woken up our not?  Real Threats to Democracy Still Come From the Left and Why the Left Has to Suppress Free Speech

(01/18/2021) Why a Biden Presidency Could Be Good for the Church.  It is certainly possible that a lot of people will turn to God.  But there is going to be (there already is) an attack on religious freedom.  And some churches and Christians have already folded and surrendered.  Let us not be among them.  Rather, consider this to be the most opportune time for revival in our lifetimes.

(01/17/2021) Twitter's official tweet about the Uganda election is unbelievable.  In brief, they are concerned about free speech in Uganda even while suppressing it in America.  Democrats and the Left (really one and the same these days) have a very convenient definition of free speech - if they like it, it is free; if they don't, it should be prohibited.  And they don't just think this, they are acting on it.

(01/16/2021) Twitter Allows ‘Hang Pence’ to Trend as Conservatives Face Big Tech Purge.  Get. Off. Twitter. Now!

(01/12/2021) We Will Not Be Silenced.  Unfortunately, many of us have let ourselves be silences.  I pray that changes.

(01/12/2021) Equality Act would stomp religious conservatives.  To be blunt, isn't that the primary purpose?

(01/12/2021) Why is Pelosi Impeaching Trump? Why the Censorship? What Are They So Scared Of?  Well, I hope and pray that they have something that is worthy of being scared of.  I would suggest that they are scared of Donald Trump and their own recognition that he probably has more support than they do.

(01/11/2021) Democrats Are Drafting Legislation to Criminalize Trump Rallies — Classify Them as “Domestic Terrorism.”  Can this be true?  I fear it is.  Those on the Left have always been totalitarians at heart.  Having (possibly) stolen the election through fraud, and with the MSM, academia, social media, entertainment and even pro sports cheering them on, they see today as their opportunity to shut down any who oppose them.  This should be a wake-up call for those who are still asleep.  I pray that it will be; I fear that far to many are just going to hit the snooze button.  Here is more: Democrats to Censure Mo Brooks and Louie Gohmert in Coming Days for Challenging Election Fraud and Blaming Riots on Them.  They feel they are in total control and can do whatever they wish to destroy the opposition - and that would be us.  Did I say pro sports?  ‘They Have No Right’: Trump Organization Fires Back After PGA Championship Cancellation.  The PGA is breaking a binding contract.  But never imagine that they can't find a court to allow them to do it.  I am beginning to see why the Democrats and their allies were willing to do whatever it took to "win" the election.  Without their figurehead in the White House they would never dare do what they are doing.

(01/10/2021) Former CIA Director John Brennan Calls for Mao-Like Public Humiliation Sessions for Trump Supporters Before They Are Accepted Back into Society.  Yet another reason why I believe that the only thing that can save our country is the intervention of God.  John Brennan isn't alone in this kind of thinking.

(01/10/2021) Dennis Prager: “There Is No Example of the Left Having Power and Not Suppressing Speech – Free Speech Is Its Dire Enemy.”  There are plenty on the Left that are not only calling for the suppression of conservative speech, they are actively doing it.  Can you find a single example of people on the right calling for the suppression of left-wing speech?  The left actually calls conservative speech "violence," and actual left-wing violence they call "speech."  Can you get any more Orwellian than that?

(01/09/2021) The All-Out Assault on Conservative Thought Has Just Begun.  It has been underway for some time, but it is definitely getting worse and that will accelerate.  We are no longer a country where we simply have differences of opinion as how to achieve common objectives - reducing poverty, improving education, etc.  We are divided into those who believe in the principles that America was founded on and adhere to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  And we have those that want to junk all that for something - it isn't clear what - and  are willing to use all the totalitarian tactics that we used to collectively scoff at: rewriting history, censorship, the big lie and more are part of their arsenal.

(01/08/2021) ABC News Political Director Calls for 'Cleansing' of Trump Supporters.  This is what they think of you as a Trump supporter.  I suspect it gets worse if you are a Christian Trump supporter. 

(01/01/2021) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Crack down on conservative celebrities' speech — and even left-wing luminaries who aren't woke enough.  Isn't it remarkable how willing those on the Left are to not only judge, but suppress speech they don't like?  I think that speech coming from the Left is far, far more harmful than speech coming from the Right, but like most conservatives I don't advocate suppressing it.  The Left not only advocates suppressing speech they disagree with, they are becoming quite successful in doing so.  How many people have literally been punished - especially, but not exclusively, in academia - for speaking the truth, but a truth that is contrary to the latest progressive narrative?  Like criticizing Black Lives Matter.  How much censorship is occurring on social media?  They are already "cracking down," but obviously they aren't satisfied and are demanding more!

(12/11/2020) Gov. Ralph Northam Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions: You Don’t Have to Sit In Church for God to Hear Your Prayers.  Gee, why didn't I ever think of that?  Don't you love it when people who don't have a Christian bone in their body explain to actual Christians what it means to be a Christian?  

(12/04/2020) Twitter Blocks ‘Potentially Harmful’ Links to Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit.  A survey shows that 6% of Biden voters - real voters, not the fraudulent ones - would not have voted for him had they know one or more of several facts (facts, not speculation, rumors or conspiracy theories).  The suppression of information harmful to Democrats or beneficial to Republicans by the MSM and social media can and does have a major impact.  The solution?  Social media must be treated as either a publisher or a common carrier - their choice.  Right now, they are given the benefits of both and the liabilities of neither.  As for the MSM?  Not much to do but to provide alternatives.  Fox has gone Left.  The key is this: conservatives should not support, either financially or by participation, media that actively supports the Left.  Drop Facebook and Twitter, don't use Google, don't watch ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, ... or Fox.  There are alternatives to all these.Take advantage of them!

(11/19/2020) DC Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Advocates Who Wrote Pro-Life Messages on Sidewalk.  Fight back.  There are quite a few good lawyers out there who will take on cases like this, often pro bono.

(11/18/2020) Alito: ‘Religious Liberty Is in Danger of Becoming a Second-Class Right.’  And he is certainly correct.  Democrats and their judges have been working hard to restrict religious freedom to houses of worship.  And the Constitution and First Amendment?  No problem - we'll just override the Constitution with an anti-discrimination law.  This has already happened.  And if we actually get a Biden-Harris presidency, things are going to get a lot worse.

(09/05/2020) Did Jesus Teach the Separation of Faith and Politics? No!  Our biblical worldview absolutely, positively should inform our political views.  Period.

(08/31/2020) LA County Loses Court Battle with Grace Community Church — So County Sends Eviction Notice to the Church on Sunday.  Yep.  LA loses in court, so they punish Grace by "evicting" them from a county owned parking lot that the church has leased for over 40 years.  The key is this: LA cares not a whit for the rule of law.  The courts have repeatedly ruled against them.  LA refused to accept this. Do you want people with that attitude having power over you?

(08/27/2020) MacArthur's argument stands: 'Church is essential.'  The founders certainly thought so.

(08/21/2020) Calif. COVID Bullies Tried to Slap Pastor John MacArthur With Contempt. It Backfired.  Suffice it to say that many / most Democrats in office do not consider worship to be essential, unlike abortions, marijuana, gambling and the like.

(08/20/2020) Rev. Graham to Lead Prayer March on Washington: We'll 'Pray That God Will Intervene, Save this Nation.'  One of the few regrets I have about moving from NJ to Colorado is the greater difficulty of attending events like this.

(08/14/2020) John MacArthur Sues Newsom for Banning Church While Encouraging Protests.  We need to do more of this.  The virus may be making freedom of religion violations more obvious, but they are nothing new and have been going on for some considerable time.

(08/13/2020) CA pastor goes there: Dems want church doors locked.  I am going to put this as tactfully as I can.  Those on the Left - and the Democrat Party qualifies as Left - prioritize politics over everything else.  This means that no matter what field we are talking about, those on the Left will let their politics dictate their beliefs and actions.  Whatever benefits them politically and ideologically, they will say and do.  Period.  The California pastor is simply saying what is objectively true. 

(08/10/2020) Faith Leaders Protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Order Barring In-Person Worship.  Some are fighting back, but not nearly enough.  I hope this "resistance" grows.

(08/10/2020)  City of Angels threatening darkness for churches

(08/09/2020) 'Spiritual Health Is Essential': Godspeak Church Defies Restraining Order, No Police in Sight.  This is in California.  I am so grateful that we can meet in person again.  In all the most populated areas of California, that is an act of civil disobedience.

(08/08/2020) ‘Give Me Liberty. Or Don’t. Whatever.’  The author is not on the side of "whatever."

(08/05/2020) California Church Threatened with Hefty Fines for Opening Doors amid Lockdown. This would be John MacArthur's church.  Given that the SCOTUS just ruled that Nevada can impose much more severe restrictions on churches than on casinos, it is debatable that the courts will uphold the First Amendment.

(08/01/2020) Two Students for Life Members Arrested in Washington DC After Attempting to Chalk “BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER” Outside Abortion Clinic.  Has anyone been arrested for painting (not merely chalking) "Black Lives Matter?"  I don't think so.  The authorities seem to be mighty selective, at least in cities run by Democrats.

(08/01/2020) Many Americans can’t assemble in church to read Bibles but apparently gathering in Portland to BURN them is acceptable.  

(07/27/2020) No Time for Cowardice.  And silence is cowardice.

(07/26/2020) Supreme Court Allows Governor’s Edict That Treats Churches Harsher Than Casinos.  John Roberts is a disgrace, but so are the four liberals on the court.  Casinos are allowed to fill to 50% of capacity while churches have ben restricted to 50 attendees, no matter how big their capacity.  Casinos are not protected under the Constitution, churches are.  Five members of the court care not a whit for the law of the land.

(07/25/2020) John MacArthur's Calif. Church Will Defy Newsom's Church Ban: 'Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church.' 

(07/08/2020) Fired for Speaking Truth.  It is happening to more and more people, almost always for stating an obvious truth.  They tend to be conservatives because for the Left, truth is subservient to the narrative.

(07/07/2020) A New Low In Higher Education?  A Marquette freshman may have her acceptance revoked because she did a video supporting Trump.  She received at least one death threat from a student, but Marquette is investigating her rather than the student who made the death threat.  The cancel culture is in full swing and our colleges and universities are probably worse than any other institution in America - even the MSM and the Democrats.  Of course, they are all in cahoots. 

(07/01/2020) The Book-Burners Are Here.  Yes, they are.