Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Constitution

Newly Invigorated Supreme Court, With Barrett, Restores First Amendment in Ruling Against Cuomo

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, November 28, 2020:  

By 5-4 votes in two cases, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s discrimination against the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was the first time newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett had an opportunity to weigh in, and she made it count: She simultaneously voted with the four conservative justices while at the same time negated Chief Justice John Robert’s vote to join the three liberals who supported Cuomo.

Justice Neil Gorsuch called out the governor’s overreach,

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Dershowitz Spells Out Trump’s Paths to Victory

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 24, 2020:  

During an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz spelled out how Trump’s campaign could prevail in the presidential election:

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Trump Fires Mark Esper, Appoints Christopher Miller as Acting Defense Secretary

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 10, 2020: 

President Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday, announcing that the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCC) will replace Esper. Tweeted the president:

I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director … (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately. Chris will do a great job.

As for Esper, the president said only this: “Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”

Esper got sideways with the president back in June when the president almost fired him for publicly defying him, twice, when Esper publicly opposed the president’s suggestion that he might lean on the Insurrection Act to use the military to quell violence following the death of George Floyd.

Under the Insurrection Act of 1807,

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SCOTUS Hears Arguments Over Discrimination Against Catholic Social Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 5, 2020: 

The Supreme Court heard opening arguments in an important religious discrimination case on Wednesday that has been festering since 2018: Sharonell Fulton et. al. v. City of Philadelphia.

Back in 2018, the liberal Philadelphia Inquirer discovered that two religiously based foster-care agencies — Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services (CSS) — wouldn’t place foster children in LGBT homes.

Initially, Bethany said,

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Two Colorado Churches Win Court Reprieve From Governor’s COVID Mandates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 22, 2020: 

Two Colorado churches — the Denver Bible Church and the nearby Community Baptist Church in Brighton — gained a reprieve last week from U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico. The churches sued Colorado Governor Jared Polis in August over his COVID-related restrictions that were overly vague and applied unevenly between the churches and secular establishments.

Domenico’s reason was constitutionally sound in granting the churches a temporary restraining order against Polis:

The Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant’s or spa’s….

 

The First Amendment does not allow government officials, whether in the executive or judicial branch, to treat religious worship as any less critical or essential than other human endeavors. Nor does it allow the government to determine what is a necessary part of a house of worship’s religious exercise.

Judge Domenico noted that

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Capitol Hill Baptist Church Enjoys First Gathering Since Court Ruling Against Shutdown Order

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 21, 2020:  

Members of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., held their first worship service on Sunday since District Court Judge Trevor McFadden granted the church “injunctive relief” from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s draconian, discriminatory, and hypocritical shutdown orders over the COVID virus.

Appropriately, the sermon was about civil government and civil disobedience, preached by Associate Pastor Bobby Jamieson.

McFadden ruled that Bowser’s “current restrictions substantially burden the Church’s exercise of religion” and so granted the church’s petition for relief.

Thirty-four Senate Republicans filed an Amicus Brief supporting the church: “The Mayor’s discrimination against houses of worship rests on a mistaken, and unconstitutional, premise that one particular exercise of free speech — a church’s desire to gather together and worship their God — is subordinate to other First Amendment-protected activities.”

Those Republicans got most of it right. The mayor’s ruling rests ultimately on a mistaken premise that the government has the right to dictate a church’s behavior. Many Christians believe this as well, drawing support for this view from Romans 13. Here’s the NIV version:

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House Resolution Introduced to Remove Pelosi

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 13, 2020: 

Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.) tweeted on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “does not have the mental fitness to serve as Speaker.” He followed that up with another tweet on Monday: “Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions, call into question her own mental fitness.”

On Monday he introduced a resolution to remove Pelosi from office, reviewing some of her “recent actions”:

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California Pastor Sues County After Being Fined $220K for Holding Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 12, 2020: 

When Pastor Mike McClure of San Jose’s Calvary Chapel agreed to open his church on Pentecost Sunday (May 31), he joined with more than 3,000 other churches defying California Governor Gavin Newsom’s shutdown orders. He said, “We’re called to be together. Man doesn’t have the right to close the doors. God doesn’t want us to isolate ourselves. All of us need to be in the sanctuary.”

And then he added a warning to Newsom:

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Attorney Tells Michiganders to “Burn Your Masks” Following State Supreme Court Ruling

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 12, 2020:

The New American reported last week that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had no intention of following a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that her COVID edicts were grossly unconstitutional. She said, “This ruling does not take place for at least 21 days, and until then, my emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law.”

Constitutional attorney Katherine Henry begs to differ. The founder of Restore Freedom Initiative — a movement to amend the Michigan state’s constitution to keep another gubernatorial overreach from occurring in the future — said,

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Court Slaps D.C. Mayor for Discriminating Against Church

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 11, 2020: 

After months of attempting to persuade D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (shown) to grant them an exception to her draconian virus-inspired restrictions on in-person meetings by churches, the Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) filed suit in September.

The church said, “Meeting in-person as one congregation is a deeply-held conviction for which there is no substitute. Our simple desire is to have a community and one that meets together safely.… CHBC has applied for multiple waivers to the policy but District officials refused to provide CHBC with a waiver beyond 100 persons as part of a mass gathering.”

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden sided with the church, issuing a temporary injunction against Bowser’s attempts to enforce her edicts. He wrote:

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St. Louis Couple Indicted on Gun Charges Following Standoff with BLM Protesters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 7, 2020: 

A St. Louis Grand Jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Tuesday on charges related to the defense of their lives and property from Black Lives Matter protesters back in June.

They knew it was coming, as Kimberly Gardner, the corrupt, progressive George Soros-funded circuit attorney for St. Louis, said so back in July. In her statement dated July 20, she announced:

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ADF Sues Virginia AG Over New Law Forcing Ministries To Violate Their Convictions or Pay Huge Fines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 1, 2020: 

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian non-profit law firm, sued Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday over a new law adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected categories in the state’s Human Rights Act. The simple addition of those fluid, subjective, and amorphous terms jeopardizes Christian ministries’ ability to, among other things, hire employees who support those ministries.

This lawsuit was predicted by Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation just days after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed it into law:

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Flynn’s Attorney Demands Judge Remove Himself From the Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 30, 2020: 

When Judge Sullivan opened the hearing on Tuesday concerning the government’s motion to dismiss its case against former Trump official Michael Flynn, Sullivan displayed what Flynn’s attorney called “abject bias.”

He opened by saying that “the issues the court will focus on this morning are … whether the court [Sullivan] has the discretion to review [claims of] prosecutorial abuse [by Trump administration officials], and whether this court should deny the government’s [request] to dismiss the pending charge [of lying] against Mr. Flynn.”

None of these issues should be discussed. The case against Flynn was false from the beginning. Only virulent anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok allowed it to continue in an obvious political move to

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Barrett Would Defend Second Amendment as Supreme Court Justice

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 28, 2020:  

When Second Amendment groups such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) learned that Trump had in fact nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they were delighted.

Said the NRA:

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Amy Coney Barrett: the Perfect Candidate to Replace Ginsburg?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 21, 2020:

At a North Carolina rally on Friday night, President Trump said, “I will put forward a nominee next week” to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He added: “It will be a woman … a very talented, a very brilliant woman. Who I haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”

On Monday he indicated he will announce his choice on Friday or Saturday.

Amy Coney Barrett was on his short list in 2018 and remains at the top of his expanded list in 2020, according to close associates of the president.

She is a nearly perfect candidate.

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Trump to Name Woman to Replace Justice Ginsburg; Expect Contentious Confirmation Hearing

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 20, 2020:  

At a rally in North Carolina on Friday night President Trump promised that he would nominate a woman to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I will put forward a nominee next week. It will be a woman … a very talented, a very brilliant woman. Who I haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”

Trump recently expanded that list, but two women vying for his nomination clearly appear to be Amy Coney Barrett, who presently serves as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A staffer listening in on the president’s call to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the matter said they were the top contenders. Trump is expected to make his choice public early in the week.

It doesn’t matter whom the president selects. The far Left has already announced that it will fight the nomination vigorously and viciously, making the confirmation battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh appear mild in comparison.

The battle lines have already been drawn. At issue will be

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California Mega-church Defies Latest Court Order Prohibiting Indoor Worship Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 14, 2020:  

When the senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, John MacArthur, opened services on Sunday, he said:

The question has come up a number of times about why Grace Church does not just comply with the orders that have been laid down for churches, and I thought it might be helpful to give you a list of the things that are required of us as a church, so that you understand how utterly impossible that would be.

He then ran through the list of restrictions Los Angeles County Health Officer Buntu Davis placed on the church in order for it to be able to hold services. It was a long list, and MacArthur was interrupted several times with laughter from his congregation.

Before moving on to the service itself, MacArthur added: “Obviously, this is not constitutional, but more importantly, it goes against the will of the Lord of the church, Who calls us together.”

That is the core issue: whether the county can prohibit the church from holding services indoors, claiming the right to do so in the name of public health, or whether such an order exceeds the state’s authority in light of both the Federal and California constitutions.

And that is the issue that Mitchell Beckloff, the Superior Court Judge, skirted in his 22-page ruling against the church on Thursday.

He danced around it, claiming that his order against the church was merely a temporary restraining order and not a ruling on the merits:

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Seattle Closes Park Ahead of Prayer Rally, Believers Worship Outside Anyway

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 9, 2020: 

Sean Feucht, head of the international Sean Feucht Ministries, planned to hold a prayer meeting at Seattle’s Gas Works Park on Labor Day, but the city issued a statement on September 4 saying that the park would be shut down on Labor Day due to COVID-19. Temporary fencing was set up to keep people out, with the city claiming that any Labor Day gatherings at the park could lead to “crowding that could impact the public health of residents.”

When Feucht learned of the shutdown, he posted the following to his Facebook page:

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Atlanta Mayor’s Spat with Street Vendors Goes National

A conservative journalist writing in the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution on Saturday, October 26th, claimed that Atlanta’s mayor blatantly broke the law and when a court demanded he uphold the law instead, he refused. The issue went national when the spat was picked up by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, the day before Atlanta voters were to go to the polls to

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Speaking of Dangerous Drones, Here Comes Breitbart

It was just a little over a year ago that Andrew Breitbart met an untimely end at the tender age of 43. I’m persuaded that he didn’t die of old age, but that’s a topic for another day. He left behind a thriving news aggregator called Breitbart.com which,

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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