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

Tag Archives: First Amendment

Permitless Carry Passes in Missouri; Gun Sales Soar Nationwide

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

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Three weeks ago Missouri became the fourth state this year to allow “permitless” concealed carry of firearms by its citizens, its legislators voting to override Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill. Missouri joins West Virginia, Mississippi, and Idaho in allowing its citizens this year to enjoy rights enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, bringing the total of such states to 12.

As Tim Schmidt, president of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association — which provides training and liability insurance coverage for its members — put it:

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Was CIA Director Brennan’s 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 26, 2016:

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During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an “activist” background, that wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.

In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: “Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?” Brennan explained to the panel what happened next:

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Trump: Repeal Johnson Amendment That Muzzles Pastors

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 9, 2016: 

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On Friday, at the Family Research Council’s convention in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump is expected to reiterate his call to repeal the Johnson Amendment, in line with a similar call in the GOP platform.

During his acceptance speech, Trump thanked the evangelical community for their support, adding:

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Ninth Circuit Rules Marijuana Card Holders May Not Own Firearms

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 5, 2016:  

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Last Wednesday a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that holding a marijuana card precludes its owner from keeping and bearing arms. In the process, the panel threw out the First, Second, and Fifth Amendment rights.

Rowan Wilson, a Nevada resident who held a state-issued marijuana card but didn’t use the weed, tried to purchase a firearm from Custom Firearms and Gunsmithing in Moundhouse, Nevada. She applied for the card to show her support for the freedom of people to make their own decisions about what they might or might not imbibe or inhale. It was a political statement only. It became personal when she tried in October 2011 to purchase a firearm for personal protection.

She was confronted with Question 11e on the required federal disclosure Form 4473 issued by the ATF, which reads:

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Anti-gun Politicians Falling Further Behind, Thanks to the Internet

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 17, 2016:  

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Anti-freedom Congressman Steve Israel

New York’s Democratic House Representative Steve Israel (left) could be the poster child of the typical anti-gun politician. He has little respect for his oath of office, scoring an abysmal 18 out of 100 on the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index. That index uniquely measures how pols vote on issues that are clearly constitutional, or not. Israel gets it right (no pun intended) just once out of every six votes.

The anti-gun establishment loves him. He scores 100% with both the

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Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice

By Wayne Gruden

Some of my Christian friends tell me they can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump because, when faced with a choice between “the lesser of two evils,” the morally right thing is to choose neither one. They recommend voting for a third-party or write-in candidate.

As a professor who has taught Christian ethics for 39 years, I think their analysis is incorrect.

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GOP Platform: Repeal the “Johnson Amendment” Inhibiting Pastors’ Free Speech

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 25, 2016:  

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The week before he was to give his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last Thursday, Donald Trump phoned the president of Liberty University to tell him that the GOP’s platform called for repeal of the “Johnson Amendment.” Said Jerry Falwell, Jr.:

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ACLU Preparing to Sue Trump If He Wins

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 18, 2016: 

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Perhaps recognizing the increasing likelihood of a Trump victory in November, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released last Friday “The Trump Memo” — a virtual legal action plan against many of Trump’s statements and proposals.

The release was preceded by a letter published in the Washington Post two days earlier written by Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, which said in part,

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Practical Considerations Likely to Thwart Trump’s plans to Deport Illegals or Build His Wall

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 18, 2016:  

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As the November presidential election draws closer and Trump draws closer to Hillary in the polls, skeptics are beginning to ask some hard questions: If Trump wins, just how is he going to keep his promise to deport 11 million illegal aliens over the next two years? How is he going to build the Mexico – US wall to keep them from returning? How much will that cost? How long will that take?

The math is daunting:

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Where is This “Safe Space” Yale Students are Preparing for?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 11,2015:

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Yale University adopted the first section of the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale back in 1975 as official policy, and has continued to abide by it, at least up until last Friday. Apparently, claims for a “safe space” for students is now the rule at Yale: no dissenting opinions, no contrarian points of view, no First Amendment rights.

Named for the committee’s chairman, C. Vann Woodward, the final paragraph of that now defunct policy reads:

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Yale Students Protest Free Speech Conference, Spit on Presenters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 10, 2015:  

In a remarkable example of unrestrained infantile anger, a Yale student rushed to the front of a lecture hall last Friday where a conference on free speech was being held, disrupted the meeting, failed to end his shenanigans when other more mature students called for him to sit down, and then challenged a police officer who asked him to leave, shouting, “You’re going to have to carry me out!” The officer happily obliged.

Police at a free speech conference? At Yale, the home of free speech and the Woodward Document of 1975 that has been adopted by Yale as official policy for 40 years?

Apparently the exercise of free speech at Yale encompasses only free speech of which radicals approve.

Hundreds of student protesters gathered outside the hall where the Fifth Annual Conference on Free Speech was being presented by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program. The title this year was “The Future of Free Speech: Threats in Higher Education and Beyond.” The presenters — 14 worthies from across the political spectrum — and the audience on Friday got an instant preview of just what that future looked like.

The conference came at a bad time.

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Celebrating Second Amendment Victory May Be Premature

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 3, 2015:  

Last Friday the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRAILA) chortled that “anti-gun doctors may need to get their own blood pressure checked after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit again upheld Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act.”

The ruling was the second one for the court and was decided by a three-judge panel, with one of them writing a lengthy and blistering critique of the majority opinion.

At issue is the law passed overwhelmingly in June 2011 by the state of Florida which, on the surface, seemed tame enough:

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It Was Bound to Happen: The First Amendment Versus the Second

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 3, 2015:  

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It’s a proverb: silence is golden. It’s in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3:7b: “[There is] a time for silence and a time for speech.”

For Sir Thomas More, however, his refusal to speak about why he refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII’s marriage cost him his life. For Amber Ullman the consequences weren’t nearly as severe.

Ullman, a 26-year-old mother of 4-month-old Temperance living in Summerfield, Florida, had just taken her child to her pediatrician for a checkup and shots when her doctor asked:

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Lee and Labrador Offer Weak-kneed Pushback to Same-sex Ruling

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 1, 2015: 

In their rush to “do something” to fend off some of the negative impacts of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that are certain to fall on individuals and institutions reluctant to climb on board the same-sex bandwagon, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Utah) have offered a bill that would cement that ruling into place.

Called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), the bill, if passed into law, would

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Pushback Against Supremes’ Same-sex “Marriage” Ruling Begins

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 29, 2015: 

No doubt anticipating what was coming in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced bills a week earlier to keep the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups exercising what is now left of their First Amendment rights. Called the First Amendment Defense Act, Lee asked rhetorically:

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Small in Stature but Towering in Courage

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 29, 2015:

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One day in May, 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling’s boss entered her cubicle at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and told her to remove three Scriptures she had attached to her computer monitor and her walls. Sterling refused.

The next morning Sterling discovered them in her trash basket. She put them back up on her computer screen and walls and that’s when the trouble began. Her staff sergeant, a foul-mouthed former drill instructor, ordered her in no uncertain terms that were laced with obscenities to remove them. Sterling once again refused.

All was quiet for a few weeks, but then, during reviews, Sterling became aware that she was being written up for minor infractions which hadn’t happened before. She was written up for

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Former Marine Appealing Her Court-martial for Posting Scriptures in Her Cubicle

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 28, 2015:

In May 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling posted a modified iteration of Isaiah 54:17 on her computer monitor and elsewhere on the walls of her cubicle in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, as inspiration and an expression of her faith. Isaiah 54:17 says: “’No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.”

Sterling shortened it to read: “No weapon forged against me shall prosper.” When her staff sergeant ordered her to remove it, Sterling refused. The next day Sterling found that the verses had been removed and put into her trash basket. She put them back, and that’s when her troubles began.

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Defense Department, Bloomberg Expand War on Guns

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 18, 2015: 

In a lawsuit filed on May 6, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) complained that the Department of Defense violated the First Amendment in demanding that CAD (computer-aided design) files containing instructions to 3-D printers to print lower receivers of firearms be pre-approved. SAF is seeking a court declaration “that Defendants’ prepublication approval requirements for privately generated unclassified information, on its face … violates the First … Second … [and] Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.” The Second Amendment Foundation is bringing the lawsuit because Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed (DD),

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Int’l Tests Show U.S. Students Poor in Math, Civics, Literacy

The recent flurry of test results on how American students are faring in school has resulted in much commentary decrying their dismal performance compared to their international peers.

The PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics compared the performance of 15-year-old students among 65 countries, including all 34 member countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and confirmed what was already widely known: U.S. students are nowhere near the top in math, science, or literacy. Twenty-nine educational systems turn out better students than does the United States in mathematics, while students in 22 systems were more capable in science than were U.S. students. In reading literacy 19 educational systems turned out more skilled students than the U.S. public school system.

Eighth-graders participating in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test given under the auspices of the Department of Education showed no significant improvement over their dismal performance recorded four years ago. Just 18 percent of them scored at or above the Proficient level in U.S. history, while 27 percent scored Proficient in geography, and 23 percent reached or exceeded that level in civics.

The latest from Pew Research — “What the Public Knows” — showed that

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Rutherford Institute’s Remarkable Record

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

The record of the Rutherford Institute reflects the record, activities, and accomplishments of its founder, John W. Whitehead. Whitehead founded a pro-bono law firm in 1982, and has compiled a record of accomplishments in the freedom fight that is breathtaking in its scope.

The latest is a tiff between the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a small church that dared to post some pro-life posters on its fence. A disgruntled and offended resident complained, and the city sent a letter to the church threatening fines and jail terms to its officials if the posters weren’t removed.

Enter Whitehead:

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