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I don't know why anyone would believe that a fully secularized "Europe-inized" America is a good thing. To me, it just results in a culture that is more coarse, materialistic, and nihilistic. Government, the State, takes on an outsized role in people's lives where Christian influence wanes. Our country is in decline, and its interesting to see the parallel diminishment of religious influence happening at the same time. No correlation doesn't prove causality but it's still significant to me nonetheless.
I think the only way to discourage this tactic is to continue to relentlessly expose the mainstream media's left wing bias and how it carries the water for the left. I do not trust that most of the electorate is smart enough to see through this. You have to attack the main enabler of this tactic - the main stream media.
Religious freedom should be defended because its the right thing to do, not because its a 'winning election strategy (or not).' Religious freedom is enshrined in our constitution as guaranteed right, and in most parts of the world is seen as a fundamental human right. People should be allowed to live out their faith convictions and live according to the dictates of their conscience in all facets of life, to the extent it is appropriate to do so. Others being 'offended' by one's beliefs should not be a basis for restricting anyone's freedom of religion or the right of that person to live out the tenants of their faith. While I do not agree with either SSM or totally unrestricted abortion on demand, I don't believe that the existence of these requires suppression of religious freedom and if anything the existence of these makes the protection of religious freedom in this country that much more critical, since there are those who believe that it is a zero sum game and that religious expression should be suppressed and silenced if it is in conflict with the scared cows of political correctness.
I believe that this is a reaction to the left doubling down and wanting to push for abortion absolutely on demand, no restrictions, no conditions. The left has moved from being "pro-choice" to being "pro-abortion." Look at the recent movie "obvious child" that made the main character's choice to get an abortion part of a comedic storyline. Abortion is being minimalized to being comparable to getting a tooth pulled. To me that is the real extremism.
It is a terrible place, but part of the reason is that a good part of the electorate is ignorant of the corruption, or chooses to turn a blind eye to the corruption as long as the powers in place promote left wing values. We are a country in decline, ethically and on so many other levels.
This Hermsmeyer person is not only practicing a form of censorship, she is arrogant and defiant about it. The Pacific Justice Institute needs to go ahead and litigate this. "secular" is a code word for politically correct or left leaning to this person. She is being grossly dishonest and nakedly antagonistic towards anything having any link at all to Christianity.
The August 11, 2014 issue of National Review has a review of a book called Obama's Enforcer by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky. The bottom line: The book concludes that the DOJ under Obama and Holder is thoroughly politicized and effectively out of control, seeking "social justice" and leftist real world outcomes and cares little for process. according to the book review "The DOJ has been hijacked into an engine of 'progress' while building internal firewalls to defeat any externally imposed reforms. Obama, through Holder, has accelerated the transformation of the DOJ into the most powerful partner in an activist-industrial complex that works on virtually every front -not just from the top down, but also from the bottom up-to facilitate the fundamental 'transformation' of American that then - candidate Obama promised in October 2008." So sad, the level of corruption that this administration has introduced into our system, using the apparatus of government to "punish enemies."
The August 11, 2014 issue of National Review has a review of a book called Obama's Enforcer by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky. The bottom line: The book concludes that the DOJ under Obama and Holder is thoroughly politicized and effectively out of control, seeking "social justice" and leftist real world outcomes and cares little for process. according to the book review "The DOJ has been hijacked into an engine of 'progress' while building internal firewalls to defeat any externally imposed reforms. Obama, through Holder, has accelerated the transformation of the DOJ into the most powerful partner in an activist-industrial complex that works on virtually every front -not just from the top down, but also from the bottom up-to facilitate the fundamental 'transformation' of American that then - candidate Obama promised in October 2008." So sad, the level of corruption that this administration has introduced into our system, using the apparatus of government to "punish enemies."
This is precisely why Republican's supporting Amnesty makes no sense to me. If the polling is true that 'Hispanics' favor big government, than legalizing millions of illegal immigrants would only create millions of new Democrats. Obama knows this. He is not acting out of some sort of 'moral principle' or 'compassion' when he says he wants 'comprehensive immigration reform.' he just wants new Democrat voters. More importantly, Obama's planned 'executive amnesty' would usurp the proper role of the congress and in my opinion is both illegal and a dangerous threat to the balance of power among the three branches of government. If he succeeds in doing it and no one fights it, he will have succeeded in his 'fundamental transformation' fo America that he said he would pursue.
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