October 15, 2012

The Shrinking of Our Civil Liberties

Punishing the heretics.  Gay Marriage and the Long Arm of Academic "Tolerance"

This week, we’ve seen once more that campus  “tolerance” on this issue follows you during off hours as well.  That ‘s what Angela McCaskill, chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet University found out when, during Sunday church services, she was persuaded by her pastor's sermon  to sign a petition requesting a ballot referendum on same-sex marriage in Maryland.  She wasn’t on the job, she wasn’t even on campus. She was in fact doing something that’s simply part of her private life – or at least, it was part of her private life.  As of now, she’s been placed on administrative leave until university officials can determine the “appropriate next steps.”

It's the New Blacklist

The horrible HHS mandate made even worse.  Obamacare to force Catholic churches to engage in sinful speech

Little notice has been taken of HHS Secretary Sebelius’s stated intention to compel churches, not otherwise forced to pay for birth control, to inform employees where they can obtain subsidized access.

From Sebelius’s official statement about the promulgation of the new rule:
We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support.

Thus, the Obama administration is attacking even freedom of worship by forcing exempt organizations to tell their employees where and how they can violate church teaching.

In Canada, Catholic schools are forbidden to teach that abortion is wrong.

Jonathan Turley in The Washington Post Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech

Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views.
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After a video called “Innocence of Muslims” appeared on YouTube and sparked violent protests in several Muslim nations last month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that “when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected.”

Who cares about the rule of law when you think the Constitution is just a bunch of words that can be manipulated to get any result you want.    Michael Barone on  A Law Unto Himself.

Elsewhere George Will on Obama's selective defense of the Constitution

He was in his “We can’t wait!” — for Congress and legality — mode, as he was when he unilaterally rewrote laws pertaining to welfare, immigration and education. On Jan. 4, he used recess appointments to fill three seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), even though the Senate said it was not in recess. Obama’s cheeky Humpty Dumpty rejoinder was: I decide what “recess” means. Now a court must decide whether the Constitution means what it says.
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 15, 2012 11:56 PM | Permalink