First Amendment

Score one for religious liberty: SCOTUS decides to leave the Little Sisters of the Poor alone for now

by Ellen Kolb May 16, 2016

Try as it might, the federal government has not yet convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that the health of American women depends on forcing a bunch of nuns to help procure contraception for their employees via employer-provided health insurance. The Court on May 16 saved the Little Sisters of the Poor and several other plaintiffs […]

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NH State Senator Andy Sanborn: you are wrong on this. Even more so, Grant Bosse…

by Skip May 11, 2016

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. [Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech […]

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Tied and tabled: abortion stats and buffer zone repeal fail in the Senate

by Ellen Kolb May 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Senate on May 5 tabled bills on the First Amendment and public health, after twelve Senators found them too hot to handle. Both bills were characterized by opponents as attacks on abortion rights, although neither would have affected to any degree the rights created by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. […]

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First Amendment up for a NH Senate vote

by Ellen Kolb May 3, 2016

A bill to repeal New Hampshire’s ill-advised and as-yet-unenforced buffer zone law is scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday, May 5, two days after a committee voted 3-2 to give the bill an “ought to pass” recommendation. HB 1570 passed the House earlier this session. The Senate tabled a repeal bill last year after an […]

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Planned Parenthood Planning Penacook Street Buffer Zone?

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2016
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Is Planned Parenthood in Concord, New Hampshire preparing to impose a buffer zone outside their Penacook Street warehouse facility? A woman was recently spotted outside the building, “measuring” the property. New Hampshire passed a buffer zone law in 2015 right before the US Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Massachusetts as unconstitutional.

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Reddy v. Foster Thrown out for Lack of Standing

by Steve MacDonald April 2, 2016
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With a SCOTUS ruling due on the legality of a buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts the New Hampshire Legislature passed their own in to law anyway. Before the ink was dry the Supreme Court ruled the Massachusetts law unconstitutional. Alliance Defending Freedom secured a court order blocking enforcement of the New Hampshire law, placing […]

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The Word ‘Free’ in Free Speech, has Nothing To Do With Money

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2016
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The image above, from an email I referenced here, is the exercise of political speech by people trying to get money out of speech. I don’t believe that is desirable, so naturally, I have some questions. Who paid for the poster board, the stick, the staples, the markers, the smartphone he is (probably) using to tweet the […]

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Ayotte Takes a Page From Jeanne Shaheen’s Campaign Playbook

by Steve MacDonald February 11, 2016
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Kelly Ayotte has announced her support for ‘The People’s Pledge’ by asking Governor Hassan to sign on. If you forgot what that is, Jeanne Shaheen tried to foist in on Scott Brown in the 2014 US Senate race after he lost to Liz Warren when they both signed on in 2012. If an independent third […]

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Just In – Jeb! Bush Opposes Money as Speech, Probably Because It Didn’t Work for Him

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2016
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It is First in the Nation Primary Day in New Hampshire. Tomorrow the phone will ring less, the mailbox will not runneth over with shiny circus-like campaign literature, and the digital froth in my email, well…this morning I woke to this from NHRebellion: BREAKING NEWS: Jeb Bush calls for Overturning Citizens United to stop Super PAC spending Did […]

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Stupid The Bruce

by Steve MacDonald December 27, 2015
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Susan Bruce has this idea in her head that the First Amendment (presumably to the US Constitution, she might mean something else) protects her Facebook status updates from being deleted. We’re not going to take this space to quibble over her “interpretation” of the law of the land. Instead, Susan, if you do decide to use screen […]

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It seems this is a feature, not a bug: Yalies sign petition to repeal First Amendment

by Skip December 20, 2015

Absolutely gobsmacking!  Here ARE the Elites-in-waiting at one of the most prestigious school in the world and here in America.  One would expect that these wonderkids would “get” our history, given how many Presidents, Congresscritters, and Supremes (and others in lofty places in American society) it has graduated. Micro-aggressions, safe spaces, ability not to be […]

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NH State Rep Gladys Johnsen (D-Keene)

by Steve MacDonald December 9, 2015
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Back in July Free Keene captured NH House Rep. Gladys Johnsen during a traffic stop. She didn’t like being recorded. Well that’s just too bad isn’t it? Public official, police officer, public area, no matter, Gladys wasn’t very Kravitz. She was more into the public display of either ignorance or arrogance. Could be both but […]

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NHCCS Constitution Day – Ben Krim: Defending the First Amendment

by Skip September 22, 2015

Ben is a senior at the New Testament Christian School in Plymouth, Massachusetts and was judged to be the best in NHCCS’s program for high schoolers.  His topic of his speech was “Defending the First Amendment”: Previous Videos: NHCCS – Interview with Rich Girard of “Girard at Large” NHCCS – Interview with Diane Bitter of […]

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Says one California State Senator to Another: “Hey, here’s an idea! Let’s BAN Donald Trump from California!”

by Kim Gilbert September 14, 2015

The following is an excerpt from a California Senate Resolution, (CR 39), dated September 10, 2015 where the Senate is resolved to condemn the speech of Donald Trump *and* divest of any and all of Donald Trump’s businesses and its affiliates in California. Apparently, Donald Trump exercising his First Amendment Right is tweaking the noses […]

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Read the First Amendment much, Democrats?

by Skip September 6, 2015

Freedom of Speech, Right of conscious – two pillars of American Exceptionalism that ideas matter and that the Federal Government was PROHIBITED from restricting individuals from their God given and natural law rights.  Yet, it looks like the Democrats in California have both forgotten that little aspect and are all too willing to trample it […]

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Guess ACLU only approves of certain religions…

by Skip September 4, 2015

Well, it is clear that the ACLU (“woefully misnamed American Civil Liberties Union“) doesn’t like the Catholic hospital that wants to practice its religion with respect to its not wishing to participate in sterilization procedures.  That’s on one hand.  Yet, on the other (emphasis mine, reformatted): ACLU, CAIR SUE FLORIDA FOR DENYING ISLAMIC MEALS TO […]

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“ACLU: Force Catholic Hospitals to Abandon Catholic Faith”

by Skip September 3, 2015

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.” First Amendment: 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 […]

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That’s just so last century morality….

by Skip September 2, 2015

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.” First Amendment: 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 […]

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Well, my post about Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the razing of two churches caught someone’s eyeballs

by Skip August 7, 2015

Well, my post about Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the razing of two churches caught someone’s eyeballs (which was here: Is lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker going after Christianity – again?).  Who’da thunk it – that a small state blog here in NH would attract the attention of a left-of-center political heavy weight from Houston […]

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Is lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker going after Christianity – again?

by Skip August 4, 2015

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. Remember, she was the one that issued subpoenas for pastors’ […]

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And how many of your Rights does the First Amendment enumerate?

by Skip August 2, 2015

And we wonder why Politicians get away with what they do – we do not have an informed electorate.  If we, as voters, do not understand or know what the limitations of what Government should be, then the greed for power that politicians crave will always be unlimited. Well, here’s the text of the First […]

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GrokTALK! July 18th, 2015- the Video

by Skip July 18, 2015

Lots of video to put up today – not just the show (below) but our recording of Donald Trump’s rally at the Weirs in Laconia, NH this past Thursday AND as much of the video from last Saturday’s CNHT Picnic (or as we call it, Old Home Day for NH Conservatives). GrokTALK! today: Segment 1: […]

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Why is Religious Freedom being framed only in terms of institutions? A simple question.

by Skip July 14, 2015

Churches, affiliated organizations?  It seems that Government has framed it such that pastors, priests, rabbis and their houses of worship seem to be allowed their freedom.  For the time being.  As told here, is that end time coming? However, spiritually, the REAL church is the individuals within each organization, that are the people of faith.  […]

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Blogline of the Day – move or arm yourself

by Skip April 29, 2015

From Big Government: BALTIMORE IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN INFORMERCIAL FOR U-HAUL AND THE NRA If you can, move.  If not, get a gun to protect yourself as it is clear that under the present Baltimore Mayor, Progressive Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is not going to allow the police to protect you or your property (bonus – […]

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Matthew Dowd: icky Culture War this religious stuff – just shut up.

by Skip April 5, 2015

On This Week with George Stephanopolus (4/5) was another great example of an Establishment Republican, Matthew Dowd (Republican strategiest, according to This Week), of the absolute distaste of the Beltway R Elite not wanting even engage in anything that gets in the way of “we can’t make it smaller but we can manage Govt better” […]

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Why do Establishment Republicans have a “but” when it comes to Religious Freedom? Eh, Gov. Pataki?

by Skip April 5, 2015

Gov Pataki on WMUR’s Closeup (4/5): I agree completely with the idea that we have to protect peoples’ religious freedom.  There’s no question about that.  I quietly am, in my own way, deeply religious and I don’t want someone to tell me that I can’t practice my religion as I see fit.  But on the […]

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The Inconvenient Truth…A Baker, a Photographer, and two Ministers Walk into a bar

by GrokWatch News Desk April 3, 2015

Kathy Dunton | GrokWatch News Desk Seems as though Indiana has caved to the so called “progressive” lefts double standard. They redefined “marriage” and we silently watched. For that reason, many states have put forth these “Religious Freedom” laws. Are we really going to stay silent while they are allowed to “redefine” The 1st Amendment? […]

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The Powers That Be Strike Again – the Alton Board of Selectmen

by Jane Cormier March 30, 2015

We seem to be losing all common sense these days. Our First Amendment Rights are clearly under attack. Not only are our public officials flouting Right to Know laws, they are using LAWFARE to shut down dissent, arresting citizens exercising their right to speak freely in public. We all watched the drama unfold in Gilford […]

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Democrat appointed Speaker of the NH House Shawn Jasper (R) – threatening Free Speech in the House?

by Skip March 22, 2015

Once again with Spring, the little birdies start tweeting again – even if Spring is measuring 11 degrees outside and this is pretty good one.  So, one would think that the NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (Democrat appointed, if you don’t already know) would be a fine upstanding supporter of Free Speech.  After all, not […]

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GrokTV Event: US Senator Ted Cruz – Q&A for questions 1 & 2

by Skip March 16, 2015

Sure, US Senator Ted Cruz took some hard questions after his talk. Question 1 – As President, what would you do to get money out of campaigns and kill the Citizens United Supreme Court decision?  Ted Cruz’s  answer is a pithy and well answered defense of Free Speech – a complete takedown of the premise of […]

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