First Amendment

Supreme Court: State cannot deny the Church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2017

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court has declared that a state may not withhold an available public benefit on account of religious status. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Missouri church that sued the state after being denied taxpayer funds for a playground project because of a provision that prohibits […]

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Bernie Sanders holds that Christians living / expressing their Faith are unfit to serve in Government

by Skip June 12, 2017

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  (John 14:6) Apparently, with Govt as his God, Socialist Bernie decided that his secularism was going to trump a Christian that has been nominated for the Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director […]

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Full text of President Trump’s Religious Freedom Executive Order

by Skip May 4, 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMOTING FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further […]

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Why is it the Left (and Progressive Republicans) HATE Free Speech?

by Skip April 15, 2017

“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.” The Left is not even trying to hide their scorn […]

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A professional Muslim singer can refuse to sing at a Christian church but a Christan…

by Skip March 12, 2017

but a professional Christian flower artist / photographer MUST can’t refuse a gay marriage? “That’s such a sticky situation”. Er, NO, it is not.  Only Political Correctness (aka, Cultural Marxism) makes it plausible ONLY if you really don’t think about it.  And most of these Precious Snowflakes are never challenged to really think. “Everyone agreed […]

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Notable Quote: Jeff Jacoby. And more

by Skip February 6, 2017

Emphasis mine: (Part 1) …Should the law ban private companies from discriminating on the basis of sex (or race, religion, ethnicity, etc.)? There is wide agreement that invidious discrimination fueled by bigotry is contemptible, and most Americans accept the authority of government to suppress such ugliness from the marketplace. I agree with the above.  But […]

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Clockhmed and Mohamed Mohamed get SLAPPed!

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2017

Do you remember Clockhmed? Ahmed “Clock-Boy” Mohamed brought a ‘device’ to school that had the see-something-say-something crowd thinking bomb. He was arrested and suspended, and became the talk of the nation. Was it a misunderstanding or a ploy to tease an anti-Muslim narrative? Whatever the plan was Ahmed’s father Mohamed Mohamed launched a series of defamation […]

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Marching for Life, or Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Ellen Kolb January 14, 2017

New Hampshire Right to Life sponsored another successful March for Life in Concord on Saturday. The annual event brings hundreds of pro-life Granite Staters together to rally and march in defense of the right to life. Bold stuff, for Concord. Opponents waited near the Equality Center down the street (the name “Feminist Health Center” has […]

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So why does Sophie Theallet have First Amendment Rights where other small biz owners do not?

by Skip November 22, 2016

Or: how come a fashion designer is not held to the same standard as we’ve seen pizza shops, photographers, florists who the Left has shattered? As we have seen these last few years, have been cited, fined, held up to ridicule, harm done to their private property, violence threatened to them and their families, businesses […]

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Obama Administration – No praying because we gave you free food

by Skip November 4, 2016

Bethesda Mission gives away around 200,000 and feeds about 3,000 hot meals a day to their clients.   They don’t proselytize; they don’t make it mandatory that their clients attend religious functions in order to receive that food or eat those meals.  But, being a Christian mission, they pray (“say Grace”) and give thanks to […]

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Notable Quote – Richard Epstein

by Skip August 5, 2016

On (in part) Freedom of association, Government, and public accommodation (emphasis mine): Historically, Title II [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with public accommodation provisions] had two potent justifications. The first is that it was a necessary corrective against massive abuses of state power under Jim Crow. Thankfully, that risk is gone today. The […]

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Quick Thought – Hillary Clinton’s Democrat Prez nomination acceptance speech

by Skip July 28, 2016

OK, the grandson is sleeping before the midnight feeding so I’ve got a few minutes tonite of blogging.  I’ve got Shrillary on as background paying attention here and there.  Well, she just had a riff on Rights and how she will protect our rights: human rights, womyns’ rights, LGBT rights, workers rights…on and on.  And […]

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Texas DA drops charges against Daleiden, Merritt re PP body-parts videos

by Ellen Kolb July 26, 2016

From the Houston Chronicle: The Harris County [Texas] District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record, for using a fake identification to gain access to the facility. In a surprise […]

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Obama – says one thing, acts another (but he really doesn’t care WHAT you believe)

by Skip July 19, 2016

“Let us honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause.” President Obama (2009), Notre Dame Commencement.  Hmm, so the Congress decided to do exactly that – from LifeSite: House passes bill to stop govt from forcing people to participate in abortion WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – […]

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Words for Betty Tamposi to mull over – Part 2

by Skip July 19, 2016

“…Clinton and her liberal supporters believe the First Amendment to the Constitution must be curtailed to eliminate protections on certain speech.” This is what Betty Tamposi now believes in.  Curtailment of one of the bedrock freedoms we have here in America.  This is the price she is willing to bear for defeating Trump?  Once again, […]

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Yeah, that may be me…

by Skip May 29, 2016

(H/T: Powerline)

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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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