Study: U.S. hostile to religious liberty

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What a disgrace to the Founding Fathers whom of which 95% were Christians and made the 1st amendment to be about religious liberty.

 

The joint study from Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council (FRC) records up to 600 incidents of hostility toward religion, most of which have occurred within the last ten years. For example, a Christian couple was fired as apartment complex managers and forced to move because a painting with a Christian reference was displayed in their office (see earlier story). Also listed is a student who was told he could not wear a t-shirt to school because of its Christian message.

Liberty Institute attorney Justin Butterfield tells OneNewsNow what his group hopes to accomplish with the study’s findings.

Justin Butterfield (Liberty Institute)“We want to raise awareness of the issue. A lot of people think that hostility because of people’s religious beliefs and attacks on religious liberty are things that happen elsewhere in the world, not in the United States,” he notes. “We just want to show that it actually happens with increasing and alarming regularity here in the United States.”

Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford and FRC President Tony Perkins are presenting the study before the Republican Party Convention platform committee to raise that awareness.

“It’s something that has gone under the radar, and we want to bring it up and point out that this is an issue and a concern that’s affecting more and more Americans each year,” Butterfield adds.
The Liberty Institute further points out that religious liberty is “facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups” who are using whatever means available to suppress or attack religious freedom.

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Judicial Watch Sues DOJ and DHS for Records about Legal Basis of Obama’s New “Amnesty” Program

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Well it’s about time someone did something about this unconstitutional overreach of the President…………..again!

Here’s what Charles Krauthammer said a few weeks ago:

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.”

Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very deportations — granting infinitely renewable “deferred action” with attendant work permits — thereby unilaterally rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on August 15, 2012, against the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for documents related to the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” directive issued on June 15, 2012 (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice et al. (No. 1:12-cv-01350)).  The new Obama administration policy would allow certain illegal aliens under the age of 31 to apply for protected status that would prevent their deportation and authorize them to work.

Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks the following records in its June 22, 2012, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request:

All records concerning…the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to exercise prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children…Such records include, but are not limited to, opinions, memoranda, or legal advice rendered by the Office of Legal Counsel.

The DOJ acknowledged that on June 25, 2012, it received the FOIA request, and was required to issue a final response by July 24, 2012. To date, the DOJ has failed to respond to the request in accordance with FOIA law.

On June 22, 2012, Judicial Watch also submitted a similar FOIA request directly to the DHS, which acknowledged that on June 28, 2012, it had received the request. After granting itself a 10-day extension, DHS was required by FOIA law to respond by August 10, 2012. To date, the DHS has also failed to comply with FOIA law.

“This new Obama amnesty program is an attack on the constitutional role of Congress and runs rough shod over existing immigration law.  It is no surprise that the Obama administration doesn’t want to share the legal basis for this unilateral executive action and is violating Freedom of Information Act law to keep the American people in the dark,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “President Obama and his political appointees are abusing their offices with this new amnesty program.  If the administration were confident about the legality of its actions, it wouldn’t be keeping secret the legal basis for President Obama’s extraordinary decision to unilaterally change the law.”

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Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano’s embattled high-ranking immigration aide took a leave of absence following salacious new claims about the agency’s alleged sexually hostile environment toward men, while Napolitano herself indicated she is pondering stepping down.

Suzanne Barr, who has close Arizona ties to Napolitano, took a “voluntary leave,” according to Brian Hale, spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Barr’s leave, which began Tuesday, comes as two more male accusers claimed they personally witnessed Barr engage in lewd and hostile behavior with subordinates.

In a sworn affidavit obtained by The Post but with the accuser’s name redacted, an ICE employee described as an assistant attaché says at a party at the deputy chief of mission’s house in Colombia in 2009, “He said she got too close for comfort.Suzanne Barr approached me and offered to give me a b— job.”

ICE travel records obtained by The Post confirm Barr traveled to Colombia along with ICE director John Morton between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23, 2009, to meet with Colombian officials and ICE staffers.

An affidavit by another ICE employee states that just before Halloween in 2009, at a gathering in the ICE director’s office, Barr turned to another ICE employee and called him a “sexy mothaf–ker!” Barr also allegedly “looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” prompting other employees to laugh nervously, according to the statement.

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Under Obamacare, Medicare Double Taxation Begins in 2013

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IRS Form 1040(CNSNews.com) -A provision of President Obama’s health care law imposes a second Medicare tax on investment income for Americans classified as wealthy, effectively raising taxes on investment income and taxing investors twice.

The provision, a little-known part of ObamaCare, levies a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on investment income for couples making more than $250,000 or individuals making more than $200,000 a year. The tax is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013.

Currently, the government levies a 2.9 percent Medicare payroll tax on all wages, with half (1.45%) paid by the individual and half by the employer.

Beginning in 2013, couples making more than $250,000 (or individuals making $200,000) will have to pay an additional 3.8 percent Medicare tax on any investment income (unearned income) they might have.

In other words, beginning in 2013, wealthy Americans who have investment income will be taxed twice to pay for Medicare – once on their regular salary and again on their investment income.

This new Medicare tax will be in addition to the taxes investors already pay on their investment returns – known as capital gains taxes – effectively raising capital gains taxes by 3.8 percent.

The new tax was part of Democrats’ attempt to make Obamacare appear deficit-neutral, and it will add $318 billion to federal coffers between 2013 and 2022, according to a July CBO analysis.

SHOCK POLL: Romney beats Obama in Chicago suburbs

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President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows.

A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely.

Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous.

Those numbers do not bode well for the president.

“He has to come out of Cook County with a big lead or he’s gonna have problems downstate,” explained McKeon, who said that based on the numbers he had seen, Obama polled only in the forties in downstate Illinois.

“It’s not like his policies are very popular downstate,” McKeon said. “He’s viewed as more part of Chicago than he is part of Illinois.”

According to the poll, which surveyed 629 registered voters last week, Obama’s problems are not in Chicago proper, but in suburban Cook County
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Jake Locker as starting quarterback of the Tennesee Titans

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I’ll have to say, I’m a little surprised at this decision. I like Jake Locker, but he showed this past week against Tampa Bay that he still has some learning to do. I guess this year he will learn while being starting quarterback for the Titans.

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Yes, give the kid a chance………………………………………..58%
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The Tennessee Titans are turning the page.

The team will anoint Jake Locker as its new starting quarterback Monday, per Jim Wyatt of The (Nashville) Tennessean.

Locker, the eighth pick of the 2011 draft, is coming off his first NFL start, an underwhelming performance Friday night at Tampa Bay where he completed four of 11 passes for 21 yards and threw an ugly interception courtesy of an ill-advised throw across his body, off his back foot and over the middle of the field.

But though Locker lags behind last year’s starter, veteran Matt Hasselbeck, in the accuracy and decision-making departments, he brings superior athleticism and arm strength to the table. His ability to make plays outside the pocket could be a boon to RB Chris Johnson, who was frequently at his best alongside former Titan Vince Young, a dual-threat quarterback.

Hasselbeck is coming off one of his better seasons (3,571 passing yards, 18 TDs, 14 INTs) and led the Titans to a 9-7 record – just a tiebreaker short of the playoffs – in his first year in Nashville. He was the most consistent performer on an offense that lost WR Kenny Britt to an early season knee injury and watched Johnson struggle after a lengthy training camp holdout.

Locker played well in spot duty as a rookie, passing for 542 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran for 56 yards and one score on eight carries.

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Speed cameras more mobile, look like mailboxes

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If you think these Red Light Cameras are for your safety, just look at the revenue projects in this article below:

WASHINGTON – Most people don’t notice a mobile speed camera until they see a flash in the rearview mirror and realize they’ve been caught.

That’s the idea.

Local governments are availing themselves of new mobile speed cameras that resemble mailboxes as effective and profitable ways to slow drivers down.

Prince George’s County has quadrupled its supply of speed cameras over the past year, The Examiner reports.

Prince George’s County expects to bring in $8 million in 2012, with a whopping $28 million in 2013.

Montgomery County recently doubled its mobile cameras and forecasts bringing in $12 million from fines in 2012.

The District received $55 million from speed citations issued in 2011.

Local police departments maintain the main purpose of the cameras is to reduce speeds, rather than increase revenues.

Movable cameras are replacing previous fixed-pole cameras, which would slow drivers down, only to have them speed up again after passing the known location.

Virginia doesn’t allow speed cameras.

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