03 4 / 2013
In the same manner that some Muslim lawmakers abroad use Shariah Law to limit rights and freedom of their citizens with extreme interpretations of the laws, American Christian congressional Republicans, Tea Party, and some Democratic members do the same, but with Christian Law.
“Tennessee, Louisiana and Arizona have passed laws banning judges from consulting Sharia, or more generally, foreign or religious laws. Oklahoma voters approved a ban on Sharia law in 2010, but a judge blocked the rule after a Muslim man filed a religious freedom lawsuit. Legislatures in South Carolina and Florida are considering anti-Sharia bills.” - Huffington Post
Christian congresspersons use Christian Religious Law based on Bible teachings to limit the rights of it’s citizens by passing laws such as DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act enacted in 1996) whose future is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Christians use religious law to limit the rights and freedoms of gay people throughout the United States, and it’s wrong. It is wrong for anyone to use religious beliefs as a basis to enact laws. State political leaders also use Christian Religious Law to limit the rights of women to choose what is best for their own medical and economic situations by banning Abortion.
When it comes down to it the the way in which Christians in power force their beliefs onto populations through legislation, and the way that Muslims use Shariah based on the Koran to enact laws are the same. They are both wrong in doing so. The reasons are that everyone isn’t Christian or Muslim, there are more religions or lack thereof in existence than just those two. In fact there are more world views than anyone can imagine. No one should be forced to live by someone else’s religious laws.
Basic human laws are the exception, of course we are against killing, or robbing your fellow man, but that is instinctual not religious law though often included in religious text.
In the current laws on Abortion, women are denied a choice, based on religious beliefs crossing over to actual legislation. These women are bound by a religious belief that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely.
In the current laws on Gay Marriage, those seeking to marry may be prevented from doing so, they too are bound by religious beliefs crossing over into actual legislation, that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely, and it’s wrong in a nation that is suppose to be for justice for all showing favor for one religion, or group over another.
All religions are free to exist of course, and we are free to to be free from it. Both are protected in the U.S. Constitution. It’s time to give women back their right to choose, and gay couples the right to marry, and stop using religious law to enact law.
1. It’s time to overturn DOMA - Washington Post
2. The Landscape of abortion bans, in one must-see map - Washington Post
4. Sharia Law Campaign begins as Muslims fight ban - Huffington Post
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11 3 / 2013
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08 2 / 2013
“This case concerns the most fundamental right the Constitution guarantees to citizens: the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law. Defendants respond with various arguments for dismissal of the case, but they all boil down to a single assertion: The Executive has the unilateral authority to carry out the targeted killing of Americans it deems terrorism suspects—even if those suspects do not present any truly imminent threat, even if they are located far away from any recognized battlefield, and even if they have never been convicted (or even charged) with a crime.” - ACLU Brief PDF
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10 3 / 2012
Mar 8, 2012
Via Global Grind: “17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch captain inside his own gated Orlando, Florida community where he was living with his father, stepmother and little brother, according to the family’s lawyer. Martin was shot after returning home from a local convenience store, where he bought snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad.According to the family’s lawyer Ben Crump, the family is calling for the Watch captain’s arrest, saying Martin was “on his way home and a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him”…”.* Was the teen singled out and shot because he was black in a white neighborhood? Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss if race was involved on The Young Turks.* http://globalgrind.com/news/trayvon-martin-shot-and-killed-his-own-neighborho…Subscribe to The Young Turks: http://bit.ly/eWuu5i
10 3 / 2012
From Mar 8, 2012
25 members of the global hacker group Anonymous were arrested in Europe by Interpol. In America the FBI is fear mongering and talking about cyber ‘terrorism’. Are comparisons to terrorists relevant? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on document leaks and how our corrupt government is protecting the interests of private corporations over the interests of the American people.Subscribe to The Young Turks: http://bit.ly/eWuu5iFind out how to watch The Young Turks on Current by clicking here:http://www.current.com/gettyt The Largest Online New Show in the World.Google+: http://www.gplus.to/TheYoungTurksFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/tytnationTwitter: http://twitter.com/theyoungturks
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February 01, 2012
The UK Supreme Court is expected to consider an appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault in August 2010. The future of the world famous whistle-blower is as unclear as ever, with questions being raised over Sweden’s legal system and its ties with the United States.
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14 1 / 2012
Photo: TVShack founder Richard O’Dwyer, 23, with his mother, Julia, after appearing at Westminster magistrates court in London. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters
January 14, 2012
TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer faces 10 years in jail for operating website US authorities say hosts links to copyrighted material
A judge ruled on Friday that a 23-year-old student can be extradited to the United States for running a website posting links to pirated TV shows and films, despite significant doubts over whether such sites break any UK laws.
Source: The Guardian
22 12 / 2011
December 22, 2011
(Newser) – Bradley Manning’s court hearing ended today almost a week after it began. Prosecutors revealed an alleged al-Qaeda propaganda video that featured militants describing how they used leaked documents to their advantage. Manning, prosecutors said, “aided in the publication of those files, knowing that our enemies would use those files.” Defenders called him a naive and emotionally troubled young man who didn’t get the support he needed from the military, the New York Times reports.
Manning’s lawyers didn’t suggest he was innocent of giving material to WikiLeaks, but they said prosecutors were “over-charging” a young private who hadn’t threatened national security.
10 11 / 2011
Rolling Stone: Federal judge Jed Rakoff, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office here in New York, is fast becoming a sort of legal hero of our time. He showed that again yesterday when he shat all over the SEC’s latest dirty settlement with serial fraud offender Citigroup, refusing to let the captured regulatory agency sweep yet another case of high-level criminal malfeasance under the rug.
05 10 / 2011
The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable: changing detention laws to imprison people — including Americans — indefinitely and without charge.
The Defense Authorization bill – a “must-pass” piece of legislation – is headed to the Senate floor with troubling provisions that would give the President – and all future presidents – the authority to mandate the military detention of terrorism suspects, without charge or trial, both abroad and inside the United States.
While we are confident that this unconstitutional legislation would be struck down by the courts were it ever to be signed into law, it is important to send Congress a strong message that we will not stand for attempts to undermine constitutional citizenship.
Urge your Senators to oppose sections 1031 and 1032 of the Defense Authorization bill.
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