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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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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28 11 / 2012
“It’s common knowledge that Florida cut back on early voting in 2011 to reduce the turnout of blacks and other groups likely to vote for Democrats. But it’s refreshing to see that former top Republicans in the state are now saying so out loud.
In an interview with The Palm Beach Post published on Sunday, the former chairman of the Florida Republican Party said voter suppression was the sole reason for the change to the election rules. Jim Greer, the party chairman in from 2006 to 2010, said he went to several meetings during which Republican officials discussed the damage that early voting — which brought an unprecedented number of black voters to the polls in 2008 — had done to the party.
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Mr. Greer said. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only.”*
Cenk Uygur breaks down the admitted truth behind voter ID laws being themselves, a fraud to suppress voters with non-conservative interests.
Read more from David Firestone/ New York Times: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/why-florida-really-changed-its-voting-rules/
16 11 / 2012
Fiscal Cliff: Mr. Obama demands that it include up to $1.6 trillion in tax increases for the wealthy
November 16, 2012
President Barack Obama appealed for cooperation and compromise from congressional leaders Friday, saying that surmounting the fiscal cliff at year’s end is “urgent business.”
“Gathered in the Roosevelt Room were the same cast of leaders who fought in 2011, then eventually agreed to nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years but deadlocked on the roughly $4 trillion “grand bargain” both sides say the country needs. Mr. Obama demands that it include up to $1.6 trillion in tax increases for the wealthy, while Republicans favor fewer revenues but big cost-saving changes to the fast-growing entitlement programs, Medicare and Medicaid. The talks began on a friendly note: With reporters and cameras briefly allowed in the room, the president wished a happy birthday to House Speaker John A. Boehner, who turns 63 on Saturday.” - NY Times Read more here.
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August 19, 2012
“In the wake of a judge’s decision not to block Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law, Mike Turzai, the Republican legislator who made headlines in June when he said the law would help Mitt Romney win the state in November, repeated the falsehood that the state has a history of election fraud…As they fought to defend the law in court, state officials conceded that no one had ever been prosecuted for in-person voter ID fraud and that there was no evidence that it had ever occurred in the state. In-person election fraud, which the state’s ID law is supposed to prevent, is extremely rare: a study of in-person voter fraud in presidential elections going back to 2000 found just 10 cases of voter fraud during a period when more than 600 million votes were cast…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.*Read more here from Gene Demby in The Huffington Post
08 8 / 2012
August 08, 2012
President Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney don’t appear interested in pursuing gun control in the wake of mass shootings in Arizona (Giffords), Colorado (Dark Knight Rises), and Wisconsin (Sikh temple). The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.Support The Young Turks by Subscribing http://bit.ly/TYTonYouTubeLike TYT on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/tytnation
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03 8 / 2012
August 03, 2012
A conservative Republican, tells Reddit in a AMA why he is supporting Obama in 2012, over Romney, he says: Read it all here Reddit AMA. (AMA= Ask Me Anything)
“I completely support Obamacare and the healthcare reform that comes along with it. There are parts I disagree with, but I think it is a great step in the right direction. I have watched many programs on television featuring Obama (shows in the military channel and discovery channel), and I think he is a great person in general, and is doing his best for this country. He’s a good president, and strives to make America better as a whole, rather than just focusing on one political party. He risked his presidency with the assault on Bin Laden, and he knew that beforehand. I’m not here to discuss the assault itself and the political can of worms that comes along with it, but am here to present Mr. Obama’s willingness to risk his presidency to do what he thought was best. This speaks volumes of his character. I fully support him in this next election, and would love to have dinner or a drink with him. He has my utmost respect.
Mittens, on the other hand, has no idea what he is doing, and is running for president simply because he can. He thrives off of the sense of power it gives him, and uses his vast amount of wealth as a financial and life cushion. This essentially allows him to attempt to do whatever the heck he wants to do, including running for president, and the views and thoughts that accompany that. He wants the prestige, recognition, and power that being president would bring to him, and yet he is too much of a slime ball to be anything but bad for this country. He is not president material, because I believe that his heart, mind, and wallet are too tainted and stuffed to serve the American people. He would not view the Presidency as a service, he would view it as power. Obama, on the other hand, is actively doing everything he can to serve the American people. Please remember, everything that I typed in this paragraph is my opinion and view, and I am not trying to present it as fact.”
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March 14, 2012
Via Bloomberg: “U.S. legislation that would roll back securities disclosure and governance rules in the name of job creation is being attacked by consumer advocates and former regulators as an evisceration of investor protections in place since the 1930s…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down the Republican plan the Democrats are going along with.
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10 3 / 2012
Mar 9, 2012
Republicans in Kansas want what would in effect be a sales tax on women seeking abortion. According to the Huffington Post “under the proposal, women who end up receiving abortions would not be able to deduct the cost of the abortion as a health care expense if they had not purchased special abortion insurance…”.* Ana Kasparian and former prosecutor Steve Oh discuss on The Young Turks.* http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/kansas-abortion-bill-sales-tax_n_132…Subscribe to The Young Turks: http://bit.ly/eWuu5i
10 3 / 2012
From Mar 9, 2012
Will Republicans and Democrats come together for a ‘grand bargain’ that would slash Social Security, Medicare, and taxes on the rich and corporations (while raising taxes on the middle class)? Will the retirement age be raised to 70? Will President Obama approve of all this? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur shares some infuriating news.http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/03/04/the-secret-austerity-society-bipartisa…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/hoyer-entitlements-sell-out_n_131439…Subscribe to The Young Turks: http://bit.ly/eWuu5i