Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand the 14th Amendment

Posted By Levi

September 14th, 2015 8:08pm

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is a big supporter of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that the Constitution gives gays the right to marry. Huckabee told a radio host last week that it was right for Davis to disobey the Supreme Court ruling because it is ok for Americans to ignore those rulings they disagree with. But to justify this, Huckabee pointed to a US Supreme Court case called Dred Scott V Sanford. “Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land, which says that black people aren’t fully human,” he said. “Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?” But Huckabee is dead wrong. Dred Scott is not the law of the land. It was the 14th Amendment that got rid of Dred Scott. It is really embarrassing for someone who is seeking the highest office in the nation to make such a terrible mis Read More

Kim Davis who refused to give gays marriage licenses is no Rosa Parks.

Posted By Levi

September 10th, 2015 8:34pm

I’m sure many you are familiar with the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on religious grounds. She said that because she is a Christian she cannot issue these licenses because gay marriage is against “God’s laws.” For me the case against Davis is pretty simple. She is the county clerk. It is her job to issue marriage licenses to anyone who needs it. As an elected official she has an obligation to follow the law. She took an oath to uphold the law. The law now says gay people have a right to marry and such a right is protected by the Constitution. She says that she cannot carry out the law because of her religious beliefs. I have no problem with that and she has a right to her beliefs. But she cannot allow her personal religious beliefs to override her public duty. The right thing for her to do is to step aside and give the job to someone else. Freedom of religion means that you have a right Read More

It Was Once Illegal for White People and Black People to Marry Each Other in America.

Posted By Levi

June 11th, 2015 8:23pm

Mildred and Richard Loving Tomorrow, June 12 is known as the Loving Day. No, it’s not what you are thinking. It’s a day on which Americans celebrate the fight for racial justice. There was a time in America, not too long ago, when it was illegal for black people and white people to marry each other. For most of our history, most states, especially those in the South banned miscegenation or inter-racial marriage. The idea that the races should not mix is a legacy of slavery and racism. Many whites had strong religious views against integration or the mixing of the races.  They objected to integration because they believed it would lead to interracial marriage, and they think that “race mixing” violates God’s word. Theodore Bilbo, two time governor of Mississippi and who believed that blacks and Jews were inferior, defended the system of segregation. He wrote that the “[p]urity of race is a gift of God . . . . And God, in his infinite wisdom, has so ordained it that when Read More

Yes, Mr. Bush, Climate Change is Caused by Human Activities

Posted By Levi

June 1st, 2015 7:41pm

Category: Uncategorized

Former Governor of Florida and possible Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, is disputing the scientific consensus on climate change. He says the science behind climate change is “convoluted.” “I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted.” He went on “For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you.” But Mr. Bush’s view is wrong. The science is clear; climate change is caused by human activities. Of the climate scientists who actively publish research, 97 percent agree that humans cause climate change. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — which draws on the knowledge of almost 800 climate experts across the globe — says it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities are the main cause of atmospheric and ocean warming since the 1950s. In the scientific world, a 97 percent rate of agreement doe Read More

How Fox News is Hurting the Republicans

Posted By Levi

May 19th, 2015 9:10pm

James Fallows points to an interesting new report on how Fox News is causing great harm to the Republican party. What is even more interesting is that the report was written by Bruce Barlett, a veteran Republican who served in the Regan and Bush 41 administrations and also worked for Ron Paul. The whole report is here. A few highlights. With the creation of Fox News in 1996  . . .  Conservatives did not have to seek out bits of news favorable to their point of view in liberal publications or in small magazines and newsletters. Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant – and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe wha Read More

How is it possible for the police to seize your money without even charging you for a crime?

Posted By Levi

May 12th, 2015 8:58pm

This is just unbelievable. But it happens all the time. In America, people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Yet the law allows police to take away your money or property without even charging you with a crime.  Here is how the Washington Post describes what happened to this guy. Joseph Rivers was hoping to hit it big. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the aspiring businessman from just outside of Detroit had pulled together $16,000 in seed money to fulfill a lifetime dream of starting a music video company. Last month, Rivers took the first step in that voyage, saying goodbye to the family and friends who had supported him at home and boarding an Amtrak train headed for Los Angeles. He never made it. From the Albuquerque Journal: A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to s Read More

Can You be against Same-sex Marriage yet attend a Gay Wedding?

Posted By Levi

April 27th, 2015 8:52pm

Category: Civil Liberties

Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in a same-sex marriage case. Many people expect that the Court will use the case to declare same-sex marriage legal across the country. Republican presidential candidates find themselves in a bind. “Rick Santorum said he would never attend a same-sex wedding. Marco Rubio said he might attend one. Scott Walker actually went to a same-sex wedding reception, not to be confused with an actual same-sex wedding ceremony. Ted Cruz said he is firmly opposed to gay marriage, but would be comfortable if his daughter were gay.” Their staunch opposition to gay marriage has left Republicans in a dilemma. For one, the majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Worse, Republicans could always count on religious conservatives for support against gay marriage. But even that support is now crumbling.  A new poll shows that most major religious groups are now abandoning their long held rejection of same sex rela Read More

Senator Ted Cruz Was Not Born in the United States. Can He run for the Presidency?

Posted By Levi

March 23rd, 2015 8:58pm

Today, the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, declared his intention to become president of the United States. Senator Cruz was not born in America. He is Canadian by birth and maintained his dual citizenship up until recently. During the last six years President Obama has come under relentless attack from certain right wing elements in the country, many of whom still maintained to this day that the president was not born in the United States. Many of these same people support Senator Cruz for president. Of course, the big difference between the two men is that President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States while Senator Cruz was not. Yes, the president was born in Hawaii and that state is still a part of the US. Donald Trump is still searching for Obama’s birth certificate to prove that the president was born in Kenya and not the US. So, is Senator Cruz eligible to run for the presidency? Yes, he has every right just as President Obama did. The Constitutional requir Read More

Where Christian Churches and Other Religions Stand on Gay Marriage

Posted By Levi

March 18th, 2015 8:25pm

Category: Religion

Yesterday, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took an historic vote to recognize gay marriage.The Church’s constitution traditionally recognizes marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The church kept the original definition of marriage but also defines marriage “as a unique commitment between two people.” Over the past several years other religious groups have recognized same-sex marriages. These include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. However, some of the largest religious institutions have remained firmly against allowing same-sex marriage, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Jewish movement and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the Southern Baptist Convention and other evangelical Protestant denominations. Here is a nice chart from the Pew Research Center showing where the major religions now stand on gay marriage. And this map tells us the c Read More

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Posted By Levi

March 15th, 2015 2:17pm

To become the president of the United States, you don’t need to be a religious person. In fact, the Constitution  says that no religious test can be required as a qualification for holding public office. Nerveless, almost all of America’s presidents have been Christians. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of the presidents – including some of the nation’s most famous leaders, like George Washington, James Madison and Franklin Roosevelt – were members of the Episcopal Church, also known as the Church of England. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Although Catholics formed the largest Christian group in the United States, the country has so far elected only one Catholic president – John F. Kennedy. Two of the most famous presidents in American history are Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Both men did not belong to any church. President Obama converted to Christianity as an adult and attended the  Trinit Read More