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1993: Bill Clinton signs ( RFRA) Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Posted in Clinton, Harry Reid, Religion, Religious Freedom, RFRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by saynsumthn

The Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law in 1993 by Democrat president Bill Clinton and supported by many Democrats including Chuck Schumer and Al Gore who called it important legislation.

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Read act here.

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The following is the speech President Bill Clinton delivered at the signing of the RFRA

    Thank you very much, Mr. Vice President, for those fine remarks and to the Members of Congress, the chaplains of the House and the Senate, and to all of you who worked so hard to help this day become a reality. Let me especially thank the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion for the central role they played in drafting this legislation and working so hard for its passage.

    It is interesting to note, as the Vice President said, what a broad coalition of Americans came together to make this bill a reality; interesting to note that that coalition produced a 97-to3 vote in the United States Senate and a bill that had such broad support it was adopted on a voice vote in the House. I’m told that, as many of the people in the coalition worked together across ideological and religious lines, some new friendships were formed and some new trust was established, which shows, I suppose, that the power of God is such that even in the legislative process miracles can happen. [Laughter]

    We all have a shared desire here to protect perhaps the most precious of all American liberties, religious freedom. Usually the signing of legislation by a President is a ministerial act, often a quiet ending to a turbulent legislative process. Today this event assumes a more majestic quality because of our ability together to affirm the historic role that people of faith have played in the history of this country and the constitutional protections those who profess and express their faith have always demanded and cherished.

    The power to reverse legislation by legislation, a decision of the United States Supreme Court, is a power that is rightly hesitantly and infrequently exercised by the United States Congress. But this is an issue in which that extraordinary measure was clearly called for. As the Vice President said, this act reverses the Supreme Court’s decision Employment Division against Smith and reestablishes a standard that better protects all Americans of all faiths in the exercise of their religion in a way that I am convinced is far more consistent with the intent of the Founders of this Nation than the Supreme Court decision.

    More than 50 cases have been decided against individuals making religious claims against Government action since that decision was handed down. This act will help to reverse that trend by honoring the principle that our laws and institutions should not impede or hinder but rather should protect and preserve fundamental religious liberties.

    The free exercise of religion has been called the first freedom, that which originally sparked the development of the full range of the Bill of Rights. Our Founders cared a lot about religion. And one of the reasons they worked so hard to get the first amendment into the Bill of Rights at the head of the class is that they well understood what could happen to this country, how both religion and Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise Government might usurp.

    They have seen now, all of us, that religion and religious institutions have brought forth faith and discipline, community and responsibility over two centuries for ourselves and enabled us to live together in ways that I believe would not have been possible. We are, after all, the oldest democracy now in history and probably the most truly multiethnic society on the face of the Earth. And I am convinced that neither one of those things would be true today had it not been for the importance of the first amendment and the fact that we have kept faith with it for 200 years.

    What this law basically says is that the Government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that we can never, we can never be too vigilant in this work.

    Let me make one other comment if I might before I close and sit down and sign this bill. There is a great debate now abroad in the land which finds itself injected into several political races about the extent to which people of faith can seek to do God’s will as political actors. I would like to come down on the side of encouraging everybody to act on what they believe is the right thing to do. There are many people in this country who strenuously disagree with me on what they believe are the strongest grounds of their faiths. I encourage them to speak out. I encourage all Americans to reach deep inside to try to determine what it is that drives their lives most deeply.

    As many of you know, I have been quite moved by Stephen Carter’s book, “The Culture of Disbelief.” He makes a compelling case that today Americans of all political persuasions and all regions have created a climate in this country in which some people believe that they are embarrassed to say that they advocate a course of action simply because they believe it is the right thing to do, because they believe it is dictated by their faith, by what they discern to be, with their best efforts, the will of God.

    I submit to you today, my fellow Americans, that we can stand that kind of debate in this country. We are living in a country where the most central institution of our society, the family, has been under assault for 30 years. We are living in a country in which 160,000 schoolchildren don’t go to school every day because they’re afraid someone will shoot them or beat them up or knife them. We are living in a country now where gunshots are the single leading cause of death among teenage boys. We are living in a country where people can find themselves shot in the crossfire of teenagers who are often better armed than the police who are trying to protect other people from illegal conduct. It is high time we had an open and honest reaffirmation of the role of American citizens of faith, not so that we can agree but so that we can argue and discourse and seek the truth and seek to heal this troubled land.

    So today I ask you to also think of that. We are a people of faith. We have been so secure in that faith that we have enshrined in our Constitution protection for people who profess no faith. And good for us for doing so. That is what the first amendment is all about. But let us never believe that the freedom of religion imposes on any of us some responsibility to run from our convictions. Let us instead respect one another’s faiths, fight to the death to preserve the right of every American to practice whatever convictions he or she has, but bring our values back to the table of American discourse to heal our troubled land.

    Thank you very much.

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Ted Kenned RFRA

During Congressional debates, liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy read from Matthew – and Harry Reid also moved to support RFRA you can listen to that here:

http://static.c-span.org/assets/swf/CSPANPlayer.1427210424.swf?clipid=4533035

Bill CLinton signs RFRA Religious Freedom Restoration Act

According to the NY Times, Clinton’s sentiments were echoed by many other members of an unusual coalition of liberal, conservative and religious groups that had pressed for the new law. The coalition included the National Association of Evangelicals, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Council of Churches, the American Jewish Congress, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Mormon Church, the Traditional Values Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In the Senate, where the bill was approved 97 to 3 on Oct. 27, it was sponsored by Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah. In the House, which passed the bill last May by a voice vote without objection, it was sponsored by Representative Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of Brooklyn, and Representative Christopher C. Cox, Republican of California.

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The President spoke at 9:15 a.m. on the South Lawn at the White House.

H.R. 1308, approved November 16, 1993 and was assigned Public Law No. 103-141.

According to the Washington Times, “So far the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never worked as a defense for Christian bakers embroiled in lawsuits over gay weddings, but for a handful of Apache, Muslim and Sikh plaintiffs, it’s been a godsend.”

Not RAPE RAPE- how the left gets away with minimizing sex and rape

Posted in Democrats and Women, Media Bias with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by saynsumthn

Conservatives say a Gaff and then apologize- we are supposed to be alarmed and they are told to step aside !!!!!

And when the FRIENDS of Liberals like Planned Parenthood cover for the sexual abuse of children- the libs give the $1 MILLION DOLLARS a DAY in federal Tax Dollars:

When Libs are involved in Sex Scandals, the media works to minimize the effects:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders Monday to give up his re-election bid.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, hasn’t been charged in the July incident, and authorities said he wouldn’t be because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker’s Craigslist ad for “no strings attached” sex.

Gauthier admitted to the liaison, according to police reports made public late last week. The teen told police the two had oral sex, according to the reports.

The scandal has hurt Democrats’ hopes of retaking at least one chamber of the Legislature. They need to pick up at least six seats in the House, and Gauthier’s Duluth-area seat usually is reliably Democratic. But if he drops out, any Democrat seeking to replace him would have to run as a write-in candidate, making the race much more difficult to win.

When a liberal says RAPE is not “RAPE RAPE” like Whoopi Goldberg did- we applaud them

If a Congressman sends text messages to kids or has Prostitute pages in their offices we root for him

When a Liberal President screws up (Pardon the pun) we definitely grant a pass:

And when it is a Liberal Icon- well we just completely rewrite history

And when libs discriminate against men- it becomes a joke !

The left of death penalty for RAPISTS, although they believe that the child should be killed:

LIBS want the unborn baby of a RAPIST MURDERED but those who MURDER POLICE OFFICERS get life:

The NYS Senate voted 5/27/2008 to impose the death penalty for murder of a State Trooper police or corrections officer. The vote came after several high-profile cases of cop killings in New York City and Upstate. 23 Democrats voted against the bill, S.6414. More info: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menugetf.cgi

HERE DEMOCRATS OPPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR ANY REASON:
Rep. Bruce Morris, Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and members of the clergy from across the state held a press conference in support of abolishing the death penalty called for in a bill introduced by Rep. Winfield.

Obama only feel death penalty is okay in CERTAIN Circumstances:

Replacing Kennedy – debate for Senate Seat – Heated discussion on Abortion

Posted in Abortion with tags , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by saynsumthn

Lively exchanges marked Tuesday night’s televised debate among the four democrats vying for the Senate Seat held by Ted Kennedy for 47 years. That debate aired live on 22News.

Abortion rights plan sparks feisty debate

Candidates head into final televised debate tonight

By Dave Wedge and Hillary Chabot | Wednesday, December 2, 2009

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano hammered Boston Celtics [team stats] co-owner Stephen Pagliuca on abortion, accusing the businessman of supporting a federal health-care plan that would block coverage and force women back into dangerous black-market procedures.

You would send them back to the alleys of America,” Capuano (D-Somerville) said to Pagliuca during last night’s WCVB-TV Channel 5 Senate debate. “Poor women don’t deserve to be treated that way.”

You don’t want to talk about the issues, you want to make a personal attack,” Pagliuca fired back.

He added that passing a national health plan outweighs abortion concerns but bristled at Capuano’s suggestion he wants to see abortion coverage stripped.
“Your vote says you do,” Capuano sniped.

Pagliuca attacked Attorney General Martha Coakley for saying she wouldn’t have voted for the House health-care package because of the anti-abortion amendment.

“It’s personal with me. It’s personal with every woman watching this,” said Coakley, who has received hefty support from the national pro-choice group Emily’s List. “This was a poison pill . . . We’ll get it passed without harming (women’s) rights.

The fireworks marked one of the most heated moments of the three-month sprint to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat. The final televised debate is tonight on New England Cable News.

In what could have been termed the opposition research round, candidates were quizzed by panelists on criticism privately leveled by their rivals. Pagliuca, for example, was questioned about his work on the boards of Burger King and KayBee Toys while jobs were cut and execs fought minimum wage hikes.

Capuano, meanwhile, was asked to cite a “single” example of how he helped pass a piece of bipartisan legislation in Washington. The congressman responded by saying he pushed through a $50 million relief package for war-torn Sudan over the objection of Republican leadership.

City Year founder Alan Khazei also joined the fray, getting into a verbal tiff with Capuano and Pagliuca over jobs and the economy. At one point, Capuano pounced on Khazei for claiming that the federal stimulus package was to “bail out Wall Street.”

Capuano also defended Congress’ handling of the stimulus money, saying questionable earmarks for items like a $9 million footbridge at Gillette Stadium and $95,000 to study Icelandic pollen were inserted by state officials, not Washington lawmakers.

I think (Congress) should have some say . . . and some responsibility when we appropriate money,” Capuano said.

Article Source: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1215935