At the end of the day …. “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993″!!


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~~March 28, 2015~~

It seems that I can’t get this topic off my mind. It’s been circulating in many major news outlets. There has been a huge outcry about this action taken by the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence. It has become the law of their state.

This is poised to affect the rights of the LGBTQ community living in the state.

One wonders where it will all stop. Who will be the next minority affected: Jews, Latinos, African American?

Arkansas is preparing to take action and also make this the law of their state.

Where will it stop?

After much progress has been attained where 37 states have declared acceptance of marriage equality and 13 states are left to have nationwide marriage equality, Indiana is the first state to make it legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Pub. L. No. 103-141, 107 Stat. 1488 (November 16, 1993), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb through 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-4 (also known as RFRA), is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion.

The bill was introduced by Congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on March 11, 1993 and passed by a unanimous U.S. House and a near unanimous U.S. Senate with three dissenting votes and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act

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On Thursday, March 26, 2015,  Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, and some celebrities, politicians, and journalists — including Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few — are absolutely outraged. They say the law is a license to discriminate against gay people.

Meanwhile, activists are calling for a boycott. The CEO of SalesForce, a company that does business in China, is pulling out of Indiana. The NCAA has expressed concern about holding events there in the future. And the city of San Francisco is banning taxpayer-funded travel to the state.

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http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/indianas-religious-freedom-restoration-act-explained_900641.html

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~~Rachel Maddow Rips Pence~~

~~Published on Mar 28, 2015~~

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This law has the distinction of making Indiana the first state to move overtly, wholesale, on purpose to legalize and say the state approves of businesses refusing to service people on the basis of sexual orientation …. or anything else your religion encourages you to discriminate on the basis of.

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This is the real message of love


Dr. Rex:

Love is love … and it will win over any obstacles!! We all are one!!

Originally posted on ART FOR NOTHING:

“Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos,
the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you,
I want to learn to love everyone and all species.
If I succeed in loving you,
I will be able to love everyone and
all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love

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Republican Governor Mike Pence: “Indiana …. where are you headed?”


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~~March 28, 2015~~ 

#BoycottIndiana

Is that what Jesus would do?

The Indiana law is modeled after the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but unlike the federal law, which only bars the government from placing a substantial burden on the free exercise of religion, Indiana’s version applies to businesses and private individuals as well. In the wake of dozens of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage across the country and with the Supreme Court scheduled to rule on the issue in June, such measures have cropped up in dozens of states. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar measure last year.

In a report, LGBT-rights group Human Rights Campaign outlined the danger posed by these “super RFRAs”: “These bills are often incredibly vague and light on details — usually intentionally,” the report reads. “In practice, most of these bills could empower any individual to sue the government to attempt to end enforcement of a non-discrimination law.”

Pence, on the other hand, maintains that the bill would not sanction discrimination. “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” the governor said in a statement.

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Amazingly how Republican Governor Mike Pence’s “Religious Freedom” law seems to cover 3 of the 14 characteristics common to fascist governments.

1. “Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights”– Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

2. “Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause” – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

3. “Religion and Government are Inter-twined” – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions. So, if you believe for one minute that this new Republican Party is not trying to morph our Democratic society into a Fascist Regime then you need to wake up before it’s too late and you wake up and are no longer allowed to vote (unless you own property or make over a certain amount).

Check out Dr. Lawrence Britt’s 14 defining characteristics common to fascist regimes, it reads like the Republican Party Platform.

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Governor Mike Pence just signed into law a measure that would allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” In a recent statement, Pence said, “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

Pence has a history of anti-gay politics, namely attempting to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages last year before being beat down by Democrats. The state isn’t exactly known as the most gay-friendly of the 50: At the moment there is no law in Indiana that protects its citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But there are a few counties that do protect those rights, and people against this “religious freedom” law are afraid businesses will use it to get around the local defenses. While Pence hasn’t specifically mentioned the anti-LGBT effects this law could hold, a few of his allies have been vocal about the possibility of businesses using it against gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans. Other supporters have stated that it doesn’t necessarily target the LGBT community, but allows business owners in the wedding industry — such as florists, bakers, and photographers — who disagree with same-sex marriage to deny services to those customers.

As a result, people are “boycotting” the state (hence the trending hashtag) to show their disapproval of the bill. Gen Con, Indianapolis’s biggest convention, threatened to take its event elsewhere, and the NCAA is worried how the legislation could affect next week’s Final Four championship. Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, tweeted at Governor Pence, “Is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour?”

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http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/2015-03/boycott-indiana

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~~Indiana boycott urged after religious freedom law passes~~

~~Published on Mar 28, 2015~~

Indiana boycott urged after ‘religious freedom’ law passes

Activists have encouraged a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law, which they say discriminates against gay people.

Supporters say the law prevents the state from forcing people to provide services contrary to their religion.

Similar bills are being considered across the US as court rulings have made gay marriage legal in more states.

Several groups plan to do less business with the state, and celebrities criticised the law on Twitter.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association said it was “especially concerned” about how the law would affect its employees and student athletes.

Next week, the NCCA will host the finals of its annual basketball tournament in Indianapolis, the state’s capital and its largest city.

On Friday, Arkansas moved closer to passing a similar “religious freedom” measure.

Several large conventions based in Indiana — including the large gamer gathering GenCon — have threatened to hold their events elsewhere because of the law.

Salesforce, a California company with ties to Indiana, cancelled all employee travel to the state and said it was considering decreasing its investment in Indiana

Governor Mike Pence said he signed the law to “help protect churches, Christian businesses and individuals from those who want to punish them because of their Biblical beliefs”.

Mr Pence, a Republican, said he would not have signed the law if he thought it was discriminatory.

Corporate executives such as Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp and Tim Cook of Apple have urged other states not to follow Indiana’s example.

“These laws set a terrible precedent that will likely harm the broader economic health of the states where they have been adopted, the businesses currently operating in those states and, most importantly, the consumers who could be victimised under these laws.” Mr Stoppelman wrote in an open letter.

Sponsors of the bill say it is closely modeled on a federal religious freedom law passed in 1993 and that 19 other states already have similar laws.

But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, said the law sends a “wrong signal” to visitors and could make the state seem unwelcoming.

Star Trek star George Takei, who has a large following on social media, has pushed for a boycott of the state. The term #BoycottIndiana has been a top trending topic on Twitter for more than a day.

“Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today,” Hillary Clinton, a presumptive presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love.”

~~Indiana boycott urged after religious freedom law passes~~

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Thoughts for today …. #131: “We ARE Nature”!!


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~~March 28, 2015~ 

We are all part of nature. We need to care for it.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation is committed to building solid conservation solutions through combining ‘International-Awareness‘ Programs along with Educational campaigns aimed at reducing demand for wildlife products.

We will strive to build partnership with local communities, business and other organizations to enhance the effectiveness of awareness campaigns and helping to raise desperately needed funds for wildlife and its related projects.

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10 things you need to know today: March 28, 2015


Dr. Rex:

Headlines for today …. here they are!!

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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The Week

1.Italian court overturns conviction in Amanda Knox murder trial
Italy’s highest court overturned the 2009 murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito on Friday, officially closing the controversial case that has captivated people across the U.S. and Europe since Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher was murdered in 2007. The case has been an emotional rollercoaster for Knox and Sollecito, who were convicted in 2009, acquitted in 2011, and retried in 2013, after their acquittals were overturned. In 2007, Kercher was found stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Knox. Another man, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year sentence for the crime.

Source: Reuters, CNN

2.Astronauts Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko begin their year in space aboard ISS
American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko successfully began their year aboard the International…

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IOTD; Special Edition


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Use your power ….. Mother Earth needs all the help it can get!!

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I’ll be lights out, what about you?

I’d love to see some designs from others- I’m working on mine next! ;)

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Earth Hour 2015
March 28, 2015 in the World
Earth Hour 2015 is celebrated on March 28, 2015 between 20:15 and 21:15. Millions of people across the world switch lights off for an hour to raise awareness for the planet. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
The event is held worldwide and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging…

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