The young man, who asked not to be identified, explained what happened when his ethics instructor, Cheryl Abbate, led a conversation in “Theory of Ethics” class about applying philosophical theories to modern political controversies. There were a list of issues on the board – gay rights, gun rights, and the death penalty.
“We had a discussion on all of them – except gay rights,” the student told me. “She erased that line from the board and said, ‘We all agree on this.’”
Well, as it so happened – the student did not agree with instructor Abbate.
So after class he approached the instructor and told her he thought they should have discussed the issue of gay rights. He also recorded their conversation — without her permission.
“Are you saying if I don’t agree with gays not being allowed to get married that I’m homophobic?” the student asked.
“I’m saying it would come off as a homophobic comment in this class,” the teacher replied.
“There are some opinions that are not appropriate – that are harmful – such as racist opinions, sexist opinions,” she said.
“You can have whatever opinions you want but I will tell you right now – in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, sexist comments will not be tolerated,” she said. ‘If you don’t like it, you are more than free to drop this class.”
So the student dropped the class.
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Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
The IRS, in a statement provided to the Examiner, said the agency and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Read the full article at the Washington Examiner.
The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community.
Lawmakers approved the legislation in August, prompting an outcry from organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The law contains language identical to an anti-gay bill signed into law in Uganda earlier this year but later overturned by a court on procedural grounds.
It criminalizes “aggravated homosexuality,” which targets “serial offenders” and people living with HIV or AIDS. Suspects can also be charged with aggravated homosexuality for engaging in homosexual acts with someone who is under 18, disabled or who has been drugged. The term also applies when the suspect is the parent or guardian of the other person or is “in authority over” him or her.
Liberals are claiming the law outlaws homosexuality, which confirms what many have always suspected, that homosexuality inevitably involves rape and exploitation, since that is all the law actually outlaws.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.
Gary L. Bauer —There is a lot I could say about President Obama’s immigration speech last night. But instead of commenting broadly on the implications of Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, I’ve decided to highlight a few of the most egregious lies, half-truths and distortions that he fed the American people.
Obama distortion: “For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.”
The truth: The United States does have a rich history of welcoming immigrants-legal immigrants. No great country can survive by “welcoming” everyone who wants to get in.
Obama distortion: “[T]oday, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.”
The truth: Actually, our border security is broken and our current president is broken, and he is working diligently to break the rule of law and our constitutional republic.
Obama distortion: “…this summer there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border…”
The truth: The spike took place over many months, but Obama and the media hid it. Obama said they would be sent back, but most of them are staying.
Obama distortion: “Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix…”
The truth: No he did not. He worked with Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid. And back when the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, he did nothing.
Obama distortion: “[T]here are actions I have the legal authority to take as president, the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me, that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just…”
The truth: No, it is not the same. Previous executive orders were used to clean up ambiguities in laws PASSED BY CONGRESS. He is “passing” a new law all on his own.
Obama distortion: “…we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do cross over.”
The truth: Obama has ordered the exact opposite the last six years! The Border Patrol is broken-by him. Morale has hit rock bottom.
Obama distortion: “…we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.”
The truth: Nice try. Mexican gangs and cartels now control significant territory on the U.S. side of the border. Deporting felons means the felon comes back. There are new stories every day about the crimes they commit.
Obama distortion: “[This deal] does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship.”
The truth: Obama is guaranteeing that the number of people coming will explode upward. And the deal will surely result in citizenship and, in the interim, perhaps voter fraud.
Obama distortion: “The actions I’m taken [sic] are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every single Democratic president for the past half century.”
The truth: There is one major difference: Other actions by presidents on immigration were taken with the consent of Congress.
Obama distortion: “Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families and works together to keep them together?”
The truth: This is the worst sort of emotional blackmail I can think of, and typical of Obama. If you disagree with his usurpation of power, you want to rip children from their parents’ arms. This from the same man who believes ripping babies from their mother’s wombs is a right found in the Constitution.
Obama distortion: “Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once, too.”
The truth: The scriptures also tell us to obey just laws. The U.S. has done more for strangers than any other nation in the world. We have welcomed those who obey the law by the millions. We have liberated strangers across the globe under better presidents like FDR and Reagan.
In Obama’s America it is law-abiding citizens who are beginning to feel like strangers in their own land.
Cliché [klee-shey, kli-] n. – a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse.
1. The Constitution is a Living Document
This is used to rationalize ignoring the Constitution and imposing whatever Liberals want to on people. The Founding Fathers knew that as times changed there might arise a need to alter the Constitution, so they provided for Amendments. Amendments, alone are what make the US Constitutions “elastic” or “a living document”, but Liberals have long lost site of that, and have taken the term used to describe the “elasticity” provided by Amendments to also include judicial interpretation, or as we know it, Judicial activism.
2. Diversity is Strength
It’s very interesting that what Liberals today call “Diversity” bears a striking resemblance to what Democrats used to call “Segregation”. Liberals see “Diversity” as acknowledging difference to the point of creating walls, which isolate different groups. They rationalize it as good, by pretending that these walls allow the groups to better expose their strengths. Wow, that’s exactly what the segregationists of the 40s and 50s said, too. Conservatives on the other hand, acknowledge varying strengths, but see them as more efficiently used by using commonality among all people to strengthen societal unity and cohesion, not division.
3. Equal Protection
This canard is being used a lot today to rationalize all kinds of outrageous abuse. It works like this: A Liberal wants a special right for himself or some other group, but that right directly infringes on the rights of a group or groups the Liberals don’t like–then the “Constitution” demands the second group loses their rights in favor of the first group so that “equal protection” is achieved. Rights for the first groups are expanded to including pretty much anything and everything they want. Rights for the second groups are diminished to the point of non-existence. The result is what Liberals call “Equal Protection”. Your religious beliefs say that homosexuality is wrong? Doesn’t matter because the rights of homosexuals to force you to participate in the celebration of their chosen sexual positions trump your “so-called” freedom of religion (as if that’s even in the Constitution, anyway). See how that works?
4. The One Percent
Class warfare is one of the Liberal’s greatest weapons. It doesn’t matter that there are actually more 1%ers that are Democrats than are Republicans. It doesn’t matter that Liberal 1%ers donate more heavily than Republican or Libertarian (The Koch brothers are Libertarians) do. It’s about class envy. Hate those that have more than you do, so you will lend your societal proxy (the miniscule power the individual possesses that when combined with others become a powerful political force) to those 1%ers promising (but never delivering) punishment for the haves and bread and circuses for the have nots.
5. Trust Black Women
This shameless exploitation of minorities was invented when Liberals could no longer hide the ongoing genocide of Blacks via Planned Parenthood. It’s supposed to mean that even if Black women are flocking to abortion clinics to murder their babies at a rate that actually surpasses live births, we should shut up about it, and trust that they know what they are doing. What it really means is, “Hey, we’ve conned these people into thinking we are helping them by slowly eradicating them from the planet. So don’t interfere.”
6. Violence Never Solved Anything
Cute, pithy, feel-good but still utter nonsense. Interesting that the same Liberals that cry, “Violence never solved anything,” have no problem arming local police departments like soldiers going to war. Interesting that they also have no problem when their president sends troops with guns into another country to make it do what we say. Interesting that so many of the wealthier and more powerful ones have no problem hiring armed guards to keep them safe.
7. Social Darwinism
Actual Social Darwinism had its root in the rationalization for British colonization, but was opposed by Christians who rejected the idea that some ethnic groups were better than others. Liberals like to use the term today to accuse Conservatives of practicing it when opposing welfare. Conservatives, however oppose most welfare programs because the philosophy behind them is the assumption that minorities are incapable of success without the help of white Liberals, which is the essence of Social Darwinism. Conservatives believe that minorities are just as capable as any other race or ethnicity to achieve success without help, and social programs actually cripple minority communities by removing the basic motivations for success, and that minitories are just as deserving of the success they are capable of as any other group.
8. No War for Oil
Chanted by Liberals to imply that the Iraq war was actually, only about oil. There no real shortage of oil, it’s just expensive. Had we used the money we spent freeing Iraq, buying oil instead, we would have had ten times as much oil. Instead, we caused (temporarily, until Obama screwed it up) a stability in the world’s oil production which in turn weakened those oil producing nations (Saudi Arabia, Venezuela) who were funding terrorism and Communism. The goal was international stability which would have resulted in the reduction of violence world wide. That is until some moron named Obama yanked our troops out of Iraq, and set everything back two decades.
Liberals are in love with that word, as long as they get to define it. After making the choice to have sex and making the choice to not use birth control you find yourself pregnant and don’t want the inconvenience of having a baby, well, the Liberals demand that you have the additional choice of murdering that baby (thus removing any choice that baby would ever have for anything) and no one should deny you that. Want to drink a nice hefty, sugary drink in New York. Hold on there. Liberals say you shouldn’t be allowed that choice. After all you getting a bit thick in the middle is far worse than ripping another person limb from limb, isn’t it?
No, America is not a Democracy. There has never existed a Democracy in the history of mankind. It’s a pure myth. Now the democratic process is something a lot of nations utilize, but not as its sole method of determining laws. The reason Liberals like misusing the term “Democracy” is that it furthers the illusion that the individual has power over the state. It makes simpletons feel more comfortable when you can convince them that they alone can go “vote that idiot out of office” rather than the vote being just one of many tools the individual can use to influence government, and that the vote itself is meaningless unless the voter has taken the time to study the candidates and the issues. See, its a lot like handing a toy steering wheel to a three year-old as you drive them somewhere, so they can pretend that they are also controlling the car. If you haven’t studied the candidates and the issues (studying does not mean watching their commercials) then your vote is as effective as that plastic steering wheel. The Democrats don’t want you to understand that, so they keep telling you America is a Democracy, and hand you a little plastic steering wheel to play with.