Arkansas Legislators Approve Their Own Religious Freedom Bill – UPDATE: GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson Refuses To Sign Bill…

Arkansas State Capitol at Christmas

Good for them.

Via Truth Revolt:

On Tuesday, Arkansas legislators, ignoring the deafening cry from LGBT supporters against Indiana’s religious freedom law, finished approving their own version of a similar bill. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has already indicated that he would sign the bill once it was sent to him, and with the 67-21 vote approving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the Arkansas House, Hutchinson will get his chance. The Arkansas Senate already has approved the bill.

Hutchinson told KARK that the bill represents an effort to balance religious freedom and equal protection of the law, saying bluntly, “This bill tries to do that, and it’s not that complicated.”

The hue and cry over the religious freedom bill in Indiana prompted the governors of New York, Connecticut and Washington to curtail some government travel to Indiana. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy blustered, “They knew what they were doing. They were going to make it legal to refuse to serve gay men and women. Somebody has to call them on it.” Resorting to typical Democrat name calling, he said of Indiana Governor Mike Pence on MSNBC, “When you see a bigot, you have to call him on it.”

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UPDATE: Hutchinson bowing to the unruly mob.

Washington (CNN) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law.

The first-term Republican governor said he wants his state “to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance.”

His decision comes in the wake of an uproar in Indiana, where Gov. Mike Pence has faced pressure from businesses, sports associations like the NCAA and popular culture figures to backtrack on a similar religious freedom law he signed last week. In Arkansas, it’s been Walmart heaping apply the most pressure.

Hutchinson asked lawmakers to recall the law that the Arkansas House had given final approval on Tuesday — or to send him follow-up legislation that makes the changes he requested.

Indiana Pizza Shop’s Christian Owners Say They Would Decline To Cater A Gay Wedding . . . National Freakout Ensues…

Level 7 meltdown in progress.

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Via Politico:

One Indiana business is getting slammed online after giving the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act a rave review.

On Tuesday, the proprietors of Walkerton’s Memories Pizza praised Gov. Mike Pence for protecting religious freedom and said they would choose not to serve their pies at any same-sex weddings.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza, told ABC57.

O’Connor said she “definitely agree[s] with the bill” and called the pizza shop a “Christian establishment.”

“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe anything,” O’Connor said.

As the story circulated online, Yelp reviewers immediately took to the restaurant ratings website to give the pizza shop some colorful reviews.

“They have a great pizza. It’s the intolerance special with toppings of hate, bigotry, stupidity, and old fashioned beliefs,” one review by “Jarrett J.” of Sydney, Australia said.

Another Yelp reviewer posted a photo of naked men holding pizza boxes.

“Food tastes like discrimination,” a third review said.

UC Berkeley To Stop Calling Freshmen “Spring Admits” Because It Could Hurt Their Feelings…

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Protect the delicate psyche of the special little snowflakes at all costs!

Via Camopus Reform:

In an effort to make the campus more “inclusive,” freshmen students who are admitted for the spring semester at the University of California, Berkeley, will no longer be referred to as “spring admits.”

According to The Daily Californian, the public school’s student newspaper, the change is an effort to make students who are admitted for the spring semester feel less inferior to those admitted in the fall. Amy Jarich, assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate admissions, told the student publication that “spring admit” students can feel as though “their admission was significantly different” from other freshmen.

The Daily Californian reported that students who are admitted in the spring can be a part of one of three categories: Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), an academic program where students can live on campus and attend games and classes through an extension program; fall semester off to work, travel, or take classes elsewhere; or enroll in a study abroad program for freshmen.

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Pro-Abortion Fanatic Barack Obama Proclaims April “National Donate Life Month”…

“God bless Planned Parenthood” – Barack Obama

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Bibi Responds To Iran Calling Destruction Of Israel “Nonnegotiable” With Slap At Obama: “Apparently Giving This Murderous Regime A Bomb Is Negotiable”…

How can you not love Netanyahu?

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Shot: VA Gov. McAuliffe Invites Indiana Firms To Move To Virginia To Escape “Discriminatory” RFRA Law. Chaser: Virginia Has A RFRA Law…

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You can’t make this stuff up.

Via WaPo:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is putting out the welcome mat for Indiana business leaders who might be troubled by that state’s new “religious freedom” law, which opponents say in effect legalizes anti-gay discrimination.

In a letter submitted Monday to the editor of the Indianapolis Star, McAuliffe (D) makes a pitch for relocating to “open and welcoming” Virginia. He ticks off the commonwealth’s traditional business-friendly assets — ranging from low taxes to the “deepest seaport on the East Coast” — and suggests that the Old Dominion’s gay rights climate should be part of the draw.

“In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity,” he writes.[…]

McAuliffe has made economic development a priority for his administration, and he has often cast his efforts to expand gay rights and abortion rights as part of that broader job-creation goal. But his sales pitch to Hoosiers is interesting in part because Virginia is not widely considered to be gay-friendly territory, despite McAuliffe’s efforts to push the state in that direction. […]

McAuliffe’s letter to the Star drew objections from Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, a group with sizeable sway in the Capitol. She sought to use his rosy portrayal of Virginia’s gay rights status as proof that there is no need to enshrine special protections in state law.

“It’s good to see that the Governor has conceded that Virginia does not need to elevate sexual behavior to a protected class in order to be an inclusive state, but it’s unfortunate that he has joined the parade of those who are distorting the true effect of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts,” she said in an e-mail.

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Al Sharpton: Fox News Deliberately Made Me Look Like I Was Calling Indiana Religious Freedom Law Racist…

Sharpton’s complete lack of self-awareness in painful to watch.

Here’s Sharpton’s quote from Monday he is claiming falsely makes it look like he called the law racist:

“This is a key moment for the country. Too often in our history, we’ve seen religion used to justify attacks on other people’s rights, from slavery, to Jim Crow, to women’s right to vote. That same fight is with us today, and we can’t let it stand.”

Canadian Activist Claims Global Warming Violating Arctic-Dwelling Inuit’s “Right To Be Cold”…

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Sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t.

Via Ottawa Citizen:

Perhaps no Canadian has done as much for the people of the Arctic than Sheila Watt-Cloutier. In her new memoir The Right to be Cold she articulates her vision for protecting the North from the ravages of global warming. In this interview with Peter Robb she talks about the meaning behind the title of her book.

Q. What is the Right to be cold?

A. Inuit culture is based on the ice, the snow and the cold. It’s very foundation depends on the climate being cold … freezing cold. The animals and the Inuit hunting culture thrive on the cold. Therefore when the climate changes and/or warms it creates an imbalance to the cycles of nature which allow for all living things to be healthy and thriving. The ice, snow and cold in the Arctic are all about transportation and mobility. Therefore when the conditions become precarious as a result of the melting, it becomes an issue of safety and security. Then our right to culture, our right to educate our children on the land, our right to safety, our right to health all become impacted by these rapid changes. In essence our Right to exist as Inuit as we know it is impacted. As we defend our Right To Be Cold, the outgrowth of our efforts also defend the Right for all citizens of the world to have a healthy environment and a stable climate.

Q. Do you consider yourself to be an Environmentalist?

A. I do not consider myself to be an Environmentalist in the commonly known definition. I came in to this work as a elected official of the Inuit Circumpolar Council to represent our people, the Inuit of the Circumpolar world, at the international level. It was a political mandate much like a Foreign Affairs minister in a federal system would have in representing Canadians. I worked, as ICC officials work, to ensure Arctic/Inuit voices are heard at the UN level, Arctic Council level and many other forums to help negotiate international treaties. Our Indigenous organizations work as quasi-political organizations even though we are classified as NGOs.

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Ed Schultz: “I Don’t Care” I Slandered Mike Pence By Calling Him A “Homophobe”…

From yesterday’s Special Ed meltdown.

Report: While Obama Kisses Ayatollah Ass, Iran Is Placing Guided Warheads On Hezbollah Rockets Pointed At Israel…

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Wonderful.

Via JPost:

Iran is placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior Defense Ministry official involved in preparing Israeli air defenses said Tuesday.

Speaking at the Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference in Herzliya, organized by the iHLS defense website and the Israel Missile Defense Association, Col. Aviram Hasson said Iran is converting Zilzal unguided rockets into accurate, guided M-600 projectiles by upgrading their warheads.

Hasson, who is in charge of upper tier missile defenses in the Defense Ministry’s HOMA, which is a part of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, described Iran as a “train engine that is not stopping for a moment. It is manufacturing new and advanced ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. It is turning unguided rockets that had an accuracy range of kilometers into weapons that are accurate to within meters.”

Hezbollah, he continued, “is getting a lot of accurate weapons from Iran. It is in a very different place compared to the Second Lebanon War in 2006.”

Aprils Fools On Dems: Tax Cuts Bringing Jobs And Prosperity To Kansas…

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Cut taxes and they will come.

Via IBD

Liberals threw every punch they had at Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last fall, hoping to unseat the Republican for the sin of cutting tax rates to stimulate job growth and economic revival. Guess who’s still standing.

From the New York Times to the Kansas City Star, Brownback’s agenda was denounced as a failure and a warning to others of what happens when you try to ride the Laffer Curve and cut taxes.

Here’s what you won’t read today: The tax cut is working. Labor Department data show job growth in Kansas tied with Utah as the fastest in the nation in February.

Back in 2012, Brownback cut the highest income-tax rate from 6.4% to 4.8% with the goal of eventually eliminating the state income tax entirely. The tax on small business income was zeroed out. It was denounced as “trickle-down economics,” though the state’s unemployment rate is now down to 4.5%.

“The number one complaint I’m hearing now,” Brownback tells us.[…]

Wages are also growing in Kansas. Before the tax cut, workers on KC’s Kansas side earned 40 cents an hour more than Missouri workers. Now the gap is $3.

The idea behind the Kansas tax cut was to provide long-term growth incentives for a state that has traditionally lagged the rest of the nation. The left seized on budget deficits in recent years as evidence that the plan wasn’t working. But that was due to an unwillingness of legislators to cut spending to match the tax cuts.

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IRS Says Abortions Are Eligible For A Tax Deduction…

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Libs rejoice!

Via LifeNews:

It’s tax time and millions of Americans are looking for extra deductions to get the maximum refund possible. Some Americans may be surprised to know that, if they aborted their baby last year, they’re eligible for a deduction.

Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.

So what does the IRS say about deducting the cost of killing your child? “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion,” it says.

Dem Base Swoons: Holder Sues University In Oklahoma Claiming Professor Was Fired After ‘He’ Turned Into A ‘She’…

Attn Gen. Holder Announces 17 Billion Dollar Settlement With Bank Of America Over Mortgage Securities Fraud

Via WaPo:

The U.S. Justice Department is suing an Oklahoma university, charging that school officials discriminated against a professor who changed gender during her time working there.

Rachel Tudor was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the English department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004, after applying as a man with a traditionally male name, according to the lawsuit  filed Monday. Then in 2007, Tudor told school officials that he would become a woman during that academic year, took the name Rachel, and began wearing women’s clothes and a traditionally female hairstyle.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in December that federal prohibitions against sex discrimination include protections based on gender identity.

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Poll: Half The Voters In Key States Of Ohio, Florida And Pennsylvania Say They Don’t Trust Hillary Clinton..

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Hillary prepares to give the Jedi death pinch. The Quinnipiac poll doesn’t list Ted Cruz.

Via The Hill

Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings have plunged in two battleground states that will be critical to determining the 2016 presidential election, a new poll finds.

In addition, about half the voters in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania say they don’t trust the former secretary of State.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Tuesday, 50 percent of voters in Florida say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy, compared to 41 percent who say she is. Clinton’s favorability rating in the Sunshine State has shrunk from 53 percent positive and 39 percent negative last month, to 49 percent positive and 46 percent negative this month.

In Pennsylvania, 49 percent of voters say they don’t trust Clinton, against 44 percent who say that they do. Clinton’s favorability rating in the Keystone State plummeted from a 55percent-38 percent split in February, to 48 percent positive and 47 percent negative in March.

Clinton’s image has held up the best in Ohio, where a slim plurality, 47 percent, say they find Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, against 46 percent who say they don’t. Her favorability rating remains nearly unchanged here, at 51 percent positive and 43 percent negative.[…]

Clinton has said she turned over to the government those emails that were pertinent to her work as secretary but deleted all of her personal emails. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, says Clinton has erased all information from the personal email server she used. Many Republicans are pressuring Clinton to turn her server over to an independent investigator.[…]

In Florida, Clinton has lost her lead over Jeb Bush. Last month, she edged the former Florida governor 44 percent to 43 percent. Now, she trails Bush by 3 percentage points, 45 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton leads all other potential GOP presidential contenders in the Sunshine State, but her leads are narrowing. For instance, a 10 percentage point February advantage over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been whittled down to a 46 percent to 44 percent lead.

In Ohio, Clinton leads the entire pack of potential GOP contenders, where she has a 46 percent to 41 percent lead over Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the closest likely GOP hopeful in that state.

Paul also performs the best against Clinton in Pennsylvania, where he holds a 45 percent to 44 percent lead over the former secretary of State. Clinton leads all other GOP contenders in the state.

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Islamic State Magazine Justifies Use Of Child Executioners Using Islamic Scripture…

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Kinda hard to justify having children blow the brains out of prisoners based on the Bible.

Via RFEL:

The latest edition of Dabiq, the full-color, glossy propaganda magazine published by Islamic State (IS) militants, praises two children who have carried out execution-style killings for the militant group.

The eighth issue of Dabiq magazine, whose cover has the headline Sharia Alone Will Rule Africa, was shared on social media on March 30.

An article titled The Lions Of Tomorrow features photographs of the two child militants, both of whom are shown in videos apparently shooting captives that IS had accused of being foreign agents. […]

The Dabiq article refers to the children as “the lion cubs of the Khilafah (caliphate),” a term that IS has adopted to refer to its child militants. IS refers to the lands under its control as a “caliphate.”

IS’s use of children to carry out execution-style killings led to outpourings of shock and disgust across Western and Arab media. Dabiq referred to these reactions in its article, suggesting that IS militants had deliberately chosen to film the “child executioners” in order to create this response.

“As expected, the kuffar (infidels) were up in arms about the Khalifah’s use of ‘child soldiers’,” Dabiq wrote.

The author of the article goes on to justify the use of children as soldiers and to carry out killings by saying that this is part of IS’s interpretation of Islam and Islamic history.

“This was the Sunnah (Muslim way of life based on Muhammad’s teachings and the Koran) of Allah’s Messenger, who would allow those capable from among the young Sahabah (the Prophet Muhammad’s companions) to participate in his battles against the mushrikin (polytheists),” Dabiq says.

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High School Student Asks Defense Secretary About “The History of Pervasive Misogyny In The Military”…

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Mini-moonbat’s are so cute when they try and act like they know what they’re talking about.

Via CNS News:

A female high school student on Monday asked Defense Secretary Ashton Carter about the “history of pervasive misogyny in the military,” including sexual abuse.

Carter told her he’s “aware that we put our people in circumstances unique to military life that can…create opportunities for predators.”

The defense secretary was speaking at Abington High School in Pennsylvania, his alma mater, explaining the changes he wants to make to attract “the best of the best” to the nation’s all-volunteer military.

He used “diversity” as one of the selling points in his speech:

“Finally, knowing how much your generation cares about diversity, drawing talent from a wide range of gender, racial, religious, cultural, economic, educational and all sorts of other backgrounds, we’re going to keep making sure that anyone who’s able and willing to serve their country has the full and equal opportunity to do so, whether you’re a man or woman, gay, lesbian or straight, no matter what walk of life your family comes from. And we’ll make sure you’re treated with dignity and respect.”

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Obama-Appointed Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Allows Transgenders To Sue For Discrimination…

Wait, isn’t this supposed to be a health care law?

Via CNS News:

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, an Obama appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, ruled earlier this month that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, allows transgender people to sue if they feel they have been discriminated against by a health care provider.

“Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability under ‘any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance … or under any program or activity that is administered by an Executive agency or any entity established under [Title I of ACA],’ the HHS Civil Rights Division states on its website.

“Section 1557 is the first Federal civil rights law to prohibit sex discrimination in health care. To ensure equal access to health care, Section 1557 also applies civil rights protections to the newly created Health Insurance Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act.”

Nelson said transgender people have a right to sue if they believe they have faced discrimination.

There is no mention of “gender identity” in the section, but Nelson ruled in favor of a woman who told doctors at the Fairview Southdale Hospital in Minnesota that she was a man despite the sex listed on her driver’s license and who sued the hospital claiming she was mistreated by doctors and staff.

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Chicago Jesus Commutes Drug Dealers Sentences, Urges Them To “Turn Their Life Around”…

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HT: The White House

Daily Show’ Co-Creator’s First Reaction To New Host: “Thank God It’s Not A White Guy”…

She is half right, that he isn’t a white guy. Click photo for video.

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Via The Daily Caller

Trevor Noah is confirmed as the new host of the “Daily Show,” and one of the show’s co-creators is absolutely stoked the show is not helmed by a white man any longer.

Appearing on “News Nation” with MSNBC host Tamron Hall, the show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead remarked that her initial reaction to the Noah’s hiring was, “thank god it’s not a white guy.”

“When you heard the name, tell the truth, what was your gut reaction?” Hall asked the show’s founder.

“My gut reaction was thank god it’s not a white guy,” said Winstead. “I have to be honest.”

“Why did that matter to you?!” asked a surprised Hall

“I just really wanted to have a wide swath of a different kind of lens in the ‘Daily Show,’” Winstead said.[…]

“What about a woman?” Hall asked.

“A woman would have been awesome too,” Winstead said. “I was like, oh good, they actually didn’t go with another guy who could fit the bill. And I was excited.”

“I went back — I was kind of like everybody else,” Winstead said. “Trevor is famous outside of the United States and his — like I, when he started on the ‘Daily Show’ I followed him on Twitter then and I watched some of his stand-up and story is compelling.”

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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Loses Debate Over RFRA With Conservative Guest, Orders Producers To “Cut His Mic Off”…

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Via The Daily Caller

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz likely didn’t know what he was getting into when he invited Heritage Foundation Fellow Ryan Anderson on “The Ed Show” to discuss the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In the middle of the heated debate, during which Anderson schooled Schultz on the history and context of RFRAs, Schultz was forced to cut his guest’s mic off to save face.

“This law doesn’t open the door for discrimination,” Anderson began. “This is the law that’s been on the federal books, governing federal courts for 20 years–”

“That’s not true,” Schultz cut in. “It does not have the definition of person connected to a corporation, would you agree?”

But Anderson noted that in the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled the federal RFRA does apply to corporations. “Most churches are corporate persons, most charities are corporations. So the idea that a Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn’t protect corporations really doesn’t have any basis in the law.”

Schultz response was, uh, interesting, but not all that coherent. “Mr. Ryan [sic], you’re not a corporation, you’re a human being. Now you may work for a corporation, but the rights of you [sic] far exceed that of a corporation. And this right now, if you connect the two, opens the door for blatant discrimination.”

“Organizations do have rights,” Anderson shot back. “The New York Times has free press rights… so in the same way MSNBC has rights as a journalistic organization, people who form organizations also have their religious liberty rights protected. And this is the law for the whole federal government and 30 states.”

“If a gay couple walks into a restaurant and I own it, you’re telling me in Indiana if I own that restaurant, I can tell them to get out of here and you don’t think that’s discrimination?” Schultz yelled. “That’s not the position of the right wing?”

“Please point to names who are saying restaurant owners should be kicking gay and lesbian people out of restaurants,” Anderson challenged. “You’re demagoguing!”

That in turn led to a heated shouting match about whether or not Indiana Governor Mike Pence supported kicking gays out of restaurants. “You just slandered the governor,” Anderson said. “You called him a homophobe!”

Schultz’ response was simple. “Cut his mic,” he told his producers. “Cut his mic off. I’m not going to — I gave him a chance. We’ll bring him back if he wants to be courteous.”

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HT: Indy1826