The Denver City Council is stalling consideration of allowing Chick-fil-A, an openly Christian based company, to open a location at Denver International Airport due to comments made by company CEO-Dan Cathy about his opposition to the LGBT community and his beliefs as a Christian, as well as the companies donations made to charitable groups opposing LGBT causes.
This is an absolute violation of the First Amendment as it pertains not only to freedom of religion and belief, but freedom of speech; it is a direct prejudicial and discriminatory attack on a business because of their religious (Christian) stance.
The First Amendment does not expressly speak in terms of liberty to hold such beliefs as one chooses, but in both the religion and the expression clauses, it is clear, liberty of belief is the foundation of the liberty to practice what religion one chooses and to express oneself as one chooses. 169”If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” 170 Speaking in the context of religious freedom, the Court at one point said that while the freedom to act on one’s beliefs could be limited, the freedom to believe what one will ”is absolute.”
Despite ardent assurances from the concessionaires — who have operated other DIA restaurants — that strict nondiscrimination policies will include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to the chain at DIA “really, truly a moral issue on the city.” Robin Kniech, the council’s first openly gay member, said she was most worried about a local franchise generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.” She was first to raise issue with Chick-fil-A leaders’ politics.
While the Denver City Council delays its decision over whether to allow Chick-Fil-A to operate a business in its airport because of its “Christian values”, the city has become a hotbed of debate across America due to the recent undercover footage shot at a Denver Planned Parenthood clinic. At the center of the debate are questions about Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and the harvesting of human organs for profit. Congress is currently scheduled to vote as early as next week on whether to pull federal funding from the nonprofit, while several states have already taken it upon themselves to pull their state dollars from the corporate health giant. Colorado Democrats recently voted down a bill that would’ve defunded Planned Parenthood in their state.
Are the same concerns over corporate profits being used to fund or fuel racial hate groups, radical terrorist groups, or other such organizations, being raised by governmental officials when considering other such businesses? What about those companies and corporations that openly contribute to groups like Planned Parenthood, which has recently come under Congressional investigation after videos of PP corporate CEO’s and others were released showing a blatant disregard for not only the law as it pertains to abortion practices, but a vile apathy for the babies as well? Perhaps Colorado views the rights of the LGBT community to be more important than those of an unborn child?
Colorado isn’t alone when it comes to what appears to be an unwritten “anti-Christian” stance. City leaders in Chicago attempted to block a new Chick-fil-A location for similar reasons three years ago, ultimately backing down after reaching an agreement with the chain. Mayors in both Boston and San Francisco vowed to fend off any foray by Chick-fil-A into those cities as well. It appears that if a Christian business owner wants to setup shop in any of these locations, it is best to keep your Christian beliefs to yourself.
President Obama has announced that he will explain his reasoning behind the executive actions that he intends to implement concerning the broken immigration system on Thursday at 8 pm. ET, on the WhiteHouse.gov website. House Republican’s have cautioned that taking executive action on immigration would be a mistake, but it appears that the administration has rejected those warnings.
Although it is still uncertain of what the President’s plan calls for, one of 10 initiatives in an outline of his plan suggests that “deferred action” will be expanded to allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay and work in the United States. Critics say that those who receive deferred action would receive work authorization permits, Social Security numbers, and government-issued ID’s. Many fear that taking such an action could threaten a still relatively unstable economy and job’s market, and a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed that forty-eight percent of Americans are opposed to the President taking executive action on the issue while only thirty-eight percent support it. Obama’s current stance on implementing immigration reform through the use of executive action (bypassing Congress) is contradictory to what he has stated many times in past years. In fact, his “flip-flopping” on the issue of immigration reform combined with his contradictory statements about his legal authority to use executive action has earned him the rare “upside-down Pinocchio” from the Washington Post.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed…Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
– President Barack Obama (March 2011)
“Well, I think it is important to remind everybody that, as I said I think previously, and I’m not a king. I am the head of the executive branch of government. I’m required to follow the law…”
– President Barack Obama (January 2013)
“…The problem is that you know I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.”
– President Barack Obama (February 2013)
Although the degree to which this administration is willing to go in order to push their Ultra-liberal agenda has become increasingly apparent to most Americans and much of the media (whether they like to admit it or not), many still defend the President and his policies even amid an outpouring of evidence that shows a blatant disregard for Congress’ power and the citizenry themselves. The scandalous videos that recently surfaced; showing Obamacare’s architect, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber referring to American’s as “stupid” and admitting that Obamacare was basically a fraud perpetrated upon the American people, serves as insight into how this administration views the world around them. Now we come to the issue of possible amnesty by way of executive order for millions of illegal immigrants and its affect of a whole range of factors. From healthcare and jobs, to our educational system and security, it has many Americans concerned – and rightly so.
“There’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our southern border. The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century.
“If this huge influx of largely low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole, it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and puts strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
– Then Senator Barack Obama: 2006 autobiography entitled “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,”
Nearly all Americans agree that the first steps involved with improving the nation’s immigration policy would be to secure the border and enforce the laws that already exist. Having a White House that has suspended the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents from enforcing the current laws has not only compounded the immigration problem in our nation, but has put Americans at risk of potential terror threats from abroad.
The question of timing comes up concerning Obama’s plan as well. It is no secret that the Democrats suffered major losses in the mid-term elections. A wave of Republican victories throughout the country has been viewed by many as a direct referendum on many if not all of the Obama administration’s policies, whereas they have been rejected. Obama doesn’t seem to see it that way, stating in a press conference that he believes two-thirds of voters didn’t even show up at the polls. The sweeping Republican victory may have sent Obama another message as well, that he must do something to strengthen the chances of a Democrat win in 2016. What better way than by granting amnesty to millions of potential new Democratic voters.
Though he appears to be in denial as to what the mid-terms actually meant for his administration, he also seems vindictive and set upon going it alone even after repeatedly claiming he would do what he could to work with Republican’s. As for what may be ahead for America’s future, only time will tell.
For the past five years; tumultuous years, our nation has been through economic crisis, war, racial division, terror assaults, and social discourse along with countless other upheavals. We have seen Americans slaughtered by our enemies, Christian’s persecuted for their beliefs, and our allies turn a distrustful and apprehensive eye toward our nation.
Some may say that these things have always existed. That they have, at one time or another, always been a part of our culture and that they ebb and flow much like the tides that wash upon our beaches. This, I do not disagree with. For there has not been, nor will there ever be, complete peace upon our land – at least not until Jesus Christ returns. Some may believe differently than I on this matter, and to you I say that is what freedom is all about – the right to disagree. I do believe that the past five years have been unusually turbulent as compared to years past, and my fear is that this tide of uprising by forces set on the destruction of our great nation and its freedoms will not soon recede, but rather it will crash down upon us like a great wave of calamity. We, as Americans, will do what we have always done at that time – we will fight back, but at what cost then?
To wait; to ignore what is taking place within and without of this nation in regard to the brazen hostility and attacks of our enemies upon our own people and our allies, is to invite destruction upon us that might be averted, yet only if we act with the full measure of our resolve, that we will not be stripped of those things that we hold to be right and true. Do we wait until dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of our fellow Americans fall beneath the blade of extremists who do not hold the same regard for human life as we? I certainly hope that we have not become as complacent as such!
Our nation has been, and still remains a beacon of hope for many. The colors of our flag still stand out, strong and proud, amid the setting of the sun; a symbol of freedom fought for and purchased with the blood of so many brave who have secured that freedom at the ultimate of costs. It is not to be squandered by those eager to attain power or money. Yet, even now many Americans are beginning to see through the seemingly constant barrage of media hype and political melodrama being performed at our expense, while those in positions of power – responsible for taking action – remain steadfastly unwilling to act.
Ours has been a country described as a sleeping giant. For how long will that giant remain at rest when it realizes that those who have sworn allegiance to protect and defend her, to govern her economy with the interests of its citizens at heart rather than their own self interests, not only failed to honor that pledge, but have no intent of ever doing so? Our political leadership has faltered! I dare say, they have not acted in earnest in the positions for which they have vied to achieve and retain, and yet they ask repeatedly that they be trusted.
Congress has failed to secure our nation’s future financially, and continues to waste more and more money each and every year. The Senate refuses to act on bills that might better this nation because they cannot find agreement with Congress. The President flirts with violating the very laws of our nation by taking action on his own to achieve what he believes is right for our nation, while at the same time threatening to veto any bill out of the Congress that reaches his desk to which he does not wholeheartedly agree with. This is all unacceptable in the eyes of the very people they are supposed to be in office to serve, and yet they continue on as though they are on the side of right. Meanwhile, our enemies grow hungrier for our blood each day. They grow more emboldened and more defiant in the face of inconsistency, indecisiveness, and inaction.
Our nation is one without true leadership. Why? I believe that it is because those in power have been permitted to grow without boundaries. They have not forgotten who they serve, but rather no longer care. There is no excuse for the course that our nation’s government has chosen to take – bickering much like children and refusing to do what they have been elected to do! Those in all levels of government have sworn to do their duties according to the articles of the Constitution, and they must act, not only to secure our nation but to defend her as well.
I am not eager for war. I consider the risk of our young men and women in uniform to be something that should never – never be taken lightly. We have lost so much already, and yet I also know that there is never going to be an end to the tyrannical upheaval that the enemies of freedom continue to pummel at us! War was declared long ago by these people, and they will never rest until they are victorious or defeated entirely. To think otherwise is foolhardy and dangerous.
The United States of America must remain a leader in the constant quest to secure freedom and defend what is right and good. Our nation’s leaders must do their jobs, setting aside personal bias and without seeking personal or political-party satisfaction, so that our nation will begin to heal itself of its wounds and will once again be proud and strong. We must be a lion in the face of adversity, not seeking to destroy, but to defend and secure that which we all hold so dear.