Too Much Misinformation about RFRA

    Abundant misinformation surrounds and warps discussions of the law widely identified under the acronym RFRA. The letters RFRA stand for Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The title was first used for a federal law passed in 1993. The case that triggered the law was a court ruling that criminalized use of peyote by Indian tribes who had historically considered this substance crucial to their religious observances. | Read More »

    The Left’s Newly Found (and Fake) Populism

    Generally speaking, populism is the political belief that power should ultimately rest in the hands of the “little people.”  Its hard to define who the “little people” actually are unless you on the left side of the political spectrum in which case they are the 99%.  In fact, most polling shows that the American public is generally wary of things that are “big” be they | Read More »

    Will Obama Surrender Guantanamo?

    The White House denies it will give Guantanamo to Cuba, however the President’s track record of unilateral concessions to Cuba without preconditions should serve as a warning that he indeed may surrender our naval base, property and territory, perhaps after the 2016 election. To circumvent Congress and the courts, this might be done while Congress is in recess and over the course of just a few | Read More »

    Hillary: In Search of a Case

    Any serious presidential candidate needs to be able to make a simple case as to why their party should nominate them and what they would offer the electorate as a president. Mitt Romney had demonstrated mastery of the economic system; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87% can broaden the appeal of the Republican party by bringing in younger voters and libertarians; Scott Walker | Read More »

    Rand Paul is too strong on the Second Amendment, according to the NRA

    Rand Paul is too strong on the Second Amendment, according to the NRA

    The NRA’s annual convention is coming up. They invited possible/announced 2016 candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush. Two people they didn’t invite: Chris Christie and Rand Paul. It is not surprising that the New Jersey moderate was not invited. But the lack of an invitation for Paul stands out. | Read More »

    CISA: New “Cybersecurity” Bill Is About Surveillance, Not Security

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 44% (R-NC) is trumpeting a major Senate cyber bill that he claims is better at protecting privacy. Burr, who is chairman the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, hails this bipartisan measure which was recently approved by his panel, as taking the first step in cracking down on the theft of personal data and intellectual property. Elaborating, he goes on to | Read More »

    Slager Would Have Been Charged with the Walter Scott Shooting Anyway

    Discussions of horrible events in the immediate aftermath invariably engender scolding (typically but not exclusively) from the left that one ought not “politicize” a tragedy. That these opprobria occur well after politicization of their own is underway doesn’t seem to be any kind of logical or moral hurdle to overcome. Thus in the aftermath of Sandy Hook we get campaigns for gun bans and finger-wagging | Read More »

    Follow the Money: CSGV-NRA 2015

    Follow the Money: CSGV-NRA 2015

    If you don’t know the name Emily Miller yet, it’s time to start paying attention, especially as anti-gun groups have chosen her as their next target to bully. Miller is the chief investigative reporter for the television station WTTG FOX 5 in Washington, DC. In addition to being an award-winning journalist with an impressive background, she is an accomplished author. Her book “Emily Gets Her | Read More »

    Nuclear deal with Iran proves John Kerry was right

    Nuclear deal with Iran proves John Kerry was right

    In his article earlier this week, Tom Tancredo wondered if Obama was committing treason as a result of the nuclear “deal” he has negotiated with Iran—a deal Israel calls a dream for Iran and a nightmare for the world. The answer to that question is open for debate, but one thing is certain—he is at least guilty of committing stupidity. In the days following this | Read More »

    My freedom of association, and yours

    My freedom of association, and yours

    May I order orange juice at Memories Pizza? Last week saw the roiling of public opinion over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that seek to allow greater protection to those with religious objections to legal mandates that they perform specific actions when they claim a conscientious objector status. The media immediately interpreted the law as about discrimination against gays and lesbians, one suspects largely because | Read More »

    Air Force: F-35 ready for initial combat in 2016

    The Air Force is nearly ready to declare its F-35 fighter jets ready for initial combat use as early as August 2016, according to a top F-35 official. Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, a two-star general and pilot with more than 4,100 hours flying in fighter jets including the F-22, told Reuters this week that the Air Force variant of the F-35 was making progress towards | Read More »

    Rand Paul Exposes Democrat Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice Death Culture

    Rand Paul Exposes Democrat Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice Death Culture

    Thank you, Rand Paul, for sticking it to The Woman.  The AP threw him “the question” on abortion Wednesday during his NH campaign swing, and Rand threw it right back. Later in the day, when asked after a campaign stop in Milford about the interview, which the Democratic National Committee had sent reporters, Paul said, “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to | Read More »

    Is a bad white cop automatically a racist?

    99.9% of the stories about the South Carolina cop accused of murder begin with some variant of this sentence: White South Carolina ( or southern) cop shoots unarmed black man in the back, killing him. The officer in question has been fired, and will stand trial for murder. The process will unfold, the system will work. So then, is the MSM conducting its own version | Read More »

    Goals for Republican Insiders

    Like many of us here at RedState, I am a member of my local Republican Party (County Republican Central Committee in my case, referred to as RCC hereafter).  This move was prompted by our own ColdWarrior, powered by my love for America as found in the founding documents, and assisted by other RedStaters.  I have documented my process in my earliest diaries. The thesis statement for | Read More »

    Oh! Those Scary Words…

    But if thought corrupts language, language can corrupt thought.—George Orwell If anything is true today in political discourse, it is the tendency by those on the Left to distort the human language to their own ends.  This, I believe, is a major difference between us and them- our ability to cut through the bull and speak commonsense, and their inability to speak commonsense and to | Read More »

    Tuesday’s Election Results Show That Illinois Voters Are TEA Partiers At Heart

    One thing is abundantly clear in the wake of Tuesday’s consolidated election here in Illinois; at heart the voters of this state are TEA Partiers and they let local officials know it. Illinois’ taxpayers face a heavy burden.  We have the tenth highest state-local sales tax rate in the nation according to the Tax Foundation.  The Tax Policy Center meanwhile tabulate Illinoisans face the second highest | Read More »

    California’s Latest Insult to Citizens and Legal Immigrants

    This nation is not a “nation of immigrants” as is so often said without any contradiction. It is instead, a nation of laws. When it ceases being that, there will be nothing to distinguish America from any other nation. We’re already headed for the rocks.

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    I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz

    I'm a libertarian, and I'm supporting Ted Cruz

    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa.  We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of | Read More »

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Lies Like a Cheap Watch

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Lies Like a Cheap Watch

    Let’s peer behind the wavy green mask of Starbucks Corporation, the Seattle-based knight in shining armor defending all things liberal. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, said last year at a shareholder meeting: Not every decision is an economic decision….If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks | Read More »

    Waiting for a Leader to Emerge

    Deep into a second term, Barack Obama is determined to double down on his failed agenda. Virtually everything he says is designed to mislead, undercut, and harm the fabric of our nation. The public is slowly coming to realize the reality behind his rhetoric, and is not liking what they see. They are tired of being lied to, and they want the truth. A turn | Read More »

    You Will Be Made To Worship Their god

    The opponents of RFRA are still quick to deploy their “separation of church and state cliché, but one side is demanding that the state fine people for declining to participate in a religious service. It isn’t mine. It’s the ACLU and its allies who are ready to use the power of the state to compel unwilling people to participate in religious services.

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    Your 2008-2016 Depression and Anger, St. Augustine, Oswald Spengler, A Host of Others, and Your Future

    In the movie Ben-Hur, based on the book by Civil War General Lew Wallace, a book rarely if ever read in the schools these days, Balthasar (one of the Three Kings) witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus, and crushed by the madness he has seen in Jerusalem, he turns away and says: “I have lived too long.” After reading many things at assorted Conservative sites such | Read More »

    President Obama’s “Less-Than-Loving” Easter Attack on Christians Should “Concern” You

    President Obama, who won’t call out radical Islam for beheading Christians, is spewing verbal vitriol against Christians.

    President Obama began his remarks at an Easter Prayer Breakfast this week saying he is “concerned” about “less-than-loving” Christians.

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    Dirty Harry Reid

    I’ve been pondering the recent Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 8% episode, where Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 8% discussed the incident from 2012 when he openly lied about Mitt Romney not filing tax returns for 10 years. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 8% completely justified his behavior by stating to CNN’s Dana Bash, “”I don’t regret that at | Read More »

    Video of South Carolina Officer’s Alleged Murder of Unarmed Man

    Video of South Carolina Officer's Alleged Murder of Unarmed Man

    Here is the video from the NYT that goes along with Leon’s post on this. Warning: the video shows someone dying before your eyes.

    Why Should God Bless America?

    There were 1.05 million abortions in America in 2011.  There have been more than 55 million since the Roe v. Wade decision.  Several states have approved of Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court is likely to make it the law of the land.  When the state of Indiana recently attempted to enact legislation to protect religious liberty, Americans from all corners of the country voiced | Read More »

    Crisis management is not a strategy- neither is isolationism

    From Christian decapitations to radical Islamist victory marches, crisis and chaos is erupting across the world. The Obama Administration’s “crisis management” foreign policy has produced one thing: anarchy. In Syria, President Obama drew a “red-line.” President Bashar al-Assad responded by launching chemical attacks against women and children. In Egypt, our longtime ally, Obama’s team willingly accepted the disastrous power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead | Read More »

    Should Menendez Resign?

    On April 1st, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) 0% was indicted on 14 counts of corruption, bribery and fraud.  This indictment comes after a 2-year investigation by the Justice Department after allegations surfaced in 2012 that Menendez’ close association with a wealthy Miami doctor- Salomen Melgen- was suspicious.  In 2013 after it was revealed that Melgen paid over $15,000 for two | Read More »

    Is Hillary the security leak that let the Russians hack into the White House?

    Powerline reported months ago that the White House computers were inaccesible, yet no one in the mainstream media ran a story that would make the Obama Administration look incompetent.  Now CNN is reporting on the story, and saying that it is traced to an initial break-in at the State Department.   Their is mention that a frequent way of getting access is with e-mails supposedly from | Read More »

    Salon’s Brittney Cooper has Lost Her Faith and Her Mind

    Salon's Brittney Cooper has Lost Her Faith and Her Mind

    Britney Cooper thinks she’s cornered the market on Jesus.  A white-hating, microaggression-avoiding, birth-control-loving, sexually free, and “possibly queer” Jesus. Of course she’s lost her mind, along with whatever faith she has as a “practicing Christian.”  Then again, Salon.com published this puddle of intellectual putrescence because they need the clicks, right? As a practicing Christian, I am deeply incensed by these calls for restoration and reclamation | Read More »

    Why J.C. Watts is supporting Rand Paul’s presidential bid

    Why J.C. Watts is supporting Rand Paul's presidential bid

    Former Oklahoma congressman and conservative rock-star J.C. Watts endorsed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87%‘s presidential bid last week. Since then, he has been busy. Last night, he went to bat for Paul on MSNBC (watch here). This morning, he emceed Paul’s presidential announcement. Why is this Newt 2012 supporter backing Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87% in 2016? Here is | Read More »

    Goodbye, James Best

    James Best passed away today. Many of Redstate’s younger readers probably haven’t heard of him. He wasn’t a politician, a professional athlete, or a musician. I don’t know anything about his political views or his religious beliefs. The only thing I know about him is that he played Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltraine on a silly 80s action show called The Dukes of Hazard. The show | Read More »

    Hackers Reveal Obama’s Private Schedule

    Hackers Reveal Obama's Private Schedule

    Here’s one advantage of Hillary Clinton’s private email server:  when Russian hackers penetrated the State Department’s network, they found none of Hillary’s documents.  But they did use that system to leapfrog into a more promising target:  the White House. CNN reported today that a sensitive but unclassified system was breached last year during the intrusion. While the White House has said the breach only affected | Read More »

    Billionaire Enviro-Wacko Tom Steyer Looking To Use Iowa Caucus To Push Global Warming

    Tom Steyer The global warming/climate change political advocacy group NextGen Climate, funded by billionaire environmental wacko Tom Steyer, is going to team up with something called the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and attempt to interject climate change/global warming as much as possible into the 2016 presidential race by focusing on Iowa and having climate “activist” confront Democrat, but mostly Republican candidates on the issue. | Read More »

    Conservative Activist Nina May’s Message To All GOP Presidential Candidates

    A friend of  mine, political activist and filmmaker Nina May, sent this essay to fellow conservatives and I thought it was worth sharing with RedState readers. I remember a conversation in 2011 with the advisor of a GOP presidential candidate as though it replays in slow motion with the sound effects of Psycho echoing in the background. It was after one of the debates where | Read More »

    Duke Energy Takes A Stand in North Carolina

    The escalation of federal, state, and local government overreach presents a constant threat that warrants oversight and accountability. Sometimes, however, these actions are so egregious that the impropriety is self-evident. Last month, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources nailed Duke Energy for an unprecedented $25.1 million fine for coal ash contamination of groundwater near the company’s Sutton Plant. This sets a historic record | Read More »

    The GOP’s Quest for a Losing Candidate in 2016

    The Republicans are clearly seeking a sure loser for 2016, so they can be assured of certain defeat. Let us help them focus properly, by analyzing the techniques of the great losers of the past—McCain and Romney. McCain heard his followers at a 2008 campaign rally plead with him to fight harder for the presidency—one man said: “…Frankly, we’re scared. We’re scared of an Obama | Read More »

    Morality According to the 3 Percent, Like Communism, ISIS

    The hullabaloo over false information being propagated about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) reveals a much more serious underlying problem in America. Morality according to the 3 Percent (the gay community in America) is defined by imposing conformity, control, coercion, and oppression over those who disagree with their definition of equality, fairness, tolerance, or even love. The 3 Percent’s “outrage” cannot be about | Read More »

    Gay Mafia II: The Sequel

    Gay Mafia II: The Sequel

    Just like the Godfather movie franchise, the Gay Mafia will have a sequel or two, as we see today in Gay Mafia II. Following the successful bullying of the spineless RINOs in Indiana, the Gay Mafia is making an impact on the GOP—which really does stand for Gutless On Principles—across the country. After witnessing the mafia-styled thuggery unleashed on lawmakers in Indiana when they passed | Read More »

    Obama’s Objective: Nationalize California’s Government-Made Water Disaster

    California – the Golden State that hasn’t been golden in decades. And has for decades been under the near total control of the Democrat Party. These two things are not unrelated. California has for the Reality-based community long been a perfect reverse barometer. Anything the state does – do the opposite, and success and prosperity will surely ensue. We like to juxtapose California and Texas. | Read More »

    The Hits Keep Coming from the Left

    In a tendency now bordering on suicide, the Left keeps proposing and sometimes enacting bills which violate the more important law of unintended consequences.  In my reading on the subject, I could come up with only one good unintended consequence of anything and it had nothing to do with any liberal policy or belief.  That unintended good consequence, in fact, had to do with the | Read More »

    ISIS Fighters Stricken with Serious Skin Disease. Judgment of God?

    ISIS Fighters Stricken with Serious Skin Disease.  Judgment of God?

    At first I thought this story was one of those far-fetched tales in WorldNetDaily or a parody from The Onion.  But it’s real. There’s a disease called leishmaniasis which is endemic to the Levant, meaning Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq.  It just so happens that ISIS inhabits the same area as this serious skin disease, which is spread by sand flies. I kid you not.  If | Read More »

    Tipping Point: The Lynch Nomination Will Set The Trajectory

    Victory feeds on itself. Similarly, defeat feeds on itself. When we broke up the “bipartisan” health care negotiations in the spring of 2009 — when we killed every word of Obama gun control — when we “blue slipped” amnesty legislation — we created a reverse-momentum that stymied Obama and changed history. Conversely, when the GOP leadership caved on the Cromnibus — when Mike Pence soiled | Read More »

    Comments on Generation Wuss

    America must stop funding Christian persecution around world

    United States taxpayers fund Christian persecution around the world with the nation’s existing foreign aid program of more than $30 billion a year. That brutal conclusion surfaces by examining Open Doors USA’s 2015 study on the most severe Christian persecution worldwide and compare it to the list of nations that receive U.S. foreign aid. Of the 50 nations identified in the Open Doors USA World | Read More »

    Marita Noon: The sun and the wind are free, but converting them to reliable electricity is expensive, if not impossible

    Without thinking of what works well in each situation, government has tried to apply a one-size-fits-all solution. Based on a phony narrative of energy shortages and global warming, err, climate change, renewables have been sold as the panacea. While they may be the right choice in a few cases, such as my cattle ranching friends, or even in the oil fields—which are one of the single biggest industrial users of solar power, many individual locales may be better served by coal, or natural gas, even nuclear, than by renewable power. But the mandates, or the EPA, have not taken that into consideration.

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    Generation Wuss

    Generation Wuss

     From the diaries… The unbridled hysteria over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was also directed toward places like the falsely reported “anti-gay” pizzeria, would not, I believe, have occurred ten years ago. Nonsense has always existed, but outrageous cries of discrimination have become mass-produced, are set off at the slightest inconvenience, and are fueled by omnipresent social media. Even though this is true: “…the | Read More »

    Gay Mafia whacks religious freedom in Indiana

    Gay Mafia whacks religious freedom in Indiana

    After radical left-wing homosexual activists forced the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich a year ago, liberal atheist Bill Maher of the HBO television program Real Time With Bill Maher, said that he believes in the existence and power of what he called the “gay mafia.” “I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked. I really | Read More »

    Progressives: Puritans with a Different God

    Progressives: Puritans with a Different God

    Indiana has gone from becoming a standard-bearer in the battle for religious liberty, to a routed coward who unhands the ensign, careful not to trip over the pole on the way to the rear. State versions of the federal RFRA are a red herring, which in no way inform legislative or social policy, except in very specific situations (such as a city council passing a | Read More »

    The Left: If It Makes Sense, Oppose It

    There is a propensity for those on the Left to oppose anything which makes commonsense.  This is a group of people who have labeled themselves “progressive,” but it appears their “progress” ended in the policies of the New Deal or the Great Society, policies that are 50-70 years old.  To them, time has stood still since 1938 or 1966 when realities of 2015 are very | Read More »