Marriage Equality: Federal Judge Strikes Down Polygamy Ban Based on Gay Rights

December 16, 2013

(CBS) Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties on Saturday hailed a federal judge’s ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, saying it will remove the threat of arrest for those families.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in the decision handed down Friday that a provision in Utah law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees basic rights, including freedom of religion.

(Knish) If we’re not going to have any standards for marriage except “People in a relationship of some kind” then there’s no reason not to recognize polygamy. Or any of the crazier stuff coming down the pike. And that was why the left pushed the gay marriage scam to begin with.
The legalization of polygamy followed logically from the legal arguments against one man-one woman, as was predicted not just by me, but also by Professor Martha Nussbaum, one of the leading legal advocates for gay marriage, “Polygamy would have to be permitted.”
A U.S. District Court judge has sided with the polgyamous Brown family, ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional.
Judge Clark Waddoups’ 91-page ruling, issued Friday, sets a new legal precedent in Utah, effectively decriminalizing polygamy.
(KnishAnd the argument for striking down a polygamy ban? Modernity. Of course. We’re all so modern now that we know marriage is no longer between a man and a woman. It can be between anything and anything. A man and a man. A man and three women. A man and a tree.
“To state the obvious,” Judge Waddoups wrote, “the intervening years have witnessed a significant strengthening of numerous provisions of the Bill of Rights.” They include, he wrote, enhancements of the right to privacy and a shift in the Supreme Court’s posture “that is less inclined to allow majoritarian coercion of unpopular or disliked minority groups,” especially when “religious prejudice,” racism or “some other constitutionally suspect motivation can be discovered behind such legislation.”
The judge cited the decision in Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down laws prohibiting sodomy. He quoted the majority opinion by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that stated the Constitution protects people from “unwarranted government intrusions into a dwelling or other private places” and “an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression and certain intimate conduct.”
As same-sex marriage has gained popular approval and legal status in recent years, some have hoped — and some feared — that other forms of cohabitation might follow. Justice Antonin Scalia, in his bitter and famous dissent from the 2003 Lawrence case, said the nation was on the verge of the end of legislation based on morality, and was opening the door to legalizing “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality and obscenity.”

Just like Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power wanted

The most generous states in America: Republican and religious

August 20, 2012

Surveys have shown this phenomena before, but this study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy seems very thorough.
ABC News:

Which states are more generous about giving money to charities? Red or blue states? A report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How America Gives,” uses the most recent available IRS data from 2008 to find out.
The answer, according to the report, is that people in Republican-leaning states give somewhat more, mostly because of religious ties. The Chronicle studied individual tax returns and studied demographic characteristics such as religion and political affiliation. The report found that states that were in favor of the 2008 presidential candidate John McCain gave higher percentages of discretionary income toward charities.
Click for a map of how much states give to charities.
The state of Utah, where a majority of residents are Mormon and encouraged to give ten percent of their income to the church, had the highest percentage, 10.6 percent. Residents in Utah had an estimated median discretionary income of $49,551, or after taxes, housing, food, and other living expenses.

Of the top 5 most charitable states, only Washington, D.C. – which isn’t a state at all — made the rankings. Utah was first:

The state of Utah shows how important religion is to giving, said Peter Panepento, the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s assistant managing editor. In Utah, the estimated median contribution was $5,255, as reported to the IRS on itemized tax returns.
The states and communities that tended to give the highest percentage of income to charity were those with high rates of religious participation.
“Utah, far and away, has given the most to charity, with its strong tie to the Mormon religion,” he said.
Many religions, including the Mormon faith, encourage or direct believers to give 10 percent, or tithe, from their income to the church.

Utah was followed by Washington, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Utah topped the list with 10.6% of median income given to charity. By contrast, true blue Massachusetts gave only 2.8%.
Don’t you wish those conservatives weren’t so heartless and uncaring about the poor?

…and that my friend is family values: if Socialism were effective it might look a little like that.

Mexican Romney

February 25, 2012

COLONIA JUAREZ, MEXICO - JULY 10: From left, Karen Romney sits with her grandson, Tyton, and brother in law Leighton Romney at Sunday lunch after church service in Colonia Juarez, Mexico in July 2011. United States Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's family migrated to Mexico over 100 years ago after being granted asylum from Mexican President Porfirio Diaz after they had been pursued by the U.S. authorities for polygamy. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime For The Washington Post)  (Romney is currently running for the Republican nomination.)COLONIA JUAREZ, MEXICO – JULY 10: From left, Karen Romney sits with her grandson, Tyton, and brother in law Leighton Romney at Sunday lunch after church service in Colonia Juarez, Mexico in July 2011. United States Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s family migrated to Mexico over 100 years ago after being granted asylum from Mexican President Porfirio Diaz after they had been pursued by the U.S. authorities for polygamy. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime For The Washington Post) (Romney is currently running for the Republican nomination.)Dominic Bracco II / Prime / For The (Washington Post) (Romney’s rugged Mormon ancestors sowed riches in Mexico – Yahoo! News) Before the Mexican Revolution, more than 4,000 Mormons were given refuge in Mexico by dictator Porfirio Diaz, buttressed by ideas of support for religious freedom espoused by Mexico’s founding father, Benito Juarez.
Mitt’s great-grandfather Miles P. Romney was one of them. He married five women over the course of his life, and joined the first wave of settlers in Mexico.
In 1867, Miles P. was told to take a second wife by Brigham Young, who took over the leadership of the Mormon church after founder Joseph Smith was killed . Miles’ first wife, Hannah Hood Hill, Mitt’s great-grandmother, was at first unhappy but accepted the decision because of her faith and ended up living happily in a polygamous family, the travel log recounts.
Miles P. was a lover of theater who staged elaborate productions of Hamlet and other works by Shakespeare. He was dedicated to education, opening the first school in the colony where one of his wives taught under willow trees.
Those early days were difficult for the settlers – photos show them living in rock dugouts with no shoes and little food. They hunted deer and wild turkey for meat. But they created a haven where the polygamist families could stay together.
The Mormon church officially banned polygamy in 1890, but many spiritual weddings continued to take place in the colonies and Miles P. married his fifth wife seven years after the ban.
By the next generation, that of Mitt Romney’s grandfather Gaskell, the practice was all but non-existent. Mitt Romney has called polygamy “bizarre”.
George, in his recollections, calls his grandfather’s other wives his “aunts”. Although he found the idea of polygamy “repugnant”, he admired the family around him.

Romney calls for cutting aid to ‘Palestinians’ and UN

September 21, 2011
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, has called for cutting funding to the ‘Palestinians’ and the United Nations if the UN recognizes a ‘Palestinian state’ later this week. And that’s not all – no, that’s not all.

Mitt Romney would like to see the U.S. “cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition” if the U.N. opts to grant Palestine statehood. (MORE)

Thank you Mitt. And I say sincerely that I am sorry I have insulted your religion on this blog in the past. I really was trying to understand it. I still don’t believe in your view, but I no longer think Mormons are racist… in fact your text is meant to be just the opposite, but that is really why I can never be Mormon… because I think if G-d really did write a book it would be more clear. Bless you anyway… and I will support your presidency.

I’m starting to get the Mormons

September 14, 2011

I think I’m starting to get why the Mormons are Mormons. They were progressives that wanted to explain the flaws in life. Why were men cheating on their wives? Why are black men slaves? and their findings were offensive to the mainstream. When Mormons believe black people are cursed, they don’t mean it in a bad way and when Mormons take more then one wife they mean to protect women from abuse. Romney will probably be our next president. We had better start understanding them. I’m not Mormon, but I’m starting to get what it is about. This is offensive I’m sure to Mormons, but I believe Mormon theology is closer to Buddhism then Judaism. Any man can become a God. I’m not saying to convert, but I fail to see why Buddhism is so hip in NYC and Mormons are like chopped liver. If what I’m saying is offensive, I apologize. I’m not a believer, but I refuse to think that this religion’s followers mean harm to me. I’m trying to understand it as best I can… and from my background… which does not interpret the Torah literally. I’m not a hater. I even voted for Romney last time in the primaries. I just am having a hard time getting his beliefs.

Did Jew Like Beck?

August 22, 2011
Glenn Beck singles out Nine of the most dangerous people in the world (eight of whom just happen to be Jews), He even had to apologize after his ignorant comments comparing reform Judaism to Islam. Islam is the ultimate evil. An ideology that clearly promotes hate and violence against all non-Muslims, especially Jews. Reform Judaism, on the other hand, is a liberal movement that tries to love everyone (especially Muslims), says the JIDF
Glenn Beck has got it right on the Middle East says… says Barry Rubin….….We can all be like “Elohim” who is one of many Adonai in outer space…with lots of goddess wives in a harem ….Certainly, Beck makes silly mistakes on factual matters and details. …yeah, I’d say so. … Yet what’s important is that he comprehends the big picture. …Did I mention the goddess wife orgy…in outer space? ….I don’t say this based on a superficial view or on his support for Israel…
…Something about the Mormon church being…REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY… which actually is like the Catholic theology is not …Born Again… in believing that the Jews will realize who the Messiah is when Yashuah returns. …Thanks for the Jew Curse on FOX News and no elaboration that it was all a misunderstanding! His audience interpreted it just the way I understood it and his fans say it was only in reference to George Soros, but no one got it… so he doesn’t explain. Leaves it out there for misunderstanding.  Jesus is going to get JEW later.