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MYTH: Too cold for shepherds to Tend Flocks in December - Part 2

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The First Thanksgiving Day - flyer

The Death of Jefferson Davis - December 6 1889

Marietta Daily Journal - on The First Thanksgiving

Demonstration against Lindsey Graham & Southern demographic displacement

MYTH: Too Cold For Shepherds in December

December 4 was First Thanksgiving, in Virginia, not Plymouth

Next League Demonstrations Against Southern Demographic Displacement

Federal Government Propaganda Machine

What is wrong with Thumping the Bible?

Drones for our protection. For those who will believe anything!

Psalm 2 Government - Newland v. Sebelius
By Mike Crane

As with many legal cases, this can be hard to follow. But this legal case concerning Obamacare and the government's effort to force contraceptive insurance on Catholics and others can be very informative. For the Doubting Thomas's that might be skeptical about the extracts from the case filings, a link to the complete documents are included below.

To begin a brief review of the First Amendment is in order:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This is a case about: "prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

When the First Amendment was ratified did this sentence generate a right for the people of our country?

The answer is no! This was added to the Constitution for the express purpose of preventing the central government from interfering with a right that the people had before the ratification of the Constitution. It was added to guarantee the rights already in existance.

The very beginning of of what became the United States of America clearly stated where our rights originate. This is of course the Declaration of Independence. Specifically:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Our rights are derived from God! Our government has now decided that it will decide what rights we have. This case is the governments effort to first convince us that a "court" can determine what our rights are and secondly to minimize the Constitutional meaning of free exercise.

Why would government do such a thing? The answer is in the first few verses of Psalm 2 and the reason this series of articles is called Psalm 2 government:

Psalm 2-1:3 (KJV):

1: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD , and against his anointed, saying,

3: Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

In verse 2 and 3 this passage is pointing out that those who have worldly authority over us, will plot or work together to eliminate our Christian Heritage as God's Plan for civil government places restrictions on government that they do not like.

Perhaps the time has come to begin thinking about how to put an end to this foolishness. Does God lead men to diminish God's Word?

Absolutely not!

Does that tell you who is actually leading this effort? If you need help answering that last question, click here.

 

Excerpts from DOJ response to motion for preliminary injunction: Newland v. Sebelius

Hercules Industries is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not practice religion.

Plaintiffs' challenge rests largely on the theory that a for-profit, secular corporation … can claim to exercise a religion and thereby avoid the reach of laws designed to regulate commercial activity. This cannot be. …"[w]hen followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity."

Plaintiffs' free exercise claim fails at the outset because for-profit, secular employers generally do not engage in any exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment.

Having chosen the secular, for-profit path, the company may not impose its owners' religious beliefs on its employees (many of whom may not share, or even know of, the owners' beliefs).

"[o]nce [an organization] enters the marketplace of commerce in any substantial degree it loses the complete control over its membership that it would otherwise enjoy if it confined its affairs to the marketplace of ideas").

The owners of Hercules Industries have no right to control the choices of their company's

employees, many of whom may not share the Newlands' religious beliefs.

Nor can the owners of a for-profit, secular company eliminate the legal separation provided by the corporate form to impose their personal religious beliefs on the corporate entity's employees.

These harms would befall female employees (and covered spouses and dependents) who do not share their employer's religious beliefs and might not have been aware of those beliefs when they joined the ostensibly secular company. Hercules Industries' desire not to make available a health plan that permits such individuals to exercise their own choice as to contraceptive use must yield to the Government's compelling interest in avoiding the adverse and unfair consequences that would be suffered by such individuals as a result of the company's decision.

And the Newlands, as individuals, are not required to provide any health coverage at all.

In short, there is nothing to indicate that Hercules Industries is anything other than a for-profit, secular employer.

By definition, a secular employer does not engage in any "exercise of religion,"

The Newlands nonetheless claim that the regulations substantially burden their religious exercise because the regulations may require the group health plan sponsored by their secular company to provide health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage.

…even if the preventive services coverage regulations were deemed to impose a substantial burden on any plaintiff's religious exercise, the regulations would not violate RFRA because they are narrowly tailored to serve two compelling governmental interests: improving the health of women and children, and equalizing the provision of preventive care for women and men so that women who choose to do so can be a part of the workforce on an equal playing field with men.

This Court, therefore, should reject plaintiffs' effort to bring about an unprecedented expansion of constitutional and statutory free exercise rights.

(Note: Alliance Defending Freedom and its client are not asking for an "expansion" of anything, only the protection of existing freedoms guaranteed under the United States Constitution.)

Full DOJ response to motion for preliminary injunction

Hercules Industries reply to DOJ response on motion for preliminary injunction

Hercules Industries original brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction

Source: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/NewlandDOJquotes.pdf

Related:

Psalm 2 Government - Charity Not Allowed

Psalm 2 Government - Christian teacher fired in Ohio gets day in court

Psalm 2 Government - Newland v. Sebelius

Psalm 2 Government - Obamanation vs. Hobby Lobby

Psalm 2 Government - Obamanation v. Christianity

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