The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
What's the matter with Houston that it would elect such a person: if the report is true, an obvious homosexual fascist who trashes the first and second rights enumerated in the First Amendment to the US Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,...."
Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional unless there is a compelling government interest. He wrote that neither Idaho nor Nevada offered any legitimate reasons to discriminate against gay couples.
Either 1) neither Idaho nor Nevada offered compelling reasons or 2) the judges ignored the compelling reasons.
Homosexuality is fundamentally at odds with the proper ordering of things. In the case of males, sanctioning homosexual marriage sends the completely incorrect signal too youth that penises belong up male rectums, which they clearly do not. Such homosexual activity is fraught with all sorts of negative physical and mental consequences. It promotes extreme sexual-risk-taking including sex by, and with, HIV/AIDS infected persons and rampant promiscuity, which occurs at high rates in homosexual "open" marriages where monogamy doesn't demand exclusivity and faithfulness but rather allows spouses to still sleep around or to engage in orgies, etc. Lesbians do not escape serious negative impacts either.
In addition, the exact arguments used by the court to allow same-sex marriage apply to polygamous unions, incestuous unions (we've seen the German's ethics council arguing for incestuous marriages along these exact lines), and, frankly, all manner of sexual anarchy leading to the utter degradation of society and civilization.
If working to prevent all that via laws forbidding homosexuality, with its inherent problems, is not a compelling state interest, nothing is.
The ruling opens Pandora's Box. The judges are very shortsighted.
There was nothing wrong with the absolute prohibition against homosexuality. It was a good thing. The dark side has undermined it and is working to undermined the whole of humanity. Other nations will be well-advised to avoid following the increasingly decadent USA.
Holder’s real legacy includes, without making a complete list: providing pseudo-legal sanction for assassination of US citizens, military commissions, and incommunicado detention; shielding war criminals, corporate criminals, and Bush-era officials from prosecution; persecuting whistleblowers and journalists; targeting protesters and antiwar activists under antiterror laws; asserting unlimited executive powers; justifying government secrecy; deporting immigrants en masse; abetting the expansion of illegal domestic spying; slashing wages and benefits for workers; and infiltrating authoritarian and fascistic legal doctrines into American jurisprudence.
... He should be remembered as the most right-wing attorney general in US history thus far, a crusader for dictatorship and an enemy of the working class. For his role in the numerous conspiracies to subvert democratic rights, including with respect to the illegal assassinations of civilians, he deserves to be arrested, indicted and prosecuted.
Shielding the George W. Bush administration leadership was the worst offense followed closely by shielding the banksters.
Within my lifetime, I believe Alberto Gonzales was more right-wing, but Eric Holder got away with it more (so far).
In addition to many of the things mentioned above, the libertarians have a long list of complaints, not the least of which is "Fast and Furious."
Of course, there are anarchist libertarians versus more socially-conservative libertarians. The latter simply hate the fact that as AG, Holder simply would pick and choose which laws to enforce. I must admit that I don't remember any AG (or President) before openly stating that he would not enforce a federal law (regardless of whether the law happened to be in the courts a great deal, such as homosexual "marriage"). It was always my understanding that law enforcement had to follow the Supreme Court, not be out in front of it whether right or wrong. To pick and choose on issues that are undecided at the time, even being decided differently by different federal courts, is to make law rather than execute it (as the executive branch). He took an oath to faithfully execute....
Honestly, the types of things that federal office holders have been getting away with beginning with George W. Bush is amazing when compared to Watergate, where Republicans were often as disgusted as Democrats in many ways, sometimes more effectively.
Today, the Democrats, even the so-called liberal ones, almost always turn a blind eye.
The fact is, the US has shown a great deal of deep-seated corruption in so-called high places. I consider it lawless.
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