Roy Moore Would Eliminate Virtually Everyone’s Rights

Alabama Senate Candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore

During an appearance on a far-right, conspiracy theory driven radio show in 2011, Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore made the case for eliminating all of the Constitution’s amendments not included in the original Bill of Rights. He argued the elimination of every amendment following the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’ the nation has with governance. The […]

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Roy Moore: America Hasn’t Been Great Since Slavery

Roy Moore Senate Campaign

Because they were overshadowed by other controversies at the time, remarks made by Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore are surfacing where he argued America hasn’t been great since slavery was law. He made the remarks during a September campaign speech in response to a question from an African-American man asking when America was last “great” (referencing […]

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The Trump DOJ’s Disingenuous KKK Supreme Court Argument

KKK

During oral arguments earlier this week, Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips being compelled to serve LGBTQ couples against his religious beliefs is identical to an African-American sculptor being compelled to sculpt a cross for a Ku Klux Klan meeting. Francisco made this argument repeatedly throughout his statements without a hint of irony or regard for the […]

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True Colors: Trump OK With Signs Refusing Service to LGBTQ People

Persecution and Privilege

Following Supreme Court oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Donald Trump would be fine with businesses hanging Jim Crow-style signs saying they would refuse to serve LGBTQ people. This is just the latest in a long series of anti-LGBTQ measures and positions Trump and his administration have taken since he […]

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Supreme Court Poised to Deal Another Blow to LGBTQ Rights

Masterpiece Cakeshop at the Supreme Court

Following the 90 minute oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court today in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, observers almost unanimously voiced concerns that the high court appears ready to side against LGBTQ public accommodation protections in lieu of granting a ‘religious liberty’ exception to business owners. Such a ruling would have a devastating effect on state and local level anti-discrimination […]

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Freedom From? Or Freedom TO? SCOTUS & Masterpiece Cakeshop

Masterpiece Cakeshop

The lyrics from an old song keep running through my head. “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake, baked a cake…” Unless you’re gay, of course. Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine which version of that song we’ll sing. Masterpiece Cakeshop insists that its cakes are “art,” and […]

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Two Cases, One Path: The Future of LGBTQ Rights at the Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the landmark Masterpiece Cakeshop case today, news of another case they let stand is making news. In the case of Turner v. Pidgeon – a case pitting LGBTQ spousal benefits against the state of Texas – the high court sided with Texas by refusing to hear arguments and letting the last decision […]

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Going Courting:Trump’s Deeply Unqualified Federal Judicial Nominees

judicial appointments for federal courts

I know there’s a fierce competition for the title of “most harmful consequence” of the Trump Administration. There’s so much to choose from: sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, waging war on public education, reviving the racist and ineffective drug war,  ensuring that new environmental regulations aren’t informed by science (and older ones aren’t enforced), drastically diminishing America’s role in world […]

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Goodbye To The Rule Of Law

Goodbye To The Rule Of Law: Trump and the Time Warner - AT&T Merger

It’s all quid pro quo, sleazy self-interest and graft in Trump’s swamp. The daily revelations–we’ve just learned that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been in business with Putin’s son-in-law, a connection that he somehow failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings—– tend to obscure the more pedestrian varieties of corruption and self-dealing that continue unabated while we are distracted by the Russian investigation and […]

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Louisiana School District Called Out Again For Religious Proselytizing

Bossier Parish school prayer

The Bossier Parish, Louisiana school district is back in the news again this week as an elementary teacher faces allegations of conducting open prayer with students in her classroom. The allegation follows recent controversy where the parish’s high school faced national backlash over a letter sent to all students (and their parents) threatening to punish any student athlete who engages in silent […]

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