The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

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Alexis de Tocqueville

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Democrat hypocrisy and sharia

From Creeping Sharia:


Democrat hypocrisy and sharia

Liberals and leftists continually flood social media outlet Twitter with nonsensical posts about Republicans and Christians imposing their own version of sharia law. It’s impossible to even keep up with the constant propaganda reposted by the ignorant and those knowingly out to deceive. So it’s nice when, on rare occasion, someone calls out their hypocrisy. This via HotAir, Democrat hypocrisy on religious liberty « The Greenroom.
Juicebox mafioso Matt Yglesias tweeted: “Newfound GOP enthusiasm for religious exemptions from generally applicable laws seems dangerously close to sharia.” There is an interesting point there, although Yglesias manages to get it almost completely backward.
He ought to know he went astray, based on his very next tweet directing readers to Justice Scalia’s opinion in Employment Division v. Smith, which ruled that while states have the power to accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not required to do so. Yglesias failed to mention the Smith decision prompted calls for a statutory restoration of prior case law, which was generally understood to require various exemptions for religious liberty. Smith was decided in 1990, so the enthusiasm for religious exemptions is not “newfound.”
The interesting point Yglesias raises in his backward, partisan way is whether conservatives should be as keen on religious exemptions from general laws as they have been. Although Yglesias no doubt treats the prospect of sharia law as a phantasmagorical boogeyman, the experience of European countries trying to assimilate growing Muslim populations demonstrates the potentially long and fractious road America may face on this front. It might be a better long-term solution for the Catholic Church to recognize that its religious liberty is best protected when everyone’s liberty is protected — in this case, by supporting the overall repeal of Obamacare.
Which candidate for president has claimed they would immediately repeal Obamacare?
When Democrats like Obama and Holder disregard the First Amendment to promote Islam and force mosques on cities and towns, and use taxpayer money to rebuild mosques in Muslim nations the juiceboxes are silent (or silently cheering). When cities like Philadelphia welcome sharia law it’s hardly news. When Obama dictates what Army chaplains can and can’t preach it’s barely news.

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