Black Americans: The True Casualties of Amnesty

This article originally appeared in National Review

One of the sleeper issues surrounding the debate on amnesty for illegal immigrants – an inconvenient one that no proponent of a widespread amnesty wishes to acknowledge – is the devastating effect so-called immigration reform will have on African Americans.

The black unemployment rate is almost 11 percent, far higher than that of any other group profiled by labor statistics. African Americans are disproportionately employed in lower-skilled jobs – the very same jobs immigrants take. As Steven Camarota asked in a recent column, why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working?

Who will be harmed most by amnesty? African-Americans.

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Anti-Christian Bigotry Explodes After Hobby Lobby as Dem Bill Threatens Religious Liberty

Multiple media outlets and far-left groups have savaged faithful Catholics and Protestants over this past week after the Supreme Court held that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). National Democratic leaders endorsing this anti-Christian discrimination show that America’s founding freedom is in grave danger, as they move a bill to abolish RFRA’s protections.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires employers to cover “preventive care.” Reportedly against the advice of even pro-abortion Catholics like former White House Chief of Staff William Daily, President Barack Obama authorized a federal regulation interpreting “preventive care” to include types of contraceptives that induce abortion.

On June 30 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Breitbart News reported in detail how the Supreme Court held 5-to-4 that at least some types of corporations can assert religious-liberty rights, which is hardly surprising since most churches are corporations.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the Court that the contraceptive mandate violates RFRA for those who object to abortion, since that regulation is not the least restrictive means to achieve a compelling public interest.

Hobby Lobby was about abortion, not birth control. Moreover, it wasn’t about access to abortion; it was about whether a Christian employer who objects to abortion has a right not to pay for the abortion.

While it’s unsurprising the Left has been apoplectic over the decision, the viciousness and vitriol of liberals’ reactions are sobering.

A prime example of this hostility is seen in a Salon magazine article lambasting the decision, which reads:

The hyper religious conservatives on the bench of the nation’s highest court, all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, see the federal government as being controlled by “secular humanists” who wish to make war against the purity of the Christian belief system. Like the 89 million Americans who count themselves as evangelicals, they seek total cultural and political domination.

To any reasonable person (which evidently excludes the wild-eyed anti-Christian zealots at Salon), there is not a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, religious or otherwise. Chief Justice John Roberts is a moderate conservative at best, as seen in more than a dozen cases over the past nine years, most notably his creating a massive and unprecedented federal taxing power to save Obamacare in NFIB v. Sebelius.

Meanwhile Justice Anthony Kennedy is a strict moderate whose opinions are sometimes in blatant contradiction to the Catholic faith. In the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, he was the fifth and deciding vote to reaffirm the holding from Roe v. Wade that the Constitution includes an invisible right to abortion. His rulings advancing the LGBT social agenda—most recently striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the 2013 case U.S. v. Windsor—necessarily reject Catholic teaching on the nature, purpose, and public-policy justifications of marriage, all of which were presented to the Court in various legal briefs.

Beyond that, Kennedy has been consistently moderate throughout his tenure on the Supreme Court. Among many examples that could be given, he was the fifth vote: (1) to embrace liberal global warming arguments in Massachusetts v. EPA, (2) to reject the Constitution’s Commerce Clause’s limits on federal drug laws in Gonzales v. Raich, (3) to abolish not just the death penalty but even life imprisonment for even heinous and depraved murders if the criminal was seventeen years old (and thus not an adult) in Miller v. Alabama, and (4) conferring full habeas corpus rights on enemy military combatants captured on foreign battlefields at war against the United States in Boumediene v. Bush.

Kennedy reaffirmed his non-conservative bona fides again just days before Hobby Lobby was handed down. On June 26, he was the fifth vote with the liberals in NLRB v. Noel Canning, which narrowly held Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional because the president has no such power during Senate adjournments of less than ten days. Kennedy refused to join the four more conservative justices’ concurring opinion—which would have made it the majority opinion with full force of law—that the Constitution only allows presidents to make recess appointments during the short period of the annual year-end recess, and even then only for vacancies that arise during that short recess.

So there is no right-wing cabal on the Supreme Court, Christian or otherwise. Conservatives of all faiths—including not just observant Christians but also Jews, Muslims, and others—are painfully reminded several times each year on a variety of issues that the current Supreme Court is moderate, not conservative.

But that doesn’t fit the media’s narrative. Other media outlets also betray their strong anti-Christian bias, albeit without the hateful rhetoric exhibited by Salon.

At The Huffington Post, Ronald Lindsay follows a chilling line of inquiry in response to Hobby Lobby, writing, “the question needs to be asked: Is it appropriate to have six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court?” HuffPo laments “how closely the majority adheres to Catholic teaching.”

Again, if that were true, then Roe v. Wade would have been overruled in 1992, so abortion would again be a state issue instead of a constitutional right. Moreover, every provision of DOMA will still be on the books, and traditional marriage would not currently be in danger in the courts.

HuffPo’s ignorance regarding the relevant theology is seen in conflating Catholic doctrine with the Evangelical and Mennonite beliefs of the actual plaintiffs in Hobby Lobby and its companion case, Conestoga—none of whom were Catholic. HuffPo claims Alito was using “Catholic teaching about ‘complicity'” to say that forcing an employer to pay for abortion violates their religious faith.

Instead, it is the Protestant theology of the Green family that owns Hobby Lobby and the Hahn family that owns Conestoga Wood Specialties that led those owners to object to financing abortion. And the belief that facilitating an immoral act makes you complicit in the act is found in many faiths, not just Christian.

Even more alarming than the media’s subordinating religious liberty (which is in the Constitution) to abortion (which is not in the Constitution) is that leading Democrats—one of whom may become America’s next president—are pursuing this same radical agenda that allows no place for people of faith to peacefully live out their faith in their daily business life.

The top Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), responded to Hobby Lobby with a statement including, “the Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America’s women, setting a dangerous precedent…”

RFRA was passed unanimously—without a single dissenting vote—in the U.S. House, passed the Senate 97-3, and then was signed into law by a pro-abortion Democrat, President Bill Clinton. Nonetheless, the Senate’s current ruler, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), vowed, “We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation we need to correct.”

Now it’s happening. Democrats are advancing S. 1696, entitled “The Women’s Health Protection Act,” to feed the White House’s narrative of a war on women. The bill was filed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) last November, and now it’s being moved in committee in an effort to create federal law that would supersede anyone’s rights of religious conscience not to participate in abortion.

Even if this bill does not become law during Obama’s presidency, the threat will evidently continue. The frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, condemned the Supreme Court’s holding that Americans have a religious-liberty right not to participate in abortion. “This is a really bad, slippery slope,” Clinton said.

This anti-Christian extremism would grind into the dirt no fewer than four provisions in the U.S. Constitution, as well as a federal statute. The First Amendment includes a fundamental right to the free exercise of religion, which government cannot abridge. If RFRA were abolished, observant Christians could still raise a defense under the Free Exercise Clause against the Obamacare mandate.

Second, the First Amendment includes the Establishment Clause right that the government cannot coerce any person to participate in a government-created religion. Third, the Free Speech Clause secures a fundamental right to speak and express religious beliefs. And fourth—relevant to the criticism of having six Catholics on the Supreme Court—the Religious Test Clause requires that the federal government can never deny any person any public office—such as being a federal judge—because of that person’s religious beliefs.

Ironically, although there are 90 million self-professed Evangelical Christians in America, not a single Evangelical has sat on the Supreme Court in multiple decades. Don’t expect those on the left making anti-Catholic statements to call for the president to fill the next vacancy on the Court with a devout Evangelical in the name of diversity.

Democrats believe they can use Hobby Lobby to make birth control an issue in 2014. Instead, conservative Republicans need to make sure that religious liberty and the future of the Supreme Court are central issues in 2016.

Ken Klukowski is senior legal analyst for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

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Israeli Ambassador: Hamas Using Iranian Rockets to Attack Israel

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The terror group Hamas has begun deploying against Israel advanced long-range missiles provided to the militant group by Iran, forcing the Israeli military to specifically target these weapons caches in air strikes, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

The Israeli Defense Forces has begun striking Hamas missile factories that are capable of producing these long-range Iranian rockets, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer told a small crowd of leading pro-Israel officials and other insiders on Wednesday.

“Hamas has a considerable arsenal, some of it has been smuggled in, [and] some of those long range rockets they’ve fired in the last couple days were smuggled in” via illicit shipments sent by Iran, Dermer said on Capitol Hill during the July 9 Symposium, which brought together leading pro-Israel advocates in Washington, D.C.

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Massive School of Anchovies Near San Diego Shocks Scientists

Dark bands marked the water off the coast of La Jolla, California Tuesday as snorkeling Scripps graduate students filmed a giant school of Northern Anchovy and one leopard shark swimming through the area.

Scientists at Scripps institute have not seen this sizeable a grouping in 30 years, according to a Scripps Institution of Oceanography website post. Scripps Marine Vertebrate Collection members have collected samples and are studying what reason could explain the unusual event.

Scripps Communications Officer Robert Monroe described the anchovies’ movements as similar to a lava lamp, the Los Angeles Times reported

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Titan of Industry: Bernard Pollard Now an Inventor!

Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard can add one more accomplishment to his list of life-long successes. Along with his eight-year professional football career, he can now claim the title of inventor.

Pollard, a second-round NFL draft pick in 2006 for the Chiefs and a 2012 season Super Bowl champion with the Ravens, signed on with the Titans before last season. Many say he is a tough opponent, maybe even a bit of a dirty player–Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Stevan Ridley all suffered injuries in plays involving Pollard–but now he is also an inventor with the introduction of his Style Pro 31 Smart Tray.

The Style Pro 31 Smart Tray is a device that can be clipped onto many different types of bathroom sinks to add up to 288 square inches of temporary counter space.

Pollard said he came up with the idea when he was living in an apartment in Baltimore with his wife, Meghan, and found that they just didn’t have enough space in their bathroom. “I’m not an artist,” he explained of his device, “so I had to hire somebody to actually draw it. And the guy did a phenomenal job. Once we finalized how we wanted it to look, we went and started getting trademarks and the patents.”

“We, as people, we tend to come up with a lot of things in our head,” Pollard told Fox Sports. “Some things are crazy. Some things may actually work and be a help to others. But I think it’s that fear of not wanting to put the money in, not wanting to put the time in and then get no results.”

Pollard said that the “Smart Tray” name was modeled off the idea of “smart phones.”

Once it is all up and running, the product will initially sell exclusively online for $39.99 in black or white.

An idea like this is one way Pollard hopes to help keep himself in good financial shape after football.

Pollard lamented how many players have ended up losing their money through poor management and seemed determined not to be one of them.

“As players, we ought to be smarter and understand we have to turn the tide at some point,” the Titan said. “It’s sad seeing so many guys having to sell Super Bowl rings, Heisman Trophies and other things just to make a payment on a house. We need to take control of our lives and finances.”

He also pointed out that any player could find his football career all-too suddenly ended with an unexpected injury.

“I’m an old-school player,” he continued. “I know and understand that at any time I could be taken out of this game, and at any time, anyone else can be taken out. If anything happens, it’s on us; we know what we signed up for.”

Pollard also noted that his life in football is soon coming to an end.

“The window of football is closing,” he told the media. “But it’s not closing yet because the passion and everything is still there, and I am still capable of running.”

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