Indian Gov. Mark Pence Seeks to Clarify Laws Original Anti-Discrimination Intent

On Tuesday, Indiana Governor Mark Pence sought to quell a backlash from well-funded political organizations seeking to cast his state’s recently enacted religious freedom law as giving businesses license to discriminate. At issue are concerns similarly voiced by major corporations that the law would in fact allow businesses to deny services to the LGBT community. Gov. Pence has assured the people of his state the law has no such intent. Hillary Clinton, eager to deflect media scrutiny from her ongoing email scandal, has jumped on the issue claiming the law was in effect a state sanctioning of discrimination. She tweeted that it was a sad commentary that any state would enact such a law in the 21st century.

For his part, Gov. Pence has stated he’ll ask the legislature to send him a clarification on the bill confirming that in no wise are businesses allowed to discriminate. At the same time, he is affirming that the backlash, which frankly took him by surprise, is overblown. It is quite obvious that the timing of the attack both in media and elsewhere was well-coordinated. Not coincidentally, it occurred just after he signed the religious freedom bill into law. At the same time, the White House claims the Indiana law does not mimic a similar law enacted by President Clinton over two decades ago. Brad Reifler (bradcreifler.com)has learned that the Obama administration says the Indiana law has open ended language which might be construed as a legal means to discriminate against people based on religious beliefs.

If you can’t trust the Justice Department, well, you can’t trust anyone. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen lives that motto. He doesn’t trust anyone especially the Justice Department.
He wants to know why three-year deportation reprieves were issued before he stopped Obama’s plan than spares around 5 million people from deportation. Make no mistake about it. The Texas judge wants every last one of those people gone, and he is prepared to fight Washington to get it done, and there are tons of attorneys that are backing him.

The Justice Department is comfortable in court. They have a plethora of legal excuses up their white-collar sleeves. DOJ claims 100,000 people got three-year reprieves, and they were given work permits under a 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program was not halted by Hanen’s ruling. But the judge says the DACA program was a two-year reprieve and two-year work permits.

The 26 states that also want to rid the country of these 5 million people say the federal government misled the judge about the implementation process. Hanen’s injunction put a hold on DACA and other programs, but it appears the judge may be drawing social security before this case, and others like it are resolved by the higher court.

Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know If Obama Is Christian

Scott Walker, widely considered to be a top tier candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 has said that he is not sure if Obama is Christian. He also says that he believes that it is questions like that which make people dislike the media.

Basically, Walker does not want to have to answer the question about Obama’s faith. He probably fears that saying Obama is a Christian will anger some in his base. At the same time, saying that Obama is not a Christian could draw criticism.

Bloomberg.com goes on to report that Walker says that he does not believe the issue is important at all. He says that you could go to Wisconsin and ask one-hundred people about this question and none would find the issue to be important. He does not want to speak on it and would rather answer other questions.

Bernardo Chua believes that this kind of question has grabbed more attention in large part because of comments made by Rudolph Giuliani that he believes Obama does not love America. It has opened up a new round of Republicans having to answer the tough questions about what exactly it is that they believe about the President. Scott Walker may not be interested in answering such questions, but he can only blame others in his party like Giuliani for having to face this issue right now. It is something that is still developing right now.