Oklahoma GOP: Outlaw Fetal Food Products

We may have a new entry in the ongoing contest for the title of the country’s looniest state legislator. Staking his claim to a title previously held by his colleague Sally Kern, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has proposed a bill that would outlaw the use of human fetuses as food. Nope, I’m not making that up. I present SB 1418:
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Four CT Officers Arrested by Feds

I wrote last year about the case of four cops in New Haven, CT who arrested a priest who was videotaping them as they harassed a bunch of Equadorian immigrants. The officers lied on their police reports, claiming that they thought the video camera was a gun — but the video showed the officer who made the arrest specifically referring to it as a camera as he approached the victim. Now the DOJ has arrested those officers and charged them with civil rights violations.
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Soldier Attacked by Christians in North Carolina

Justin Griffith has the incredible story of Steven Hewett, a veteran who fought in Afghanistan who wanted a Christian flag removed from a memorial to soldiers like him. He was attacked incredibly for it. A documentary was made about it and it’s staggering to watch, especially the interviews with people who attacked him.
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Mitt Loves the America You Love. Or Something.

This is apparently an actual quote (Correction: not a real quote) from Mitt Romney during a speech in Iowa, offered by Mark Steyn at NRO:

“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.

Mormons and the Civil Rights Act

The Boston Globe posts an incredible letter from one of the Mormon “prophets” to then-Michigan Gov. George Romney in 1964, taking him to task for his support of the Civil Rights Act. I took the time to convert the PDF to text so I could copy it here because I want to be able to highlight some of the mind-blowing statements found in it.
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Santorum: God Gives Rape Babies as Gifts

You know, when I saw reports that Rick Santorum had answered a question about rape and abortion and his daughter, my first reaction was “meh.” But then I saw the actual quote. It’s one thing to say that a woman should make the choice to carry and deliver a baby conceived by rape; it’s another thing to claim that they should accept it as a gift from God.
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Supreme Court GPS Ruling Narrower Than Believed

It looks as though I may have jumped the gun a bit on that Supreme Court GPS ruling, mostly because I didn’t have time to read the full ruling when I initially wrote about it. Tom Goldstein at ScotusBlog writes that it is narrower than the media reports indicated. He details the three opinions and what they really mean.
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Fighting Religion in Schools

Al Stefanelli writes about the targets of his activism in the coming year, which garnered the attention of the Christian Post. But I think his activism is partly misguided. He cites two primary targets involving religion in public schools, the Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. But the actions of these two groups in public schools are distinct, and the differences are legally very important. Let me explain, starting with the one we agree on.
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George Romney Taught How to Change Positions

Mitt Romney has become famous for flip flopping on everything other than his hair style, but his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, flipped on something big — Vietnam. But as Rolling Stone explains, there is a big difference in how he handled it versus how Mitt handles things. He explained exactly why he changed positions, saying that the military and diplomatic officers had lied to him about the situation in Vietnam and coming out strongly against the war. And unlike his son, that was not a politically convenient position to take. In fact, it killed his chances of becoming president.
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