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140 Religious Leaders Petition For Exemption From Obama’s Pending LGBT Executive Order

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On June 25 a group of about 140 religious leaders and advocates for religious freedom sent a letter to President Barack Obama to try and secure an exemption for faith-based groups in a pending executive order which aims to protect LGBT government contract workers from discrimination.

Barack obamaOrganized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, the letter does not endorse the pending order as the best way to curtail work discrimination. It also recommends the religious freedom protections that the Senate accepted in November 2013’s Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) bill, but requests additional protections.  

Although the House announced it would not vote on the legislation, the June 25 letter suggests that Obama adopt some of the religious exemption language from the bill.

The letter states that religious organizations that contract with the government to provide such services as overseas relief and development with USAID:

"Often are the best-qualified applicants for federal contracts or subcontracts. It would be counterproductive to bar them from offering their services to the federal government simply because of their legally protected religious convictions; it would be wrong to require them to violate those legally protected convictions in order to be eligible to receive federal contracts. Their exclusion from federal contracting would be diametrically opposed to the Administration's commitment to having 'all hands on deck' in the fight against poverty and other dire social problems."

However, a growing coalition of critics is urging Obama to drop the practice of allowing religious groups to hire and fire based on a person’s faith when they receive federal money, saying Obama is reneging on a promise he made in 2008. Obama, who originally campaigned against the Bush-era discrimination policy, said in 2008:

“If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion."

Some of the religious leaders who signed the letter include: Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference and Hispanic Evangelical Association; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland-A Church Distributed; Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; and George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

Additionally, the letter was signed - personally,rather than on behalf of their organizations - by the presidents of numerous Christian colleges, including Colorado Christian University, Houghton College, Biola University, Calvin College, Moody Bible Institute, and Denver Seminary.


FOX News Host Blasts Michele Bachmann for Lawsuit Against Obama: VIDEO

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Neil Cavuto interviewed Michele Bachmann on Wednesday over a "waste of time" lawsuit planned by John Boehner and House Republicans against President Obama for using executive power on issues that they have blocked in Congress.

Said Cavuto, who grew more and more outraged at Bachmann as the discussion went on: "Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now."

"You're being silly," Cavuto asserted.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Boehner Says He'll Sue President Obama Over Use of Executive Orders

John Boehner has every intention of suing President Barack Obama over the President’s use of executive action, according to the House Speaker.

John_Boehner_official_portrait"On matters ranging from [health care] and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators,” Boehner stated via memo. “[He has strained] the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.”

Boehner plans to bring a bill to the House floor this July in order to galvanize the filing of a lawsuit by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group. Conservatives claim that the President is overstepping his boundaries by working his way around legislative processes.

Despite longtime calls for the lawsuit from a number of rank and file Republicans, Boehner’s lawsuit is unlikely to be filed until after Congress’s upcoming week-long recess.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said the lawsuit is "a subterfuge" to make up for the lack of accomplishments on the Republican side, CNN reports:

Pelosi said the House GOP effort to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in court wasted $2.3 million in taxpayer money, and said "here we go again."

Obama has used his executive authority to push through a number of issues. Most recently, he directed the Department of Labor to extend family leave to same-sex couples. Previously, he raised the minimum wage for federal contractors and halt deportations for many children in the United States illegally.

Obama has also promised to sign an EO protecting LGBT contractors from discrimination.


'Big Brother 16' Hasn't Even Started and There is Already a Racist Homophobe Controversy

A few days ago we reported that Ariana Grande's gay half-brother would be appearing on Season 16 of CBS' Big Brother which premieres on Wednesday, and now it has been revealed that one of Grande's housemates is an alleged homophobe and racist.

CalebReynoldsCaleb Reynolds, a former prison guard in Iraq and professional hunter posted several unfortunate comments on his Instagram account, "insain_physique." He seems mostly to harbor very ill feelings toward President Obama.

Online Big Brother reports:

On Caleb’s Instagram account “insain_physique” about 20 months ago he made some extremely disturbing comments. When these comments surfaced whoever is managing his account deleted his account in an attempt to destroy the evidence. His Instagram profile read “Caleb Reynolds 100% natural, Personal Trainer, fitness is my passion, GOD is my strength, heaven is my goal.”

One of Reynolds' comments read:

“You believe in murder? You agree with fags? I guess so but I don’t agree with murdering A innocent baby which he clearly doesn’t mind. Nothin has changed in these last four years. You know it. Your just a democrat that wants that Muslim monkey in office. I’m done with you, your dismissed…

Also if you could see straight and wasn’t color blind the map if the US is completely red, thank god he only gets 4 more years. You and the other democrats will wish you never voted for him soon. Good job.”

Will his bigoted remarks receive some airtime, or will he keep them to himself (unlike last season's contestants)? Time will tell.


Barack Obama Becomes First U.S. President To Be 3D Printed

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The Smithsonian Institute revealed the first ever 3D printed sculpture of a U.S. president last week, adding to the collection of Barack Obama portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. The bust was on display at the White House Makers Faire, an event celebrating the use of technology in creative enterprises.

Mashable reports:

A team of Smithsonian 3D digital-imaging specialists scanned the president earlier this year. They used the University of Southern California's Light Stage face scanner to capture Obama's face in high resolution, and handheld 3D scanners and SLR cameras to create a reconstruction of his bust.

Next, experts in 3D graphics at the software company Autodesk produced high-resolution models, which were printed using 3D Systems' selective laser sintering printers.

The bust comes as part of the Smithsonian Insitute's X 3D initiative which began in 2013. Aimed at using scanning and imaging technology in order to make artifacts more available to researchers, the X 3D scans can be found online and anyone with a 3D printer can print their own.


Cowboy Dick Cheney and His Daughter Liz Warn America About Obama in New Video: WATCH

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Former VP Dick Cheney, who led America into a false war against Iraq costing billions of dollars and countless lives, and his daughter Liz have recorded a new video pushing a group they have formed, The Alliance for a Strong America, from which to "advocate for a restoration of American strength and power," (aka "attack President Obama and other Democrats").

Says Cheney in the video:

"Our enemies no longer fear us. Our allies no longer trust us. Empty threats, meaningless redlines, leading from behind, and 'engagement' with rogue regimes, have put America on a path of decline. Threats to America’s security are on the rise. Iran is marching towards a nuclear weapon. Al Qaeda is resurgent, establishing new safe havens across the Middle East, including in Iraq where President Obama withdrew all American forces with no stay behind agreement. He has announced he intends to [do] the same in Afghanistan. Syria has become the most dangerous training ground for Islamic terrorists since the attacks of 9/11."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The rollout of the group is accompanied by a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal blasting Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is "ending" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality.

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