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Re: “In God They Trust

BSU already has 13 religious-based clubs on campus: Alpha Omega, B'ahai Campus Club, Muslim Club, Biblical Studies Club..etc..

So if you're looking to celebrate spirituality in your life at BSU. Join up, that's Freedom of Religion.

But when these orgnizations require members to swear allegiance to their principles - isn't that stepping all over that person's individual freedoms too? Doesn't it also discourage students from exploring their intellectual, philosophical and academic potential?

BSU's Shared Values Statement says. BSU will "provide a culture of civility and success where all feel safe and free from discrimination, harassment, threats or intimidation."

Signing an oath of allegiance sounds pretty intimidating to me.

You don't see the Kayak Club requiring their officers to take oaths to paddle over Shoshone Falls..

Or the Black Holz Astronomy Club forcing their officers to denounce String Theory.

Sen. Werk has nailed it - this is a solution looking for a problem.

Do they really believe that SB1078 is good law? No, its just an overt way to inject theocratic, black and white thinking into our publicly-funded, secular state campuses.

I think its telling that the sponsors of the bill (Sens. McKenzie & Skaug) threaten a lawsuit in order to get their way like 4 year old kids. - Sorry no offense to 4 year olds.

Predictably, the Senate voted overwhelmingly for it. Chicken shits. Lets hope it dies in the House.

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Posted by vidvoyer on 03/09/2013 at 12:52 PM

Re: “LDS Businessman VanderSloot: 'I Have Many Gay Friends'

Case law is very clear here ( Times vs. Sullivan - look it up) - VanderSloot is a public figure by virtue of his active participation in public debate - remember the Roberts-Scalia court says "Money=Free Speech". He enjoys no legal protection when he takes a position on any public issue. Whether you buy a full page ad to criticize someone or pay $100K to support a political campaign, you're jumping into the free market of ideas with both feet. - Just like the founders intended.
The point of Prentice's and Greenwald's articles is that VanderSloot used intimidating legal practices against several journalists to silence his critics. That is the wrong here. Free speech and free press cannot be bounded by tactics like this. Yes, these moves are thuggish, slimy and cowardly...So Frank, if you can't the the heat...get out of the frickin' kitchen. As far as religion is concerned, it has no bearing on this issue.

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Posted by vidvoyer on 02/25/2012 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Idaho politicos hedge on health reform

That's true, but its pretty appalling that this issue, one that affects all citizens - is only getting passing attention by the rest Idaho congressional delegation. What they're failing to see is, as St. Lukes Dr. Robert Vestal says, "...that the American people need and want... health care, not insurance...". And its true, Americans needs a single payer sysytem not blood sucking insurance companies and their lobbying groups. They, the GOP and other teabaggers, are behind the recent spate of disturbances at health care reform "town halls" around the country. Fueled by the right wing crazies at FOX, they believe that by squashing open discussion of the public option, single payers etc.. they are really saying that you, as an American voter, have no voice in this debate - no opportunity to defend your friends, family, and your wallet. But go figure, Rich, Simpson and blu-dawg Minnick must think voters will rollover again and allow the health care industry and big pharma to f- them why fight it. -they're cowards in Congress.

Posted by davetvctv on 08/06/2009 at 8:55 PM

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