In the aftermath of both the Fast and Furious and Associated Press scandals, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is afforded little credibility in performing its prescribed duties.
Still, it appears the department tasked with upholding constitutional law reached the height of hypocrisy by issuing guidelines
to employees that blatantly abridge their First Amendment rights.
The document, which concerns gay and lesbian “inclusion” in the workplace, goes much further than merely protecting employees from discrimination.
Language drafted by the DOJ clearly coerces staff members at all levels to openly support a lifestyle they might find morally objectionable.
Christians and others with traditional values have long been told, explicitly or implicitly, to remain silent on the issue of alternative sexuality – effectively excluding one group in favor of another.
That constituted an injustice in and of itself; but, the internal guidelines issued by the DOJ is forcing employees to affirmatively support the lifestyle.
"Silence will be interpreted as disapproval," the document warns.
The liberty-crusing guidelines do not require much commentary, as anyone who values free speech should be appalled by the list of accepted behavior contained therein.
Staff members are expected to place a "DOJ Pride" sticker or some other pro-gay paraphernalia in their offices "indicating that it is a 'safe space'" while "gender-specific terms like 'husband' and 'wife'" are unacceptable.
Workplaces should be concerned with providing equal opportunity to employees and openly catering to a politically favorable group does exactly the opposite. No employer – least of all the Justice Department! – should be allowed to unilaterally impose one viewpoint onto an entire staff. That is exactly what the department has implemented, though, as it goes much further than merely protecting the civil rights of gays.
The guidelines seek to silence dissent by advising employees to "assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening" and painting a target on those with traditional values.
DOJ staff is expected to "deal with offensive jokes and comments forcefully and swiftly" according to the document, though it has become apparent the meaning of the word "offensive" has become extraordinarily fluid.
Through shrewd and effective marketing of their own sexuality, a small minority of the population has largely silenced those with a different worldview. The DOJ is taking that disturbing trend to another level by making such silence an employment prerequisite. Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
While it might be apparent to those of us on the right, a Massachusetts congressman recently confirmed Democrat policy is largely based in fiction.
Unabashedly using the movie "Skyfall" and its protagonist, James Bond, as a springboard, Rep. John Tierney recently introduced
the ridiculous Personalized Handgun Safety Act.
Peppered with references to the latest 007 film, he contended "we should be able to agree on gun safety measures that will make our families and communities safer."
The crux of his bill lies in requiring gunmakers to install technological components in all firearms rendering them useless when brandished by someone other than the owner.
James Bond "escapes death" in the film, Tierney recounted, because his gun "becomes inoperable when it gets into the wrong hands."
According to the bill's specifications, gunmakers would be forced to adhere to the new regulations within two years and existing firearms would be retrofitted with the technology using Justice Department funds.
Nearly half of the bill's supporters are, like Tierney, from the bastion of leftist lunacy known as Massachusetts. Unsurprisingly, none are Republicans.
Despite being notoriously unreliable in practice, such personalization software could easily result in distressing results. In the event of an armed burglary, for instance, an incapacitated gun owner would mean the rest of the household is left completely defenseless as the firearm is rendered nothing more than a scary-looking paperweight.
Touted as a means to prevent accidental deaths, this transparent attempt to further prune the Second Amendment would do nothing more than making gun ownership more expensive and less effective.
Though he seems keen on using this particular scene as legislative inspiration, Tierney has not yet stated his position on another potential killer – the Komodo dragon ultimately responsible for the villain's death.
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Somehow, Dan Rather is still able to find an audience despite his very public ouster from CBS in 2004 after reporting falsified and unsubstantiated information about President George W. Bush.
Of course, his audience has been decreased exponentially, but the holdover from a bygone generation of news anchors continues to exercise his First Amendment rights via his own virtually unwatched program and as a guest on other leftist news networks.
Appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show recently, Rather was able to reach an audience likely in double digits. Unsurprisingly, he used the opportunity to decry Republican administrations of yore.
As three major scandals converge on the White House, MSNBC remained true to form
and the conversation between Maddow and Rather naturally navigated toward the topic of Richard Nixon.
Rather shared the personal account of a residential burglary he said was the work of "the notorious plumbers' operation," referring to the group Nixon used to halt White House information leaks.
"It was a long time figuring out who did it," he said, adding, "this became common during the Nixon administration."
His nostalgia was uneventful by MSNBC standards, though one detail included in his autobiographical account of the story was suspiciously missing from his on air narrative.
In his memoirs, Rather claimed he "did what any Texan would do," describing that he "made sure the family was safe, then grabbed the shotgun."
I must admit I'm surprised the detail about a gun even made it into his book, but he described the incident in detail through the written word.
On camera, though, looking into the wild eyes of Rachel Maddow, Rather neglected to mention that he pointed a loaded and chambered shotgun at a group of what he later learned were GOP operatives.
Honestly, that might be the one target for which Maddow and her deranged audience feel gunfire is warranted.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
Colleges ostensibly offer young adults their first independent exposure to new cultures and experiences.
While I expect – and even encourage – universities to offer presentations by those with whom I disagree ideologically, today's leftist administrators rarely offer any traditional speakers to counterbalance that exposure.
A recent series of lectures
by prostitutes and strippers at the University of New Hampshire shows the outrageous lengths schools will go to legitimize and normalize immoral lifestyles.
Adding further insult to the conference is the fact students compulsorily funded it through mandatory student activity fees. About half of the roughly $2,250 it cost to host the obscene antics came from that fund.
Perhaps showing the limited exchange rate for a degree from UNH, a number of the guests invited to talk about their
Self-described "sex worker" Kitty Stryker began a petition to collect both money and signatures to show support for the college in giving hookers "a voice when so many would rather silence us."
The event was organized as part of a class assignment and received sponsorships from campus groups including Queer Studies and Voices of Planned Parenthood, among others.
While the objectionable content of the lectures obviously disturbed many students, the issue of financial waste was also a major concern.
Young Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire Director Greg Moore wanted to learn more about funding for the workshop and filed the necessary paperwork to attain that information.
With college costs skyrocketing in recent years, he said a rally on behalf of prostitution used "funds that could be used elsewhere to keep tuition down."
There are two very good reasons this conference should have been nipped in the bud; one is moral and the other financial. Unfortunately, leftists are notoriously unresponsive to reason in both categories.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
The left has tried for decades to redefine gender and, to a large degree, they have been successful.
Evidence of the extent to which traditional gender roles have been disregarded is on display in a complaint recently filed
by a high school student in Kyle, Texas.
Coy Villasenor is a gay male and wants to compete for the title of prom queen.
Though he was first told he could run, a subsequent ruling dictated only transgender students can run for opposite-sex titles.
Villasenor contends he should be able to run because "the king's title is more masculine and the queen is someone who rules with a gentle hand and that's how I am."
This is the type of convoluted logic that prevails when society fails to recognize the beautiful simplicity of God's design – men and women are inherently different.
Deciding who is and who is not transgender should not be a common problem in America's high schools but as more letters get added to the acronym describing sexual minorities, we will inevitably similarly ridiculous situations with increased frequency. As of this writing, the preferred designation by many activist groups is LGBTQIA, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual.
Equality Texas, a gay rights organization, unsurprisingly criticized the school district's decision.
Spokeswoman Lisa Scheps said the group's members "believe a person is male or female based on their personal gender identity and not on physiology or what the states decides to put on an identification card."
Of course, what this group happens to believe does not change reality, though a growing percent of the population is receptive to this "new normal" of abnormality.
Villasenor said he is speaking up for his belief in "being open without anybody telling you you can't do it or it's not OK to do it."
In other words, rules are obsolete.
Already accommodating transgender students, a statement from the school district explained its decision to stop short of allowing a gay male to run for prom queen "protects the equal access for male and female students to each achieve a place on the prom court."
This is a subject that, in my ideal world, would be a non-issue. As I live in the real world, I understand our culture has irrevocably changed, which makes it all the more important for those of us with traditional values to continue standing for what we believe is right.
The utter confusion associated with gender identity is affecting an entire generation which can no longer recognize the unique contributions males and females were created to make in society.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
Just as those on the left who scream incessantly about tolerance are often the most intolerant among us, groups advocating for inclusion seem to disregard their own exclusionary activities.
A planned graduation
at Louisiana State University geared specifically toward gay students is a prime example of such hypocrisy.
The so-called "Lavender Graduation" is the result of organizers in the school's Office of Multicultural Affairs and a group of gay advocates.
Since the OMA is on board and providing funding for the ceremony, one coordinator said the graduation is made possible – at least partially – through state tax money.
Chad Freeman said he looks forward to making the event even larger, and presumably more expensive, noting "we're trying to up our numbers and incorporate some things that haven't been incorporated in the past."
The gay graduation is one of only two self-segregated ceremonies, Freeman said, noting the other is a "roving ceremony for African-Americans."
Though all graduates may attend the event, all aspects of the ceremony are geared toward the gay community – all the way down to lavender-colored graduation stoles.
Naturally, many on campus expressed opposition to the ceremony for a variety of reasons. Sophomore Caleb Covington detailed two major concerns.
He called the event "fiscally unsound" while noting it is "somewhat unfair to many other groups who want to have their own private graduation ceremonies."
College campuses should be a microcosm of the outside world, teaching young adults how to interact with those of other backgrounds and cultures.
As with the rest of society, though, that ideal is too often stymied by any variety of minority group. Instead of embracing the coexistence they ostensibly support, individuals such as these LSU students opt instead to focus on those characteristics that make them different.
At times, most of us associate with those who share common bonds or experiences and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. These students, however, choose to identify themselves by their sexual preference – or skin color – rather than as a cohesive graduating class.
When members of subcultural groups decide to splinter off into familiar enclaves, we cannot hope to return to the "melting pot" effect of assimilation responsible for making America the most diverse and open society on the face of the earth.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
Middle school students in one school outside of Denver, Colo., were recently confronted by a couple of in-your-face environmental extremists
known as the Earth Guardians.
The duo presented a rap song called "What the Frack," which claims hydraulic fracturing "poisoned the water, poisoned the air [and] poisoned the people."
Evidence backing up the activists' claims is tenuous at best and prominent leftists have long been attempting to marginalize and discredit the efficient drilling method.
When these protesters are allowed to spew their unfounded claims directly to a group of captive children without an opposing viewpoint, the term 'indoctrination' seems an appropriate description.
Making sure to get the kids involved, thus giving the performance more impact, Earth Guardians exclaimed, "When we say 'What the,' you say 'frack!'"
I might be old-fashioned – and proudly so – but I also have a problem with a middle school class being forced to shout a word that is obviously supposed to be a less-profane placeholder for a vulgarity.
School administrators apparently recognized the error in judgment and issued an apology – but only after several parents complained.
Principal Kristopher Schuh indicated he planned to have a conference with the teacher who planned the event, present the other side of the argument to students, and instate a more thorough background check for prospective speakers.
It is positive to see Schuh respond in such a manner, though I wonder what, if anything, might have been done if parents had remained silent.
As children spend much of their lives within the walls of their school, completely reliant on the views and opinions expressed by their teachers, it is imperative that parents remain involved and engaged in their lives. Administrators certainly won't volunteer the fact they are forcing leftist propaganda onto the next generation.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
The godless extremists in the Freedom From Religion Foundation are notoriously unsatisfied with the extent to which faith has already been relegated in our society.
While deep red states have effectively removed God from any and all public forums, the FFRF often ventures into more traditional states to coerce them
to do the same.
One of the group's most recent targets is the Riverside School District in Arkansas – specifically, a sixth-grade graduation event that typically features a prayer involving students.
Superintendent Tommy Knight said he and the school board decided to cancel the ceremony at a recent meeting, which included a number of upset parents in attendance.
Kelly Adams, one such concerned parent, said she thinks "there were a lot of people hurt that our rights were taken away."
The atheist group claimed to be representing an unidentified individual who complained about the prayer, though an affiliated attorney wrote it "makes no difference how many families want prayer or wouldn't be offended by prayer at their graduation ceremony."
The left often reads the Constitution only partially – and out of context – to support their own ideology. Atheist groups are among the loudest and most frequent offenders as they seek to distort the opinions of our founders and subsequent courts in their mission to erase any vestige of God from the American landscape.
Disappointing an entire sixth-grade class is nothing in the pursuit of their solitary goal.Click here to get B. Christopher Agee’s latest book for less than $5! Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
The absurd "zero tolerance" gun policies held by so many school districts following the tragic shooting rampage at Sandy Hook continue to target perfectly normal child behavior.
While playing with a fellow student recently, one Virginia elementary student was suspended
based on just such administrative overreaction.
Christopher Marshall, a seven-year-old student at Driver Elementary School in Virginia, held a pencil in a manner similar to a gun and was promptly and seriously disciplined as a result.
According to his father, the student said he "was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy." It is worth noting his father, Paul, is a former Marine.
Despite the fact young boys have pretended to wield weapons during harmless play from time immemorial, Marshall's teacher asked him to stop and, according to his suspension papers, he complied.
He was suspended nonetheless and a district spokesperson stood by the decision.
Bethanne Bradshaw expressed her belief that a "pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made."
Today's children are incapable of taking part in traditional playtime activities, she contended.
"Kids don't think about Cowboys and Indians anymore," she asserted, "they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television every day."
Bradshaw projects her own irrationality onto the students of her district and is attempting to erase any evidence guns even exist.
Children should receive age-appropriate information concerning guns and violence, though I feel the overwhelming majority of that education should come from parents able to choose how and when to address the subject.
Punishing an exemplary student for brandishing a pencil with absolutely no intent of causing any actual harm only does a disservice to all involved.
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Apologies abound in today's society as hypersensitive leftists continually find sources of outrage in the most innocuous places. Incapable of simply withstanding the slightest offense, they inevitably demand contrition and the targeted individual or group usually surrenders in an effort to avoid reputational damage.
Ubiquitous toy manufacturer LEGO is among the latest to feel the wrath
of political correctness as it relates to a sticker found in some of its product packages.
The sticker, featuring the likeness of the construction worker piece found certain sets of building blocks, also included the phrase, "Hey Babe!"
One father was incensed by the supposed message contained in the sticker, alleging the company "normalized street harassment and cat-calling."
Josh Stearnes took to the Internet, as upset consumers are wont to do, and before long his photographs and commentary began circulating through cyberspace.
One company spokesperson sent Stearnes an apologetic email explaining the sticker was an attempt at humor, which LEGO has long included in its product designs.
"Clearly, a lot of people didn't see the humor here," Stearnes replied, obviously unsatisfied with the response. He continued pressing the issue through additional correspondences and ultimately received a response from another company executive who assured him "we would not approve such a product again."
Though I don't endorse misogyny or any form of sexual harassment, I firmly believe this nation has become far too thin-skinned and the next generation is not benefiting from our culture of victimization. Far from crass, this sticker is only objectionable to those seeking something against which to object.
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