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Supreme Court Rules No ‘Hate Speech’ to First Amendment

In 2011, the federal government refused to grant Asian-American band the Slants a trademark because the name might be viewed as racially offensive to Asian-Americans. But on Monday, in Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court ruled that the “disparagement clause” of the federal trademark law was unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on behalf of the Court noted that the clause “offends a bedrock First Amendment Principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

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Oregon House Kills Bill That Would Starve Mentally Ill to Death

By a vote of 17-13, the Oregon Senate recently passed a bill, SB 494, that would have removed a critical safeguard in the state’s physician-assisted suicide law that prevents patients with dementia or mental illness from being starved or dehydrated against their wishes. The bill would have allowed a health care representative to make end-of-life decisions for patients, even if contrary to instructions in the patient’s advance directive document.

Fortunately, however, the bill was effectively killed in the House when it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which had stopped considering bills on June 2.

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Pensacola Cross Must Come Down

Thanks to a lawsuit from Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association, a giant cross at Bayview Park in Pensacola, Fla., erected in 1941 and replaced with the newer “Latin” cross in 1969, must be removed within 30 days. It was deemed an unconstitutional endorsement of the Christian religion on governmental property.

Interestingly, District Judge Vinson, who decided this case, said, “The historical record indicates that the Founding Fathers did not intend for the Establishment Clause to ban crosses and religious symbols from public property.” But, he said, U.S. Supreme Court precedent now required removal of the cross.

FOX News columnist Todd Starnes wonders just how far the Far Left will go to take God out of our country. He asks, “Will they demand that city leaders rename Los Angeles and San Francisco? Should The Ten Commandments be chiseled off the doors of the Supreme Court? Should references to God be sandblasted from our national monuments?”

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‘Tri-Parenting’ on the Rise in America

In recent years, legislatures and courts in at least 12 states have created laws allowing three-parent families, or what is called “tri-parenting.” Those states include Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.

But there are wide differences on what that means and what rights can be given to all three “parents.”

There is little research on how these arrangements can affect children, but you can be assured that additional complexity and confusion will arise when one of the “parents” seeks a divorce. And with more and more states allowing “tri-parenting,” one has to ask, if courts are going to allow three parents, why not four or more? Where does the insanity end?

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Army Moves Forward With ‘Transgender’ Policies

Last Tuesday, soldiers at Army bases across the country endured the mandatory “transgender soldiers training.” Starting July 1, female soldiers must expect biological men in their showers, and taxpayer-funded gender reassignment and “male” pregnancies (sex-reassigned women who become pregnant) will become the new normal unless President Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis put a stop to it.

Not only do these new rules make no sense in light of the already sky-high sexual assault and rape in the military, but these directives take time and resources away from the Army’s most important job—fighting bad guys like ISIS.

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