Connecting the Dots - The Beast and His Minions

Is it a coincidence that the Beast "45" signed an Executive Order on Religious Liberty on May 4th that "disappointed" Religious Conservatives "who had expected that it would exempt their organizations from Obama-era regulations aimed at protecting gay people from discrimination,"

...and today the Texas State legislature is to pass a bill designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers, that could allow adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims.

...that both actions will no doubt be challenged in court where they will no doubt be found to be blatantly unconstitutional seems to make no difference to either the Beast or his Minions in Texas.  I'm not sure but if there were some database for all the state statutes that Federal Courts have ruled to be unconstitutional, no doubt we'd find Texas at or near the top of the list.  Here are just a few- 12 controversial Texas laws that courts declared unconstitutional:

1. African hair braiding regulations - Declared unconstitutional Jan. 7, 2015

2. Police can draw blood from suspected drunk drivers without a warrant - Declared unconstitutional Nov. 26, 2014

3. Improper photography ("upskirting") - Declared unconstitutional Sept. 10, 2014

4. Texas voter ID laws - Declared unconstitutional Oct. 9, 2014 

5. Key piece of restrictive abortion law - Declared unconstitutional Aug. 29, 2014

6. School finance system - Declared unconstitutional Aug. 18, 2014

7. Waiting period for new political action committees - Declared unconstitutional Aug. 13, 2014

8. Same-sex marriage ban - Declared unconstitutional Feb. 26, 2014

9. New Braunfels ban on disposable drinking containers on local rivers - Declared unconstitutional Jan. 27, 2014 

10. Sex toys ban - Declared unconstitutional Feb. 12, 2008

11. Anti-sodomy law - Declared unconstitutional June 26, 2003 

12. A ban on non-Texans receiving liquor licenses - Declared unconstitutional Jan. 13, 1994

... Many of these unconstitutional laws have never been repealed.  If these boneheads manage to secede from the USA, Ray Wylie Hubbard's cover of Bobby Bare's Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers should be the new republic's national anthem:

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Comment by koshersalaami on May 6, 2017 at 5:45pm
Comment by Donegal Descendant on May 6, 2017 at 7:33pm

Hi Jmac. Hace tiempo.  It is so transparent that those conservatives advocating “limited government” want to impose so many new controls, exclusions, prohibitions and  restrictions on others. So much for “individual liberty.” I saw Trump’s decree as erasing the last remaining fragments of separation of church and state. Remember that defunct constitutional right? This opens the floodgates to tons of tax-exempt dark money from “religious” organizations (like Focus on the Family) to lobby and outright buy congressmen.  And the MSM didn’t notice this end of separation between church and state, it seems. The original justification for allowing churches and such to be tax-exempt was they had no role in government therefore they needn’t pay taxes. Madison was outraged at a proposal to allot taxpayer money pay military chaplains, for example. Let the churches pay in the want chaplains, he said

Comment by Ron Powell on May 7, 2017 at 6:48am

It would be intersting to see how much Texas taxpayer money has been wasted on defending these and other laws that most first year law students could correctly determine to be unconstitutional.

R & L

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 7, 2017 at 10:03am

Kosh, Of all the states in the USA, Texas would have the legal foundation for secession.  A Republic for ten years with it's own Constitution, Texas was annexed into the USA on February 19, 1846.  It seceded to join the CSA in February 1861 but as we all know that was a short lived adventure.  Not sure about the legality of a future attempt at secession, but there a lot of folk in the USA who might bid good riddance to the Lone Star state.

Donegal,  Great to read your comment.  Madison and Jefferson were the foremost of the Founding Fathers to insist on a legal separation of church and state.  Yet when our national motto "In God We Trust" has been challenged as a violation, the Supreme Court has ruled that ceremonial deism is not religious in nature. A circuit court ruling affirmed Ohio's right to use as its motto a passage from the Bible, "With God, all things are possible", because it displayed no preference for a particular religion.

Bible thumping is okay in the USA, but you don't get to exclude Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Gay atheists or LBGT agnostics. 

Terry & Ron, Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by Boanerges on May 7, 2017 at 2:31pm

A "Texit"? Could happen, I suppose, but hell -- they're pretty much getting what they want without it. Yeah, no wonder people are beginning to call it the "alt.reich".

Comment by koshersalaami on May 7, 2017 at 3:23pm

I'd worry more about California secession

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 8, 2017 at 6:32am

Bo, the demographics of Texas are changing.  This state is nearly as blue as it is red.  In the next 20 years it will likely return to it's conservative Democratic roots.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

kosh, California's history as a "Republic" was an unrecognized breakaway state that, for twenty-five days in 1846, militarily controlled the area to the north of the San Francisco Bay.  There was no organized government so there's not much legal ground for secession.

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