Monday, June 30, 2014

On the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision (Updated)

I will be speaking at a press conference outside Hobby Lobby Store at 3160 S Broadway in Edmond at 7:30 PM this evening to object to the Supreme Court's decision today. At the moment, here is what I intend to say:

Today's Supreme Court decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, lacks common sense. It tramples on the religious liberty rights of real, flesh and blood, persons in order to extend religious liberty rights to corporate pseudo-persons.

The right to religious liberty is a fundamental HUMAN RIGHT. Corporations are legal constructs, not human beings. Common sense indicates that the religious convictions of profit-making corporate pseudo-persons should not trump the religious convictions of their real, flesh and blood, employees.

The conscience of employers should not trump the conscience of employees when personal decisions are made regarding the employees family planning, reproductive health and their ability to access FDA approved medications and contraceptives.

Those decisions are properly made by the employee in consultation with her family, her physician, and under the guidance of her own minister or spiritual advisor.

We need to begin working together to pass a Constitutional Amendment that will make it crystal clear that the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment only apply to persons who are human beings and do not apply to corporate pseudo-personages.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preston Clegg: All Leaves, No Fruit

Kylene and I stopped for the Palm Sunday service at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock on our way home from visiting our son and his family in Augusta last week.

Dr. Preston Clegg, formerly pastor at Spring Creek church in Oklahoma City and barely a year into his ministry at Little Rock, delivered a noteworthy, courageous and memorable sermon that day.

This is not the typical Palm Sunday sermon you'll hear in most Baptist churches.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shades of Theocracy 2: The Question and Answer Session

Farris Debate Question and Answer Session from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Question and Answer session following the debate sponsored by the Norman Tea Party and held at the First Assembly of God church in Norman, Oklahoma on March 20, 2014.

Arguing in favor of calling for a Constitutional Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution as provided for in Article V of the Constitution were Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, and Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge. Opposing the call for a Constitutional Convention and favoring individual states nullifying laws that they deem unconstitutional were Charlie Meadows, founder of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and member of the John Birch Society, and Bob Donohoo, a regional leader with the John Birch Society.

On the date of this debate, the proponents of nullification were carrying the day at the Oklahoma State Legislature.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shades of Theocracy: The Debate

Farris Debate from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Anyone concerned to learn how far Oklahoma politics has veered to the right might find this video of a lively intramural debate between proponents of American Theocracy interesting. The debate was sponsored by the Norman Tea Party and held at the First Assembly of God church in Norman, Oklahoma on March 20, 2014.

Arguing in favor of calling for a Constitutional Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution as provided for in Article V of the Constitution were Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, and Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge. Opposing the call for a Constitutional Convention and favoring individual states nullifying laws that they deem unconstitutional were Charlie Meadows, founder of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and member of the John Birch Society, and Bob Donohoo, a regional leader with the John Birch Society.

On the date of this debate, the proponents of nullification were carrying the day at the Oklahoma State Legislature.

The question and answer session that followed this debate proved to be more heated than the debate itself. I'll post video of that session in the future.