CPAC 2021: Rep. Jim Jordan on Potential Trump 2024 Run; ‘Equality’ Act; Fighting Cancel Culture

Rumble — At the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, we sit down with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to discuss a potential Trump 2024 run, why he believes the Equality Act threatens religious liberty, and how he thinks people should combat cancel culture.

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Biden’s Memo on LGBTQ Policies Abroad Is Ideological Colonialism

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BY GRACE MELTON

SEE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/02/23/bidens-memo-on-lgbtqi-policies-abroad-is-ideological-colonialism;

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Earlier this month, President Joe Biden issued an executive order, “Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World,” directing U.S. government entities to “pursue an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.”

When we talk about human rights, it’s important to remember that every individual is entitled to his or her rights to life, freedom of belief, speech, and conscience. These are inalienable human rights.

These rights are universal, precisely because they stem from our inherent human dignity, and are not a result of one’s membership in any particular group. Setting these rights on any foundation other than our shared humanity weakens the exercise of those rights rather than strengthens them.

In fact, that is what Biden’s new memorandum threatens to do. The administration’s directive for eradicating violence and discrimination is fraught with peril for the free exercise of religious belief, conscience, and speech. It illustrates the left’s prejudice against faith and tradition.

This new executive order will have a substantial impact on our foreign aid and diplomacy. It will have potentially far-reaching consequences for religious liberty and freedom of conscience for American faith-based organizations that operate around the world and for religious believers of all different creeds in other countries.

To be clear, targeted violence on the basis of any characteristic is repellant and wrong. And the U.S. government should advocate for the protection of human rights and defend the victims of human rights abuses wherever and whenever possible.

But this memo goes far beyond that.

For example, it directs U.S. government agencies to expand efforts to combat “intolerance” and “discrimination” on the basis of LGBTQI+ status or conduct. These are expansive terms that beg definition.

One primary target of these terms is the marriage laws of other countries. These laws are often influenced domestically by the prevailing religious traditions or cultural norms, and reflective of the democratic will of the people in those countries.

American efforts to bully these countries—whether with a carrot of additional aid or a stick of withholding aid—into liberalizing their laws on marriage or other issues of sexual morality will surely cause friction with proponents of national sovereignty and religious believers alike, especially in Muslim- or Christian-majority countries.

The distinction between disagreement and discrimination here is an important one. Take a familiar example from the United States: Individuals from a variety of faiths, or no faith at all, can disagree about the meaning or purpose of marriage, or about the government’s proper role in encouraging marriage. These disagreements can and often do stem from different religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court has addressed these conflicts between religious liberty and policies based on sexual orientation and gender identity in multiple cases now, confirming that disagreement—particularly disagreement rooted in religious belief—over whether two men or two women can or should marry is not the same as discrimination.

As Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, “the First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths … ”

He went on to state that individuals with conflicting beliefs about marriage “may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate.”

Then what is discrimination? Certainly targeting, beating, or imprisoning somebody simply because he or she is gay or transgender is discrimination, just as it would be discrimination if someone was similarly abused on account of his or her race or religion or biological sex.

However, is it discriminatory to set boundaries around the definition of marriage? No. There is no universal human right to the redefinition of marriage.

Under the guise of promoting human rights, with this new executive memorandum, the United States will instead be promoting an ideology about gender identity and sexual orientation that conflicts with internationally recognized rights.

While Americans can look to the First Amendment to protect their religious freedom, so too can people around the world find similar religious freedom protections in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which explicitly protect the freedom to manifest one’s beliefs in private and in public, individually, or in community.

Regardless of popular opinion among liberal elites, human rights activists, or United Nation bureaucrats, the right to manifest one’s beliefs must also apply to those who maintain traditional beliefs about the creation of men and women, the definition and purpose of marriage, and the sanctity of life.

Furthermore, the Charter of the United Nations commits to protecting “human rights and fundamental freedoms” for everyone “without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.”

But applying nondiscrimination standards on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity promotes the liberty and preferences of some at the expense of the freedom of religion, conscience, and expression of others.

Biden also calls for the U.S. to continue building coalition groups made up of members from like-minded nations, such as the U.N. LGBTI Core Group, and to engage international organizations to advance LGBTQI+ policies.

This call to action will further embolden elements within the U.N. human rights bureaucracy that have been operating outside their mandates.

These bureaucrats have been reading rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity into “gender” language in human rights treaties and creating new rights that U.N. member states have not agreed to and that remain sensitive and controversial.

As Li-ann Thio, professor of law and former member of parliament from Singapore, recently wrote in a comprehensive report on equality and nondiscrimination in international human rights law:

[W]hile equality and non-discrimination may be a foundational human rights principle, a controversial interpretation of it involving discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does not command universal consensus that it enjoys legal status. A global examination of national approaches demonstrates widespread dissent both within and between states and between inter-governmental organizations.

The LGBTQI+ agenda and policies are not universally popular around the world. Many countries and religions, particularly in the developing world, view “gender ideology” as a form of ideological or cultural colonialism that specifically threatens their religious values.

Yes, the U.S. can and should stand up for everyone’s human rights. But existing legal instruments are in place to do that, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. What the U.S. should not do is violate the internationally protected rights to freedom of religion or belief.

Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea has warned that “the violence against Christians is not just physical, it is also political, ideological, and cultural.”

During President Barack Obama’s 2015 visit to Kenya, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta publicly repudiated American efforts to impose Western values on Africa, saying:

Kenya and the United States share so many values; our common love for democracy, entrepreneurship and value for families … [but] there are other things that we do not share; our cultures, our societies do not accept. It is very difficult to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept.

Finally, the memorandum requires all U.S. agencies engaged abroad—specifically, but not limited to, the departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Development Finance Corp.; the Millennium Challenge Corp.; the Export-Import Bank; and the Office of the United States Trade Representative—to compile and submit reports annually on their progress in advancing initiatives on behalf of LGBTQI+ rights.

These government progress reports will likely catalog a number of examples of censorship and violations of conscience rights of those with earnestly held religious beliefs.

Religious belief motivates an enormous amount of charitable and humanitarian work here in the U.S. and abroad. Faith-based organizations are leaders in the nonprofit sector around the globe and often partner with USAID or other government entities to deliver aid.

For example, groups as diverse as Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief USA, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have operations that serve communities across the developing world. All of them adhere to religious codes that reject many elements of the progressive LGBTQI+ agenda.

Nevertheless, these and other faith-based organizations are known for serving individuals of different creeds or no faith at all, and they deliver much-needed assistance all over the world.

It’s not hard to imagine that a frequent result of this executive memorandum will be that these sorts of faith-based organizations will lose out on contracts with the U.S. government if they fail to repudiate their religious beliefs about marriage or sexuality.

Recall, for example, the recent case of the evangelical organization Samaritan’s Purse that set up field hospitals in Central Park last year to treat patients at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York.

It welcomed everyone in need, and yet the organization was still pilloried as homophobic because of its adherence to traditional views of marriage.

The United States can and should champion the human rights of individuals who identify as LGBTQI+ by adhering to our American principles, honoring existing international treaties, and encouraging other countries to do the same without penalizing them for rejecting an ideological agenda.

An executive action designed to advance the special interests of a particular group under the guise of human rights will unnecessarily risk religious freedom at home and abroad.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct Justice Anthony Kennedy’s name.

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Becerra Threatens Lifesaving Pregnancy Centers Nationwide

Appointment of Xavier Becerra Threatens Lifesaving Pregnancy Centers Nationwide

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BY THOMAS GLESSNER

SEE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/02/22/appointment-of-xavier-becerra-threatens-life-saving-pregnancy-centers-nationwide;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:

It hasn’t taken President Joe Biden long to demonstrate that he is the most pro-abortion president in history. His appointment of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is proof.

Becerra’s track record as California’s attorney general indicates his bias against the pro-life movement—particularly against the work of pro-life pregnancy centers.

This nationwide, life-affirming network includes over 2,500 pro-life centers and medical clinics. Each agency provides hope, counsel, medical services, material resources, housing referrals, and much more to mothers considering abortion.

Primary among these is the procedure of ultrasound, which is medically necessary to confirm an intrauterine pregnancy. Statistics show more than 80% of mothers considering abortion choose life after seeing an ultrasound image of their unborn child.

All of these services are free of charge. The staff of these centers and clinics are comprised of medical health care professionals, as well as hundreds of thousands of volunteers committed to making a difference in the lives of mothers, families, and the unborn.

A 2020 study from the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, D.C., shows the impressive outreach and impact of this national network. According to this study, the work of pregnancy centers:

 Provided ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy, at no cost, to 486,213 mothers.

 Provided sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, at no cost, to 160,201 patients.

 Provided mothers and families with material resources, such as housing referrals, diapers, and baby clothes, etc., at no cost.

 Provided total services, both medical and nonmedical, worth $266,764,916. Such services do not cost taxpayers one dime.

One would think that the work of these faith-based, charitable organizations would be supported by all who care about human life, regardless of political views. Not so for Becerra and the Biden administration. If Becerra had his way at the Supreme Court, these centers would have been forced to promote abortion.

Even worse, the government could have fined them out of existence. Where would that leave the hundreds of thousands of mothers, fathers, families, and babies that depend on the essential resources pregnancy centers provide?

It has long been the narrative of the pro-abortion crowd that pro-life pregnancy centers are deceptive and fraudulent. Why? Because they are pro-life and do not perform or refer for abortion.

Yet, these centers are absolutely upfront about their pro-life viewpoint and their operational standards require that it be disclosed to every patient. Regardless, the abortion lobby, led by Planned Parenthood, has for years demonized these charities, attempting to target their operations through hostile legislation.

In 2015, California passed its so-called Reproductive FACT Act mandating that pro-life centers promote abortion by posting a sign with large fonts in their waiting areas. The sign was required to advise patients at the centers: 1) that they have a right to a state-funded abortion, and 2) of the existence of an 800 number to call to get the abortion process started. 

This law was co-sponsored by California’s then-attorney general, Kamala Harris, and supported by her successor, Becerra. Becerra vowed to aggressively enforce the law and make sure that pro-life centers use the walls of their waiting areas to promote abortion. This mandate destroys the pro-life mission of these centers to promote life.

Can the government force Alcoholics Anonymous to post a sign promoting the sale of liquor to its adherents? Can the government force the American Cancer Society to promote cigarettes? If this law had prevailed, then the answer to these questions would have been “yes.” 

The law was struck down in 2018 by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of NIFLA v. Becerra. The court declared that the law violated the free speech rights of pro-life centers. In doing so, the court handed Becerra, Harris, and allies a humiliating defeat.

If confirmed, Becerra has a national platform to attack pro-life centers. As secretary of HHS, he will be uniquely positioned to pass regulations that impact operations of such centers—particularly those that are licensed medical clinics.

Becerra is joined in the new administration by Harris, who partnered with him to destroy the work of these life-affirming agencies. What mischief can we expect to see from these two in their new positions of power? This should be concerning to all who care about providing abortion alternatives to mothers.

Biden came into office using hollow words about “unity.” His actions so far indicate that such talk is empty. When it comes to unity, millions of workers, medical professionals, and volunteers at pro-life pregnancy centers are left out in the cold. So are millions of Americans who care about the life issue.

Editor’s note: Becerra’s title has been corrected.

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NAZI-STYLE National Gun Registry to Be Introduced in Congress Next Month AT THE PROMPTING OF CORRUPT BIDEN

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Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" by [Stephen P. Halbrook]

Joe Biden is already instructing Congress to erode gun rights and prevent Americans from defending themselves. This time, even pistol ownership is included in the upcoming infringements, so they are going for total disarmament. Unsurprisingly, Biden's plan is identical to the wish list of his supposed Vice President, Kamala Harris. Get reliable notification options and further information at Sarah's home site: https://SarahCorriher.com/

BY F. RIEHL

SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2021/03/national-gun-registry-introduced-congress;

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Idaho – -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s open season on gun owners in America!

As we learned from his press release last weekend, Joe Biden is 100% committed to banning the possession of the AR-15 and hundreds of similar rifles in America, as well as the magazines that are needed to run them.

But he’s also determined to create a list of every single gun owner in America, using ‘Universal Background Checks’ as the foil to get it done.

In fact, multiple sources are telling the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance that Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats will be rolling out their ‘Universal Background Check’ legislation in the next few weeks!

What’s more, we’re being told that the legislation that will be unveiled will be a mirror image of H.R. 8, that gun registration bill that passed Congress in 2019. That’s especially dangerous, because almost a DOZEN Republicans supported that bill!

We can’t sit back and wait until this bill is filed to start taking action; gun owners need to be FLOODING Senators Crapo and Risch (along with your Congressman) with calls and emails against this legislation NOW!

Nancy Pelosi and her allies are counting on gun owners like you and me to sit this one out, to believe the lie that ‘most gun owners support this legislation.’

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact is, I don’t know a single gun owner in Idaho who is ok with the idea of giving Joe Biden and his Department of Justice a list of every gun owner in America — and that’s exactly what this bill would do!

There is only one reason why Joe Biden and the radical left could want this data, and we all know what that is, they intend to use it down the road to confiscate our guns!

There was a time when people would scoff at that, claim that we were creating a crisis to get people riled up. But those days are gone. Beto O’Rourke was the first one to say it publicly, but these America-hating socialists have ALWAYS planned to confiscate our guns.

But they can’t confiscate what they can’t find. They know that, and that’s why passing this national gun registry is their top priority!

Understand that if you don’t fall for the first trap (that every gun owner supports this legislation already) than Pelosi and her allies in the FAKE NEWS media are going to try another.

“You have to support ‘Universal Background Checks,’” they’ll say, “it’s the only way we can prevent violent criminals from accessing firearms.”

Don’t fall for this, it’s a complete lie! Background checks simply don’t stop criminals! Don’t take our word for it, look it up for yourself!

  • The Parkland, Fl killer passed a background check and then killed 17 people in 2018;
  • The Sutherland Springs, TX killer passed a background check and then killed 26 people in 2017;
  • The Las Vegas, NV killer passed a background check and then killed 60 people in 2017;
  • The Orlando, Fl killer passed a background check and then killed 58 people in 2016;
  • The San Bernardino, CA killers passed a background check and then killed 14 people in 2015.

I could go on and on. The Charleston, SC church killer, both Fort Hood, TX killers, the Washington Navy Yard killer, the Oak Creek, WI church killer — every single one of these monsters passed a background check and then went on a murder spree!

But for gun owners who haven’t fallen for their earlier tricks, Biden and Pelosi are hoping that the ‘grandfather clause’ will lull you back into comfortable complacency.

You see, this legislation will apply to all future sales. It does not apply to the guns you currently own. What’s more, there’s a carve-out for transfers between immediate family members.

But this language is a trap. You see, Joe Biden and the radical left are playing the long game. They know there is no way to just swoop in and register every gun in America. But if they can’t register yours, they are more than happy to register the next generation’s guns.

And, in reality, those carve-outs would disappear too, the minute there is another mass shooter after the implementation of this law. Either way, the grandfather clause is a clear trap.

We must stand up and hold the line! For ourselves, for our kids, for America! So send your email to Congress today!

The time for hoping for the best is over. Our enemies are very publicly saying that they are here to register our guns and disarm as many of us as they can, so they can turn our beloved country into a socialist disaster.

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is already preparing radio and TV ads, in anticipation of the floor action that will be coming very soon.

Either way, send your emails immediately, that’s critical.

For Idaho,

Greg Pruett
President
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance

P. S. Insiders are reporting that Joe Biden will have his Congressional allies introduce a national ‘Universal Background Check’ bill in as little as two weeks!

This legislation won’t stop a single criminal but will give the radical left what they have always dreamed of, a list of every gun and gun owner in America!


About Idaho Second Amendment Alliance:

Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms through an aggressive grassroots program designed to mobilize public opposition to the anti-gun legislation.

Our website can be located at www.idahosaa.org.Idaho Second Amendment Alliance

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SEE ALSO: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/03/01/blowing-4-factual-holes-in-the-biden-gun-control-agenda

AND: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/03/radical-gun-control-bill-introduced-house-joseph-klein/