Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the privately held arts and crafts retail chain, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its controversial HHS mandate requiring that all employers provide birth control coverage to their employees.
“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said CEO and founder David Green. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
How much did Green say his company would have to pay in fines?
“David Green … says he’ll have to pay as much as $1.3 million in daily fines if he doesn’t pay for types of contraception he and other evangelicals morally oppose, including the so-called ‘morning after’ pill [emphasis added],” the Washington Times reports.
What’s notable about Mr. Green’s decision is that not only is Hobby Lobby now the largest company to sue the Obama administration’s over its HHS mandate, but it’s also the first non-Catholic-owned business to do so.
And Mr. Green certainly runs a Christian-style business.
Read more here.
Here are a couple of facts:
On June 4 the White House confirmed that the US had killed Abu Yahya Al-Libi – OBL’s Libyan lietenant who had moved into Al Qaeda’s #2 spot after Ayman Zahawiri after the Navy SEALs whacked OBL.
On Tuesday 9/11, a tape was released of Zawahiri announcing that Libi had been killed earlier this year by a US drone attack. The Zawahiri tape was made during Ramadan which ended in the middle of last month. Zawahiri called for his terrorist underlings to avenge Libi’s death and especially exhorted Libyans to take revenge.
The attack in Libya was well planned and executed. It wasn’t about a spontaneous protest against some ridiculous internet movie of Muhammad. The assailants came armed to the teeth, with among other things, RPG 7s. They knew that the US Ambassador was in Benghazi rather than Tripoli. They knew how to track his movements, and were able to strike against him after he and his colleagues left the consulate building and tried to flee in a car. As Israel Channel 2’s Arab Affairs Correspondent Ehud Yaari noted this evening, you don’t often see well trained terrorists participating in protests of movies.
Then there is the attack in Cairo. They were led by Mohammad Zawahiri – Ayman Zawahiri’s brother. According the Thomas Josclyn in the Weekly Standard, the US media has been idiotically presenting him as some sort of moderate despite the fact that in an interview with Al Jazeerah he said said, “We in al Qaeda…”
Egypt’s US supported Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi recently released Zawahiri from Egyptian prison. The same Barack Obama who has no time in his schedule to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu next week in New York, is scheduled to meet Morsi.
Read more here.
On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the horrendously liberal website Salon published a piece with the truly absurd headline, “Fox News’ War on Muslims: Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have stoked Islamophobia — and encouraged right-wing ignorance.”
The contents – excerpted from Nathan Lean’s book “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims” – were stocked with misinformation about America’s leading cable news channel:
The Islamophobia industry also goes to great lengths to sell its message to the public…in many cases the very networks that spread their product are themselves participants in the ruse to whip up public fear of Muslims…it is a relationship of mutual benefit, where ideologies and political proclivities converge to advance the same agenda.
Fox News, the American television station that brands itself as “fair and balanced,” is the epitome of this relationship. It has been, for the better part of the last decade, at the heart of the public scare-mongering about Islam, and has become the home for a slew of right-wing activists who regularly inhabit its airwaves to distort the truth to push stereotypes about Muslims.
What was the author’s proof? A poll by the left-leaning Brookings Institution.
Read more here.
Radio giant Rush Limbaugh calls the violence against American embassies and consulates in the Mideast an “absolute disaster” on the part of President Obama’s foreign policy, and says the White House is coordinating with the news media to make Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney look bad.
“We’re in the midst of a disaster,” Limbaugh said this afternoon. “This is a full-fledged foreign policy disaster.”
“What they’re trying to do is make all of this about Romney. We’re in the midst of a genuine second term of Jimmy Carter, anybody? 1979, anybody? We’re in the middle of an absolute disaster, a foreign policy disaster. And there’s a coordinated effort to make it about Romney and whether or not he should speak; whether he should say anything about it; whether or not it’s presidential for Romney. We’re only supposed to have one president at times like this. Well, we don’t have one, unless Romney speaks up, and that’s the sad reality.”
Before its walls were breached, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo had issued the following statement on Sept. 11:
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
Read more here.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a press conference Wednesday issued a statement on the recent attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the White House’s handling of the situation.
Afterwards, he took questions from members of the press.
As noted by National Review Online, all but one of the questions asked of Gov. Romney had to do with his “tone” and/or whether he thought it was a good idea to criticize the administration’s initial response to the attack on the Cairo embassy.
Not a single reporter asked Romney what he thinks the U.S. should do going forward.
“[N]one of the questions asked Romney to give details or be more specific about what he thinks the United States should do,” NRO’s Katrina Trinko writes.
“[T]oday’s press conference was really an example of how the media sometimes just doesn’t deserve [access to a presidential candidate]. Let political consultants talk about the timing and tone of the statement. The candidate should be grilled on policy, on issues, on what he thinks is the right course going forward, not politics and strategy,” she adds.
Not long after writing that entry, The Right Scoop posted a video that appears to show that, yes, some of the reporters waiting to hear Gov. Romney’s statement on the embassy attacks coordinated their questions specifically to address his “tone” and his timing and not his policy:
Let’s recap. Yesterday, riots broke out at American embassies in Egypt and Libya. The American ambassador and three other American officials were murdered. Their bodies were dragged through the streets to a cheering mob. This all happened on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, with the ridiculous pretext that throngs of muslims in two different countries were simultaneously offended over a stupid film no one knew existed. In Libya, at least, the murder of our diplomatic personnel is tantamount to an act of war. Yet, for Obama, the campaign must go on.
This morning, the White House announced that Obama will continue with today’s campaign schedule. He leaves this afternoon for Vegas, to attend a fundraiser for his reelection. Those mourning the loss of their loved ones, who died in service to their country, will take little comfort in the knowledge that, as President, Obama is so committed…to his own reelection.
Read more here.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asked the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action in the United States against makers of a film attacking the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, the official state news agency said on Wednesday.
Morsi had requested the mission take “all legal measures”, the MENA agency said, without giving further details on what that might involve. (Reuters)
Terrorism analyst and Act for America President Brigitte Gabriel says the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt were coordinated, and more may be coming.
“Jihadists are organizing together, and they’re communicating with one another through the Internet,” she told WND today following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.
Through their websites and networks, Gabriel said, “we are seeing the Muslim Brotherhood rising all across the Middle East,” where it has had an active presence for the past 30 years.
The Associated Press reported authorities are investigating the possibility the attack today was coordinated, and they warn that the next target for violent Muslims could be the U.S. embassy in Algeria.
The AP said various jihadist groups have engaged in online chatter about ongoing protests at U.S. embassies, and an intelligence report said Algerians plan to storm the U.S. Embassy today.
The statement cited a Facebook page for a German-speaking Muslim cleric based in Tripoli who is promoting violence online.
Further, WTOP-TV in Washington reported sources saying the attacks did not “appear to be a random mob scene, but rather an opportunity that militants seized.”
Read more here.
During his radio show on Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh said “if we’re gonna accept this notion that hurt feelings inspire terrorism” then maybe President Obama’s constant “bragging” about killing Osama bin Laden led to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya. The violent assault left a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead on Tuesday.
Limbaugh took a call from a listener who presented the following question: “If the Obama administration is so concerned about not hurting the feelings of these terrorists, then why are they constantly spiking the ball about killing bin Laden?”
“You know, that is a great question,” the host replied. “If we’re so concerned about hurting the feelings of Muslims, why is Obama bragging that he killed Osama so often. That’s a fascinating question. Yeah, in fact, their campaign slogan is ‘GM’s alive and Osama’s dead,’ or something like that. They’re ramming it down the throats of Islamists all over the world. In fact, in Egypt at the embassy yesterday, the protesters were all shouting, ‘We’re all Osamas, Obama. We’re all Osamas, Obama.’”
He added that “if we’re gonna accept this notion that hurt feelings inspire terrorism, then maybe Obama is responsible for this, and ultimately maybe the blame falls to him.” Limbaugh appeared to be reacting to recent claims that the filmmaker of an anti-Muslim film is to blame for the attack, seemingly deflecting blame from the Islamists who are responsible for killing innocent Americans.
Watch part one of the Rush segment via The Daily Rushbo:
Read more here.
The mom who turned heads and made headlines after she posed for the cover of Time magazine breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, is back, this time breastfeeding her son on a different magazine cover.
The latest issue of Pathways to Family Wellness features Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding Aram, now four, on the couch with her husband and other young son. The photo is starkly different from Time’s cover shot, which had Aram standing on a chair to nurse.
Read and see more here.