The California Democratic Party passed a resolution that appeared to radically redefine the First Amendment at its state convention last weekend.
The party appeared to outright reject the notion of legal protection for political speech they don’t like, instead openly affirming a belief that First Amendment protections exclude “hate speech.”
Resolution 19-05.94 read as follows:
“WHEREAS, Protecting First Amendment rights is critical, but is also limited to exclude hate speech using the concept that offending statements first should be viewed through the lens of the party experiencing the hate, and that Jews, LatinX, African-American, Asian Pacific Islander, Muslims, Disabilities and LGBTI communities can be targets of oppression and hate speech for a variety of reasons.”
Such a conditional interpretation of the First Amendment would radically redefine America’s free speech tradition, and leave the door open for governmental censorship of any and all speech that liberals and progressives find objectionable, for any reason. It’s essentially a convenient way to institute a de facto repeal of the First Amendment.
It’s hard to describe the California Democratic Party’s anti-First Amendment resolution as anything other than a major American political party turning its back on one of the foundational principles of American political culture, embodied in the constitution.
Colorado Governor and Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper spoke at the convention, and was booed by attendees for rejecting a vision of socialism in his convention speech.
Further language within the California Democratic Party’s minutes suggests a contentious debate within the party on Israeli-US relations. Resolution 19-05-93 seemed to walk a rhetorical tightrope between defending criticism of Israel and condemning perceived anti-semitic criticism of Israeli policy.
Portland: Archbishop Leads Prayer and Conducts Exorcism to Rid the City of Satanic Influence
The devil has been busy in Portland over the past few months.
Archbishop of Portland Alexander Sample led a gathering in prayer, a Rosary, and conducted an exorcism over the city last Saturday.
The Catholic archbishop told KOIN that the months of continuous rioting and violence spurred the idea of the exorcism.
Sample further said: “I wasn’t trying to suggest that I think the city of Portland is possessed. It’s not that at all. It’s just a prayer of blessing prayed by the clergy, especially a bishop over a community just asking that all the influences of the Evil One be driven away.”
At one point there were over 100 straight nights of rioting in the city of Portland. Aaron Danielson, a conservative and supporter of Patriot Prayer, was murdered in cold blood on August 29 near a pro-Trump rally. Numerous others, including police officers, were injured amidst the 100+ days of carnage.
Attendees of the archbishop’s prayers and exorcism spoke to Catholic News Service, with one saying that the “anti-religion undertones” of the protests and riots frightened her, and another that “it’s important for people of faith to be seen in public promoting belief and peace.”
As a Catholic myself, I understand the power of prayer and exorcism. They represent two of the most powerful weapons against the devil and his minions. I’m glad to see the archbishop do this for his city.
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