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Second Company Threatens to Leave Over Georgia KKK Bill

I call the Georgia bill, the misnomer “First Amendment Defense Act” the “KKK Bill” because besides supporting LBGT discrimination it provides cover for christian identity (white supremacist groups) to discriminate based on race or ethnicity. Not that a law supporting Jim Crow against LBGT people isn’t offensive enough solely by itself. Here is a background of discrimination racist zealots have tried to promote in the name of religion for the past 100 years. In Employment Division v. Smith the Supreme Court decided that religious exemptions did not trump civil law, and again in Loving v. Virginia. So the Georgia law is on shaky Constitutional ground, and with the fortuitous death of Scalia, the ability for the far right racists to reenact this foundation of New Jim Crow Law is kaput providing another racist doesn’t get appointed to the court.

Salesforce CEO Is Going To War In Georgia Over New Anti-LGBT Bill

Marc Benioff led the charge to strike down Indiana’s anti-gay law last year. Now he’s taking on a similar bill in Georgia.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is strapping on his boxing gloves again.

Nearly a year after the cloud-computing giant led the charge to topple a law in Indiana that legalized discrimination against LGBT people in the name of religious freedom, Benioff says he is gearing up for a fresh fight against a similar bill in Georgia.

“Nobody wants a discrimination law in America today,” Benioff told The Huffington Post in a phone interview on Friday. “But there are still bigots out there fighting for people to be discriminated against.”

The bill, passed by the Georgia Senate in a 38-14 vote last Friday, allows religiously affiliated groups to refuse to “rent, lease, or otherwise grant permission for property to be used by another person for an event which is objectionable to such religious organization.” Dubbed the First Amendment Defense Act, the legislation actually takes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act a step further, barring government authorities from bringing civil cases against organizations accused of discrimination.

“The law that was adopted in Indiana was a balancing act, where at least the government had the chance to go to court and make an argument that they should be able to penalize someone for discrimination,” Sarah Warbelow, legal director at the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, told HuffPost. “With the FADA, there’s an absolute right to discriminate, and that right is based on your view that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

The law in Indiana was amended last year to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people after Benioff launched a scorched-earth media campaign, rallying some of the country’s most powerful executives behind him. Salesforce — the largest tech employer in Indiana — vowed to pay to move any employees at risk of discrimination out of the state. Benioff also threatened to scale back the company’s operations in Indiana unless the law was altered to protect LGBT people.

Salesforce may only have about 1,000 workers in Georgia, but in May it is scheduled to host its annual Connections conference in Atlanta. The event draws about 15,000 Salesforce clients each year for three days. On Friday, Benioff posted a poll on Twitter, asking if he should change the event’s location if the FADA bill becomes law. By early evening, 75 percent of the roughly 2,500 voters supported the move.

“We will bring economic consequences,” Benioff told HuffPost. “We will deliver a rolling thunder of economic sanctions against the state, in this case Georgia, which is waging a war against LGBT people.”

Benioff said he already contacted the chief executives of Home Depot, Coca-Cola, email marketing service MailChimp and shipping giant UPS about the issue. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said in an email that “we’ve been clear for some time now that we won’t support anything that discriminates.” The other three companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But Benioff plans to bring other corporations into the battle, too.

“Look, this is about providing an environment for our employees and our customers that’s nondiscriminatory, that’s all,” Benioff said. “Come out and say you want equality for all, and we’ll get off your case.”…Read More Here

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in The New Jim Crow

 

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American Fascism – Tea Party Republicanism

American Fascism = Tea Party Republicans.

The American Reich… Indeed.
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Takes One to Know One – Alan West Calls WikiLeaks “Criminal”

Allen West CensoringDisgraced Former Colonel Alan West, now disgraceful Congressman from Palm Beach, Florida is calling for censorship.

This disgrace thinks that American News outlets which published WikiLeaks should be censored!

Since most Tea Baggers skip reading the Constitution except for the Second Amendment – it probably sailed right over West’s pinhead as to why, in America (at least until these morons get control)…

The Founding Father’s considered that a bad idea.

Allen West: Government ‘Should Be Censoring The American News Agencies’ That Collaborated With WikiLeaks

WEST: There are different means by which you can be attacked. I mean it doesnt have to be a bomb or an airplane flying into a building. It doesn’t have to be a shooting. It can be through cyber attacks, it could be through leaking of very sensitive classified information. Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.

I have one question…Why isn’t this POS in jail? Putting him in office is analogous to electing Heinrich Himmler to Chancellor of Cultural Affairs for Germany after WWII…

Instead of trying, convicting, and executing him.

At least Himmler had the balls to kill himself.

And no – I don’t support WikiLeaks, or what they have done.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Black Conservatives

 

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Dumber Than Dumb – Christine O’Donnell…The First Amendment Says …What?

Really bad when your Tea Witch doesn’t know the Constitution she quotes…

This debate was at a Law School.

Check out the laughter from the audience when O’Donnell asks “Where in the Constitution does it mention the Seperation of Church and State”.

Talk about “Dumbing Down America”

 
 

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Some Folks Have More First Amendment Rights Than Others

Voicing an opinion while Black …

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It would seem some folks have more First Amendment Rights than others in Georgia. Not surprisingly, those folks also have less melanin.

Hat tip to – The Grio

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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Exercising Freedom? Hardly. Arrest the Gun Toters!

Here is a video of the moron who brought an assault rifle to a Town Hall Meeting attended by President Obama. This was a publicity stunt, coordinated with local police.

What is being missed here, is several Laws which have to do with the President. The first is – wherever the President is, is Federal Land temporarily during his presence. This is done such that the Federal Protective Services and the Secret Service have jurisdiction, and the authority to operate in the State. It also gives them precedence over State authorities in a protective zone around the President.

As such, the applicable law here is Federal… Not State.

The Secret Service is perfectly within the Law to arrest and lock up the bozos, and try them for violations of Federal Law.

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The second group of laws allows the Secret Service to establish “Free Speech Zones” around the President. This was done extensively during the Bushit Administration to hide and suppress protesters. Now, there is a lot of argument about the Constitutionality of such, especially if it is utilized as the Bushit Administration did to suppress political opponents rights to Free Speech. And I agree, the sort of suppression of Free Speech done during the Bushit Administration more closely resembled a Fascist or Communist dictatorial regime than American ideals.

BUT… A valid argument can also be made that when a person brings a gun to a Public Meeting, that such is an actual threat against the Free Speech of people who disagree with them. A cornerstone of Law Enforcement Authority in this country is the implied threat of an Officer carrying a weapon. As such, a protester carrying a loaded gun to a Town Hall style meeting of opposing viewpoints is inherently doing so to suppress the Free Speech Rights of those speaking out against that person’s position.

As such, serving the Constitutional guarantee of Free Speech would be either arresting and charging these bozos illegally carrying guns under Federal Law, or locking them away in “Free Speech Zones” out of possible range of physically threatening or harming other protesters.

Unarmed protesters should be allowed to yell at each other to their heart’s content, and should not be subject to cloister or suppression by placing them in isolated Free Speech Zones as the Bushit Administration did.

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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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