In response to: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20090619/ARTICLES/906191005
Date: 25 June 2009 – For Immediate Release
Subject: Attack on Freedom of Religion
Senator Shane Martin is asking for the public to stand behind Spartanburg School District 7 as they defend their right to give school credits for religious courses.
Senator Martin stated: “The public needs to be aware of this issue so we may gain the momentum needed to overcome this attack. It isn’t just another attack on religious freedom it’s yet another attack on our American culture. This reminds me of the referendum placed on the ballot in 2006 to solidify that marriage is between one man and one woman. The vote split on that issue was 78% to 22%. This should never have been an issue, but a small percent of the population was attempting to force their views on the majority. That’s what we have here and we should not buckle. I believe many of society’s problems exist today as a result of our country moving further away from God and its time for the majority to take a stand.”
Martin has been in contact with legal council around the state in an attempt to insure the school has the necessary resources to defend the student’s rights to receive proper credit for their religious coursework.
Martin is a State Senator for District 13. For more information, please visit: www.SenatorMartin.com.
So, it’s been about a week since I posted here at The Conservativist and for good reason, I guess.
For those of you who don’t know, I love sports and when I play, I play hard. The latest chapter in the saga ends with a awesome looking dive that ends with a nasty flip and a severely messed up elbow. So here’s a quick overview concerning a few topics over the last week.
Senator Arlen Spector – Some say this is not a big loss, others say it is huge. The fact Spector admitted the fact that he didn’t want to lose his seat to angry Republican primary voters and that was the primary reason he changed parties is this biggest problem with politics in America today. Some people get so used to the power that they cannot let it go. Kind of like me forgetting that I’m not 19 anymore and the body doesn’t take a beating like it used to.
Spartanburg County Delegation – The fued is over in Spartanburg over who is chairman and vice-chairman. Monday, May 4th, the delegation reached a compromise naming Lanny Littlejohn the chairman and Shane Martin the vice-chairman. Part of the deal that was arranged is to have the leadership positions rotate between members of the House and Senate in future terms. Still at question is weighted voting.
Air Force One & the Statue of Liberty – Just when you thought it was safe to take to the streets of Manhattan after 9/11, Obama’s staff decides to send one of his aircraft to perform a flyby at the Statue of Liberty. Some individuals had been notified of the events, excluding Mayor Bloomberg, and panic was amuck in NYC as this low flying aircraft buzzed Manhattan. To add to the egginess, an F-16 was in hot pursuit…to take photographs. This taxpayer funded fly by was to replace the photo of the aircraft over Mt. Rushmore. I guess Washington is becoming Wall Street’s best friend.
Swine Flu – A panic is created over the rapid spread and 150 deaths linked to a swine flu out of Mexico. CNN reports that 250,000 – 500,000 people die a year from the regular flu. Your guess, manufactured panic or a real threat?
Tenenbaum Appointed by Obama – South Cakalaki’s most recent past Superintendent of Education and one time rumored candidate for Governor was tapped by Obama to head up the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is somewhat concerning to us. I read some stats somewhere today (if you know where the link is, please forward) that stated she was in charge of the State Education Department thru the years we dropped from 46th to 50th in the nation. So if she tanked our education department, what is she going to do to our consumer products?
Well, it’s time to go ice the elbow again and do real work. Let us know what you think.
On February 19th, we reported that Muncipal Judge Larry Duffy opined that Texas Hold ‘em was not a game of chance but skill. That was a huge victory for individual rights here in South Carolina and now President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has introduced legislation that would change the 207 year old law to legalize social gambling.
S. 535 Section 1.E – Gambling in a private home where no house player, house bank, or house odds exist and where there is no house income from the operation of the game is social gambling and is an affirmative defense to the provisions of subsection (A).
S. 535 Section 1.F – A charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) because it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit purposes may conduct or participate in a casino night fundraising event of limited duration during which wagers may be made in gambling activities
Other sponsors on this bill include: Mulvaney, Ford, Land and Knotts
Be sure to begin contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encourage them to support this bill.
All we have to say is it is about time the state quit infringing on our private lives within the walls of individuals homes.
The government should not be in the business of enforcing morals (I’m opening up a can of worms on this one) and should not intrude on the lives of people in this fashion. If I so choose to play cards with friends in the comfort of my home, so be it. Who am I harming?
On February 26th, The SC State House passed H3509 which is a resolution to affirm the states rights guaranteed by the 9th and 10th amendments of the US Constitution.
Unfortunately, it appears the transparency bill doesn’t cover such resolutions. We spoke with Dan Hamilton (House District 20) of Greenville, SC who shared with us that the vote was unanimous in favor of the bill.
Some of the Spartanburg County legislatures signed on to the bill. They are as follows:
Be sure you call and thank them for signing on to this bill. Those who failed to sign on as sponsors are below:
The bill has been referred to the Senate. A similar version already exists, S424 in the State Senate, which the Spartanburg County Senators have already signed on as sponsors.
Lo and behold, it appears that our great general assembly is looking to make sure that our state and its people retain their rights as granted by the US Constitution. That’s right, and SC is one of 20 something states that have introduced some similar legislation stating they are against any movements that affect the peoples and states 9th and 10th amendment rights.
After speaking with Inglis today, he believes that HR 45 will pass with Pelosi’s new found power. This is Bobby Rush’s (D-IL) bill to bar code ammunition and limit gun ownership. According to the SC House version of the bill, this would be one situation that would force the affirmation of the resolution. Not sure how much power it will have, but it does give you a warm fuzzy feeling…doesn’t it?
The House bill, H3509, is sponsored by the following individuals:
Reps. M.A. Pitts, Duncan, Thompson, Bowen, Toole, Stringer, Hamilton, Pinson, Bedingfield, G.R. Smith, Cooper, Crawford, Long, Lowe, Nanney, Owens, E.H. Pitts, Rice, Viers and White
Notice that none of the Spartanburg delegation is in this listing. I encourage you to contact Millwood, Parker, Mitchell, Littlejohn, Cole, Allison, Forrester, Kelly and ask them their positions and to sign on as co-sponsors.
The Senate bill, S424, is sponsored by the following individuals:
Senators Bright, S. Martin, Alexander, Campbell, Fair, Knotts, Cromer, Mulvaney, Verdin, L. Martin, Shoopman, Rose, McConnell, Thomas, Cleary, Courson, Coleman, Davis, Reese and Campsen
Be sure to contact Lee Bright, Shane Martin, and Glenn Reese and thank them for supporting this resolution.