By Joe Sutton, CNN
(CNN) - A federal judge ruled that North Carolina's new "Choose Life" license plates are unconstitutional because the state does not offer a pro-choice alternative.
"The State's offering a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice alternative constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment," U.S. District Court Judge James Fox wrote in the ruling Friday.
The ruling was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a lawsuit in 2011 to stop the specialty plates.
"This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on reproductive freedom," said Chris Brook of the ACLU. "The government cannot create an avenue of expression for one side of a contentious political issue while denying an equal opportunity to citizens with the opposite view."
Republican state Rep. Mitch Gillespie, who sponsored the bill for the "Choose Life" plates, said he would push for an appeal of the judge's decision, CNN affiliate WRAL reported.
The bill for the license plates passed in 2011, and the legislation also mandated that money raised from the sale of the specialty plates would go to a nonprofit that supports crisis pregnancy centers, WRAL reported.
During the fight to get the bill passed, North Carolina lawmakers voted down amendments that would have created pro-choice alternatives such as "Trust Women. Respect Choice," the affiliate reported.
The "Choose Life" plates are available in 29 states, according to Choose Life Inc., a nonprofit that helps states that want to sell these specialty plates.
Free speech helps to educate the masses..............POLITICIANS TOO !
Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.
The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?
The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !..................Creationists...........ID believers and christians !
Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle
Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.
Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!
The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment, which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.
Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.
Education works for children
Where do morals come from?.............the answer is not the bible read and find out !
By Kelly Murray, CNN
Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!...
By the numbers .......easy to do !
Doc................Love FACTS !...............Evolution is a dirty word to them !
Monkey Math: Baboons Show Brain's Ability to Understand Numbers
May 3, 2013 — Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait – the ability to understand numbers – also is shared by humans and their primate cousins.
The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !
From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life
Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.
They lost in 2005............still trying !
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i always believe that buddhism is sort of the religion of peace compared to other religions. buddhism speaks of peace all the time...
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How about: "Choose life. Ban handguns." ?
How about no special plates for anything? A police office friend of mine in Florida says there are so many down there between sports, challenger and manatees that it's hard for them to keep track of real plates vs. fakes.
We don't have specially designed driver's licenses so why do we need special plates? Seems like a completely useless product and argument to me. We don't need to accessories everything in life.
Good. They've also been ruled bad for your eyes.
I bet Conneticut is screaming tonight CHOOSE LIFE ! God help us all, and God be with those families who are going through this devestation... You are definetely in my prayers...
Devastation, not devestation.
Definitely, not definetely
Posts are always more effective when they appear to be written by a grownup.
You don't need to dredge up their tragedy and tie it to every story, no matter how unrelated, that comes along.
There's a collectible plate that reads: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN".
Personalize it, like "Charlie Wins!"
I would like a bumper sticker that says, "Choose life- they may be the one who cures Cancer"
Or the one who exterminates 6 million Jews.
Or one that might become an abortion doctor and kill thousands.
You agree with that right Tom?
Or perhaps – Chose Life – Let's have another Columbine?
Front plate: "Jesus Had a Tomb"
Rear Plate "Child had a Womb"
"Child?" There is no "child" in a womb, dumbazz. There's a fetus, and embryo, or a blastocyst. A child has already been born.
""with" AND "child"
occurs in 45 verses in the KJV, including 25 exact phrases shown first."
There is no word for the huge amount of stupidity in your last post.
"2Sa 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I [am] with child."............................... Women, you have to discern how they phrase things.
Don't care what the Babble says because it has sh!t-all to do with law in a secular government. Go get pregnant with a clue, idiot.
Your assertion is correct, "hawaiiguest". There is, in fact, no word for the huge amount of stupidity in "lol??"'s last post.
Women, if they want to bully and abuse the babe, it's a fetus. Approved by girly men adorned in black dresses.
Try again, this time coherently.
Science for a Socialist is a weapon for bullyin'. Just a big CON. That's how they seared their consciences......"1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"
Ok now I know you're a poe.
Is that you again, herbie, you poor thing?
It took you this long to figure our that lol is a poe?
"Don't care what the Babble says.."
I think a book that millions trust carries a bit more weight than what you believe Tom. Unless you can tell us why your opinion on the definition of a "child" is superior.
Tom, If your definition of "child" is correct, then why, when a pregnant woman is murdered, do they treat it as a double homicide?
Tom, Tom .... can you provide any substantive evidence that a human being was ever born NATURALLY without first having gone through the fetal stage?
The craziness of the Abortion situation in Amerika has people opposed to destroying a fetus are the 'bad' guys, while those favoring the "Right to Choose" are the good guys .... It's time to simply get all local, state and federal GOVERNMENT out of the abortion issue...and let those who want an abortion get them, and those that don't, just don't! Keep your own religious beliefs in your own house.
To the CHARD: Just one question, Vegetable. Do you think you're making any progress here? Do you imagine you're convincing anyone? Have you ever converted anybody by posting on an anonymous website? Who? When?
You become less credible with every barrage of posts, Chard. The more snark and drivel you post, the more people see through you.
You have won me over, I now believe in every word of the bible and/or your interprertation; I am now awaiting in giddy anticipation of the judgement of the god of Isreal to determine my everlasting destinity. I have confessed all my sins and transgressios, a long list, I will be willing to share, if you are willing to spit out your sins. You win HALLELUJAH JESUS.
PS: I don't supposed you would be willing to tell us about your dirty little secrets, really, I will show you mine, if you will show me yours. Pope Benny da 16 TH.
You make statenments on this blog and when someone calls you on those statements, you tell them to get organized. BS. you fraud...
He (Chad) is hopelessly ignorant or hoprlessly disingenious.
Now, I think you will run into your "ad hominen" excuse to not answer; lordy, lordy they are picking on me.
Put all the religious/ anti-religious stuff aside. You would be arrested if you mistreated a dog or cat. But you can tear an unborn child limb from limb, rip out its heart to complete the job and that's just fine? Forget about the theoreticals. There is no woman who was ever proud of having an abortion-for good reason. It is an act of brutality.
You misrepresent what happens. I know hyperbole gets the emotions going but it doesn't make for a reasoned argument.
What does happen? Have you performed an abortion? Had one? Observed one? There's no magic wand waving and giggles all around. No tennis lessons in a half hour. It is a brutal act of violence on a mother. Tut tut all you want. It is not an academic discussion when the violence is done
"It is a brutal act of violence on a mother"
So is open heart surgery, reconstructive hip surgery or tumour removal.
You said, "So is open heart surgery, reconstructive hip surgery or tumour removal."
I don't think they perform those procedures on a walk-in basis.
Stupid git: fetal animals are aborted all the time by vets.
@LinCA: then i guess it's convenient the quote wasn't "It is a brutal act of violence on a mother performed as a walk-in surgery."
@Chad: You said, "However, the resurrection of Jesus is certainly a falsifiable event. It isnt an opinion. It is easily countered if it isnt true. That is what makes the Christian belief so unique, it is grounded in a falsifiable historical event."
How exactly are we supposed to falsify that event now? It may have been falsifiable at the time it possibly occurred, but we certainly don't have anything to work with now aside from the observable resurrection rate of 0% we've seen over the last 2000 years.
Shit, you'd think good old common sense would falsify it for anyone with average intelligence that is not completely biblewashed.
It's ironic that a Christian would argue that Jesus had to be dead dead and then risen when so much is made of "near death" experiences where people so appear quite dead only to wake up again. I have no problem with a Jesus having a near death experience while on the cross, being sealed up in a tomb, waking up and getting the guards attention, being let out and going to ground lease the authorities recapture him and make a proper job of it next time. That would explain the later sightings, and is fully in line with the point that he was taken down before his legs could be broken, which was usual Roman practice to ensure death.
Another Liscense Plate: "Untill you put it through college, it's just a piece of meat"
Q: What takes up 12 parking spaces?
A: 6 Women drivers.
Religion is the opium of the masses. Women should do what is best for their own lives and should be trusted to make descisions that will directly affect them such as having children.
Q: What is loud and obnoxious?
A: A woman.
Good idea, Karl Marx. You used to call it the opiate of the people. Let's see: Communism 1917-1989 in Europe. Christianity circa 60 AD-2012 and counting. If it isn't a good idea, it'll die out.
Hinduism in India – over 7,000 years and counting - billions of adherents over the centuries - must make those gods real, huh?
Buddhism predates Christianity too, by about 600 years, and is quite popular.
SK. Communism existed before, and exists after, the Soviets. In theory at least Christianity doesn't run any governments.
The comparison was between Marxism and Christianity. But an unbiased observer might attribute enduring elements of truth in Hinduism and Buddhism to explain their history. The great religions address the part of you that doesn't sit on a toilet.
The comparison was European Marxism with Christianity. A true Marxist might say Cuba and North Korea are deviant, crazed monarchies, essentially.
Beliefs in astrology and magic have been around since way before Christianity and even Judaism, and they're still going strong.
Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.
I would like a bumper sticker that says: Choose Abortion, Save the Planet from Over Population.
Yeah, like ye olde USA is over populated. Then the educratists sell citizenship for the price of a 2 year degree. Keep those borders open! Well you got yer education prez. (with sealed grades, of course)
How many unwanted kids have you adopted or fostered, lolly-poop?
More to the point: how many times have you given birth, lol?
lol. Actually the world including the USA is overpopulated. Food and water will be major issues over the next few decades. I know you feel that won't affect you, rapture and all, but we'll see.
Santa, don't confuse me with a rapturist. Their born again birthright doesn't mean any more to them than Esau's birthright did to him. Rapturists think there is something special about Rabbis with their flocks.
What's taking you so long to respond, lolly? Counting heads?
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