Govt. Seeks to Suspend DADT Lawsuit Appeal

DADT UPDATE X390 (THINKSTOCK) | ADVOCATE.COMThe Justice Department argues that the “orderly process” set forth by
the DADT repeal law likely renders its appeal in the Log Cabin
Republicans federal case moot. But LCR says its lawsuit continues as
long as military personnel face potential discharge.
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Govt. to SCOTUS: We want DADT to go, but for now you should stay, so that when it goes, order will stay…

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell update:

(1) The Government has asked SCOTUS to keep Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in place while District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s injunction is on appeal.

(2) The folks who brought the suit, the Log Cabin Republicans, issue a reaction that’s one part focused on the shared cause, one part focused on partisan politics — but all-around unhappy with the decision:

“It is unfortunate the Obama Justice Department has forced the Log Cabin Republicans to go to the Supreme Court to halt this failed policy,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. “At the same time, President Obama remains far from the front lines of the fight for legislative repeal while commanding his lawyers to zealously defend ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in court. This week Log Cabin Republicans have conducted meetings with numerous Republican senators potentially in favor of repeal, all of whom are waiting for the President’s call. The White House has been missing in action on Capitol Hill, undermining efforts to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the final session of this Congress, potentially leaving the judiciary as the only solution for our brave men and women in uniform.”

“We have reviewed the government’s opposition to Log Cabin’s application to vacate the stay of Judge Phillips’s injunction by the Ninth Circuit,” said Dan Woods, White and Case partner who is representing Log Cabin Republicans. “In our view, the government’s lengthy, detailed, 29-page brief does not address the two key arguments we presented to the Supreme Court. First, we argued that the premise of the government’s position–that it needs time to conduct an orderly process of repealing DADT–is entirely speculative because Congress has not and very well may never repeal DADT; the government’s filing today does not address that issue. Second, we argued that the Ninth Circuit order did not take into account the harm to servicemembers and potential enlistees resulting from the stay; the government’s filing today does not respond to that point either. At this point, all we can do is look forward to a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court.”

Log Cabin Republicans: President Obama MIA on Capitol Hill, but Reports For Duty to Defend DADT at Supreme Court [LCR]

Understandable frustration. Confusing contradictions. Overwrought debate.




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Bryan Fischer: Christians must control the govt or atheists and pagans will take over

The Values Voter Summit is reaping a bumper crop of terribly disturbing, ignorant and faith-based FAIL this year. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association contributers his fertilizer with this outrageous naked call for a theocracy.

We’ve gotten to the point where the fringe right social conservatives have not been able to come up with a winning arguments that papers over the fact their goal is to torch our Constitution and install the KJV of the Bible as the basis for governing the United States of America. The masks have been coming off at an alarming rate. Via Right Wing Watch, here is part 1; surf over for the rest of his speech.

Speaking today at the Values Voter Summit, Bryan Fischer used his stage time to lay out various reasons why Christians need to be involved in politics – like the fact that Christians are needed in order to clean up the messiness, otherwise our government will be run by atheists and pagans:

So Fischer says that, in his experience, the internal dealings of the church are way worse than anything he ever saw in politics … but the reason that Christians need to be involved in politics is so that they can “clean that mess up”? So who is causing all the messes in the church then? Atheists and pagans?

Related:

* People for the American Way calls out NPR for featuring hate-monger Bryan Fischer
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