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State Religion Czar Jason Rapert has issued God’s position on constitutional precepts, majority will and same-sex attraction.

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  • JakeTidmore
    June 4, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

    Spot on, John. Jason is an arrogant demagogue whose actions threaten our constitutional rights. Too bad he failed to study Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers to understand how important an independent judiciary is to the workings of the US government.
    It is interesting to see how few words letter writers and columnists need to shred Rapert's tissue-thin arguments. Let's hope that his tactics of intimidation and his evil use of religion to justify his hatred will be curtailed by the good people of this land.
    The US Constitution's 14th amendment captured the essence of equality and freedom in a few well-written paragraphs. Rapert failed miserably and execrably to destroy that constitutional guarantee in his 3000 word screed.

  • Morebeer
    June 4, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

    I don't think Arkansas will rally behind another Faubus.

  • SJRAPERT
    June 4, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

    Everything in this nation from the commencement of the American Revolution until now, is based upon government of the people, by the people and for the people. From the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and ratification by the people of the individual states - the people of this nation rule through our elected representatives, we are the power base from which all laws emanate. To argue that the will of the people has been forever quashed by the superiority of an elitist judiciary is preposterous. If the people of this nation amend the Constitution - the law changes - period. However, judges do not have the authority to legislate from the bench or "create" new rights not addressed in the U.S. Constitution. Keep arguing the people of this nation and the state of Arkansas do not have the authority to govern themselves and elect those who will carry out their wishes and you will soon see the power of the people of this nation is still intact and ultimately will reign supreme.
    Sen. Jason Rapert

  • BirdDogsRock
    June 4, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.

    This same-sex marriage debate is bitterly divisive and infinitely frustrating to all sides. Given that the issue is rooted in how our nation muddied the supposed separation of church and state from the very beginning, it is unfathomable to me how anyone could desire continued mixing of church and state in the US and Arkansas, much less advocate for further mixing. No good can be found down that road; only more frustration and divisiveness.

  • 000
    June 4, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.

    Spot on, BirdDog.
    Although the American Evangelicals may be infuriated that their particular religious sensitivities are offended, their screams and moans must be relegated to the same place we send the demands and fiery oratory of the Islamic Jihadists. For the purpose of secular governance, there is no difference between their arguments. We say "NO" to Sharia Law and we must say "NO" to Mosaic Law.
    ~
    Don't be a talibangelical, Jason. If we bring on Armageddon and are destroyed by the righteous fury of God, we had it coming and you can say, "I told you so". That's all you get, Jason. The beauty of our secular government is that you get to scream and moan without being thrown in jail. Be satisfied with that.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    June 4, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

    Senator Rapert says
    " Keep arguing the people of this nation and the state of Arkansas do not have the authority to govern themselves and elect those who will carry out their wishes and you will soon see the power of the people of this nation is still intact and ultimately will reign supreme."
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    How many can read between the lines of this statement to see what Mr. Rapert is calling for?

  • 000
    June 4, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

    Are you suggesting Mr. Rapert advocates for revolution if the talibangelical demands are not met? A..A...a CRUSADE?!?!? Woo Hoo!!! Time to water the Tree of Liberty!!!

  • JakeTidmore
    June 4, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

    Jason

    You don't fool us with your doublespeak. The 14th amendment to the US Constitution is quite clear about the rights and privileges to promote equality.

    You constantly hide from this and you persistently ignore the Founding Fathers writings on the issue of a separate judiciary.

    You have the bad habit of misleading, nay lying, when you say that judges are legislating from the bench. They rule upon the legality and consitutionality of laws already legislated by people like you who failed to consider the rights of their fellow human beings and, instead, promoted a religious indoctrination of their own.

    You misuse the term elitist when in fact it applies more to you and your desire to steal the rights of others that are guaranteed by the 14th amendment. You set one group above the other and that is surey elitist by any definition.

    The day your demagoguery ends in this state cannot come soon enough. You are a foul and wicked hypocrite when it comes to American justice and ideals.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    June 4, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.

    Yawn ... The people have voted.

  • 23cal
    June 4, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.

    About "To argue that the will of the people has been forever quashed by the superiority of an elitist judiciary is preposterous." The will---or current whim, as the case may be--of the people isn't "quashed" by anything, but is limited by the Constitution of the United States. Fundamentalist theocratic bigots need to start respecting that constitution.
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    "If the people of this nation amend the Constitution - the law changes - period." Indeed it does. I direct your attention to the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I suspect you are conflating the amendment to the Arkansas constitution with an amendment to the federal constitution.Due to the supremacy clause, amendments to the Arkansas constitution are not allowed to be unconstitutional under the federal constitution. Duh.
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    "However, judges do not have the authority to legislate from the bench or "create" new rights not addressed in the U.S. Constitution." Judges DO have the right to interpret the Constitution and to rule on what violates it. This was established in Article 3 of the Constitution itself and further verified in Marbury vs. Madison in 1803......and apparently 211 years later some people---including YOU, Sir--- still don't get it. Yeeesh.
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    As to " Keep arguing the people of this nation and the state of Arkansas do not have the authority to govern themselves and elect those who will carry out their wishes and you will soon see the power of the people of this nation is still intact and ultimately will reign supreme." If you keep arguing that the constitution of the United States and its amendments can be ignored, you will hopefully end up in the dustbin of history where your theocratical demagoguery belongs. You need to learn that even Arkansans are subject to the Constitution.

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