Reading the MRFF sycophants talk about "harassment" is both hilarious and pathetic. They are the ones doing all the harassing here.
@diane, we will clearly have to agree to disagree on this one, in large part because I don't understand your rationale.
You said you aren't giving Solo a pass but then also say that you're not disappointed in how she expresses herself? I respect her passion, but can not understand anyone defending the way in which she express her frustration.
Furthermore, the fact that 'cowardly' is the antonym to 'courage' is neither here nor there. There are different degrees of and ways in which courage can be displayed. Because one team is courageous it doesn't automatically follow that their opposition can't also be.
If you want to say, 'I support Hope Solo and agree with her characterization of Sweden's performance' then good for you; that's your hill to die on. I wouldn't spend any more time attempting to explain your position though because, honestly, you're only making less sense the more you try.
Christianity is becoming the most persecuted religion in this country, despite its being a large part of our historical culture. Anyone who tries to change the culture of other nations is shot down fast, but not here. I'm thankful for this small victory.
US military personnel do not give up their personal rights of free expression and to worship as they please. (Folks, it's freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion, as Mikey wishes it to be.) I agree with the poster who pointed out that the Koran or any other book wouldn't have received a second glance. Mikey likes to stir the pot whenever he can. The Air Force made the right call on this one.
@melchett - I didn't say she should get a pass, but I'm not disappointed in her passion or her way of expressing herself. She said US was courageous and the antonym is cowardly, so I think in her analogy it works. Coward is one of those words that triggers strong emotions, so I'm not surprised people have a problem with it. What I did say is that I strongly don't agree with your characterization that she's an "infant" or "toddler-esque". She's a grown woman who speaks her mind and if that offends some people's sensibilities, then it just does. I'm answering this after her announced suspension and termination of her US Soccer contract, so I guess you win. Male athletes are not expected to "play nice" the same way female athletes are and this is just a reaffirmation of that. Finally, I have no problem being represented by an athlete that puts it all out there, truthfully and unapologetically. Life is often not pretty, but I always appreciate when it's real.
I am offended by many things as many people are. But unless it threatened my life or others I think we should keep those things to ourselves. I am not Muslim but a Koran on somebody's desk would not offend me. I would probably in my 15 minute break even ask to talk about it. G. Blank
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ! Muslims are given every protection and freedom to exercise their religion. Even Satanists are now openly having rituals to Satan and leading our children into Devil Worship. But a lone Bible sitting on a desktop becomes a huge problem - why? "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." Hebrews 4:12
Unfortunately, the survey closed before we found out that Peterson Air Force Base was contaminating groundwater supplies in the Fountain and Widefield/Security areas that might take a generation of more to clean up.
It is important to note that PPACG got $805,000 from the Pentagon to do this "study". It was certainly mostly in house. Sprinkle in a few negative comments from those few who happened to find out about it and wrap up a neat package of support for business as usual. As the article points out the pollution of the Widefield aquifer is ignored. A month ago I called them and urged them to get involved. I got a brushoff which informed me that they couldn't do anything unless one of the government or military actors asked them to get involved. This report is not credible.
NOBODY SAID HE COULDN’T READ THE BIBLE AT WORK ON HIS OWN BREAKS!!! But as a COMMANDER, he is not allowed to DISPLAY a Bible because it pressures his employees under his influence. What don’t you understand about this work law???
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I agree with obliosupercat..... minus the blasphemy and vulgarity.
The bible, just sitting there, has always been a threat to weak people. What are they afraid of?
What a shame. Colorado Springs' major players continue to devour the city.
It's just a book! Christ on a crutch, can't folks even choose to read whatever they want anymore? You don't have to like what other people choose to read. Books are not dangerous to those who possess critical thinking skills and the self-confidence to think for themselves. Let the man read his fucking book!
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Well, your right gurD...We've got quite a few folks who like to run around with their very limited military experience on their chest. My thought is it's those who seek the fame did the least....AKA Mikey, Gordon and few others. Your reply doesn't dispute my opinion that Mikey has just played the system so I assume that you too believe he's just doing this for the money. I don't really believe he's anti-Christian or any other religion. I believe he just saw an opportunity for a free law degree and later, a scheme to incite truly anti-religious folks into supporting a non-profit in which he makes a very comfortable living. Likely no different than a televangelist who tells folks to send money to him so he can save them, Mikey is just harvesting the other side.
So, Bigtime, isn’t that just like Gordon Klingenschmitt of “Dr Chaps” fame (anti-gay/ anti-abortion/ anti- Obama crusader) that was a chaplain in the military when he used his military uniform in protest against military policy when this is directly against military conduct rules and that the US military wouldn’t allow so he is now having an appeals hearing in Washington, DC, after he was discharged in this on this matter? Yet it was okay for him to use his military experience to become a State Senator until he lost his re-election bid after his Dr Chaps comments became too outrageous? How does this make Klingenschmitt any less of a veteran? How is this any different than Mikey Weinstein using his legal degree to advance anti-religion agenda with the military? Again, it’s a “do as I say and not as I do” situation with you conservatives.
Update August 25th: In announcing yesterday that they were suspending Hope Solo for 6 months, the US Soccer Federation summed it up quite nicely...
"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action."
One thing to remember about Mikey and his crusade against the Air Force Academy. He used the system to obtain a free law degree only. This is not a combat vet, not someone who served our country in it's defense. He simply became an Air Force lawyer using taxpayers money. Now, instead of using that degree to honorably serve the rule of law, he formed this non-profit group (from which he gets paid very well) to avoid having to do any real work defending clients or prosecuting cases which would require real effort on his part. We can certainly understand his reluctance to offer prayer... not many life threatening moments sitting behind a desk in Washington. But hey, it's even easier now, fill out some paperwork and threaten a lawsuit and settle... easy money. Can't say to blame him, that's the system and he takes advantage of it but don't be fooled that this is an honorable Air Force veteran, standing up for comrades in arms. This is a easy money making scheme picking low hanging fruit and riding the system like he's done over his entire career.
U.S. Department of Labor Policy Statement on Harassing Conduct in the Workplace The Department of Labor plays a critical role in contributing to the nation's economic future. As such, we should incorporate the strongest and best workplace practices in order to effectively serve as a model for employers. As Secretary of Labor, I fully support the Department's strict prohibition of harassment. We must maintain a work environment that is free from unlawful harassment and where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. The Department's policy strives to prevent harassing conduct from reoccurring or to eliminate harassment before it becomes severe or pervasive enough to violate the law. The Department defines harassing conduct as any unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation or belief, that either: can reasonably be considered to adversely affect the work environment, or results in an employment decision affecting the employee and is based upon the employee's acceptance or rejection of such conduct.
Harassing conduct has no place in the Department; therefore, we apply this policy equally to DOL employees, applicants for DOL employment, and contractors. Harassing conduct by managers, supervisors, or employees, including contractors, at any level, will not be tolerated. Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to, or has witnessed, any harassing conduct should report the matter promptly to a person in their supervisory chain, their Agency EEO Officer, or, for regional office employees, the Regional Administrator of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) in the region where the conduct took place. Similarly, any applicant who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassing conduct during the process of applying for DOL employment should report the incident to the EEO Manager of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.
Weinstein is a Christ-hating bigot, no more. No champion of freedom, he's singled out one religion to eradicate it wherever he chooses. Government officials do NOT give up their rights to free expression of religion, just like everyone else...military included. Those rights they enjoy are the same ones we fight and die for when called to do so. If military members choose to have the Quran, the book of Satan, or the Talmud on their desk, no one would care...but, if they did, shouldn't it be Weinstein that's leading the charge to remove it? But, alas, he wouldn't because it's not representative of Christ.
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