RFRA outrage is a partisan attack on a successful GOP governor

To The Daily Sun,

On his show last Sunday, George Stephanopoulos tried to deceive the American people into believing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) supports homophobia, bigotry, and discrimination against gays. If that were true, then obviously only homophobic, bigoted people who support discrimination against gays would vote for such a law.

Apparently President Obama who voted for Illinois' RFRA is a homophobic bigot who believes it's okay to discriminate against gays.

Apparently Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kennedy (D-Mass.), 95 other Senators, all the Congressmen in 1993, and President Clinton (advised by George Stephanopoulos) are homophobic bigots who believe it's okay to discriminate against gays.

Apparently Connecticut, Illinois, 18 other states and our federal government are also homophobic, bigoted, and okay discrimination against gays, all have RFRA laws.

The first Religious Freedom Restoration Act was sponsored by Senators Kennedy and (Congressman at the time) Schumer in response to the Supreme Court decision in Employment Division v. Smith (1990), which President Clinton and nearly every senator and congressman agreed infringed on Americans' religious rights

Twenty-two years of experience with the federal and many years of experience with the 19 state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts show no support for homophobia, bigotry, or support of discrimination against gays. Nevertheless Stephanopoulos "discovered" homophobia, bigotry, and approval of discrimination against gays with the passage of the twentieth state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

What was actually on display on Stephanopoulos's fake news show last Sunday was simply a blatant partisan attack on Mike Pence, who is a successful Republican governor considered a possible presidential candidate.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, which have been upheld in the courts as constitutional, says nothing about and has nothing to do with gays. As President Clinton said, its purpose is "to protect perhaps the most precious of all American liberties, religious freedom."

Stephanopoulos's partisan attack on Mike Pence was shameful. Unfortunately Stephanopoulos's attack is just one example of the more sinister radical leftists' widespread attacks on the religious freedoms of the American people.

Don Ewing


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Please accept my apologies, Mr. Eddy, I used your name by mistake

To The Daily Sun,

I ask that Dale Channing Eddy please accept my apologizes. Mr Eddy the correct author of the letter was a D.M. Williamson and was dated Feb. 11, 2015. While trying to print it out to re­send to The Sun for clarification it slipped and was lost. So, the date I think is February, but might be either January or March.

The only reason I sent it to The Sun was I am in a similar situation in my life with my Social Security payments due to my inconsistent job history. Might want to keep your kids aware of this, too. But anyway I am extremely sorry about using your name by mistake.

Jon Hoyt


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Perhaps a historic achievement but more likely a day of infamy

To The Daily Sun,

Thanks to Investor's Business Daily (IBD), we now know for sure Obama's Rose Garden ceremony welcoming home a conquering hero was just a charade to provide cover for our president's real intention — "close Gitmo". Not that one had to belong to the Mensa society to figure it out.

Here's the timeline IBD provided: Jan. 2009 - Obama signs executive order for the closing of Gitmo within a year. 2011 - White House and the State Department open secret talks with the Taliban in Germany and the Persian Gulf to discuss their release as part of the "peace talks." Jan. 3, 2012 - Taliban announce they are prepared to open a political office in Qatar to conduct peace negotiations in exchange for the release of the Taliban commanders. April 2012 - Working with the White House, Karzi sends delegation of Afghan government officials to Gitmo to interview the Taliban prisoners and secure their oaths to cut ties with al-Qaeda.

"All this took place before Bergdahl was on the agenda," as IBD writes. "Obama faced resistance to this plan," notes Thomas Lifson. The U.S. intelligence community thought this plan was too politically radioactive to sell to Congress. "Curses, foiled again" must have been Obama's frustrated lament, sounding like Snidely Whiplash. Ah, but then the Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders swap was hatched by our Conniver-in-Chief. I think everyone who voted for Obama should be feeling some whiplash right about now.

The Rose Garden ceremony with Bowe Bergdahl's parents was the perfect cover. We brought home one of our brave soldiers who had suffered for years in Taliban captivity. Except, after months of delays, the Army has charged him with desertion and endangering his fellow soldiers. Four of them apparently were killed while looking for him.

Five Taliban commanders who will likely be free in May to rejoin the war against the infidels and apostates were freed so that we could secure a likely deserter, rather than a brave hero. Such is the substance of the kind of negotiations that our president continues to deliver for the people of this country. We bring all of our soldiers home no matter the cost, says our president. Well then, how about an ex-Marine who fought courageously in the Iraq War, Mr. President. Montel Williams says that Amir Hekmati has spent over three years being tortured in Iran's most brutal prison. He never abandoned his fellow soldiers, Mr. President.

Oh and while you are at it, President Obama, why not also negotiate the release of Pastor Saud Abedini, an Iranian/American Christian minister who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. Yes I know, our Commander-in-Chief's record of negotiations is beyond abysmal.

Today, he declared an historic achievement. Perhaps so, but likely more of a day of infamy than any real peace accord. Just hours after our president announced the potential deal sounding all the world like a "tough negotiator", Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif accused Obama of lying about the details of the "tentative framework" that will continue until June 30th before any real deal will be official.

Is it possible that Barack Hussein Obama does not grasp the concept of taqiyya? That would be the Muslim term that allows followers of Islam to lie to non-believers in order to advance their goal of global glory. Something that Iran has been doing to us for decades while shouting "Death to America". Yet Obama believes we can negotiate in good faith with Iran. And just what kind of con game has our Socialist/Marxist/Islamic stylized leader been playing on the citizens of this country? Hey Toto, I don't think we're in America anymore.

Hat tip: to Thomas Lifson, American Thinker editor, for bringing the Bergdahl connection to light.

Russ Wiles


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I have never written anything about 'my' Social Security

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in Thursday's Sun:

Mr. Hoyt, on April 2 you wrote, "So Dale, one of the reason your Social Security payments are low, remember you were complaining about them in a recent letter, and the reason is that you have to work a certain number of quarters and hours to make more than you are making now."

I'm sorry, but you must have me confused with someone else as I have never written anything about "my" or anyone else's Social Security payments for the simple reason that I do not collect Social Security and won't for a few more years. It is possible my father, who has the same first name, may have done so. If he did, it would have been over six months ago as he passed away last October. If he did not, then you are misremembering who wrote about the subject.

Also, I did not brag about all my travel. I merely stated fact. Travel was required for some of my work and little of it was pleasurable. I went where my employer told me I was needed, did my job, and then moved on to my next destination. I was not sightseeing or visiting the latest trendy tourist destinations or staying at five-star hotels. I was working, period. If that's bragging, then so be it.

Dale Channing Eddy


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Zero chance Iranians will keep their word to Kerry & Obama

To The Daily Sun,

Woops, was it a typo, an inadvertent mistake or perhaps an intended omission? The Fortune.com list of "greatest world leaders" for 2015 was just posted and guess how wasn't on it? Wait for it, wait for it..... If you guessed Barack Obama you would be right. Our community organizer-in-chief couldn't even make an honorable mention.

Now Lefty, don't get mad at me, I had nothing to do with making out the list, just wanted to rub it in a little. Can't say I didn't tell you so. You can't hear me but I am laughing out loud as I envision all those Obama worshipers outraged, red-faced, with heads ready to explode at this imagined slight.

Well what did you expect the Middle East is in chaos, we are bombing Sunni's in Tikrit and Shiites in Yemen while John Kerry is desperately trying to get the Mullahs to give him something, anything that he can spin as a good deal in order for Obama to claim something as a legacy in an otherwise failed eight years in office. (That's my opinion, LJ.)

If you ask me Kerry is spitting into the wind because there is zero chance the Iranians will keep their words regardless of what Obama gives away, and it looks like it will be permission to build nukes. I base that on past experience with the two parties involved, Obama and the Mullahs.

Hey though, good luck trying to tell people what a good deal it is when the details are finally revealed by the never-tell-the-truth resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Steve Earle


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