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https://www.rt.com/usa/521916-montana-religion-law/ Montana has been accused of undermining America’s secular values after the state passed a bill that will allow people to object to government regulations on religious grounds. Signed into law by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte on Thursday, the Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the state government to have a compelling reason to override a person’s constitutional right to freedom of religion, and mandates that any perceived violation of that right be done in the least restrictive way possible. Similar legislation has been adopted by 21 other states. A spokesperson for Gianforte’s office said in a statement that in the past, such laws have been used to “allow Native American children to wear braids in school, Sikhs to wear turbans in the military, and Christian employers to refuse to cover abortions under their health insurance policies.” But critics said the bill would open the door to discriminatory practices in areas such as housing and employment. The law will allow individuals to “turn the shield of religious freedom” into “a weapon” to attack the LGBTQ and indigenous communities in Montana, Shawn Reagor, director of Equality and Economic Justice with the Montana Human Rights Network, told the Associated Press, adding that the provision goes against the spirit of the state’s “live-and-let-live” values. He said that the provision violated recent court rulings, as well as ordinances of five Montana cities and counties. Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras reassured the public last month that the bill was not a “license to discriminate” against the LGBTQ community, but judging by responses on Twitter, many seemed to still take issue with it. “I’m seriously at the point of just discriminating against religion,” read one comment. “We are NOT a theocracy, and fed the hell up with people hiding behind the facade of religion to then use it as a weapon.” Another comment accused Republicans of wanting to “mandate” religion. “Only a matter of time before the bishop becomes head of state?” one sarcastic reply read. Still, it’s unclear how the law will actually be used in practice. One local journalist noted that Montana has a Declaration of Rights that protects from discrimination, and that some legal experts believe nothing will fundamentally change. History also suggests that the legislation is not exclusive to Republican governments. In 1993, former President Clinton signed a similar bill into law, which allows individuals to challenge federal regulations that interfere with religious beliefs. The issue of how religious convictions intersect with anti-discrimination laws has become the subject of ongoing debate, following the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple getting married, citing his Christian beliefs. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, which handed the baker a partial victory after ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was guilty of anti-religious bias when it sanctioned him for refusing to make the cake.

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https://survivaldan101.com/a-horror-story-from-the-distant-past-about-how-the-worst-famine-in-the-us-history-killed-3-out-of-4-people-that-contains-a-lot-of-lessons-for-preppers/ For as long as there have been people, there’s been famine. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors developed agriculture because, although most people’s diets actually got worse when they started farming, it was easier to build up the stores needed to survive a future shortage. Famines still happened, though; bad weather, disease, or pests could destroy the crops, and that usually meant starvation would follow. Famines are described in the Bible and the works of Greek and Roman historians. They regularly devastated Europe through the Middle Ages and as late as the 1840s, when blight ravaged the whole continent’s potato crop (not just Ireland’s) and killed over a million people. What fewer people know is that famine has also reared its ugly head in the USA – and reduced some of the earliest settlers to squalor, degradation and finally cannibalism. It was an episode that threatened the whole idea of European settlement in North America; it also contains a lot of lessons for preppers. The Optimists Settlement of North America by English speakers goes back to the Virginia Charter; issued by King James I in 1606, it authorized English subjects to set up colonies in a swathe of land up the East Coast from what’s now North Carolina to well into modern Canada. Would-be settlers didn’t waste much time; an expedition was quickly organized, and set sail from Plymouth on December 20 the same year. On May 13, 1607 they landed on the coast of Virginia, and established a settlement named in honor of their King – Jamestown. The original group of settlers was small and all-male, comprising 104 men and boys. They were adventurous, confident people, determined to build a life for themselves in a vast new land. They were also almost completely unprepared, and lacking many of the skills and supplies they would need to survive long-term.
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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pathetic-appeal-hysterical-media-frightened-voters-aussie-tv-anchor-unloads-loopy-left Sky News host Chris Kenny says "welcome to the loopy-left era of Joe Biden, where climate policy is about existential alarmism" after the US had a Mexican-American teenager address world leaders during an online climate summit. "Last night we saw yet another climate summit. Another global gathering of world leaders parading their virtue, making grand promises, playing to the green left media zeitgeist, and never being accountable for any of their promises or actions," he said. "And yet while the weather bureau can't forecast 24 hours ahead, and bureaucrats can't run a Zoom chat, these world leaders and the climate activists they pander to, tell us they do know what will happen to the climate decades from now, and even better, they know how to control it. Even while they agree that the country that has by far the largest carbon footprint, China, can be allowed to continue to dramatically increase its emissions."
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https://www.rt.com/usa/521916-montana-religion-law/ Montana has been accused of undermining America’s secular values after the state passed a bill that will allow people to object to government regulations on religious grounds. Signed into law by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte on Thursday, the Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the state government to have a compelling reason to override a person’s constitutional right to freedom of religion, and mandates that any perceived violation of that right be done in the least restrictive way possible. Similar legislation has been adopted by 21 other states. A spokesperson for Gianforte’s office said in a statement that in the past, such laws have been used to “allow Native American children to wear braids in school, Sikhs to wear turbans in the military, and Christian employers to refuse to cover abortions under their health insurance policies.” But critics said the bill would open the door to discriminatory practices in areas such as housing and employment. The law will allow individuals to “turn the shield of religious freedom” into “a weapon” to attack the LGBTQ and indigenous communities in Montana, Shawn Reagor, director of Equality and Economic Justice with the Montana Human Rights Network, told the Associated Press, adding that the provision goes against the spirit of the state’s “live-and-let-live” values. He said that the provision violated recent court rulings, as well as ordinances of five Montana cities and counties. Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras reassured the public last month that the bill was not a “license to discriminate” against the LGBTQ community, but judging by responses on Twitter, many seemed to still take issue with it. “I’m seriously at the point of just discriminating against religion,” read one comment. “We are NOT a theocracy, and fed the hell up with people hiding behind the facade of religion to then use it as a weapon.” Another comment accused Republicans of wanting to “mandate” religion. “Only a matter of time before the bishop becomes head of state?” one sarcastic reply read. Still, it’s unclear how the law will actually be used in practice. One local journalist noted that Montana has a Declaration of Rights that protects from discrimination, and that some legal experts believe nothing will fundamentally change. History also suggests that the legislation is not exclusive to Republican governments. In 1993, former President Clinton signed a similar bill into law, which allows individuals to challenge federal regulations that interfere with religious beliefs. The issue of how religious convictions intersect with anti-discrimination laws has become the subject of ongoing debate, following the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple getting married, citing his Christian beliefs. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, which handed the baker a partial victory after ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was guilty of anti-religious bias when it sanctioned him for refusing to make the cake.

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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pathetic-appeal-hysterical-media-frightened-voters-aussie-tv-anchor-unloads-loopy-left Sky News host Chris Kenny says "welcome to the loopy-left era of Joe Biden, where climate policy is about existential alarmism" after the US had a Mexican-American teenager address world leaders during an online climate summit. "Last night we saw yet another climate summit. Another global gathering of world leaders parading their virtue, making grand promises, playing to the green left media zeitgeist, and never being accountable for any of their promises or actions," he said. "And yet while the weather bureau can't forecast 24 hours ahead, and bureaucrats can't run a Zoom chat, these world leaders and the climate activists they pander to, tell us they do know what will happen to the climate decades from now, and even better, they know how to control it. Even while they agree that the country that has by far the largest carbon footprint, China, can be allowed to continue to dramatically increase its emissions."
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