I wrote a Shreveport Times column this week in an attempt to spark meaningful conversation about poverty and health care in Louisiana. What I never expected was that my column would become Dr. Fleming's springboard for announcing he has moderated his abortion access position.
One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."
Back in June, when the House passed its first version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the anti-gay crowd was doing a victory dance over the fact that the House version of the bill included Rep. John Fleming's (R-LA) so-called "religious freedom" amendment.
If service members so afraid of being "out" as Christians that they're afraid to even go church, then how can there be so many service members attending worship services that the military needs to build mega-church size chapels to accommodate the large crowds?
The primary mission of this so-called "religious freedom" coalition is to protect the "right" of anti-gay Christians in the military to continue to discriminate against and harass LGB service members in a post-DADT and post-DOMA military.
Despite Congressman Huelskamp's blatant admission that the sole target of his amendment is Mikey Weinstein, this amendment, should it be signed into law, would to apply to everyone -- not just to the object of Huelskamp's affectations.
It seems that Congressman Fleming's ability to separate fact from fiction hasn't improved much in the past year. The stories he's now believing might not come from The Onion, but the headlines are just as far-fetched and the stories just as fictitious.