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« on: June 13, 2012, 06:18:18 pm »
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North Dakota's deceptive "religious freedom" amendment, that among other things could allow a man to beat his wife and children if his religious beliefs say so, lost 64%-36%.

"North Dakota voters soundly rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment yesterday that would have granted "the right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief" even if such actions are otherwise illegal."

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 06:37:36 pm »
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It only passed in five counties:

Golden Valley
Logan
Emmons
Billings
Stark

All over 60% McCain.

The five best counties (against the amendment) are:

Divide
Cass
Ransom
Traill
Sargent

Divide is surprising, but the others voted Obama.

Anyone know anything else about such counties?
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[George W. Bush] has shattered the myth of white supremacy once and for all. -- Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY)

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- sign seen at the March for Women's Lives, 4/25/04

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012, 06:44:23 pm »
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More than a third of the vorers thought this was a good idea? Oh God.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 12:32:58 am »
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We can charitably point to the amendment's misleading colloquial name. What I'm more concerned about is how it got on the ballot in the first place.
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A shameless agrarian collectivist with no respect for private property or individual rights.

His idea of freedom is - it is a bad thing and should be stopped at all costs.

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 12:44:42 am »
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This reminds me to check out what the map for the attempt to block the removal of the Fighting Sioux nickname looked like. I should also call and see if my parents voted against this (they tend not to vote in primary elections but I know my mom at least felt strongly opposing the failed attempt to abolish property taxes and keeping the Fighting Sioux nickname so she might've this time.)

It only passed in five counties:

Golden Valley
Logan
Emmons
Billings
Stark

All over 60% McCain.

Those are all basically insanely desolate rural counties that kind of look like something out of a science fiction or fantasy movie at night or during the winter (OK night during the summer is more like a horror movie.) The exception is Stark, which is actually a somewhat populated area (the county seat has a five digit population and 24-hour services, which is notable in North Dakota) and a small university, so kind of an oddity. Billings is consistently the most Republican county in the state despite being an area heavy in tourism, though very few people actually live there.

The five best counties (against the amendment) are:

Divide
Cass
Ransom
Traill
Sargent

Divide is surprising, but the others voted Obama.

Anyone know anything else about such counties?

The most urban county in the state, some random assorted wheat farming/Norwegian rural counties (which are still willing to vote Democratic unlike the German ranchers) and an odd county in the northwest corner of the state that is actually more Democratic than recent Presidential results lets up.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 12:49:34 am »
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"Government may not burden a person's or religious organization's religious liberty. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be burdened unless the government proves it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A burden includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities."
I think the opposition has been a bit over the top. It's long been established that the government has a compelling interest in stopping domestic abuse, so that wouldn't be allowed under this amendment no matter what religion you are.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2012, 12:52:03 am »
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Oh and thanks for this thread, since it just reminded me of my high school reunion and the fact that it was just the deadline to register at the early bird price. I just did so.
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