Friday, January 8, 2016

Religious Freedom Activist Makes Howey Politics 2016 Power 50 List

Congratulations to Monica Boyer who made it the Howey Politics 2016 Power 50 List. Finishing 38th this is what Brian Howey had to say about Boyer:
Monica Boyer
38. Monica Boyer: The Kosciusko County Tea Party activist is said to be recruiting a primary challenger for Senate President David Long and others who would support SB100. She's had success on this front, playing a key role in defeating not only U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, but moderate State Reps Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer in 2014.  
If the social conservatives revolt from Gov. Pence over the civil rights legislation, Boyer will be fanning the flames. On her blog this week, she is quoting Dr. Peter Scaer who is terming
SB100 as "Orwellian" and on the verge of the "truly awful." She believes
SB100 will "put a target" on Christians and is "weaponizing" the politically correct movement. Boyer's blog, "Not On My Watch," is a must-read for gauging the social conservative/ evangelical right.
In the list, Howey recognized the extraordinary power of the Indiana legislature has relative to the Governor, naming Speaker Brian Bosma as No. 1 and Senate President Pro Tem David Long as No. 2 on the.  Gov. Mike Pence finished third on the list.  Unlike the power wielded by the executive in virtually every other other state, in Indiana the governor's veto can be overridden by a simple majority of both chambers (most require 2/3) and the governor has no line item veto.

The rest of the top 20 on the Howey list are as follows:
4. John Gregg 5. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann 6. U.S. Rep. Todd Young 7. State Sen. Travis Holdman 8. U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman 9. State Sen. Luke Kenley 10. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly 11. Supt. Glenda Ritz 12. Baron Hill 13. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett 14. U.S. Sen. Dan Coats 15. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer 16. Chris Paulsen 17. Eric Miller, Curt Smith, Micah Clark and Jim Bopp Jr. 18. NCAA President Mark Emmert 19. Tom New and Marty Obst 20. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke
The Howey publication, including the list, can be found here.


Anonymous said...

Keep your religion out of my life, it's un-American.

Anonymous said...

A great number of jerks on that list?

LamLawIndy said...

Isn't requiring that somebody keep religion out of the public sphere just as "un-American," though, since it's an attempt to chill speech?

Anonymous said...

In Re: the statement by Anon 4:18:

"Un-American?" What baloney. Have you not been taught how the Nation came into existence? Have you not been taught the Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights?

The United States was founded on Christian-Judeo principles and upon the right of the people to be able to practice their religion(s) without interference by the "State" or by any agents of the State.

It is the war on Christianity, and especially the war on Christians, by extremist leftist liberal Democrats that is un-American and I say this an an out and proud LGBT Hoosier.

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Anonymous said...

Keep your secularism out of my efforts to create a government that doesn't conflict with my religion.

It's un-American.

Anonymous said...

Freedom of religion is already protected by the First Amendment. Equal protection is already outlined in the Thirteenth Amendment. It's simple. Hold whatever beliefs you want to hold, but don't use them to impinge on the rights of others. Why are we even having this debate?

Linda Berger said...

If it's so important to you why do you remain "anonymous?"

Pete Boggs said...

Anon 4:18 is no doubt making reference to sharia statism.

Jim D. said...

Every individual American has the Constitutional right to accept or reject religious teaching. Attempting to drive religion out of someone else's life by forcing them to violate their own conscience--that is what is unAmerican.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 6:35,

You completely ignore the fact that the words in the Constitution only have whatever meaning and effect courts give them. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court all but read the Free Exercise Clause out of the Constitution in Employment Division v. Smith. That's why legislative bodies all over the country, including Congress, had to pass RFRAs - to reestablish a test that would give actual teeth to the Free Exercise Clause. It's true with other Constitutional provisions. Legislative bodies can always increase constitutional protections - the Constitution is the floor on rights, not a ceiling.

Anonymous said...

Conservatives love the Constitution. The parts they like are "God-given" rights, the parts they don't like they want to change.

It's ironic the same people warning us of Sharia Law wants everyone to live under their Christian law.

Both are very un-American.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what kind of Christians you people are. No one is talking about helping the poor, the sick, the old. It's all about discriminating and making people live to your religious dogma. What a shame. The Bible does have some good teachings, why are you ignoring those parts?

LamLawIndy said...

Most Christians do help the poor, sick, & aged on a personal level without trumpeting their acts OR requiring others to do the same.

Many libertarian Christians, including myself, oppose govt redistribution programs on grounds that the programs violate the nonaggression principle inasmuch as taxation (force) is used to extract money to redistribute. Of course, force is also used to extract money to fund the military-industrial-congressional complex; many libertarian Christians oppose military expenditures as currently funded for this very reason.

Pete Boggs said...

Anon 4:27: Your comment's a distraction from the topic of RFRA & realities of anti-Christian bigotry.