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Broadcaster Renounces US Citizenship Over Marriage Equality. By Roger Algase

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Daily Kos reported on July 3 that End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles has announced that he is leaving the United States and giving up his US citizenship because of the Supreme Court's decision making marriage equality the law of the land.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/0...riage-Equality

The Daily Kos story quotes Wiles as saying that God will "lift His hand of protection from this nation".

It makes one wonder who understands the value of American citizenship more - a native-born American who puts bigotry ahead of his country, or hard working foreign-born people who, in most cases, have to strive for years in order to earn the privilege of becoming an American.
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Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been serving skilled and professional immigrants for more than 30 years. His practice is focused primarily on H-1B, O-1 and L-1 work visas, J-1 training visas, and green cards through labor certification, extraordinary ability and opposite sex or same sex marriage.

Roger's email is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 07-07-2015 at 12:44 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Intecon's Avatar
    Yes Roger, I believe our misguided news caster, Rick Wiles, who no doubt believes in freedom of speech, freedom of press, and a reporter's right to withhold sources, does not understand that just as valuable a right as those rights, is the right of all people in this great nation to choose their own destiny, including equal treatment of all ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"), news reporters, gays, lesbians and women who want to choose abortion, for whatever reason alike.
    When the United States of America was founded, it was founded, among other things, on the concept of religious freedom, which emanated from the persecution certain religious groups in England had suffered at the hand of the monarchy.

    Of course, as we all know, neither the Pilgrims nor the founding fathers had any real interest in religious freedom for everyone, only for themselves, as they promptly set out to segregate and discriminate . . . go figure . . . but at least the founding fathers did have the good sense to build, as a pillar of the US Constitution, the separation of church and state (now misinterpreted to be separation from the idea of any supreme being (known in some major religions as "God", ?Vishnu?, or ?Allah?) in any reference or form be disallowed in governmental arenas or public displays of reverence, no matter how non-sectarian).

    Sadly, certain religious sects believe that their beliefs are exhaultedly above and more important than the beliefs of their neighbors of a different faith or philosophy, and further believe that their religious convictions and beliefs should be, and are, the law of the land, sad news for some folks . . . they are not. The Bible is NOT the law of the land, so don't quote it when referencing freedom, constitutionalism, or law.

    In America, above all, we value personal freedom (isn't that why we send young men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan to die for?) . . . but that means freedom for all, not just for people with Bibles in their hands. And unless the five US Supreme Court justices that had the good sense to uphold the Constitution in granting gays and lesbians the right to marry, and who found that, truly, ". . . . all men ARE created equal" are off the mark, then the law of the land will prevail and our bigoted newsman is free to leave the country. He is free to renounce his US citizenship, since that too is allowable under the law.
    The United States is a nation of laws, not men, not even the bigoted news reporter, Rick Wiles, who apparently would like the law to be what he believes, rather than what is mandated by the Constitution.

    Bon Voyage Rick Wiles. Send a post card from the place you believe is a better place to live than the United States of America.
  2. AllenMcw's Avatar
    I ran across this when I checked to see if Wiles had actually gone through with renouncing his citizenship. Naturally he hasn't - apparently he is all talk and no action like most of the hateful bigots.

    But the diary you reference from DK is actually mine, however for some reason your link is not working even though it seems to be correct.

    Here is the link again, let's see if this one works.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/04/1399014/-End-Times-broadcaster-Rick-Wiles-Renounces-his-American-Citizenship-because-of-Marriage-Equality

    I'm just surprised my diary was actually mentioned somewhere else...

    Allen
  3. AllenMcw's Avatar
    Nicely said and thanks.

    Allen

    Quote Originally Posted by Intecon
    Yes Roger, I believe our misguided news caster, Rick Wiles, who no doubt believes in freedom of speech, freedom of press, and a reporter's right to withhold sources, does not understand that just as valuable a right as those rights, is the right of all people in this great nation to choose their own destiny, including equal treatment of all ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"), news reporters, gays, lesbians and women who want to choose abortion, for whatever reason alike.
    When the United States of America was founded, it was founded, among other things, on the concept of religious freedom, which emanated from the persecution certain religious groups in England had suffered at the hand of the monarchy.

    Of course, as we all know, neither the Pilgrims nor the founding fathers had any real interest in religious freedom for everyone, only for themselves, as they promptly set out to segregate and discriminate . . . go figure . . . but at least the founding fathers did have the good sense to build, as a pillar of the US Constitution, the separation of church and state (now misinterpreted to be separation from the idea of any supreme being (known in some major religions as "God", ?Vishnu?, or ?Allah?) in any reference or form be disallowed in governmental arenas or public displays of reverence, no matter how non-sectarian).

    Sadly, certain religious sects believe that their beliefs are exhaultedly above and more important than the beliefs of their neighbors of a different faith or philosophy, and further believe that their religious convictions and beliefs should be, and are, the law of the land, sad news for some folks . . . they are not. The Bible is NOT the law of the land, so don't quote it when referencing freedom, constitutionalism, or law.

    In America, above all, we value personal freedom (isn't that why we send young men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan to die for?) . . . but that means freedom for all, not just for people with Bibles in their hands. And unless the five US Supreme Court justices that had the good sense to uphold the Constitution in granting gays and lesbians the right to marry, and who found that, truly, ". . . . all men ARE created equal" are off the mark, then the law of the land will prevail and our bigoted newsman is free to leave the country. He is free to renounce his US citizenship, since that too is allowable under the law.
    The United States is a nation of laws, not men, not even the bigoted news reporter, Rick Wiles, who apparently would like the law to be what he believes, rather than what is mandated by the Constitution.

    Bon Voyage Rick Wiles. Send a post card from the place you believe is a better place to live than the United States of America.
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