A Mom’s Bumper Sticker Caused People To Run Her Off The Road. When She Realized Why, She Was Heartbroken

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An Arizona mother is drawing fire over posting a bumper sticker on her vehicle which reads “#TeamIsis,” but it has nothing to do with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

KGUN reported earlier this week that Ciara Martinez named her five-year-old daughter ‘Isis’ after the Egyptian goddess, regarded as one of the most important in ancient history and considered the ideal woman or mother. “It suits her perfectly with her condition now because she’s beaten so many odds,” Martinez said.

Isis has a rare neurological disorder known as Rett Syndrome, which affects 1 in 10,000 children–almost exclusively girls. It “leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily,” according to RettSyndrome.org. It should be noted that while very active, Isis herself cannot speak. KGUN explains what led to Martinez’s grief:

Martinez created a group called Pretty Halos that works to raise awareness for the disease. They put on an annual car show in Tucson as a fundraiser and in the past they have sold window stickers that say #TeamIsis. The decal caused major problems for those who displayed it on their car.

“There were people trying to run me off the road, people flipping me off, cursing at me,” Martinez told the ABC affiliate. She said she and some of her friends have removed the sticker from their vehicles, but the problem goes beyond that. “The hardest part is people saying ‘you really should change her name, it’s not an appropriate name, it’s a disgrace to America,’” Martinez said.

With the whole ISIS situation it is even worse because I have to fight for her name and her disability and it’s really hard for me as a mom to have to see her go through that.

Despite the adversity, Martinez refuses to change her daughter’s name, noting Isis has three hours of therapy every week and hopes she can speak a sentence. “I would love an ‘I Love You’, I would probably cry for weeks,” Martinez said.

h/t: IJ Review

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Boom: The Supreme Court Just Issued A Decision In Favor Of A Church Battling Government

The United States Supreme Court overturned a law Thursday which prohibited an Arizona church and other religious institutions from displaying advertisements for events.

In Reed v. Gilbert, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Pastor Clyde Reed and the Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Ariz., which challenged a town ordinance placing restrictions on “directional signs” advertising events for religious organizations. The restrictions mandated that signs be limited to six square feet in size and could only be put up within 14 hours of an event. Political signs and others, however, could be displayed for several months. Western Journalism’s B. Christopher Agee gave background on the case last year:

Two lower courts found that the town is within its rights to impose differing rules on sign placement based on the parties involved, provided the regulations are not based on the sign’s content.

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas offered the court’s opinion. “The Town has offered no reason to believe that directional signs pose a greater threat to safety than do ideological or political signs,” wrote Thomas. “If anything, a sharply worded ideological sign seems more likely to distract a driver than a sign directing the public to a nearby church meeting.”

A sign ordinance narrowly tailored to the challenges of protecting the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and passengers—such as warning signs marking hazards on private property, signs directing traffic, or street numbers associated with private houses — well might survive strict scrutiny.

The signs at issue in this case, including political and ideological signs and signs for events, are far removed from those purposes. As discussed above, they are facially content based and are neither justified by traditional safety concerns nor narrowly tailored.

Concurring opinions were filed by Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan.

h/t: The Washington Examiner

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Just Revealed What Happens To Anyone Who Messes With The Flag In His Jail

During a recent interview with Breitbart News, Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio touched on several ways he is able to inject patriotic elements into the extensive jail system he oversees.

One way Maricopa County inmates are compelled to honor America under the tough sheriff’s command is hanging on the wall of every cell. The American flag is displayed prominently everywhere inmates are housed, he explained, adding that “if anybody tinkers or messes around” with the banner, he or she will be placed on a diet of bread and water.

He also plays God Bless America and The Star-Spangled Banner throughout the jail, encouraging inmates to sing along.

Arpaio has been both criticized and praised for the strict manner in which inmates are treated while in his agency’s custody. There are a few perks, however, for veterans. During the interview, which took place the same week as Flag Day, Arpaio shared a recent example.

“Since many people don’t remember what Flag Day is all about,” he said, “—it’s also the anniversary of the U.S. Army – I decided to spend part of the day at the jail and talk to all the former veterans. Also, a few months ago I decided to put all inmates on a  vegetarian diet – no more meat – however, for veterans, on Flag Day, I did give them hot dogs and beans and corn and that type of thing.”

In honor of their sacrifice, Arpaio said he also houses veterans together while in his jail system.

“We have 180 inmates that are veterans,” he said, “so I placed the veterans in their own area. They painted all the branches of the services on the walls – red, white and blue.”

Arpaio noted that this ward has none of the assaults and other behavior issues seen throughout the rest of the jail. He suggested there is likely a fair amount of self-policing taking place within this community.

“My theory,” he said, “is we’ve had some sergeants there and they kind of, in their own way, helped me because they can supervise the other inmates that were privates, et cetera.”

Should patriotism be encouraged in America’s penal system? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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ISIS-Connected Islamists Say Something Scary About Phoenix Mosque Protest

As reported by Western Journalism, armed bikers are planning to protest outside of a Phoenix mosque Friday evening. Now, one of the organizers of the event, Jon Ritzheimer, states he has received death threats against himself and his family.

He wrote on Facebook Thursday night:

Credible threats being made and now having to move my family into hiding. Real nice Islam. Thank you for showing your true colors. I have not made any threats nor do I condone any threats. I’ve been preaching peace this whole time and once again Islam shows its lack of tolerance for others freedom. I will say that I think this cartoon contest is completely stupid, but this is all to show what Islam is about. The only one threatening with violence and that has a track record of it is them. Rally going on as planned.

Ritzheimer emphasized he does not want violence at the rally; “I WANT PEACE,” he wrote on Facebook.

Over 1000 people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend the event, which has caused Phoenix police to be working feverishly to ensure the public’s safety. The police may close roads in the vicinity, and area businesses and other organizations have been notified.

“We’re working hard with our federal partners and other city departments to make sure we have enough officers; road closures. I think it’s going to be a traffic nightmare among other things,” Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said.

The Islamic Community Center, where the protest will take place, is located in the north part of the city just off the busy I-17 freeway, a few miles south of Phoenix’s Metro Center Mall.

The Denny’s restaurant parking lot, where the rally attendees plan to gather before going to the mosque, plans to close for a few hours Friday evening.

One Islamist posted Ritzheimer’s home address online.

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Another issued a death threat against those attending the rally.

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In the Facebook event post, Ritzheimer encouraged event attendees to bring their firearms. “This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the 2 terrorist(s) [responsible for the Texas attack] frequented. People are also encouraged to utilize (their) second amendment right at this event just (in case) our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.”

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey hopes common sense will prevail at the event.

“Of course I’m a believer in free speech and the First Amendment. I’m also a believer in good judgment and common sense,” he told local CBS affiliate KPHO.

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Republican Senator Just Got Called Out Big Time For Doing This To Make Himself Look Better

The American Conservative Union wasted little time exposing Arizona Sen. John McCain’s misleading use of its rating system. The organization, which also hosts CPAC each year, grades legislators each year based on their allegiance to conservative values.

McCain, gearing up for his sixth Senate bid, was apparently anxious to publicize his conservative bona fides as fellow Republicans continue to perform well in hypothetical matchups against him. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee shared the following Twitter post this week:

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The ACU, however, pointed out that releasing his 2014 rating out of context is deceptive.

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As Breitbart reported, McCain’s annual ratings have varied widely, with his highest grade corresponding with a year during which he faced a tough primary opponent. The ACU cited his recent low rating of 52; however, he received scores nearly as dismal in 2008 and 2006.

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McCain received a perfect score – 100 percent – from the ACU in 2010, the year he squared off against J.D. Hayworth for his party’s nomination ahead of his last re-election campaign. Since then, his relationship with Arizona Republicans has faltered. In fact, he was censured by his own party for failing to represent conservative ideals during the same year he received his recently-touted 91 percent ACU rating.

With a number of potential candidates hinting that they might challenge McCain in the upcoming primary, time will tell if he shifts noticeably to the right in an effort to gain conservative support. In any case, it is clear from social media reaction that there are plenty of Americans who simply do not trust him.

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