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June 7th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Bringing religion into school, the NSA data mining program and what to do about it

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • "God Bless You"

Margaret Hoover and Marc Lamont Hill offered their reactions and interpretations to one high school valedictorian’s decision to stand up for his faith.

Hoover offered her unconditional support for the graduate. "This is a valedictorian and his graduation speech absolutely capitalizing on freedom of speech and, by the way, being one of the most religiously observant places in the United States," she said. Lamont Hill, on the other hand, questioned whether the valedictorian’s graduation ceremony was the proper venue for a protest.

Pushing the debate further, Lamont Hill questioned whether the public would be having the same debate “if that kid had broke out and sort of Fatihah which is the opening of the Quran. People have freedom of religion, people also have freedom from religion. I happen to like to the 'Lord's Prayer.' I'm fine with it. But if you're not you shouldn't have to sit through a ceremony where that becomes - in a public school where that becomes part of its meaning."

  • Sen. Sanders on the NSA

After breaking the story of the National Security Administration’s data mining program Thursday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined “Piers Morgan Live” to share his critical perspective on the classified program.

“The bottom line is that the United States government now has phone records and other records of tens and tens and tens of millions of Americans who have nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with terrorism,” the senator said in response to the program that claims to serve as a preventative measure in the war against terror.

“I want our law enforcement people to be vigorous and aggressive in going after terrorists, but we can do that without undermining the basic constitutional rights that have made this a great and free country.”

Seriously concerned with the Constitutional right to privacy, articulated by a number of outspoken critics, Sanders demands a reconsideration of the legality of the program: “If we believe in freedom, if we believe that you and I have the right to live our lives without the government knowing what we are doing, then we have got to have a serious debate on this issue and in fact, we have got to change the law.”

  • How far should government go?

As more and more information unfolds concerning the National Security Agency’s data mining program, Piers Morgan invited attorney Alan Dershowitz and former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes to offer a better understanding of what’s been happening and why should the American public be worried.

“We need to have firewalls. We need to create balances,” Dershowitz demanded, “We need safety. We shouldn't ever trust. But we need to think hard about this and strike the appropriate balance. We shouldn't overreact by taking away from our government essential technological powers.” Admitting despite his reservations that these programs “do in fact protect us.”

Fuentes “freaked” Morgan out with his Orwellian reminder that with or without government involvement these companies compile massive amounts of personal information. “They're tracking your spending every day. They're tracking everything, where you go, what you do now. When you get on your computer tonight, when you get home on your personal computer, those pop-up ads come up for you. They're geared toward the way you've spent money on the Internet, the way you've shopped, the sites that you've visited. So these companies already have that.”

But as Dershowitz reminded “there's a big difference between 15 different companies trying to use the data for their own personal use, and the government having it in one place.”

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  1. Jorge

    God forbid anyone who is "subjected" to the prayer converts by accident!

    June 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      No that's wrong Jorge! Faith is free, freewill, and between you and God... Theirs no requirement to having a relationship with God..............Churches are for people to get together with people in your community if you choose to help support your faith and strength for everyday... Its Hippocritical to Judge anyone but yourself!

      June 8, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Science

    The Light...is...Science Wins God Loses | Facebook................from the little blue box....Bing.....think outside the box.

    https://www.facebook.com/ScienceWinsGodLoses

    "Creationists make it sound like a ‘theory’ is something you ... are all over it. ... that says I must submit to him or suffer agonizing punishment for all time?

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    June 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • worldcares

      Science, the sun rises and the sun sets. That is religious. I think it is beautiful.

      June 9, 2013 at 4:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life,

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130610220132.htm

      Meteorites/stony iron/chondrites........(carbon – 14 dust) and WATER = life or green slimy stuff.

      June 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      The MATRIX faith........................great mind game..............all between the ears.

      Hey bible thumpers it is all between your ears that red horn-y beast.........look what the little blue box has to offer .too !

      My take: A word to Christians – Be nice – CNN Belief Blog ...

      religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/09/my-take-a-word-to-christians-be-nice

      Feb 09, 2013 · Hey all creationists ... No horn-y red beast needed ... bible thumpers ? Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought.

      http://www.bing.com/search?q=Hey+bible+thumpers+it+is+all+between+your+ears+that+red+horn-y+beast.&form=HPNTDF&pc=HPNTDF&src=IE-SearchBox

      Other links there too faith at Bing.

      June 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      ACLU TAKES ON U.S. 'DRAGNET'

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      June 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      The EARTH was not created by a fairy in the sky.............without it (water) we would be dead in the water.

      The water and chondrites................life providing stones.

      Water On Moon, Earth Came from Same Primitive Meteorites

      Water On May 9, 2013 — The water found on the moon, like that on Earth, came from small meteorites called carbonaceous chondrites in the first 100 million years or so after the solar system formed, researchers from Brown and Case Western Reserve universities and Carnegie Insti-tution of Washington have found.Moon, Earth Came from Same Prim-itive Meteorites

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130509142102.htm

      Peace

      June 12, 2013 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. world cares

    There are people , everyday, covered by media who thank God; people who survived catastropic events, a man who won the world series or the super bowl, a person who won an award for their acting abitilites, a person who won an award for their musical contributions, and a person who just graduated, to name a few.

    June 9, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. worldcares

    Correction: catastrophic

    June 9, 2013 at 4:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Science

    Graduated he did..............wow...........must not take much ?

    Listening to the Big Bang - In High Fidelity

    Apr. 4, 2013 — A decade ago, spurred by a question for a fifth-grade science project, University of Washington physicist John Cramer devised an audio recreation of the Big Bang that started our universe nearly 14 billion years ago.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130404170154.htm

    June 12, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Science

      Maybe the dinobird will swoop down and take bill and the ICR ,RCC and the Discovery Insti-tute away.

      Evolution again the Dinobird.............no god(s) needed.

      X-Rays Reveal New Picture of 'Dinobird' Plumage Patterns

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/11/pope-francis-gay-lobby-exists-inside-vatican/#comments
      June 11, 2013 —

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130611204530.htm

      June 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Why is this always such a heated topic? If the kid wants to use his graduation speech to express his faith let him. Every human being has a right to express their beliefs whether it is in God, the Universe or the mighty meteorite.

    January 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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