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  • So-called 'Virginia Values Act' undermines religious freedom; Requires Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.

    10/17/2020 8:47:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2020 | John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    On July 1, the state of Virginia enacted the “Virginia Values Act,” which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A companion law requires employers to include coverage for sex reassignment and “gender affirming” surgeries in their health plans. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, who has filed a pre-enforcement challenge, the Virginia Values Act requires “churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.”Though the Act provides an exemption for religious schools “owned, supported, controlled, or managed” by denominations or churches, that...
  • Justice Clarence Thomas Wants To Revisit Social Media Site Immunity

    10/14/2020 4:43:07 PM PDT · by RandFan · 29 replies
    OAN ^ | October 14, 2020 | OAN
    A Supreme Court justice has urged his colleagues to tackle the issue of immunity for social media platforms. On Tuesday, Justice Clarence Thomas asked the court to consider scaling back Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The section in question has served as a shield for social media companies, protecting them from content users upload to their platforms. When it comes to content posted on their sites, these companies have argued they are more like distributors of information than publishers. In most cases, the legislation grants immunity from legal prosecution, should a user post content that is deemed illegal...
  • BIDEN THREATENS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, SUGGESTS CHRISTIANS WITH CERTAIN TRADITIONS ARE ‘DREGS OF SOCIETY.’

    10/08/2020 5:45:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois ^ | October 5, 2020 | Tyler O’Neil
    BIDEN THREATENS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, SUGGESTS CHRISTIANS WITH CERTAIN TRADITIONS ARE ‘DREGS OF SOCIETY.’ Liberals often mock conservative Christians for supporting a notorious sinner and philanderer in Donald Trump, but the left has grown increasingly hostile to biblical small-o orthodox Christianity. Even the ostensibly moderate Democratic nominee Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. represents an insidious threat to the religious freedom of conservative Christians. He also represents a threat to Roman Catholics, even though he is himself a practicing Catholic. “This is our soul, da*mit, this is who we have to be… This is our real moral obligation,” the Democrat [Joe Biden] added....
  • A Jewish Revolt Against Lockdowns: Haredim take to the streets and courts against Gov. Cuomo.

    10/08/2020 5:04:38 PM PDT · by karpov · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 8, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Haredim, as ultra-Orthodox Jews are called, translates to “those who tremble.” But as New York’s leaders are learning, the Haredim tremble before God—not politicians. This week they are protesting in the street and courts against new harsh lockdown restrictions on ZIP codes in Brooklyn, Queens, Binghamton, and Rockland and Orange Counties, including several Haredi neighborhoods. Imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, the rules also shut down schools, restaurants, bars and gyms. But the Governor singled out religious institutions in “hot zones” for special limits. No more than 10 people allowed. A quorum of 10 men is the bare minimum...
  • Self-Censorship Is the Greatest Scourge to Free Speech

    10/06/2020 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2020 | Gad Saad
    Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense. Many people in the West have a poor understanding of the concept of free speech. Whenever I mute or block someone on social media, a cacophony of fools will accuse me of being a free speech hypocrite for“silencing their voice.” They do not understand that I have the right to walk away from their online taunts, insults, and idiocy. To do so is not “restricting” their speech but expressing my right to avoid listening to them. This is an obvious point, and yet...
  • Arizona State student suing after being fired over her report on Jacob Blake’s criminal record

    10/05/2020 11:22:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-20 | Frank Miles
    Rae’Lee Klein demands to be rehired at Blaze Radio or get monetary damages for violating her First Amendment rights. An Arizona State University journalism student is suing after she was fired from the school’s radio station for tweeting about Jacob Blake’s past accusations of sexual assault. Attorney Jack D. Wilenchik has sent a letter to the public university instructing them to either rehire Rae’Lee Klein, a Cheyenne, Wyoming native, at Blaze Radio or provide monetary damages for violating her First Amendment rights. “Always more to the story, folks,” said Klein in an August tweet with a New York Post article...
  • Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Become a Matter of Life and Death

    09/26/2020 11:21:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | September 23, 2020 | Don Feder
    Rioting in New York, threats of court-packing, promises of arson at the thought of Trump replacing its demi-god with a justice who actually believes in the Constitution. The left is rabid. Even character assassination (a la the Bret Kavanaugh inquisition) is no longer enough. When will the hostage-taking start? The President has Article II power to nominate “judges of the Supreme Court.” Donald Trump’s power doesn’t extend to the next election, but to the next inauguration -- still four months away. The composition of the United States Supreme Court was a major issue in the 2016 election. Voters balked at...
  • Pa. House passes bill intended to protect freedom to practice religion during disaster emergencies

    09/15/2020 5:31:40 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday engaged in a debate over a bill that assures residents of the right to practice their religion during disaster declarations. The bill, which passed by a 149-53 vote, now goes to the Senate for consideration. Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga County, said the idea behind the bill was sparked by Gov. Tom Wolf discouraging people from attending houses of worship in April. After Owlett introduced his bill, he said Wolf and the state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine clarified in July the restriction on gatherings of 25 people or less to control the spread...
  • The cancel culture mob targeted these three professors. They all agree on one thing – don’t cave.

    09/14/2020 3:49:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 | Sarah Imgrund
    Quick — you’re being targeted by the cancel culture mob. Your inbox is blowing up. Your Twitter mentions are filled with hate. There’s a petition demanding your termination. What do you do? According to three professors who’ve all had this happen to them recently — they all agree on one thing — don’t cave. “The pressure to apologize in an effort to appease one’s tormentors can be tremendous, but do not give into the pressure. If you feel you did no wrong, do not apologize,” said Princeton University classics Professor Joshua Katz. “I have watched people abase themselves before the...
  • More Than 10,000 Academics and Scholars Sign 'The Philadelphia Statement' Against Cancel Culture

    09/13/2020 1:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | SEP 13, 2020 | RICK MORAN
    There is an organized and growing effort to push back against the cancel culture on college campuses. Thousands of conservative and libertarian scholars and academics are standing up and issuing a ringing endorsement of academic freedom. It’s called “The Philadelphia Statement on Civil Discourse and the Strengthening of Liberal Democracy” and has been signed by such luminaries as Robert George, Christina Hoff Sommers, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and more. The statement embodies concepts that all can embrace — at least, those whose minds haven’t been poisoned by the radical left. Tragically, we are losing these defining features of our democracy. Common...
  • Gavin Newsom directs CHP to change permit rules in aftermath of Capitol Christian concert

    09/10/2020 9:34:39 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    The Tribune ^ | September 9, 2020 | Andrew Sheeler
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said that he is directing the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Public Health to develop new protocols for public safety in the aftermath of Christian concert at the Capitol that drew thousands of mostly unmasked participants. The governor said that there is real concern that people who attended the event may not only get sick themselves, but spread COVID-19 to others who were not in attendance.
  • Trump Went To Church. The Rest Of The Country Must Follow — Now

    06/02/2020 7:25:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 2, 2020 | Kylee Zempel
    President Donald Trump went to church Monday. That isn’t exactly accurate. There was no chorus of worship, no corporate prayer, no holy reverence, no gathering of believers, and thus no church. Just the leader of the free world and the charred, boarded-up shell of a building, marred with fire at the hands of mutinous rogues. Amid nationwide protests and riots over the needless death of George Floyd at the hands of dishonorable officers, the president stood outside the vandalized historic structure. St. John’s Episcopal Church isn’t the only desolate house of worship today. Church buildings across America stand as empty...
  • California County Reaches New Low in Cracking Down on Churches

    08/30/2020 1:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 30, 2020 | Bronson Stocking
    Democrat-dominated Santa Clara County, California, used spies to infiltrate North Valley Baptist Church and fined the church $10,000 when they caught worshipers singing during indoor religious services. .... the church was fined $5,000 for holding a religious service on Sunday morning and another $5,000 when the spies caught the Christians praying again on Sunday evening. Various left-wing protests have taken place in the county. And while it's not clear if the county sent spies in to also "monitor" the lefties (highly doubtful), angry protesters have sung, chanted, shouted, and spittled as they express their hatred for the police and contempt...
  • FBI Investigated President Trump’s Tweets Critical of Obama and FBI

    08/28/2020 3:44:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 28, 2020 | Tom Fitton
    Strzok-Page Emails Show FBI Investigated President Trump’s Tweets Critical of Obama and FBI Still Fighting or Our First Amendment Rights in Washington, DC Professor Sued by Muslim Student, Punished by College Wins in Court The Left Threatens Violence Over a Potential Election Loss Strzok-Page Emails Show FBI Investigated President Trump’s Tweets Critical of Obama and FBI Judicial Watch today released emails received from the Department of Justice sent by former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page. The records include an email from Strzok to other FBI officials about Trump’s tweets regarding them spying on him,...
  • Portland Violence Should Signal the End of Oregon’s Unconstitutional Recording Law

    08/26/2020 6:39:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2020 | Stephen Klein
    In Oregon, if you witness someone being assaulted and want to record the incident when you intervene, you may freely (and, hopefully, quickly) activate the recording device on your smartphone, pocket it, and document your efforts. But suppose, instead, that you came upon the scene of the crime just after it happened. If you hit “record,” conceal your phone and catch the assailant confessing to what he’s just done, you yourself have committed a misdemeanor for secretly recording. That is just part of the maze that is Oregon’s recording law. It regulates not only eavesdropping, or snooping in on the...
  • Oregon Passed a Law Prohibiting Undercover Watchdog Journalism and Project Veritas Is Striking Back

    08/26/2020 6:03:54 AM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    RedState ^ | Aug 25, 2020 | Brandon Morse
    Democrats and their leftist activist organizations are being proactive in their quest to keep the swamp as full and filthy as possible and to do that they have to make sure that undercover investigative groups such as Project Veritas can’t operate within the state. Oregon Democrats passed a “two-party consent law” making it illegal to record anyone in the state without their knowledge, but Project Veritas isn’t giving up. Project Veritas CEO, James O’Keefe, has struck up a lawsuit that seeks to change this law so that investigations can resume. O’Keefe was joined by attorney Ben Barr who announced the...
  • Vanity: President Trump statement on Goodyear

    08/19/2020 9:58:12 AM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 99 replies
    none | 8/19/2020 | SaxxonWoods
    Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES - They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
  • California Court Rules John MacArthur’s Church Must Comply With County Ban On Religious Services

    08/18/2020 6:10:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 8/17/20 | Jordan Davidson
    California’s Grace Community Church and its head pastor, John MacArthur, won the right to continue meeting in person for worship on Friday after state ordinances deemed religious services as unessential, but it was quickly overruled by an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals the next day, making it again illegal for the church to meet indoors. “At this very preliminary stage in this litigation, the County has demonstrated a likelihood that it will prevail on the merits of enforcing its July 18, 2020, Health Order,” the three judges wrote in the opinion on Saturday. The county of...
  • Defying Caesar

    08/14/2020 7:39:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Aug 14, 2020 | Mark Tapson
    A California pastor stands for religious freedom against Gov. Newsom’s Church restrictions. Last month, tyrannical California Governor Gavin Newsom renewed his statewide, draconian coronavirus lockdown, which includes the order that churches must cease all indoor activities. (The “peaceful protesters” of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, presumably, may continue to riot freely without social distancing restrictions). Pastor Greg Fairrington, the leader of the 3,500-member Destiny Christian Church outside Sacramento, is defying this threat to religious liberty by continuing to hold in-person services. “If we don’t take a stand, all we’re doing is kicking the can down the road and we will be having...
  • Satanic Temple Claims Killing Babies in Abortions is a ‘Protected’ Religious Ceremony

    08/07/2020 8:58:48 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    harbingersdaily ^ | 8/6/2020 | source
    The Satanic Temple admitted proudly Wednesday that, in their belief system, killing an unborn baby in an abortion is a religious ritual similar to communion or baptism for Christians. “The Satanic Temple is proud to announce its Religious Abortion Ritual, a ceremony rooted in our deeply-held beliefs,” the group said in a video announcement on YouTube. “Thyself is thy master. Hail Satan!” The disturbing announcement is part of the cult’s new plan to overturn pro-life laws using a religious freedom argument. “Many states have laws that interfere with our members’ ability to practice their religious beliefs,” said Satanic Temple spokesperson...