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  • How RFRA Became Controversial:

    04/01/2015 4:34:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    When President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, the law had broad support in both major political parties and was widely perceived as an expression of a pluralistic society's tolerance. When Gov. Mike Pence signed Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, the law became a bitterly partisan issue, denounced by Democrats across the country as an instrument of bigotry. This dramatic shift in attitudes has less to do with the substance of the statute, which is similar to the federal version that has been around for more than two decades, than with the perceived motives...
  • The Hysterical Reaction Against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill

    04/01/2015 4:22:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Protesters are demonstrating, the Obama administration is speaking out, the mainstream media is in an uproar, major companies are threatening boycotts, and even the NCAA is concerned that a new bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could negatively impact the “inclusive” culture of college sports. Why such an extreme reaction to a bill simply reinforcing the religious freedoms of all Americans? Could it be that conservative Americans have dared to fight back against gay activists and their allies? Writing in the National Review, Patrick Brennan noted that, “When Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a religious-liberty-protection statute into...
  • Indiana Pizzeria Owners Say They’d Deny LGBT People Service – And Yelp Commenters Weren’t Having It

    04/01/2015 7:52:00 AM PDT · by Lady4Liberty · 205 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 4/1/2015 | Mary Ann Georgantopoulos
    The owners of a small pizzeria in Indiana were seemingly the first business to say they would publicly deny service to LGBT couples in the wake of Indiana’s new and controversial Religious Freedom Law. Shortly after Memories Pizza owners agreed in a local newscast that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows them to deny service to LGBT people who wanted their pizza at a same-sex wedding, 1-star Yelp reviews rolled in denouncing the business.
  • Walmart to Arkansas gov.: Veto religious freedom law

    04/01/2015 6:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 04/01/2015 | By Katie Lobosco
    Walmart's CEO is standing up against a religious freedom law that just landed on the governor's desk in Arkansas, home to the company's headquarters. It's similar to the law Indiana adopted last week, which sparked outrage from those who say it opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians. Walmart (WMT) CEO Doug McMillon asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill, which was approved by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The company is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. "Today's passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect...
  • Arkansas House passes its own "religious freedom" bill

    03/31/2015 3:16:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By MADISON GRAY
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a "religious freedom" bill similar to the controversial measure in Indiana. The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's desk for signing into law. Hutchinson said that he would approve the measure if it made it to his office, CBS News affiliate KTVH in Little Rock reported. The Arkansas version of the bill -- HB 1228 -- would prevent state and local governments from infringement on someone's religious beliefs unless there were a "compelling" reason. Like the Indiana law, opponents say it would foster discrimination against the gay and lesbian...
  • Many Religious Freedom Law Opponents Would Force Participation in Abortion

    03/31/2015 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Matt Bowman
    There’s a secret underneath Boycott Indiana’s false rhetoric about that state’s new religious freedom law: some of those involved also want to force you to help purchase and perform abortions. Opponents of Indiana’s law (known as “RFRA”) say it discriminates, but neither it nor any of the nation’s 20 other RFRA laws mentions sexual orientation. They just create a general standard where religious claims sometimes win and sometimes lose. To justify calling RFRA “anti-gay,” its opponents radically redefine discrimination without saying so. The ACLU campaigns to “end the use of religion to discriminate.” But read the fine print, and you’ll...
  • We’re “disappointed” in Indiana for passing RFRA, says … NASCAR

    03/31/2015 11:59:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/31/2015 | AllahPundit
    A statement that says everything while saying nothing. NASCAR’s Brett Jewkes, senior vice president and chief communications officer, issued a statement as Pence spoke Tuesday.“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.” Translation: Nothing has changed, including our willingness to do business in Indiana, but here’s some rhetoric for gay-rights activists in hopes that...
  • Religious Freedom & The Gay Vendetta Of Amnesia

    03/31/2015 11:49:40 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 24 replies
    Self | 3/31/15 | Me
    Rabid liberals are organizing protests and boycotts against Indiana claiming the Governor's new Religious Freedom Law will discriminate against gays - not that LGBT activists are purposely trying to entrap Christian businesses into being sued and losing their livelihoods - only to have no recollection of the "bigot" who signed the national Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 1993: one very proud Bill Clinton! And guess who voted for it as a Illinois state senator? That's right...Barack Obama! Nineteen states have passed similar laws with the help of or at the behest of Democrats. This is how disconnected today's...
  • Mike Pence Promises To Fix Indiana Law So It Bars Discrimination (caves to gaystapo)

    03/31/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by fifedom · 122 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | Amanda Terkel
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Tuesday he will back an amendment to the state's new "religious freedom" law clarifying that it does not allow businesses to deny service to anyone, and insisted that he never intended to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
  • Onward, Christian Florists

    03/31/2015 9:26:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to the corporate big shot that President Bill Clinton signed a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 (which current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi supported) or that then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama voted for a similar law in 1998. It was one thing for Democrats to support religious freedom when there was no downside to standing up for the devout. Today there could be a...
  • Christian Grandma-Florist Fined $1,001, Ordered to Work Gay Weddings but Refuses

    03/31/2015 7:51:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially. As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their...
  • Gov. Walker doesn't expect bill like Indiana's religious freedom act to become law in Wisconsin

    03/31/2015 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    WKOW ^ | March 30, 2015 | Caissa Casarez
    MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Governor Scott Walker talked about Indiana's religious freedom bill on Monday in the Milwaukee area for the first time since it became law last week. Walker believes the NCAA will discuss how the bill, which some say gives businesses the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, will impact their headquarters and events like the Big Ten Football Championship Game, which are in Indianapolis, in the near future. Despite that, he doesn't think the law will stop most Badgers fans from making the trip to Indianapolis to see the men's basketball team play in the...
  • Liberals against Religious Liberty in Indiana

    03/30/2015 6:36:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2015 | The Editors
    Indiana has adopted a state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), thereby imposing a “strict scrutiny” legal standard when the state government or local powers pass laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion. For this, Governor Mike Pence and Indiana’s legislators have been denounced as gay-hating monsters, a claim that was never made about President Bill Clinton, who signed the federal RFRA, or about the people and powers of such liberal states as Connecticut, which is one of the 20 states with a RFRA. Another dozen or so states have constitutional provisions similar to those...
  • Indiana Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in Illinois

    03/29/2015 5:59:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 29, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    White House doesn't dispute it. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Indiana governor Mike Pence defended his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act by noting that Barack Obama had voted for the same law as an Illinois state senator. "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago, and it lays out a framework for ensuring that a very high level of scrutiny is given any time government action impinges on the religious liberty of any American," Pence said. "After last year's Hobby Lobby case, Indiana properly brought the same...
  • Analysis: Indiana Religious Freedom Law Is Not 'Anti-Gay'

    03/29/2015 7:04:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Thursday is being characterized by major media outlets as a codification of anti-gay discrimination. They are wrong. Here is why. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a state-level version of the federal RFRA. To understand what RFRA does, it helps to first understand how the law came about. History of RFRA In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling, Employment Division v. Smith, that was a radical departure from previous interpretations of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment. A member of the Native American...
  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    03/28/2015 2:48:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/13/15 | Kevin Jones
    Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty. The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent over $3 million in combined spending against religious liberty exemptions since 2013, according to a CNA review of tax forms and grant listings.
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that state’s Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called “religious freedom” act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law

    03/27/2015 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2015 | Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Richard Chang
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom." Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday.
  • Arkansas state Senate approves religious protection bill cast by critics as anti-LGBT

    03/27/2015 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill. The bill, approved by the Senate 24-7, prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven. The measure heads for a final vote next week in the House, which has already approved an initial version. The proposal faces an easy path forward, because Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll...
  • Uh Oh. How Is Hillary Going to Explain Throwing Bill Under the Bus?

    03/27/2015 7:31:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Hillary Clinton is very unhappy about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act and on Thursday, she joined in the histrionics of the angry mobs who were complaining about the horrid, discriminatory law.  Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love #LGBT http://t.co/mDhpS18oEH— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2015  But Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, pointed out that it was Hillary’s husband, then-President Clinton, who signed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993.  I remember when your husband signed the federal version into law. RT @HillaryClinton...
  • Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

    03/26/2015 1:03:27 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 03/26/2015 | Mary Wisniewski
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds.Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader in scope than other state religious freedom laws.Social conservatives have pushed for such laws following court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into...
  • Amendment would require Oklahoma businesses to bring religious beliefs out of the closet

    03/12/2015 7:07:42 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 03/12/2015 | K. QUERRY
    An amendment to a controversial piece of legislation is making waves across Oklahoma. House Bill 1371, which was proposed by Rep. Chuck Strohm, would create the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. The bill would give businesses the right to refuse service to customers if it is against their religious beliefs. Specifically, the bill addresses that companies should not be required “to participate in any marriage ceremony, celebration, or other related activity or to provide items or services for such purposes against the person’s religious beliefs.” The legislation was proposed after several businesses around the country have faced legal action after denying...
  • Obama’s Attacks on Religion in America

    03/10/2015 9:50:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/15 | Alan Caruba
    Religious Freedom in America: The question of whether religion in America is losing the battle for historical and traditional moral standards is one that affects people of faith and the society as a whole Americans tend to take the liberties spelled out in the Bill of Rights for granted. This is especially true of freedom of religion in which the First Amendment protects “the free exercise thereof” while at the same time prohibiting “an establishment of religion” to ensure that neither a state nor the federal government can stipulate a specific religion as the “official” one. The earliest Americans came...
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Rev. (Franklin) Graham: America is 'Morally Crumbling Within ... We Have Turned Our Back on God'

    02/25/2015 9:41:16 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Reverend Franklin Graham said he did not know whether President Barack Obama dislikes America, as “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani stated last week, but Graham said it is true that Obama “defends Islam and chastises Christians,” denies the “religious freedoms” of those who oppose abortion and gay marriage, and added that our nation is “morally crumbling within” and that “we have turned our back on God.” “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he's not sure if President Obama really loves America,” said Rev. Graham in a...
  • Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

    02/22/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    www.dennyburk.com ^ | 2-20-15 | Denny Burk
    If you haven’t been following Barronelle Stutzman’s case in Washington State, you need to be. She is the florist being sued by the state attorney general for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. The attorney general is trying to compel her to ignore her Christian faith and to participate in gay weddings. If she refuses, he is threatening the full coercive power of the state to force her to do it. She stands to lose everything—her home, her savings, her business, her livelihood—if she does not comply. I have an article today at CNN.com explaining the situation. The conclusion...
  • Could Two New Laws Suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

    02/08/2015 9:33:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/7/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs. The legislation amounts to “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” the coalition of groups stated in a letter to all members of Congress. “Both laws violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law.” After a bill is signed into law by the D.C. mayor,...
  • Hostility to Tradition

    01/30/2015 4:27:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In the 90s, the Clinton Administration formed a bipartisan coalition to pass the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Nineteen states followed suit. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court decision that had seen an American Indian suffer legally for having used a drug during a well-established American-Indian religious ceremony. RFRA's framework was common sense. "Under RFRA, the government may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion unless it can demonstrate that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and it is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling interest." See Perez...
  • A Tale of Two Cakes: Colorado's Far-Reaching Religious Freedom Fight

    01/28/2015 6:37:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/28/15 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado. Jack Phillips, owner of the Lakewood, Colo., Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued in July 2012 for refusing to make a same-sex “wedding” cake on the grounds that it violated his Christian beliefs. He and his staff were ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to undergo anti-discrimination training and to submit quarterly reports on changing company policies. In July 2014, the commission rejected Phillips request to temporarily suspend the orders against him while his case proceeds...
  • French Protecting Jews: Is the World Changing?

    01/18/2015 7:07:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    It brought tears to my eyes to see pictures on the front of American newspapers of armed French soldiers guarding Jewish schools in Paris. It was not long ago there were French sending Jews on trains to camps and death. Maybe the world has woken up and realizes Jews are not the world’s problem, but radical Islam really must be dealt with and with deadly force. France is the same country whose leaders would complain at their soirees about that “sh---y little country (Israel)” causing the problems in the Middle East. This is evidenced by the questionable treatment of the...
  • U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated

    12/15/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · by O. White · 15 replies
    December 15, 2014 | Timothy W. Linzey
    U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated By Timothy W. Linzey Contact: lavonjusa@aol.com FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014 -- In the United States Armed Forces, there are three types of special staff officers: 1) the Judge Advocate (JAG), 2) the medical doctor, and 3) the chaplain. These three officers enter the military with advanced degrees, and so come in at a higher rank than all other officers. No commander would dare tell a JAG how to do his job. No commander would dare tell a medical doctor how to do his job. Likewise, no commander has the authority to tell...
  • Religious Liberty Under Assault in Our Nation’s Capital

    12/11/2014 9:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    When it comes to abortion leave your faith at the door. At least that seems to be the likely message to all employers in the District of Columbia if a proposed measure is enacted by the D.C. City Council. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014,” a bill being considered by the Council, would mandate all employers, religious or otherwise, protect the “reproductive health rights” of their employees, even when the employer may have a religious or moral objection to services like abortion. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act” (RHNDA), introduced by Councilmember David Grosso (a former board member...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • Local pro-life organization denied Vacaville lease, files suit

    12/04/2014 7:16:01 PM PST · by Morgana
    The Reporter ^ | 12/03/14 | Melissa Murphy
    In a dispute that could have greater legal implications, a local pro-life organization filed suit Wednesday against a landlord, whose Vacaville office building houses Planned Parenthood, alleging religious discrimination after the owner first agreed to lease space to the group and then reneged, saying only that their pro-life clinic was “not a good fit.” Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal defense organization, filed the complaint on behalf of Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California in Solano County Superior Court, alleging breach of contract and violation of the organization’s civil rights. Alpha, a licensed medical clinic in the state of California,...
  • ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs

    12/01/2014 1:24:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    ADFMEDIA.ORG ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kristen Waggoner
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family-owned businesses and livelihoods. This choice is neither necessary nor constitutional,” said Waggoner, senior vice president of legal services for Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel with Seattle-based Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC. “The...
  • Does the first amendment prohibit government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas?

    11/23/2014 12:31:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    <p>Does the first amendment prohibit city governments or other government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas including, appropriate displays, symbolism, quoted scripture, etc.?</p> <p>"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."</p>
  • Why Religious Freedom Includes the Freedom to Give to the Poor

    11/12/2014 10:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | November 12, 2014 | Eric Metaxas
    In the year 257 AD, the Roman emperor Valerian stepped up the persecution of Christians, especially in the city of Rome itself. The principal targets of his campaign were the clergy and laity who came from the upper classes of Roman society. One of those caught up in Valerian’s persecution was a deacon named Lawrence. Lawrence was in charge of the Church’s property used to support Rome’s poor. Lawrence was offered a deal: in exchange for turning over the property, he would be spared arrest and execution. He agreed, adding that he needed three day to collect the church’s riches....
  • School tells kids: Stop praying to Jesus, singing Amazing Grace (Colorado Springs)

    11/11/2014 6:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective. But all...
  • Catholic priests, religious must leave Crimea by year's end

    11/03/2014 2:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 3, 2014
    All Catholic priests in the Crimea will be forced to leave by the end of 2014 under new rules established by the Russian government, the Forum 18 news service reports. Since Russia assumed control of Crimea, authorities have enforced Russian laws that require religious communities to register for formal approval. To date, Forum 18 has found, no religious communities in the region have been registered. Because only formally registered communities are allowed to have ministers from other countries, Catholic priests and religious from neighboring countries will be required to leave. When questioned by Forum 18 about the difficulties these rules...
  • Princeton Jurisprudence Prof. Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist

    10/26/2014 12:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture. Most of those arguing in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples do not understand, or even know, the arguments of those who oppose the redefinition of marriage, George claimed. They assume there are no reasonable arguments against gay marriage and those who...
  • Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom: All Churches are Public Places, What happens next?

    10/23/2014 7:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2014 | Z.T. Arnold
    All churches are open to the public. Sure, they lock their doors at times; I’ve yet to run into a place that doesn’t do that, but the idea of church of any denomination is that anyone is welcome to come in and pray. That applies to Christian churches, but that also applies to most other houses of worship I can list: Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples, and Muslim mosques. After all, how is a church supposed to gain converts if they don’t allow those not already formally affiliated to enter? All churches, and other houses of worship also allow wedding ceremonies...
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • Do People Think Cake Bakers Should Be Forced to Work Gay Weddings? Maybe, Maybe Not

    10/09/2014 4:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephanie Slade
    According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans think business owners should be required to provide their services for same-sex weddings even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. In a September poll from the group, respondents split down the middle on the following question: If a business provides wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should it be allowed to refuse those services to a same-sex couple for religious reasons, or required to provide those services as it would to all other customers? The number saying businesses should be required to provide such services included a majority of...
  • Have Gay Marriage Attacks on Religious Freedom Backfired?

    09/23/2014 9:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest Pew survey for the first time sees a major reversal of support for gay marriage and an increase in religious politics. A growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). That’s an interesting shift at a time when we’ve been incessantly lectured by libertarians that social conservatism is dead and the Republican Party needs to climb on...
  • Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to...
  • Prayers and Preparation

    09/18/2014 6:46:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the third column in a series. The first two installments, “This is Providence,” and “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. A trial is a thing to be avoided whenever possible. When it becomes impossible to avoid, it consumes you. You lose a measure of control over your life and you just have to trust your attorneys...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • Religious Freedom Under Attack on College Campuses

    09/06/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Kristan Hawkins
    As college students hit their campuses and get back to class, many are facing an unprecedented attack on their First Amendment rights to religious freedom and free speech. Just as sure as atheists will sue to remove Nativity scenes at Christmastime, the new school year will no doubt bring many lawsuits on campuses across the country that seek to suppress viewpoints that the university administration holds to be contrary to their own. Many would say that suing to remove something that represents exactly what Christmas stands for is absurd and it is no less ridiculous what is happening at universities...