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  • The Bladensburg Peace Cross will stay, but the Supreme Court missed an opportunity ... Again!

    06/21/2019 7:17:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2019 | By Curtis Schube
    On Thursday, the Supreme Court in American Legion et. al. v. American Humanist Association, decided that the Bladensburg Peace Cross, which was erected nearly 100 years ago and has stood on public land in Maryland for roughly 50 years, does not violate the Establishment Clause. This decision should be celebrated, but the reasoning that the Court used does not entirely protect religious monuments or other displays in the future. Seven of the justices decided that the Cross does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. However, this was a plurality decision, which means there was not a majority...
  • Trump [Anti-Religious Freedom] Judicial Pick to Be Withdrawn

    06/12/2019 9:37:05 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2019 | Natalie Andrews and Lindsay Wise
    Mr. Bogren, a Kalamazoo-based lawyer, was nominated for the Western District of Michigan judgeship in March by the Trump administration. But Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Thom Tillis of North Carolina all voiced objections to Mr. Bogren’s nomination . . . Republicans objected to Mr. Bogren’s recent writings in a case in which he was defending East Lansing, Mich. The city barred a Catholic couple from participating in the farmers market over their opposition to hosting same-sex marriages on their farm, and the couple sued. In defending the city, Mr. Bogren compared the couple’s...
  • If Equality Act Becomes Law, US Will Experience Catastrophic Loss of Religious Freedom

    05/18/2019 6:22:57 AM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    CNS ^ | May 17, 2019 | Tony Perkins
    As the Equality Act (H.R. 5) just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, I remind you, that this is an all-out assault on parental rights, on the family, and on the millions of people of faith in this country. The legislation goes far beyond just quarantining faith behind the four walls of a house of worship. This act quarantines faith within your mind and says that's where it must stay. It creates a world that punishes those who exercise their freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. No institution or person of faith, be it a school,...
  • The Destructive Equality Act of 2019

    05/09/2019 10:11:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Toenhall.com ^ | May 9, 2019 | Star Parker
    The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain. The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" along with race, sex and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination. There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to start. My dictionary defines psychosis as "a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is...
  • How Americans of Conscience Can Co-Exist with the LGBT Community: A Possible Path Forward

    04/12/2019 9:03:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2019 | Amy Haywood
    Jack Phillips may be able to bake cakes as his conscience dictates, but the conflict between religious conscience rights and the expanding rights of LGBT Americans is ongoing. Exhibit A: the Equality Act pending before Congress, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes, forcing tens of millions of Americans who hold traditional views of marriage and sexuality to conform to a new sexual worldview or face consequences. As Congress considers the Equality Act in the coming days, it’s instructive to consider the similarities between LGBT ideologues of today...
  • Attorney general to investigate San Antonio ban on Chick-fil-A at airport

    03/28/2019 6:49:31 PM PDT · by bkopto · 93 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/28/2019 | Dylan McGuinness and Taylor Goldenstein, Staff Reporters
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday he will investigate whether San Antonio violated the First Amendment when the City Council refused to allow Chick-fil-A take part in the airport concession contract. Council members last week voted to exclude the restaurant from its list of vendors at San Antonio International Airport, after some said they couldn’t support the company because of its anti-LGBT reputation. Paxton also on Thursday asked Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to look into whether the city broke any federal law or regulation as a recipient of federal grant funds. In a letter to Chao, Paxton said...
  • The Outrageous Assault on the Knights of Columbus

    01/11/2019 7:05:53 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 19 replies
    Washington Fee Beacon ^ | 1-11-19 | Matthew Continetti
    Kamala Harris is set to announce her candidacy for president sometime around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What sort of chief executive would she be? Well, here's your first clue: On December 5, Harris posed a series of written questions to Brian Buescher, President Trump's nominee for District Court in Nebraska. The third question reads as follows: Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as ‘a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40...
  • Lawsuit: Va. jail's 'God Pod' violates Constitution

    11/22/2018 2:05:30 PM PST · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    CorrectionsOne.com ^ | 11/22/2018 | Denise Lavoie
    A Muslim civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a regional jail in Virginia, alleging that the jail has set up a Christians-only unit dubbed the "God Pod." The Council on American-Islamic Relations says officials at the Riverside Regional Jail have set aside a housing pod exclusively for Christian inmates who promise to live in accordance with the Bible. The group says the Christian pod violates the Constitution by favoring one religion over others. The lawsuit accuses jail officials of discriminating against Muslim inmates and others by preventing them from participating in programs that teach their faith and...
  • Religious freedom at risk in one of five countries: report

    11/22/2018 6:03:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Religious freedom is under threat in one of every five nations around the globe, in part because of an increase in “aggressive ultranationalism”, a Catholic NGO said in a report Thursday. Aid to the Church in Need found incidents of religious persecution in 21 countries in the two years to June 2018, including Niger, Myanmar, India and China. Acts of discrimination were reported in 17 other countries such as Algeria, Turkey and Russia, it said. It was the 14th edition of the aid group’s report covering all religions in 196 countries, carried out every two years with the assistance of...
  • Roundup of Pending Religious Liberty Petitions as U.S. Supreme Court Begins New Term

    10/07/2018 7:23:28 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Monday is the beginning of the 2018-19 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. One task for the justices will be sifting through the numerous petitions pending before the Court to determine whether to decline them or take them up. A handful of the cases that will be waiting for them involve religious liberty questions. Here is a quick run-down of those cases. Patterson v. Walgreen Co. is an employment discrimination case. The employee, Darrell Patterson, is a Seventh Day Adventist whose religious beliefs do not permit him to work on Saturdays. A training instructor, Mr. Patterson was fired by Walgreens...
  • October 4th: Generation NEXT This Is For You: Bring Your Bible To School Day

    09/25/2018 8:47:16 AM PDT · by Virginia Christian Alliance · 2 replies
    Virginia Christian Alliance ^ | September 25, 2018 | Linda Wall
    Linda Wall "Bring Your Bible To School Day" October 4th (hashtag #BringYourBible).Being a Christian is more than going to a building on Sundays. It’s about becoming Christ-like and sharing the message of Jesus to others. During the next two weeks, the Virginia Christian Alliance will send out helpful ideas to assist you in participating in “Bring Your Bible To School Day”. On October 4th, you have an opportunity to introduce your classmates to the Bible, God’s Word. The spokesperson for this year’s Bring Your Bible To School Day is Sadie Robertson. Here is her message to you. CLICK HERE  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QEI6uqVWLY[/embed]...
  • What Kind of Justice would James Madison appoint to the Supreme Court?

    09/10/2018 12:32:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    American Minute ^ | by William J. Federer
    His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. Representative, then was elected Massachusetts Speaker of the House. At age 32, he was appointed as the youngest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Joseph Story, and he died SEPTEMBER 10, 1845. Joseph Story served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. He helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the Amistad case, 1841. When the Supreme Court ruled against the Democrat's Indian Removal Act (Worcester v. Georgia, 1832), Justice Joseph Story wrote March 4, 1832:...
  • Kavanaugh Says Government Cannnot Force Christian Groups to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    09/07/2018 9:53:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/07/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stated that the federal government cannot compel Christian organizations to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Kavanaugh on Thursday during a Senate hearing about the case Priests for Life et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Kavanaugh, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, had authored a dissent against the court's decision to reject Priests for Life's petition for an appeal. He explained during the hearing why he supported the group Priests for Life's argument that the HHS...
  • Why Latina Pastoral Leaders Believe Judge Kavanaugh's Appointment Will Protect Religious Freedoms

    09/06/2018 7:19:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | 08.28.18 | Karon Smedley
    Why Latina Pastoral Leaders Believe Judge Kavanaugh's Appointment Will Protect Religious Freedoms Contact: Karon Smedley, 480-320-8547, Karon@i360.Consulting; www.i360.Consulting WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reverend Eve Nunez, President of the National Latina/Latino Commission (NLLC), is praising President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Justice of the Supreme Court. Rev. Nunez and Latino pastoral leaders are united in their support of President Trump's nomination. Rev. Nunez said: "We're thrilled with President Trump's nomination. Judge Kavanaugh is a Christian who's devoted his life of faith to public service, gives his time to advance religious liberty, and to serve God...
  • The Masterpiece Wedding Cake Case is Back Again

    08/25/2018 5:37:06 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 31 replies
    The Chris Pryor Show ^ | 08/24/2018 | Chris Pryor
    Jonathan Scruggs from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) joins the show. Jonathan and the ADF defended Jack Phillips, the Christian baker involved in the recent Supreme Court case. Although Jack won this year's decision, he is back in front of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake for Satan's birthday.
  • This Cake Baker Won At The Supreme Court. Now The State Is Trying To Get Revenge

    08/15/2018 11:45:47 AM PDT · by detective · 68 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 15, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Colorado is trying to compel the same baker who just won a Supreme Court case into baking a second cake that violates his religious beliefs. Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Jack Phillips, who won a Supreme Court case in June, is once again being harangued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-LGBTQ message. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday night against the commission on his behalf, over the state’s second attempt to compel him to bake a cake with a message that violates his religious beliefs. Two months ago, the Supreme Court...
  • DOJ's New Religious Liberty Arm Set to Investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center?

    08/02/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08/02/2018 | Tyler O' Neill
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend religious freedom as laid out in last October's memorandum. In his remarks, Sessions referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a threat to religious liberty, suggesting the new task force may investigate or target the left-wing smear group. "A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom," Sessions declared, adding that this movement "must be confronted and defeated." He also lamented that "one group can actively...
  • Sessions announces 'religious liberty task force'

    07/30/2018 3:07:09 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2018
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a "religious liberty task force." Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams, will help the department fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year. The guidance was a byproduct of President Trump’s executive order directing agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech. Sessions said on Monday that the task force will “ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the...
  • With State Department Ministerial, Trump Administration Signals Seriousness on Religious Freedom

    07/23/2018 2:21:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2018 | Travis Weber
    Later this week, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host the first-ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. The fact that this meeting is being held is about as important as what will come out of it.True, the substance matters. It’s crucial that activists and government officials from around the world hear tales of persecution from individuals whose plight has been overlooked or who have been beyond the reach of all press coverage. It is important that organizations know how to access government funds available to help them aid the persecuted. It...
  • Liberal Groups Sue for Details on New HHS Religious Freedom Division

    07/20/2018 12:15:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    TOWN HALL ^ | July 19, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    The Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Women's Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Thursday after they received no response to a January Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the new HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Conscience and Religious Freedom division. The groups are seeking information about how the new division operates, how it allocates resources, whether its decision-making is influenced by outside groups, and why it was needed in the first place. When the division was first announced, HHS explained that it “has been established to...