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  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day

    01/16/2018 1:08:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | January 16, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty.Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God. On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. This...
  • religious freedom in Canada and USA

    01/04/2018 6:53:40 PM PST · by drrickjohn · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 1/4/2018 | Rick Johnson
    Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn. Outside of watching the occasional hockey game or purchase of maple syrup, most Americans pay little attention to Canada. We may know of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s colorful socks, but little of how unpopular he is among his constituency. We may discuss the single-payer health care system, but are unfamiliar with the government’s disrespect for religious liberty of our neighbors to the north. Faithful patriots in this country who are concerned by the attacks on free exercise of religion in America should also be concerned by the similar attacks...
  • Make 2018 the Year of Religious Freedom

    01/03/2018 2:33:58 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Rebecca Hagelin
    “Religious persecution.” It’s a phrase that conjures up awful scenes of brutality and human rights violations in distant lands. Christians in many countries are routinely locked up, beaten or deprived of their livelihoods simply for attempting to practice their faith. Most of us can’t imagine what it’s like for the government to force us to engage in activities that violate our deeply held faiths or to recant what we believe. We don’t stop to think about it because such things never happen in America. Or do they? While Christians around our nation freely celebrated the Christmas season last week, a...
  • "Wall of Separation"-WHOSE Idea Was It & WHAT Did It Mean?

    01/01/2018 12:08:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    American Minute with Bill Federer ^ | January 1, 2018 | Bill Federer
    On JANUARY 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. John Leland was then invited to preach to the President and Congress in the U.S. Capitol. The subject of his talk was "separation of church and state." Baptists had been particularly persecuted in colonial Virginia, as Francis L. Hawks wrote in Ecclesiastical History (1836): "No dissenters in Virginia experienced for a time harsher treatment than the Baptists ... They were beaten and imprisoned ... Cruelty taxed ingenuity to devise new modes of...
  • Trump Re-Nominates Architect of Obama’s LGBT Agenda Chai Feldblum to EEOC

    12/22/2017 7:57:24 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 21 Dec 2017 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Nightmare Before Christmas: Trump Re-Nominates Architect of Obama’s LGBT Agenda Chai Feldblum to EEOC. ( Full title ). President Donald Trump has re-nominated radical sexual identity activist Chai Feldblum, the architect of former resident Barack Obama’s LGBT agenda, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Feldblum is a nightmare of a nominee for those who value religious freedom, private property rights, and the science-based standard that there are two sexes – male and female. As Obama’s most liberal gender ideology activist, Feldblum has said that whenever LGBT issues conflict with religious liberty and private property rights, religious liberty and private...
  • Judge Rules In Favor Of California Baker Who Refused To Bake Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Couple

    12/18/2017 3:41:48 AM PST · by Enterprise · 91 replies
    https://www.10news.com ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Johana Restrepo
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A California judge has ruled in favor of a Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order filed on Wednesday against Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California. According to a press release sent by The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, the order would have compelled "Miller to create wedding cakes for LGBT persons, even though doing so would violate her sincerely held religious beliefs."
  • In Masterpiece, the Supreme Court Grapples With a Problem of Its Own Making

    12/07/2017 6:57:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Travis Weber
    At Tuesday’s oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—which will decide whether baker Jack Phillips can be forced by the state to design and create a cake celebrating a same sex wedding—it became apparent quite early on that the Court was grappling not merely with Jack’s case, but with a number of potential conflicts between religious freedom and same-sex marriage on its hands.Recognizing that the issues Jack faces in this case are sure to arise again, the justices struggled with where to draw the line for a constitutional rule which will protect First Amendment rights in light...
  • Trump Family Christmas Card Wishes Families ‘Merry Christmas’ Instead of ‘Happy Holidays’

    11/29/2017 3:04:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 29, 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    President Trump is fulfilling his promise to bring back “Merry Christmas” to the White House by including the phrase in his 2017 White House Christmas card. The Trump family is taking a different approach with their holiday greeting than the Obama family, who opted to use the more generic phrase “Happy Holidays” in their greetings, according to the Daily Mail. The White House unveiled the card, which is signed by President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their 11-year-old son Barron Trump, on Monday in the White House “Bookseller’s” area after revealing the Christmas decorations to the public. A gold...
  • Supporting LGBT Rights and a Religious Baker at the Same Time

    11/28/2017 4:54:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2017 | Sean Duffy
    Can people of good will believe that LGBT people should not be denied services based on their sexual orientation and, at the same time, support the rights of a baker such as Jack Phillips to refuse to use his creative talents in ways the violate his deeply-held religious beliefs? The answer is yes - because I support LGBT rights and Jack Phillips, too. Eleven years ago, I helped lead a statewide campaign in Colorado to provide basic legal rights to the LGBT community. As a conservative Republican, I took at lot of heat, which I happily accepted — just as...
  • 400 students pray when atheists silence their coach

    11/16/2017 5:18:34 AM PST · by victim soul · 21 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 11/15/17 | Cilia. zeal
    https://conservativetribune.com/atheists-coach-not-pray/
  • USDA beefs up protections for free speech, religious freedom

    11/07/2017 2:05:37 PM PST · by kaehurowing · 9 replies
    Alliance Defending Freedom ^ | November 6, 2017 | Press Release
    USDA beefs up protections for free speech, religious freedom New policy lifts threat issued during previous administration to shut down meatpacking facility over religious article on breakroom table Monday, November 06, 2017 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued new policy guidance within its Food Safety and Inspection Service regarding freedom of speech and religion. The guidance removes the threat of a government-dictated shutdown of West Michigan Beef Company, a Grand Rapids–area meatpacking company owned by Donald and Ellen Vander Boon that employs 45 people, over religious literature on a breakroom table. The threat of government closure of...
  • GOP to Repeal Johnson Amendment's Muzzle on Pastors Through Tax Reform

    11/02/2017 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies
    CBN News ^ | Nov 2, 2017 | Abigail Robertson
    House Republicans have finally unveiled their new tax reform bill. Despite some delays, Republican leadership insists they are still on schedule to have the bill on President Trump's desk by the end of the year. "Our goal in the House is to get this bill out of the House, passed on the floor by Thanksgiving," House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told CBN News. The hold-up centered on a proposal to end the federal income deduction for state and local taxes utilized by high tax states like New York and California. GOP lawmakers in those states are hesitant...
  • Religious freedom for Muslims: the AfD have picked their first fight in the Bundestag

    11/01/2017 5:47:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 November 2017 11:41 CET+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    The new German parliament only met for the first time at the end of October and already the first impasse has been reached. The other parties are refusing to accept the Alternative for Germany (AfD) nominee for Bundestag vice-president. Is this petulance or principle? […] According to a law passed in 1994, each party represented in the parliament gets to have a deputy Bundestag President. The vice-BPs meet with the BP every week to discuss issues which affect the running of the parliament. […] As their candidate for vice-BP, they nominated Albrecht Glaser, a 75-year-old veteran local politician from Frankfurt....
  • Most of world lacks real religious freedom, UN official says

    10/24/2017 10:58:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2017 12:54 AM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Three-quarters of the world’s people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have “a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief,” the U.N. special investigator on religious rights said Tuesday. Ahmed Shaheed told the General Assembly’s human rights committee that religious intolerance is prevalent globally — and rising around the world. He said over 70 countries currently have anti-blasphemy laws that can be used to suppress dissenting views, in violation of international human rights standards. […] Some forms of discrimination are direct, such as prohibiting some or all religions or beliefs, he...
  • Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    10/20/2017 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 20 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections. The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about...
  • President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

    10/14/2017 6:41:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 10/13/17 | Claire Chretien
    President Trump said this morning that his administration is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” in a rousing speech at the Values Voter Summit. In his first major speech to a socially conservative conference since his election, Trump addressed parental rights, religious liberty, the right to life, and the importance of God over government. “This morning, I am honored and thrilled to return” as the first sitting president, he said. Trump joked that he didn’t even need to ask attendees to vote for him, but he was still there. “Religious liberty is enshrined in the very First Amendment in...
  • DOJ Issues Refreshingly Broad New Protections for Religious Liberty

    10/11/2017 8:05:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Stream ^ | 10/11/17 | Rachel Alexander
    The Trump administration published sweeping new guidelines Friday to protect religious freedom. The 26-page memo “interpret[s] religious liberty protections in federal law.”Much of the memo incorporates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That act was passed in 1993 with almost unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. At the signing, he called religious freedom “perhaps the most precious of all American liberties.”He Democratic successor, President Barack Obama, did not agree. His administration’s most famous assault on religious freedom was the “contraception mandate.” Bureaucratic rules tried to force religious bodies to fund contraception...
  • An Important New Step for Religious Freedom

    10/11/2017 1:04:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Star Parker
    Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious employers who find it morally objectionable, can stop providing this coverage. The birth control mandate when first issued under the ACA exempted only houses of worship. This provoked a host of lawsuits among which was that of Hobby Lobby, a...
  • DOJ lays out Trump admin’s guidelines for religious liberties protections

    10/06/2017 10:04:41 AM PDT · by be-baw · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2017c | Andrea Noble
    The Justice Department issued legal guidance across the federal government Friday that will shape how the Trump administration interprets religious liberties protections, interpretations expected to come into play in a number of ongoing lawsuits. The memo, issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, does not resolve any specific ongoing litigation, but it will serve as a baseline for how the Justice Department will interpret current federal laws such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among 20 principles outlined in the memo, the Justice Department finds that RFRA protections extend not...
  • Turkey Has Imprisoned an American Pastor for One Year

    10/06/2017 5:14:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Senator James Lankford
    October 7, 2016. It’s been almost one year since Dr. Andrew Brunson was unjustly imprisoned without charges in Turkey. Imagine spending a year in a Turkish prison as a hostage. Unfortunately, most Americans have no idea what is really happening in Turkey. Turkey has long been an ally of the United States, but has chosen to complicate and weaken its relationship with the United States and other free nations of the world through its increasingly oppressive policies. On August 25, 2017, the Turkish government issued two new emergency decrees. Article 74 of decree 694 states that “with the exclusion of...