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  • 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...
  • Trump's ambassador lobbied Britain on behalf of jailed right-wing activist Tommy Robinson

    07/20/2018 6:46:35 AM PDT · by Hostage · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | JULY 13, 2018 | Mark Hosenball
    LONDON (Reuters) - Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, complained to the British ambassador in Washington D.C. about the treatment of an English right-wing activist who is in jail for disrupting a trial, according to three sources familiar with the discussion. Brownback raised the jailing of Robinson during a meeting with Darroch that covered a range of “religious freedom issues”, the British official confirmed earlier this week.
  • Couple Headed to Prison After They Refused Medical Care for Their Premature Baby Girl

    07/17/2018 1:04:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 17, 2018 | John Stonestreet
    Equal treatment under the law is a cornerstone of our government—but one group of humans doesn’t get the same treatment as everyone else. What does being born change about a child? Speaking strictly scientifically, nothing of consequence. A child minutes before birth is the same as a child minutes after birth: same physical capabilities, same level of development, both highly dependent on others, they even look more or less the same. Both dream, suck their thumbs, respond to mom’s voice, and feel pain. But when it comes to both federal and state law, the difference between an unborn baby and...
  • The Supreme Court Let Me Live My Faith Again

    06/08/2018 7:49:52 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2018 | Jack Phillips
    The Supreme Court’s ruling this Monday on my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helped determine that people of faith remain free to pursue our chosen vocations. . . . after decades of developing my craft, my home state took it away from me. My case started in 2012 when I was asked to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. I politely declined that request because of my religious beliefs about marriage. But I told the customers that I would sell them anything else in my shop, or create a cake for them for a different...
  • Court agrees cops can withhold Bible from inmate

    06/03/2018 9:59:25 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 161 replies
    WND ^ | 6/3/2018 | WND
    A U.S. court has opened the door to restrictions on religious practices that are not considered “mandatory” by the faith.
  • US Secretary of State announces major religious freedom meeting

    06/02/2018 9:40:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Washington D.C., May 29, 2018 | Courtney Grogan
    Washington D.C., May 29, 2018 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. government will host its first-ever Ministerial Meeting to Advance Religious Freedom this summer, newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced May 29. “Religious freedom was vital to America’s beginning. Defending it is critical to our future,” Pompeo said at the announcement, which coincided with the release of the State Department’s annual report on the state of international religious freedom in 200 countries and territories. “Our Founders understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the gift of God to every person and a fundamental right for...
  • A Christian Nationalist Blitz (NYT alert)

    05/27/2018 6:15:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 26, 2018 | Katherine Stewart
    America’s Christian nationalists have a new plan for advancing their legislative goals in state capitols across the country. Its stated aim is to promote “religious freedom.” Not shy, they call it “Project Blitz.” “Blitz” accurately describes the spirit of the enterprise, but the mission has little to do with what most Americans would call religious freedom. This is just the latest attempt by religious extremists to use the coercive powers of government to secure a privileged position in society for their version of Christianity. The idea behind Project Blitz is to overwhelm state legislatures with bills based on centrally manufactured...
  • Warnings from a Survivor of Communism

    03/18/2018 8:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2018 | Jerry Newcombe
    “I should be dead. Buried in an unmarked grave in Romania. Obviously, I am not. God had other plans.” So declares a lady who grew up under Communism. Her name is Virginia Prodan. I had not heard of her until she reached out to me through Facebook---to commend me for a recent column I had written about how Communism, despite its deadly track record, seems to be gaining some support among the young and naďve of the West. I have come to learn her story, to read her book, and to interview her on the radio. She has an important...
  • EEOC and left-wing judges strike a blow against religious freedom

    03/11/2018 6:59:03 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 19 replies
    powerlineblog. ^ | March 10, 2018 | Paul Mirengoff
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed with the EEOC that a funeral home engaged in unlawful discrimination when it fired a male funeral director who was “transitioning” to female and dressing as a woman at work. The case is EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. The opinion is by Karen Nelson Moore, a Clinton appointee and one of the most left-wing federal appeals court judges in America. She was joined by Bernice Donald and Helene White. Donald, an Obama appointee, is also a far leftist. White was nominated by Clinton but blocked by then-Senator Spencer Abraham....
  • Radical activist against religious freedom nominated for EEOC role by Trump

    03/09/2018 11:53:31 AM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 9, 2018 | Glenn Beck
    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an open advocate for “sexual liberty” over religious freedom.. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has called on Trump to withdraw her nomination, saying that her “radical views on marriage and the appropriate use of government power place her far Commissioner Chai Feldblum began serving on the EEOC under the Obama administration in 2010. Her second term will end this July. Last year, Trump nominated her to a third term; if she is confirmed by the Senate, Feldblum will serve until 2023.outside even the liberal mainstream.” Key quotes from Feldblum: “I’m...
  • 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."