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  • Tempers flare at Supreme Court over religious liberty case

    04/20/2017 1:51:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/19/2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    Arguments in a high-profile religious liberty case caused tempers to flare on both sides of the Supreme Court's ideological divide Wednesday. The high court waited for several months to hear Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, and did so with a full nine-justice court bolstered by the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court this month. At issue in Trinity Lutheran is whether Missouri violated the Constitution in its decision to bar a church-operated daycare and preschool from a state program that provides funding to nonprofits to resurface playgrounds. Missouri's Constitution includes a provision that prevents public...
  • Will Liberals Stand for the “Right” to Plantation Weddings?

    04/09/2017 8:42:35 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 28 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 4/9/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    It seems that Jordan A. Maney is not as committed to “diversity” and “love” as she would have us believe. Recently, Ms. Maney, the black owner of a San Antonio event planning business, “All The Days Event Co.,” got a bit upset when she was asked to plan the wedding for a couple whose chosen venue contained the word “plantation.” ... As ATTN also notes, Maney also told the inquiring customer on the receiving end of her discrimination, “You’re having a wedding at a grave-site essentially. How are you going to laugh and celebrate on so many people’s blood, and...
  • Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Punishment of Those Who Believe in Biblical Marriage

    03/30/2017 8:31:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Christian News ^ | 3/28/17 | Heather Clark
    RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic governor of Virginia has vetoed a religious freedom bill which would have prohibited the government from punishing those who believe in biblical marriage and conduct their public lives in accordance with that conviction. “Although couched as a ‘religious freedom’ bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe asserted in a statement on Thursday in rejecting S.B. 2314 and H.B. 2025. “No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage, or subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth, or its political subdivisions or representatives or agents,...
  • ‘We Lost Everything’: Christian Baker’s Emotional Appeal After Govt Forces Her to Pay $135,000...

    03/05/2017 5:42:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    Faith Wire ^ | 3/3/17
    An Oregon couple who were forced to pay $135,000 after declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple had their first appearance before the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday, as they continue to fight back against the massive judgement. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, are arguing that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries — the state agency responsible for discrimination claims — violated their religious liberty, due process and free speech, after forcing the bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple at the center of the dispute. The Klein v....
  • Bush 43 on Trump Travel Ban: ‘A Bedrock of Our Freedom Is the Right to Worship Freely’

    02/27/2017 6:51:26 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 130 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-27-2017 | Jeff Poor
    Bush emphasized to host “Today” host Matt Lauer the importance to “worship freely.” “I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or not worship at all,” Bush said. “The bedrock of our freedom, a bedrock of our freedom, is the right to worship freely. And I — you see, I understood right off the bat, Matt this, that is an ideological conflict. And people who murder the innocent are not religious people. They want to advance an ideology. And...
  • House Hearing on Religious Liberty in US

    02/21/2017 6:39:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the state of religious liberty in America. Four people offered testimony at the February 16 hearing: * Kimberlee Colby, director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom * Hannah Smith, senior counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty * Rabbi David Saperstein, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom * Casey Mattox, senior counsel, Alliance Defending FreedomColby, Smith, and Mattox expressed concern at developments that have taken place in recent years, while Saperstein (an Obama administration appointee) worried that religious liberty may be used to excuse...
  • Trump to issue Magna Carta of religious liberty

    02/21/2017 9:56:07 AM PST · by V K Lee · 31 replies
    https://www.onenewsnow.com/ ^ | 2/3/17 | Bryan Fischer
    According to a left-wing website, The Nation, the president is circulating a draft of an executive order on religious liberty that will bring civil rights protections for Christians into the 21st century. Its stated purpose is "to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious freedom of persons and organizations in America." Christian organizations include even "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious." It is a perfectly appropriate executive order because it is a directive from the head of the executive branch, the president,...
  • ‘Destroy’ the Johnson Amendment? Trump’s Rhetoric Meets Reality

    02/19/2017 2:23:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | February 18, 2017 | David Gibson
    Catholic Church to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Mormons, specifically bar or strongly discourage their clergy and churches from endorsing or campaigning for candidates. Any change to the Johnson Amendment wouldn’t affect those strictures. Expanding religious freedom is a defining issue for religious conservatives who propelled President Trump to the White House, and the centerpiece of Trump’s religious freedom agenda is ending the 1950s-era law that says houses of worship can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan campaigning.Indeed, Trump won’t just overturn that ban — known as the Johnson Amendment — but, as he...
  • Refusing to service Gay Wedding, Washington florist ready to take religious liberty case to SCOTUS

    02/17/2017 10:26:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    A Washington florist who refused to participate in a same-sex wedding lost a unanimous decision yesterday at the state Supreme Court. The 9-0 ruling rejected her claim to a First Amendment right to exercise her right to religious liberty in favor of the state’s anti-discrimination law. The next step for Barronelle Stutzman will be the US Supreme Court, as KIRO reported lat night:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Associated Press has more details on the next steps. Stutzman’s legal counsel insists that the First Amendment allows for free exercise of religion, and that commerce does not limit it....
  • Christian florist loses religious liberty case, will appeal to US Supreme Court

    02/17/2017 4:41:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    CNA ^ | Feb 16 2017 | Matt Hadro
    Seattle, Wash., Feb 16, 2017 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Washington state florist must pay fines and legal costs for conscientiously objecting to serving a same-sex wedding, as the state’s supreme court upheld a lower court’s decision on Thursday. “It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will. Freedom of speech and religion aren’t subject to the whim of a majority; they are constitutional guarantees,” Kristin Waggoner, senior counsel with the group Alliance Defending Freedom who argued the case before the Washington Supreme Court, stated Feb....
  • Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

    02/16/2017 2:34:51 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 40 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/16/17 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.
  • Urgent: Ask Pres. Trump to stand for religious liberty

    02/08/2017 8:45:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    AFA ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | Tim Wildmon
    From the Email: We have to act now! Liberals and homosexual activists are advancing their radical agenda by attempting to torpedo President Donald Trump's executive order on religious liberty that was recently leaked to the media. This is an excellent executive order that will protect your First Amendment rights. I urge you to sign the AFA petition NOW asking President Trump to protect religious freedom for all Americans. I plan to personally deliver this petition with signatures during a meeting with the Trump Administration. Help me take your voice to the White House! This is urgent! After the executive order...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    02/07/2017 4:43:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to "totally destroy" the so-called "Johnson Amendment," a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background on how the amendment became law: "The restriction was championed by (Lyndon Johnson) in 1954 when Johnson was a U.S. senator running for re-election. A conservative nonprofit group that wanted to limit the treaty-making ability of the president produced material that called for electing his primary opponent, millionaire rancher-oilman Dudley Dougherty, and defeating Johnson. There was no church involved. "Johnson,...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Respond to Draft of Trump Religious Freedom Executive Order

    02/05/2017 11:17:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 4, 2017 | Kelsey Harkness
    After a draft of a religious freedom executive order from President Donald Trump was leaked to the media, a group of Catholic nuns have once again found themselves in the spotlight. “I am aware of the draft executive order that seems to be circulating as of the last couple of days,” Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the U.S., told The Daily Signal on Friday. “It’s just a very hopeful sign that things could be coming to an end.” The Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of nuns who care...
  • Why Trump's executive order draft on religious liberty is just what America needs

    02/02/2017 5:18:11 PM PST · by 198ml · 4 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 2/2/17 | Nate Madden
    Just two days after what looked like betrayal in the ongoing battle between religious liberty and the LGBT lobby’s never-ending quest for positive “rights,” President Trump may sign an executive order Thursday protecting religious liberty throughout the federal government. Naturally, the Left is losing its collective hive mind again. In an attempt to stop the president from issuing the order, LGBT groups and left-leaning media outlets leaked the document, according to The Daily Signal. Just hours after the initial leak, the president unequivocally vowed to protect religious freedom at the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • President Trump vows to ‘destroy’ Johnson Amendment

    02/02/2017 12:26:40 PM PST · by kevcol · 43 replies
    Newsday ^ | February 2, 2017 | Emily Ngo
    President Donald Trump vowed Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast to “totally destroy” a provision barring religious groups from participation in politics. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” he said. “I will do that. Remember.”
  • NYPD Officers Will be Allowed to Wear Turbans and Grow Beards for the First Time (Ed. Tr.) (PICS)

    12/29/2016 9:41:13 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-29-2016 | Hannah-Al-Othman
    The New York Police Department is now allowing officers to wear beards and grow turbans in a bid to accommodate Sikh recruits. Sikh officers will be allowed to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long, which are required for religious reasons. Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the new rules that affect all religious members on Wednesday following a graduation ceremony for new police recruits.
  • 6 times the PC police tried to steal Christmas this year

    12/25/2016 3:21:36 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 24 Dec, 2016 | Nate Madden
    We are in the heart of Christmas season, so that means it’s time for the tolerance Grinches to come out of their closets once again. And, despite its dumpster fire excesses, it is only fitting that the year 2016 close with the memory of these recent incidents and examples of America’s perennial War on Christmas. 1. No to “religious-themed” displays of Santa deity An Oregon school district instructed staff to sacrifice Christmas symbols at the altar of “diversity.” According to a memo sent by the Hillsboro School District, school staff could still decorate their offices, but were asked to “be...
  • Christian artists could be jailed for refusing make same sex wedding invitations

    12/03/2016 12:40:11 PM PST · by kevcol · 47 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | December 3, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    A pair of Arizona-based Christian artists is challenging the local law that threatens to fine and imprison them for refusing to make same-sex wedding invitations. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio in Phoenix, lost a case at trial level which accused them of violating a local ordinance that protects homosexuals from discrimination, Fox News reported. The ordinance also prevents the business owners from publicly explaining their convictions or even defending their decision lest they face jail time for that as well. This apparent violation of the First Amendment protection of free speech is at the...
  • The Next Battlefront for Religious Freedom

    11/30/2016 5:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/16 | Phillip Booth
    Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populistsOne reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised. They cared much more deeply about that one issue than a whole range of other issues, on which they may have disagreed with the Republican nominee. This is one explanation for Trump’s lead among Catholics. Particular concerns among Catholics included life issues, of course. Many people...