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  • 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...
  • Do Cakes And Floral Arrangements Raise First Amendment Issues?

    10/04/2017 9:15:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 4, 2017 | George Leef
    Two heated cases that are before the Supreme Court are Masterpiece Cakeshop (which the Court agreed to hear last June) and Arlene’s Flowers (for which the petition for certiorari is still pending). In both, the owners face punishment for having declined to do business with customers who wanted their services. In the former, the owner of a cake shop was asked to bake and decorate a cake for the wedding of a gay couple. The owner, Jack Phillips, who is a committed Christian and believes that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said that he would...
  • Conservative Americans Experience Progressive Identity Politics as Hatred

    09/21/2017 7:07:41 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | September 21, 2017 | David French
    In the days following Donald Trump’s surprise election win, progressive Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla published a thought-provoking, viral essay that took direct aim at identity politics: In recent years American liberalism has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing. Lilla’s essay became a book that has sparked debate, withering reviews, and general disdain across wide swathes of the political and academic Left. Yet as I read the attacks on Lilla, I was struck by the extent...
  • The LGBT Agenda vs. Religious Freedom: Which Will Dominate Society?

    09/14/2017 8:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/14/2017 | Avner Zarmi
    One day in 2012, Charles Craig and David Mullins entered Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to order a wedding cake. Phillips, a Christian and self-described “cake artist” who custom-designs cakes for various occasions, politely declined, citing his religious beliefs.Having previously, in the words of his lawyer, refused to bake cakes for Halloween, or with anti-American, anti-family, or what he considered profane messages, Phillips also would not design a cake to celebrate an event in violation of his understanding of Leviticus XX, 13.Craig and Mullins promptly filed a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation...
  • Dianne Feinstein's War on Christian Judges

    09/13/2017 11:26:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2017 | Star Parker
    Seems that for Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma," explained the Senator. "And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to the big issues that large numbers of people have...
  • North Korea: How Christians survive in the world's most anti-Christian nation

    08/18/2017 8:16:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-18-17 | Hollie McKay
    For 16 years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians,” and this week the U.S. State Department re-asserted it as one of the world’s worst religious persecutors – torturing and executing those even suspected of worshipping God. But that still hasn’t stopped an estimated 36 percent of the population – around 9 million – from practicing Christianity. “Life is extremely difficult for all North Koreans, but Christians face an even tougher road,” Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern told Fox News. “Christians are accused of being imperialists seeking to overthrow the government...
  • LGBT Activists Slam Trump’s Religious Freedom Ambassador for Christian View of Marriage

    08/09/2017 6:34:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/8/17 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The nation’s largest homosexual activist group lambasted President Trump’s pick to serve as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. “Gov. (Sam) Brownback’s appointment would promote discrimination, not religious freedom,” Human Rights Campaign’s Brian McBride charged. Brownback will only perpetrate Trump’s “discriminatory ideologies in other nations.” “HRC is deeply disappointed by Trump’s nomination of this anti-LGBTQ politician,” the organization said in a press release, adding that nomination of Brownback is “a weapon to advance discrimination.” Yawn. Brownback is a bold, pro-life and pro-marriage conservative who has defended the right of Christians and others...
  • Judge Says State Can't Force Photographer to Take Part in Gay Wedding

    08/04/2017 6:58:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 8/3/17 | Matthew Archbold
    Let's take a moment to celebrate a religious liberty victory. It doesn't happen often so let's cherish it. In the most unexpected news of the day, the state of Wisconsin cannot legally force Christian photographer Amy Lynn to photograph same-sex weddings, a court has said. Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs said, “The court’s announcement has important implications for everyone in Wisconsin who values artistic freedom. It means that government officials must allow creative professionals without storefronts anywhere in the city and state the freedom to make their own decisions about which ideas they will use their artistic expression...
  • Appellate Court Rules Government Officials Opening Meetings With Prayer Is Unconstitutional

    07/17/2017 10:28:24 AM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jul 2017 | Penny Starr
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a 10-5 decision on Friday ruling that Rowan County, N.C., county commissioners cannot begin official sessions with prayer, the First Liberty Institute announced following the decision. First Liberty represents the county and expressed disappointment that the court ignored precedent in the Supreme Court’s Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that deemed an opening prayer for legislative bodies acceptable under the Constitution. “While we are disappointed in the Fourth Circuit’s decision to ban invocations before legislative meetings contrary to Supreme Court precedent, we are encouraged that the split in the vote...
  • Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding Takes 'Last Stand' at Supreme Court

    07/17/2017 9:19:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    (Photo: ADF/Screengrab)Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, speaks as supporters rally around her in November 2016.Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the "Christian grandmpa florist," is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court's decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.The Associated Press reported on Sunday that lawyers for Stutzman are claiming that Washington's high court violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression in its ruling in February.Alliance Defending Freedom positioned in a post on Friday that Stutzman is taking...
  • ABC News: Christians Who Defend Religious Liberty are ‘Hate Group’

    07/15/2017 5:20:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding a retraction and apology from ABC News after reporters smeared one of the nation’s most respected religious liberty law firms as a ‘hate group.’ABC News reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway wrote a scathing report on a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered behind closed doors at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, California.“Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks,” read the headline.“Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the...
  • ABC News: Christians Who Believe In The First Amendment Are A ‘Hate Group’

    07/13/2017 7:20:44 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 19 replies
    ABC News’ Pete Madden and Erin Galloway smeared Christians who believe the Bill of Rights secures religious liberty as a “hate group,” in an article this week headlined, “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.” The lede of the story made it clear this was not just the work of a rogue headline writer but the failure of the reporters themselves: Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said. First,...
  • Trump brings up the war on Christmas — in July

    07/04/2017 9:27:17 AM PDT · by Coleus · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07.02.17 | Amy B Wang
    The war on Christmas came early this year.That is, according to President Trump, who devoted a large portion of his speech at a Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center on Saturday to railing against those who might try to shy away from overt references to Christianity in American discourse.“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence,” Trump said. “Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleague at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. I remind you that...
  • Teens Threatened with Arrest for Praying -- in America!

    06/30/2017 4:52:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to believe American teenagers could be arrested for delivering a prayer, but that’s the kind of nation we live in – a nation that was fundamentally transformed by the previous presidential administration. In 2011, the class president at Hampton High School in Tennessee wanted to deliver a prayer at graduation. The principal issued an edict that any child who attempted to pray would be stopped, escorted from the building by police and arrested. That incident was one of dozens included in a stunning new Family Research Council report documenting a significant upsurge in government hostility to religion. Since...
  • Latest Supreme Court’s Religious-Freedom Message: There Are No Second-Class Citizens

    06/26/2017 1:10:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/26/2017 | David French
    While there are many threats to religious liberty, few are more consequential over the long term than the state’s ever-expanding role in private life. If the government is able to vacuum up tax dollars, create programs large and small for public benefit, and then exclude religious individuals or institutions from those programs, it has functionally created two tiers of citizenship. Secular individuals and institutions enjoy full access to the government they fund, while religious individuals and institutions find themselves funding a government that overtly discriminates against them. That’s the issue the Supreme Court addressed today in Trinity Lutheran Church...
  • Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

    06/26/2017 2:03:27 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 06/26/2017 | kristen wyatt
    A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states. Baker Jack Phillips is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wrong to have turned away a same-sex couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their 2012 wedding. The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips' case, which could affect all states. Twenty-two states include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws that bar discrimination in public accommodations. Phillips argues that he turned away Charlie Craig and David Mullins not because they...
  • ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation

    06/19/2017 1:31:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 26 May 17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports. Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim. However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection.
  • Returning to the Lion's Den [Scott Lively going on the Offensive against LGBTXYZP]

    06/09/2017 7:51:48 AM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | June 8, 2017 | Scott Lively
    After prayer and careful consideration, I, and my courageous wife, have decided, with the help of our stalwart legal team at Liberty Counsel, to take the unusual step of appealing the dismissal of the SMUG v Lively lawsuit to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that action is necessary to purge the prejudicial ruling of Judge Ponsor’s false and subjective assertion that the incidents in Uganda on which the suit is based (incidents by parties unknown to me that the record shows I had no part in) constitute crimes against humanity, lowering the standard for asserting such claims...
  • Trump: 'In America, We Don't Worship Government - We Worship God'

    06/08/2017 7:04:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/8/17 | Melanie Artur
    In a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump told attendees that government bureaucrats think they can overrule people's values and tell them how to live, but families and churches know best how to create a strong community, because Americans don't worship government, they worship God. "Bureaucrats think they can run over your lives, overrule your values and tell you how to live, but we know that families and churches - not government officials know best how to create a strong and loving community. We know that parents, not bureaucrats know best how to...
  • ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation

    05/30/2017 4:56:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/30/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports.Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim.However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection. ACLU spokesman Oamshri Amarasingham said that the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code. The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault also supported the ACLU, arguing...