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  • How Pope Francis can cleanse the far-right rot from the Catholic Church (BAT $%^& CRAZY ALERT)

    02/09/2017 5:01:54 PM PST · by NRx · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-09-2017 | Emma-Kate Symons
    Pope Francis needs to take tougher action against the United States’ most influential Catholic in Rome, Cardinal Raymond “Breitbart” Burke. The renegade cleric is not only undermining Francis’s reformist, compassionate papacy, and gospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims, but the rebel prince of the church is also using his position within the walls of the Vatican to legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy, Stephen K. Bannon-style. Simply put, the Vatican is facing a political war between the modernizing Pope Francis and a conservative wing that wants to reassert white Christian dominance. Burke...
  • U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Gayle Manchin: The Biden administration will be 'just as strong' on religious freedom as Trump was

    01/12/2021 6:43:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2021 | Jackson Elliott
    As President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, the chair of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom believes the incoming administration will continue the religious freedom successes of the Trump administration. Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and who has served with the congressionally mandated commission tasked with advising the executive branch and Congress about global religious freedom matters since 2018, told The Christian Post that she has spoken with the Biden administration’s transition team about the issue of religious freedom. “The Biden administration will be just as strong,” vowed Manchin, a...
  • Secularists Urge Biden to Unravel Trump's Religious Freedom Protections

    12/22/2020 9:05:02 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 7 replies
    CBN NEWS ^ | 12/21/2020 | Jennifer Wilson
    WASHINGTON - Many Americans celebrate President Trump as the most significant champion for religious freedom in a lifetime. His actions gave Christians a sense of security, but now secularists, humanists, and others feel empowered to begin unraveling Trump-era protections. "It all goes back to the May 2017 executive order by President Trump," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, tells CBN News. That day in the Rose Garden, the president used his executive pen to ensure Christians and other people of faith don't have to check their beliefs when entering the halls of government and prevented the federal government...
  • Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House

    12/17/2020 12:01:39 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    Secular Democrats of America ^ | Representatives Jamie Raskin and Jared Huffman
    We urge you to lead our nation on a path that revives the Founders’ vision of religious freedom in our government and promotes a unifying patriotic pluralism—not dogmatic religious chauvinism—in American society. We believe that this is a moment not only to enact policies to advance constitutional secularism but to position the Democratic Party to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism from the Republican Party. ... We urge you not to underestimate the institutional strength of what we refer to (interchangeably)in this document as the “Christian nationalist movement” or the “religious right.” This movement is extraordinarily well-funded...
  • FIRST AMENDMENT: Court Strikes Down Nevada’s Covid Church Attendance Limits

    12/15/2020 3:36:58 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Hill Faith ^ | December 15, 2020 | Mark Tapscott
    More fruit harvested today from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn as the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom wins in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From the decision today against Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s clearly discriminatory anti-Covid regulations that penalized churches with severe attendance limits while leaving casinos essentially free to operate with no such considerations: “The Supreme Court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese compels us to reverse the district court. Just like the New York restrictions, the Directive treats numerous secular activities and entities significantly better than religious worship services. “Casinos, bowling alleys, retail...
  • SCOTUS Holds Americans Can Sue Goverment Officials for Money If They ‘Unlawfully Burden’ Religious Exercise

    12/10/2020 5:31:37 PM PST · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Law and Crime ^ | 10 Dec 2020 | Matt Naham
    The U.S. Supreme Court, in a Justice Amy Coney Barrett-less 8-0 decision on Thursday, deciding that the people of faith can file suit under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) against government officials who have “unlawfully burdened” their religious exercise. But those government officials will have a defense available to them that has often been criticized in the context of police misconduct: qualified immunity... ..."The Supreme Court held that “claims for money damages” against government officials in their official individual capacities are included in what constitutes “appropriate relief.” "Justice Thomas noted that money damages are, in some cases,...
  • Supreme Court Puts Agents on Financial Hook for Religious Freedom Violations

    12/10/2020 3:28:14 PM PST · by kellymcneill · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 10, 2020 | Kevin Daley
    The Supreme Court said Thursday that federal agents can be forced to pay out of their own pocket for religious liberty violations. The decision allows three Muslim men to seek monetary damages from FBI agents who allegedly placed them on the no-fly list as retaliation for turning down requests to become informants. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. "This is a good decision that makes it easier to hold the government accountable when it violates Americans' religious liberties," said Lori Windham of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed a brief supporting the plaintiffs.
  • Religious Freedom Index Underscores Importance of Faith In American Life

    12/04/2020 3:59:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 4, 2020 | Ken Blackwell
    Americans cherish religious freedom. And the COVID-19 crisis has reminded people of faith, especially how much they value this critical First Amendment right. For me, a Christian, the past eight months of lockdowns have underscored the importance of in-person worship or, rather, the importance of fellowship in nurturing one’s spiritual life. As David Mathis, a pastor and executive editor of Desiring God, says, “Worshipping Jesus together may be the single most important thing we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling our spiritual fire and keeping it burning. Corporate worship brings together God’s word, prayer, and fellowship, and so...
  • Worship the State, or Else

    12/01/2020 11:29:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 1, 2020 | Cal Thomas
    In totalitarian societies, governments suppress the church and religious worship. That's because dictators believe citizens should worship them as the highest authority and not a Higher Authority, which they view as a threat to their power and position. In the United States, the threat to religious liberty has been under siege for some time. Last week's Thanksgiving gift to believers from the Supreme Court may be only a temporary reprieve from government's assault on faith and conscience. The narrow 5-4 ruling serves as a warning the threat is not over. The court majority ruled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version Rush Says "They've Got To Prove It" Nextrush Says Its Up To "The Five"

    11/28/2020 7:11:00 PM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/28/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The nerves of the world frayed by an authoritarianism imposed on all of us by the forces of Big Government (All Major Established Political Parties Worldwide) and Big Business in the name of "health and safety" and the drama of politicians demanding money so we can elect US Senators who will supposedly defend our freedom from a "socialist, communist President Joe Biden". The socialism and communism is already here, the whole world is Venezuela... God forbid you would learn of the Danish study of six thousand, a real scientific study. It revealed that the difference between wearing the face diaper...
  • Supreme Court ruling doesn’t have 'any practical effect,' Cuomo says

    11/26/2020 3:23:12 PM PST · by lowbridge · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | November 26, 2020 | BILL MAHONEY
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying the significance of a Supreme Court decision blocking him enforcing stringent attendance limits on religious institutions in Covid hot spots. “That Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else,” Cuomo said on a Thanksgiving morning briefing call. “It’s irrelevant from any practical impact.”
  • Alito: ‘Religious Liberty Is in Danger of Becoming a Second-Class Right’

    11/13/2020 8:33:59 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Nov 2020 | Ian Hanchett
    During a speech before the Federalist Society on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stated that “in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” And is viewed by some as “not a cherished freedom, it’s often just an excuse for bigotry and it can’t be tolerated, even when there is no evidence that anybody has been harmed.” Alito began by cautioning that, aside from specific references to any Supreme Court cases, he isn’t commenting on the legality of coronavirus restrictions and isn’t making any statements as to whether the restrictions constitute good policy.He stated that coronavirus has...
  • A Step Back From the Brink

    10/31/2020 6:21:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 31, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    "Blessed is the righteous judge." Someone had painted this on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. It wasn't the first of my encounters with memorials to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I passed this one, though, the night after the Girl Scouts were pressured into taking back their congratulations to Amy Coney Barrett for succeeding the late Supreme Court justice on the court. My surprise about the Girl Scouts was that anyone there at this point would even think to acknowledge Barrett. I've been writing for 20 years about the politics that have crept into the Girl Scouts organization, so...
  • International Religious Freedom Day: It’s Time to Applaud President Trump’s Remarkable IRF Accomplishments

    10/26/2020 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 26, 2020 | Lela Gilbert
    Has there ever been an election year quite like 2020? Intense polarization divides Americans from coast to coast with regard to furiously defended philosophical, moral, religious, and political convictions. Much attention has been focused on President Donald Trump himself, while some of his most significant achievements have been overlooked. Seemingly innumerable issues, disputes, and disagreements continue to come between friends, families, and foes alike. But far too little time seems to have been spent reflecting on something very positive, hopeful and indisputable: The Trump administration’s remarkable accomplishments regarding international religious freedom. International Religious Freedom Day on Oct. 27 is an...
  • Leftist 'Rights' vs. Your Freedom of Conscience

    10/20/2020 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 20, 2020 | Frank Wright
    The foundation of civilized society is freedom of conscience. But this core freedom is under severe assault from the Left. And that is frightening because all our constitutionally-enumerated freedoms rest on the bedrock liberty of conscience. Consider the First Amendment. Free exercise of religion is informed and motivated by the dictates of conscience. So also with the other planks of the First Amendment—free speech, free press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances. All these liberties spring from the foundational freedom of conscience and date to America’s founding.Jailed for PreachingFor James Madison, often called...
  • Orthodox Jewish Groups Sue to Block New Lockdown Restrictions in Parts of New York Seeing Covid-19 Surges

    10/08/2020 1:31:26 PM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 8, 2020
    NEW YORK—An organization representing Orthodox Jewish groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent order to limit the size of gatherings at houses of worship in communities seeing surges in Covid-19 cases.
  • Before Barrett’s “People Of Praise” Democrats Attacked Knights Of Columbus

    09/29/2020 3:27:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | September 29, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    California Democrat Sen. and 2020 VP nominee on the “Harris-Biden” ticket Kamala Harris,, fresh from her epic character assassination attempt during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, seems to have been designated the lead in trying to derail the Supreme Court nomination of 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris’ partner in crime on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Maize Hirono of Hawaii, who plans to make her home visits by taxi after the Green New Deal kills airline travel, has said she will not meet with Barrett, lest her limited intellect be confused with the facts...
  • Amy Coney Barrett Exposes The Democrat’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry

    09/23/2020 2:26:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | September 23, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    he notion that Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will be President Trump’s third lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court has the liberal progressives in cardiac arrest. They threaten Trump with another impeachment for doing what the Constitution allows him to do – appoint Supreme Court justices and lower court judges (he has done 300 so far) up to the very last second before he leaves office, assuming he is not reelected. But it looks increasingly likely that he will be, particularly if he makes such a stellar pick. Trump has promised...
  • McConnell matters NOW more than ever.

    09/18/2020 5:00:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 84 replies
    Go, Mitch! Go, Trump! Good bless our Republic.
  • EEOC Sues Kroger After Store Allegedly Fires Two Employees for Not Wearing Rainbow Heart Apron

    09/17/2020 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | September 17, 2020 | Heather Clark
    CONWAY, Ark. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against The Kroger Company for violating federal civil rights law in that an Arkansas location allegedly fired two employees who sought religious accommodations not to wear an apron with a rainbow heart on the bib, symbolizing homosexual and bisexual pride. “Although [Lawson and Rickerd] personally hold no animosity toward the individuals who comprise the LGBTQ community, the practices of that community violate [their] sincerely held religious belief,” the lawsuit states, according to the Miami Herald. “[Lawson and Rickerd] believed wearing the logo showed [their] advocacy of the...