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  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • Professor: Indiana RFRA ‘Fix’ Could Send Christians to Jail

    04/02/2015 11:01:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Austin Ruse
    The greatly anticipated “fix” to the Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.Rienzi, of the Becket Fund and Catholic University School of Law and who was lead attorney in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that upheld a claim under the federal religious freedom law, said this would “criminalize religious objectors.”
  • Stand up for Indiana

    03/31/2015 7:53:39 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 22 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/30/15 | Patrick Buchanan
    In what has been called the “Catholic moment” in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to “live the faith” and “set an example” for others. Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Christians were to avoid those “living in sin.” Christians who operated motels and hotels did not rent rooms to unmarried couples. Fast forward to 21st-century America. Indiana just enacted a law, as have 19 other states, to protect the rights of religious people to practice their beliefs in how they live their lives and conduct their businesses.
  • Pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

    03/09/2015 11:34:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Star Parker
    The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the last Congress – in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with 11 co-sponsors and in the House by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) with 92 co-sponsors. This legislation will soon be re-introduced in the current session and should be given priority by Senate and House leadership and passed. It is of enormous national importance. The bill will protect individuals from discrimination, under federal law, so that they may be free to express and conduct their business according to their religious conviction that marriage is a union between one man and...
  • Christian florist: Why I can’t agree to provide service to gay weddings [Watch Video]

    02/25/2015 6:51:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    She’s soft-spoken, has 23 grandkids, professes love for the gay customer who tried to hire her for his wedding and helped him find another florist when she politely declined (it was Washington’s AG, not the customer, who filed the discrimination complaint against her), and stands to lose her business and possibly her home if the state keeps coming after her for this. There may be more sympathetic spokesmen for religious freedom out there but offhand I can’t imagine one. The polling on whether businesses should be required by law to cater to gay weddings is mixed, but I wonder...
  • Could Two New Laws Suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

    02/08/2015 9:33:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/7/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs. The legislation amounts to “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” the coalition of groups stated in a letter to all members of Congress. “Both laws violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law.” After a bill is signed into law by the D.C. mayor,...
  • Saudi blogger Badawi 'flogged for Islam insult'

    01/09/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say. Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency. On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case. In addition to his sentence, Mr...
  • Kneeling soldier statue removed from King Veteran’s Memorial NC

    01/08/2015 8:35:41 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 26 replies
    Fox8 ^ | January 6, 2015 | Joe Dominguez
    KING, N.C. – Effective immediately, all religious symbols at the veterans memorial in King have been removed as part of a settlement with Steven Hewett, a man who sued the city claiming his constitutional rights were being violated because of a Christian flag flown at the memorial and the inclusion of a cross as part of a statue honoring veterans. The decision was made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The city council also repealed a 2010 law establishing a flag lottery that allowed flags of any religious denomination to be flown at the memorial.
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility

    07/02/2014 5:39:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ben Domenech
    Yesterday’s narrow Hobby Lobby decision shows why the culture war isn’t over – it’s just getting started. The reality is that in the absence of the ability to compel employers to pay for things over their religious objections, and at a time when covering 16 forms of birth control out of 20 is culturally insufficient, the Obama administration will be more than happy to turn to the traditional method of the left: skipping the middle man of the employer and just handing people other people’s money. So because some people cannot be compelled to pay for their employee’s IUDs, Plan...
  • US Military Personnel forced to Submit to the Sharia during Ramadan

    06/26/2014 8:01:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6/26/14 | Pamela Geller
    Our troops must adhere to the sharia during the Islamic month of Ramadanin Bahrain and other Muslim countries. Subjected to dawah (proselytizing) by a base Islamic cultural adviser at the Naval Support Activity, soldiers are forced to sit through lessons on Islam. No eating, drinking, alcohol, or smoking during the month of Ramadan. This is what the Obama administration and the US military are obsessed with as armies of jihad tear through the Middle East.
  • A Gay Wedding Cake That People Of Faith Can Bake With Good Conscience

    06/26/2014 5:22:33 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 14 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/26/2014 | JoeClarke.Net
  • California Student Speaks Openly About His Christian Faith in Graduation Speech

    06/16/2014 12:53:35 PM PDT · by fwdude · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    California's Brawley Union High School denied a Christian student's speech three times because he wanted to express his Christian faith, but the student decided to assert his freedom of expression by openly speaking about his belief at the graduation ceremony.
  • Will Colorado Ruling on Gay Cake go Both Ways

    05/30/2014 10:48:24 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 72 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | May 30, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    The Civil Rights Commission of Colorado ruled Friday that baker Jack Philips 1st Amendment rights to free exercise of his religious beliefs may in fact be prohibited. In a decision sure to be challenged, they ruled Philips must participate in same-sex wedding celebrations by ordering him to accept any custom orders wedding cakes from same-sex couples. The Colorado ruling on the pro gay-marriage cake begs the question as to whether or not their definitions of civil rights go both ways (pun intended). Let us consider if the roles in the case were somehow reversed. How would rule if a self-described...
  • Hollywood celebrity looks forward to religion being treated like racism

    04/09/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 4/9/2014 | M Donnelly
    <p>‘as time goes on, weirdly, I’m growing less liberal. I’m more like, ‘No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!’.</p>
  • Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit

    03/21/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 10:34 PM 03/20/2014
    First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views. Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com. In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed. Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech...
  • Church in Russia Closed for Holding “Unregistered” Sunday School Classes

    03/20/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    The Harvest Church of St. Petersburg, Russia was closed by the Russian government without warning. Government officials reported that the church was conducting unregistered educational activities, namely holding Sunday school classes during the week without explicit permission. Wade Kusack is the Project Manager for Russian Ministries; his specialty is religious issues in Russia. Krusack explained, “In Russia, the church is supposed to have registration. Without registration, no one has the right to practice their religion. The church was stripped of its legal registration.” Since the Harvest Church did not acquire the proper documentation necessary to hold the weekday Christian education...
  • An Absolute Right to Refuse Service

    03/03/2014 8:55:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Albert Einstein once said, “Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.” He was right. In the aftermath of the Arizona religious freedom skirmish, I have a few questions for those who would presume to compel religious business owners, under penalty of law, to “provide goods and services” to homosexuals in a way that violates that business owner’s conscience. To wit: Should a homosexual baker be forced to make a “God Hates Fags” cake for Westboro Baptist Church, simply because its members claim to be Christian?Should a black printer be forced to develop and print thousands of...
  • A call for active, nonviolent resistance to evil

    02/26/2014 6:49:30 AM PST · by Teófilo · 23 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace and Good to all of you. The recent debate about a bill in Arizona designed to protect the free exercise of religion in that state against encroachment from groups advocating special rights and the screams of the elite for "equal rights" at the expense of one's religious conscience. These pressure groups do not hesitate to invoke the coercive powers of the state to silence or marginalize people of conscience and to resign their livelihoods if they don't tow the official line. Judging by the way the winds are blowing, people of conscience who also happen to be private...
  • Obama’s Trifecta - He's violated each of the First Amendment’s parts

    02/26/2014 3:25:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2014 | George Neumayr
    The First Amendment has three parts to it: the protection of religious freedom, the protection of speech and press, and the protection of the people’s right to assembly and petition. In all three categories, the Obama administration’s record is outrageous: it has forced the religious to finance free contraceptives, treated some journalists as potential criminals, and sought to undermine political speech and action through “campaign finance reform” and IRS harassment. Conforming to the Obama administration’s pattern of disregarding the First Amendment in total is this month’s news: a Federal Communications Commission plan, now thwarted, to gather information on newsroom practices....
  • When Will Social Conservatives Stop Demanding Special Rights?

    02/14/2014 7:48:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2014 | Josh Barro
    This week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2453, "An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage." Despite its name, this bill isn't about religious freedom. It's about creating new special rights (yes, those dreaded special rights) for people with anti-gay views. The bill would protect the ability of any individual, government agency, or "religious entity" (which includes a business operated in accordance with owner's religious views) to refuse service based on sincere religious beliefs about sex or gender, and to refuse to recognize any marriage or similar arrangement for those reasons — even if such service...
  • Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple

    01/22/2014 6:41:31 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 101 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/21/14 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community. Last year, the bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, of Portland, citing their Christian beliefs....
  • OBAMA ADMIN PRESSURING JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR TO ALLOW CONTRACEPTION MANDATE

    01/03/2014 9:09:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 3, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order preventing the government from enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive mandate on the Little Sisters of the Poor. Sotomayor’s decision to delay the contraceptive portion of the law was joined by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which also issued an emergency stay for Catholic-affiliated groups challenging the contraceptive provision, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and Catholic University.Separately, Lawyer Noel J. Francisco had said in appeals to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan that the mandate would “expose numerous Catholic organizations to draconian fines...
  • Atheists Argue Gov't Is Forcing Them to Compromise Their 'Religious Scruples'

    11/07/2013 4:12:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/7/2013 | Susan Jones
    Atheists told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the town of Greece, N.Y. has no business opening its public meetings with Christian or other sectarian prayers."We hope the Supreme Court will agree that civic participation should not be conditioned on compromising one's religious scruples," said Americans United Legal Director Ayesha Khan."It's important to understand that we are not asking the board to discontinue its practice of presenting prayers," she told reporters outside the court. "We are asking that citizens not be pressured to participate in those prayers and that the prayers be nondenominational and inclusive.""I do not support the...
  • Obama Bullies Hobby Lobby All The Way To Supreme Court

    10/22/2013 3:37:18 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 22, 2013
    Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned retail chain, has largely become the corporate face of ObamaCare opposition. After initially speaking out against mandates in the healthcare law that would force individuals to violate their faith, the company sought legal protection against its implementation. The dispute centered around a requirement the retailer fund birth control and abortifacient drugs for its employees. Though a federal court upheld the business’ position in a recent decision, the case now appears to be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this week, the chain initiated paperwork requesting the high court to review the case, indicating that abiding...
  • Christian Liberties, the Stepchild of Today's 1st Amendment

    09/13/2013 2:55:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    You may say that there is no discrimination against Christians in America or casually dismiss it because Christians need no protection here because this is allegedly a Christian nation. But there is plenty of such discrimination, as I documented in my book "Persecution" a few years back. During the publicity tour for the book, I had a mini-debate with Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz on CNN, as I recall. Dershowitz, who was very respectful and who is unquestionably quite intelligent, advanced a curious argument that night. If memory serves, he suggested that it is absurd for me to argue that Christians...
  • Feds forced churches to get baptism permits

    08/30/2013 5:01:59 PM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 20 replies
    Todd's Daily Dispatch/Fox News ^ | By Todd Starnes | Todd Starnes
    The National Park Service began enforcing a policy recently that required churches to obtain special use permits in order to baptize in public waters. As part of the same permit process, the NPS also mandated that churches give the Park Service 48 hours advance notice of pending baptisms. But as any Baptist or Pentecostal in good standing knows – that’s a problem. “If the Holy Spirit is working on Sunday morning, you’re going to baptize Sunday afternoon,” Dennis Purcell told The Salem News. “You may not know ahead of time.” Many Christians believe that the Bible commands new followers of...
  • Are Churches at Risk from Redefined Marriage? Freedom of Worship is at stake

    08/27/2013 10:01:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2013 | Erik Stanley
    The Associated Press reports that some churches are taking steps to change their bylaws after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act out of a desire to protect themselves from potential claims by same-sex couples. The article reported that some critics argued that such changes were unnecessary and amount to “a solution looking for a problem.” But as an attorney who defends the constitutional freedoms of churches on a daily basis, all the assurances of those who have been actively seeking to redefine marriage that they will not target churches ring hollow in light of...
  • Atheism and the First Amendment

    07/28/2013 10:29:56 AM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/28/2013
    The First Amendment states the following: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech... To all Americans prior to the 1940's and to most Americans today the intent is clear: the Federal government shall not give preferential treatment to any one faith and the Federal government shall not stop people from practicing their religious beliefs. Liberals confuse the banning of preferential treatment for a particular faith tradition with the banning expression by any faith tradition. The intent of the First Amendment was to allow all faiths...
  • Churches Fear Lawsuits for Refusing Gay Weddings

    07/16/2013 4:58:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Joe Carr believes a day is fast approaching when pastors will be charged with hate crimes for preaching that homosexuality is a sin and churches will face lawsuits for refusing to host same-sex weddings. “It’s just a matter of time,” said Carr, the pastor of Waynesville Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. “What’s happening in Europe – we’re going to see happen here and we’re going to see it happen sooner rather than later I’m afraid.” And that’s why the congregation will be voting next month to change their church bylaws – to officially ban the usage of their facilities for...
  • Colorado Baker Faces Up to a Year in Jail for Not Baking Cake for Gay Wedding

    07/08/2013 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 8, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Gay activists protest the Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2012. Owner Jack Phillips now faces charges for not baking a cake for the gay couple. (Free Republic)Gay marriage was banned by the Colorado constitution in 2006. But this didn’t stop the Colorado Attorney General’s office from filing a discrimination complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop for not baking a cake for a gay couple. The Advocate reported: A Denver bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is about to face the legal heat. The Colorado Attorney General’s office last week filed a discrimination complaint against the owners of Masterpiece...
  • DOJ Defunds At-Risk Youth Programs over "God" Reference

    06/26/2013 7:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people -- all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings. Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, Louisiana, told Fox News that the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights de-funded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a youth diversion program. Federal officials objected to a voluntary student-led prayer in the department’s youth diversion program and an oath recited by the Young Marines...
  • White House Announces Strong Opposition to Religious Freedom in Military

    06/15/2013 4:41:35 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 June 2013 | Dave Bohon
    The Obama administration announced that it "strongly objects" to an amendment in the National Defense bill that would protect the religious freedoms of America's military personnel. White House Announces Strong Opposition to Religious Freedom in Military The New American 15 June 2013 The Obama Administration has released a statement saying that it “strongly objects" to an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would protect the religious freedoms of men and women in the armed forces. The amendment (Section 530), offered by U.S. Representative John Fleming (R-La.), would specifically expand the “protection of rights of conscience of...
  • Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian’s Prayer

    06/07/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation blasted what it called the “open defiance” of a valedictorian who delivered The Lord’s Prayer during a high school graduation ceremony last Saturday in South Carolina. Roy Costner, a senior at Liberty High School in Pickens, created national attention when he ripped up his pre-approved graduation speech and instead led the crowd in a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. A video of the speech was posted on YouTube and has since gone viral. It shows the 18-year-old setting aside his speech. “I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our Father, who art...
  • This Is The Stupid Stuff That Happens When People Insist On "Zero Tolerance" Rules...

    05/03/2013 11:35:12 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 5/3/2013 | Mockarena
    OMG, Is this really the kind of society we want? Because this is what we get when people who are hell-bent on being politically correct all the time get their way. Blame them. Because they deserve the blame.
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • Benjamin Franklin's 2 Questions Still Stand

    04/30/2013 4:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    In 1787, when delegates at the Constitutional Convention were divided and at an impasse regarding how to build our government and frame the U.S. Constitution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin appealed to the other delegates to pray for divine intervention to help them out of their darkness: "In this situation of this assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened ... that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning...
  • Assault on Religious Liberty (Part 2)

    04/02/2013 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I gave 12 examples of how religious liberty has been assaulted in just the past two years in the U.S. Here are about two dozen more instances just for good measure, as reported by the Family Research Council, the office of Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and various media outlets. --The following public institutions recently have joined the growing ranks of those that have banned the use of the word "Easter" in order to diminish or eliminate references to religion: East Meadow School District in New York, Prospect Heights Public Library in Illinois, Heritage Elementary School in Alabama,...
  • University Bows to National Outrage, Won’t Punish Student Who Refused to Stomp Jesus

    03/26/2013 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” and then stomp on the pieces of paper. Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion – pending the outcome of a student hearing. But after a massive national outcry, the university reversed course Monday...
  • Holy Week and Holy War (Part 1)

    03/26/2013 5:01:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    It's Holy Week, but what's not so holy is the assault on religious liberty in the U.S. Religious liberty has been called rightly America's "first freedom," not only because the right is contained in the First Amendment but also because it predates the U.S. and has its origin in God, not government, and the freedoms he endowed within us. But over the past few decades, that basic freedom has come under assault -- particularly, in recent years, regarding Christianity. Last week, I discussed how religious liberty in foreign countries is being suppressed. This week, I will begin to address...
  • The Church Doesn't Need a Revolution

    02/23/2013 6:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    The pope has renounced the papal throne. Long live the progressive pope! Such are the rallying cries from establishment voices wanting to see the Catholic Church loosen up now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down. But maybe people should listen to the Church's actual views. Mary Hasson from the Ethics and Public Policy Center has been doing some unique work looking into what Catholic women know and want from their Church. It's scandalous and yet not entirely surprising that she found only 13 percent of Catholic women who occasionally attend Mass accept Church teaching on contraception....
  • To the Farmer in All of Us

    02/11/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Thanks to radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey's down-to-earth sense of America's heartland, Super Bowl viewers experienced an emotionally charged reminder of the values that made America what it is. The Dodge ad that honored the farmer proved to be one of the best commercials of the day. It wasn't just farmers who felt its impact, because as the ad so rightly expressed, its tribute was "to the farmer in all of us." When you take out the specific reference to farmers in the ad's script, the values remain: "On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise...
  • Maryland Gov. Wants to Require a License to Own a Handgun

    02/07/2013 6:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 7, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants state lawmakers to consider passing legislation that would require residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. Such a law would be an impediment to a constitutional guarantee for which there is no such requirement. I find it interesting that liberals attack the requirement that a person needs to show identification in order to vote, but they will put multiple restrictions on people who have a right to keep and bear arms as set down in the Constitution.Unlike the Second Amendment, there is no absolute right to vote. Consider the 26th Amendment that was...
  • Obama's New Audacity

    01/24/2013 8:19:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    When he stood before the world to deliver his first inaugural address four years ago, President Barack Obama proudly declared, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers." Early in his presidency, he repeated various permutations of this phrase, always reserving the resonant final spot for the "non-believers." During his first term, Obama also occasionally edited the Creator from the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident," he said, for example, in a Sept. 15, 2010, speech, "that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and...
  • Could Dr. King Have Given the Inaugural Benediction?

    01/21/2013 6:06:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2013 | Star Parker
    The Rev. Louie Giglio, designated to give the benediction at this year’s presidential inauguration, has withdrawn, under apparent pressure, after the surfacing of remarks he made, some 25 years ago, about the sinfulness of homosexuality. Note that the pastor of the evangelical Passion City Church in Atlanta has been pushed off the stage not because of a deed, but because of words he said -- words expressing a widely held Christian belief that homosexuality is a sin. Let’s recall that freedom of religion appears in the First Amendment of our constitution, alongside the protection of freedom of speech. So what...
  • President Obama: The Great Demancipator

    01/12/2013 3:36:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. President Obama will take the oath of office later this month “on a stack of Bibles,” the Washington Post tells us. He will place his left hand on Bibles owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, that’s a relief. Interestingly, not included in the stack is the Koran, about which Mr. Obama spoke so glowingly in Egypt four years ago. (No Bibles openly displayed there.) Now, swearing on a stack of Bibles ordinarily conveys seriousness of purpose and deeper commitment to carry through on the...
  • Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm

    12/31/2012 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | staff
    Detroit - A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino´s Pizza doesn ´t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino´s Farms Corp.,near Ann Arbor. Monaghan,a devout Roman Catholic,says contraception isn´t health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. Zatkoff granted Monaghan´s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case.
  • January March for Life must be biggest ever -- and must march TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    11/17/2012 5:31:12 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 8 replies
    self | 11/17/12 | NewJerseyJoe
    The annual March for Life in January needs to have 10 million people show up! Can we make it happen? Also: Do any FReepers know anyone in National Right to Life? This fight needs to be taken to the source in January -- National Park Service "permission" be damned. Thoughts?
  • Things are Tufts All Over

    11/05/2012 12:59:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Tufts University, a private school in Massachusetts, has now officially ceased to be a university. Tufts has a national reputation for heavy handed suppression of free speech despite its close proximity to places where many of our nation's first great free speech victories were fought and won. Few who are familiar with Tufts will be surprised to learn that their student government has initiated measures to de-recognize a Christian group because its leaders are required to adhere to "basic Biblical truths of Christianity." At Tufts, tolerance equals excluding people in order to be inclusive. At Tufts, discrimination is remedied...
  • Stand Up For 'Religious Freedom' this weekend!

    10/17/2012 9:11:51 PM PDT · by The Wabash Cannonball · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | October 16th, 2012 | www.catholic.org
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - To share the details of this weekend's rallies, Catholic Online sat down to talk to Eric Scheidler of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition. COL: Hello Eric. What's happening this weekend? SCHEIDLER: On Saturday, October 20, tens out thousands of faithful Americans will gather in 140 cities and town across the United States to protest the Obama administration's HHS Mandate, and raise the crucial issue of religious freedom before the public in advance of Election Day. COL: Why is this important? / Why should people care about this? SCHEIDLER: The HHS Mandate is...