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  • Exclusive: Hillary Clinton: What I have in common with Utah leaders — religious freedom [tr]

    08/10/2016 9:13:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 10, 2016 | Hillary Clinton
    I’m running for president to make sure our country continues to live up to our founding principles. Those timeless ideas teach us that we’re stronger together when we work in unison to solve our problems, no matter what we look like, where we come from or how we pray. That last one is important. As Americans, we hold fast to the belief that everyone has the right to worship however he or she sees fit. I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the...
  • LGBT Groups Lament Pope’s “Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity. Francis Derangement Syndrome

    08/06/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    patheos.com ^ | August 6, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    On August 2, Pope Francis said a few words about gender identity—words that are not at all new with him. In a meeting with bishops that day, he observed: "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these—I will call it clearly by its name—is [the ideology of] “gender.” [It is, in fact, an artificial construct, as is evident by the co-opting of a word that, in its normative meaning, refers to grammar.] Today children—children!—are taught in school that everyone can choose his or...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Gary Johnson: Clarifying my views on religious freedom, Mormons

    08/04/2016 10:05:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 2, 2016 | Gary Johnson
    A few days ago, trying to maneuver through a “scrum” of reporters in Philadelphia, I was asked about my views regarding religious freedom and non-discrimination laws. Given the divisiveness and pain that have accompanied several state religious freedom laws, I approach attempts at legislating religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws with great sensitivity and care.
  • Gary Johnson: 'Religious freedom, as a category' is 'a black hole'

    07/29/2016 7:34:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 28, 2016 | Timothy P. Carney
    At the Democratic National Committee I ran into Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party nominee for president. Here's a transcript of our conversation, edited for clarity, and reorganized thematically.
  • Religious Freedom in an Age of Secularism

    05/25/2016 5:31:14 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Star Parker
    The late Claremont Institute scholar, Harry V. Jaffa, opened an essay he wrote called "The American Founding as the Best Regime," discussing the meaning of the words of the preamble to our Constitution. Included in those words, laying out the purpose of the Constitution is the phrase, to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Jaffa says that "No words of the Constitution reveal the intention of the Constitution," more than these. "What is a blessing?" asks Jaffa. It is "what is good in the eyes of God," he answers. Jaffa then turns to the closing words...
  • WYOMING JUDGE FACING OUSTER OVER STANCE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

    05/10/2016 1:38:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2016 | Ben Neary
    Some current and former Wyoming lawmakers as well as national religious groups are supporting a municipal judge who faces a dismissal petition before the Wyoming Supreme Court for saying she would not preside over same-sex marriages. The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending the court remove Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale. The commission started investigating Neely after she told a reporter in 2014 she would not perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs.
  • NASCAR Chair Brian France ‘Working Behind the Scenes’ to Change NC Bathroom Law

    04/24/2016 8:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2016 | Trent Baker
    NASCAR has decided to openly oppose the North Carolina bathroom law, according to a Motorsport report. The law forbids people from using the public bathrooms of the opposite sex in government buildings. At this week’s 2016 Associated Press Sports Editors Meeting, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said his sport is “working behind the scenes” to change the controversial law.
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Statement Condemning Recent State Laws..Targeting the Lesbian [tr]

    04/20/2016 6:21:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ^ | April 18, 2016 | Staff
    The United States Commission on Civil Rights strongly condemns recent state laws passed, and proposals being considered, under the guise of so-called “religious liberty” which target members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community for discrimination. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently signed into law H.B. 2, legislation blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules that grant protections to gay and transgender persons. The law also repeals existing municipal anti-discrimination laws which protected LGBT people from bias in housing and employment. Critically, the new legislation also forces transgender people to utilize public bathrooms and changing facilities based on...
  • Mammon Yes, God No [Corporate Bullies]

    04/19/2016 6:15:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 19, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki writes this week about how Big Business has been a massively effective force for gay rights. He writes that progressives are used to seeing Big Business as the bad guy, but the pro-LGBT activist role corporations have taken on complicates matters. More:
  • Kasich Criticizes Religious Liberty Laws: "Chill Out, Get Over It"

    04/11/2016 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said religious liberty laws that allow refusal of services based on sexual orientation like the ones vetoed in Georgia and passed in North Carolina and Mississippi are unnecessary.
  • Mississippi governor signs law that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples

    04/05/2016 11:46:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 5, 2016 | Jenny Jarvie
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a controversial bill into law on Tuesday that could allow businesses and government workers to deny services to lesbian and gay couples. Bryant said in a statement that he was signing HB 1523 “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions.”
  • TV, film production companies to leave NC over LGBT law

    04/04/2016 8:43:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | April 1, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    Lionsgate and the A+E network say they won’t film TV shows and movies in North Carolina if the state doesn’t repeal its new LGBT law. Along with Fox, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, the entertainment producers have voiced opposition to House Bill 2, which replaces local ordinances with a statewide nondiscrimination law that doesn’t include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories.
  • Georgia Religious-Liberty Fight Reveals Christian Right’s Weakened Influence

    04/04/2016 5:54:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | April 4, 2016 | Elaina Plott
    For evangelical voters, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not in Georgia, at least. When Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, first heard that Governor Nathan Deal had vetoed a controversial religious-liberty bill, his phone exploded with text messages. HB-757 was seen by many as a modest attempt to safeguard religious freedoms, stating, for example, that pastors could not be forced to perform same-sex weddings. Naturally, faith leaders across the state were furious, and Moore quickly became a sounding board.
  • Netflix Will “Move Our Productions” Out Of Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law; Amblin [tr]

    03/25/2016 8:32:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 24, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    5th UPDATE, 6:25 PM: Now Amblin Partners has joined the anti-Georgia chorus over the state’s pending religious liberty legislation. “Amblin Partners is committed to diversity and inclusion for all,” the company led by Steven Spielberg. “We would be disappointed to see our pipeline of production end at the Georgia border because of this legislation. While we are aware that Governor Deal has not yet made a decision, we stand with our industry colleagues in strongly urging him to veto this bill.”
  • Mickey Rat

    03/24/2016 2:12:43 PM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    American Conservartive ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Used to be that the Republican coalition was made up of free marketers, libertarians, social and religious conservatives, and national security hawks. Their commonalities, versus the Democratic Party’s coalition, made it possible for them to elide their differences. Besides, when it got right down to it, most religious and social conservatives (wrongly) didn’t see any particular threat to their values from capitalism.
  • Time Warner, Lionsgate, 21st Century Fox, the Weinsteins join ‘religious liberty’ bill protest

    03/24/2016 12:18:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rodney Ho
    Over two days, virtually every major Hollywood production house has come out against Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill, calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the legislation that passed last week. New York-based Time Warner, which oversees Atlanta’s Turner Entertainment and CNN operations, said the bill “clearly violates the values and principles of inclusion and the ability of all people to live and work free from discrimination.” The Weinstein Company – known for its array of Oscar-winning films – said it “will not stand behind sanctioning the discrimination of‎ LGBT people or any American.” Others who have jumped in against the...
  • Time Warner Joins Georgia Anti-Gay Bill Debate; Wants Gov. To Veto

    03/24/2016 7:34:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    One day after Disney announced that it would take its business elsewhere if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs into law a bill that would permit faith-based groups and organizations in the state to discriminate based on sexuality, one of the Peach State’s biggest media players has stepped into the debate. Today, Time Warner urged the Republican Peach State official to stop the Free Exercise Protection Act in its tracks.
  • Disney To Boycott Georgia If Gov. Signs Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

    03/23/2016 9:58:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 23, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    Disney has made big movies like the upcoming Captain America: Civil War in Georgia, and with the state’s lucrative tax incentives likely has planned to make more – but maybe not now. “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” said a Disney spokesman today over a bill that the Georgia legislature has passed that would permit faith-based groups and organizations to discriminate based on sexuality.
  • NFL Wants to Sack Anti-Gay Bill in Georgia

    03/22/2016 6:39:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 22, 2016 | Patricia Murphy
    Roger Goodell, chairman of the National Football League is on the cusp of becoming America’s newest gay icon. Goodell, who has an openly gay brother, and the NFL, have emerged as staunch allies in gay rights advocates’ efforts to defeat HB 757, the controversial religious freedom bill that passed the Georgia legislature late last week.
  • Scalia Dismisses Concept of Religious Neutrality in Speech

    01/02/2016 12:56:42 PM PST · by Isara · 21 replies
    AP via Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 02 Jan 2016
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him.Scalia was speaking Saturday at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie,.....Scalia, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, has consistently been one of the court's more conservative members.He told the audience at the Catholic school that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.He also said there is "nothing wrong" with...
  • Cruz for President Launches TV Ad, “Victories”

    12/28/2015 5:13:33 PM PST · by demshateGod · 82 replies
    HOUSTON, Texas – The Cruz for President campaign announced a new TV ad, “Victories”, running statewide in Iowa through January 3rd. The ad highlights Cruz’s victories defending the Mojave Memorial Cross, the Texas Capitol Ten Commandments monument, the Second Amendment, and the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The ad may be viewed here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOit03vT1n8
  • Refugee ‘Religious Test’ ... Federal Law Requires It

    11/18/2015 9:01:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 11.18.15 | by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Under federal law, the executive branch is expressly required to take religion into account in determining who is granted asylum. Under the provision governing asylum (section 1158 of Title 8, U.S. Code), an alien applying for admission must establish that ... religion... was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant. Moreover, to qualify for asylum in the United States, the applicant must be a 'refugee' as defined by federal law. That definition (set forth in Section 1101(a)(42)(A) of Title , U.S. Code) also requires the executive branch to take account of the alien's religion: The...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court (choose faith over fines)

    07/23/2015 11:22:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Becket Fund ^ | July 23, 2015 | Stephanie Keenan
    ASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, for the second time in two years, the Little Sisters of the Poor must ask the Supreme Court to protect them from the government. The order of Catholic nuns and other non-profits have been forced to ask the Court for relief due to the government’s refusal to exempt them from a regulation that makes them choose between their faith—which prohibits them from providing contraceptives—and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor (see video).“The government has lost every single time they have made these arguments before the Supreme Court—including last year’s landmark...
  • ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

    06/27/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Louise Melling
    Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University, thought he had found his calling when he attended a campus meeting of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. But when he tried to sign up, he was told that he would have to shave his beard, cut his hair and remove his turban. When he asked for a religious accommodation as a Sikh, the Army refused, saying that these articles of faith would undermine unit cohesion and morale, readiness, health and safety, and discipline. ..................................................... Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to...
  • SCOTUS to churches: Hey, no worries, you can still “advocate” for traditional marriage

    06/26/2015 9:42:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On this slender thread does the promise of religious liberty hang. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion in Obergefell that declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, barely mentions the means by which most Americans conduct their weddings — houses of worship. Only on page 27 does Kennedy get around to addressing the connection between church and state, and the assurances in this paragraph are less than compelling, to say the least:
  • Democracy Is Dying; Persecution Is Coming

    06/26/2015 9:41:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    American Conservative ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    The Supreme Court’s opinions in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case — the majority opinion constitutionalizing same-sex marriage and the dissents — can be read here. You will not be surprised that the majority opinion in Obergefell, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is full of gaseous eructations from the judicial pyloric, e.g., “the right to marry is fundamental because it supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals.” And who says a two-person union is unlike any other in its importance? This is groundless assertion. You really must read the four dissenting opinions in the...
  • Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 12:21:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 28, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • Hillary On Abortion: ‘Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs And Structural Biases Have To

    04/24/2015 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.” “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.
  • Poll: Israel is one of the world's least religious countries

    04/22/2015 7:07:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 74 replies
    Algenheimer ^ | 4/21/2015 | None given
    Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries.
  • How Many Highly Religious Conservative Republicans Are There?

    04/10/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | April 10, 2015 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chose a conservative, evangelical Christian university as the setting for his announcement that he was running for president. This underscored his apparent strategic decision to focus relentlessly on the conservative, highly religious segment of his party, both in terms of attempting to become their candidate of preference, and also in terms of maximizing their turnout in the 2016 primary elections. The Republican Party in general has a disproportionate percentage of conservative and highly religious Americans in its ranks, so Cruz's strategy would appear to make numerical sense -- as it would for other conservative politicians, like...
  • JENKINS: What do religious freedom and Obamacare have in common?

    04/05/2015 2:26:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Rob Jenkins
    One aspect of the religious freedom controversy that’s not getting much attention is its similarity to the debate over Obamacare. The same issue lies at the heart of both — namely, whether the government can force people to enter into contracts against their will. In the case of Obamacare, the Supreme Court basically rejected the administration’s constitutional arguments, then bizarrely decided the law was OK because the penalty for not complying was a tax, not a fine. In other words, the government can’t make you buy health insurance, but it CAN “tax” you if you don’t. Now several states have...
  • Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana (LGBT Totalitarianism)

    04/04/2015 11:13:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called religious freedom laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision. They’re not — at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God’s will. And homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

    04/03/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 3, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent a long time on the phone last night with a law professor at one of the country’s elite law schools. This professor is a practicing Christian, deeply closeted in the workplace; he is convinced that if his colleagues in academia knew of his faith, they would make it very hard for him. We made contact initially by e-mail — he is a reader of this blog — and last night, by phone. He agreed to speak with me about the Indiana situation on condition that I not identify him by name or by institution. I do know his...
  • Schwarzenegger: Indiana’s religious freedom law is bad for Republicans

    04/03/2015 7:13:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Arnold Schwarzenegger
    I became a proud Republican before I even understood English. I immigrated to the United States in the heat of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the choice — as I heard it through a friend’s translation — was simple. Hubert Humphrey, with his talk of government programs, sounded too much like an Austrian politician. Richard Nixon talked about freedom, getting the government off our backs and giving the people room to grow. I was hooked.
  • The Eclipse of Religious Liberty

    04/02/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 2, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    A week ago today, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a minor-league religious liberty law, one very close to the federal RFRA model, offering what, should it ever be appealed to in gay rights cases, would offer a small modicum of protection (the right to a hearing) to religious conservatives. And then the world came crashing down, with much of the American Establishment — business, entertainment, news media, Democratic politicians — coming down hysterically hard on the state. Then it happened in Arkansas, whose governor quickly backed away from a bill he had previously supported after Wal-mart cleared its corporate throat...
  • Indiana lawmakers strike deal to fix religious freedom law

    04/02/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Republican Indiana legislators have reportedly struck a deal to fix the state's controversial religious freedom law in order to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. "We feel there is a strong consensus," Senate Pro Tempore David Long (R) told The Indianapolis Star Wednesday night.
  • Final Four coaches release joint statement on controversial Indiana law

    04/01/2015 6:06:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jeff Eisenberg
    In an effort to get in front of the issue before media availability begins in Indianapolis on Thursday, the four Final Four coaches released a joint statement supporting the NCAA in its stance on Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The statement released through the National Association of Basketball Coaches emphasizes condemns every form of discrimination.
  • (Sen Mark) Kirk Statement on Indiana's Discrimination Law

    04/01/2015 5:44:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Mark Kirk ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana: “I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”
  • The Rout of Conservative Christians

    04/01/2015 12:18:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 1, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    To no one’s surprise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Walmart) caved on the state’s RFRA. Excerpt: Facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights advocates, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to either recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure so that it mirrored a federal law approved in 1993.
  • Tip for the GOP: Show restraint in the culture wars (NeoCon Rubin strikes again)

    04/01/2015 11:14:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports: Commenting on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, GOP pollster Whit Ayres said, “We are headed to the point where a political candidate who is perceived as anti-gay at the presidential level will never connect with people under 30 years old. … More than anything else, it’s a tone and an attitude of inclusion and acceptance that Ronald Reagan articulated beautifully and that too few Republicans have articulated effectively of late.”
  • Arkansas governor: Bill needs changes before I sign it

    04/01/2015 8:55:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2015 | Eric Bander
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he does not plan to sign the version of the religious freedom bill that currently sits on his desk and called on the state legislature to make changes before sending it back to him. Hutchinson, who called the issue "divisive" and cited his own son as an example of someone urging him to veto the bill, made the announcement during a Little Rock press conference Wednesday morning. The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage...
  • Fox’s Perino, Gutfeld Pan ‘Unnecessary Culture War’ over Indiana: ‘Hurts the Right’

    04/01/2015 7:21:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 31, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    On Fox’s The Five today, both Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld panned what Perino deemed an “unnecessary culture war” over Indiana’s religious freedom law. Perino argued that the tide is turning on gay marriage not just across the country, but within the GOP, and this fight only helps to “nullify” the progress that’s being made in the party to get Republicans to be more open and accepting of gay rights.
  • Mid-American Conference boycotts Indiana in wake of RFRA

    04/01/2015 7:14:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI Wire ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The Mid-American Conference announced it won't hold championships or meetings in Indiana in response to the state's recent signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ESPN reported Tuesday. Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league would continue to avoid conducting business in the Hoosier state until, "the current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion."
  • The Week Mike Pence’s 2016 Dreams Crumbled

    04/01/2015 6:30:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | April 1, 2015 | Adam Wren
    With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted a laundry list of accomplishments achieved in the first half of his first term: Two balanced budgets. A falling unemployment rate. More than 100,00 new jobs created. It seemed the predicate for a potential 2016 run. Basking in the glow of the moment, Pence dropped his customary aw-shucks Hoosier persona and let himself boast: “Tonight, there are 49 other governors across this country who wish they could be me!” Maybe then. Not anymore.
  • Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill

    03/31/2015 5:00:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure, saying the bill approved by lawmakers earlier in the day undermines "the spirit of inclusion" in the state.
  • Indiana Democrats call for repeal of religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 4:08:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    FOX 59 ^ | March 31, 2015 | Matt Adams
    Indiana Democratic leaders—and the White House—responded Tuesday to the ongoing controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pence’s call for legislation to “clarify” the law. Speaking at the Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) called for a repeal of the law.
  • (Pat) Haden (USC-AD) skips Indiana meeting because of religious-freedom law [ed]

    03/31/2015 3:45:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHadenUSC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."
  • NY bans state-funded travel to Indiana

    03/31/2015 1:35:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2015 | Keith Laing
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Tuesday that he is banning all non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a state law that critics say would allow businesses to deny service to gay people. "Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety,” Cuomo said in a statement.
  • Connecticut governor: Mike Pence is a ‘bigot’

    03/31/2015 10:27:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Mike Pence is a bigot, according to one of his fellow governors. “When you see a bigot you have to call him on it,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Story Continued Below Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, on Monday signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a "religious freedom" law signed last week by Pence. Critics say the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians; Pence insists it’s meant only to protect religious communities from government encroachment...