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  • Trump administration rolls back ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

    10/06/2017 4:24:33 PM PDT · by topher · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | By Brooke Singman, Fox News
    The Trump administration on Friday announced a major rollback of the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate, granting what officials called “full protection” to a wide range of companies and organizations that claim a “religious or moral objection” to providing the coverage. The decision swiftly ignited a new battle over the Affordable Care Act. Republican lawmakers and faith-based groups hailed the decision as a win for religious liberty, while Democratic officials and groups like Planned Parenthood accused the administration of attacking women’s rights. By early afternoon, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it was filing a lawsuit challenging the change.
  • Trump is more religious than people realize -- and better for religious people, too

    06/07/2017 7:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 7, 2017 | Frank Pavone
    It is with optimism and hopeful anticipation that I head out to a meeting President Trump is hosting Thursday for religious leaders. There is a reason for my optimism. Although he doesn't get credit for it, Trump is far more religious than many people realize. In my conversations with pastors who have personally ministered to him, I have been made aware that he's extraordinarily open to the word of God, to the power of prayer, and to growing in the life of the spirit. In other words, he is tuned into the Lord's movement in his life. This is great...
  • Documentary Follows Beauty Queen Who Fought Censorship

    04/03/2017 12:22:34 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 3, 2017 | Catherine Yang
    When documentary filmmaker Kacey Cox heard that Anastasia Lin, an actress he’d previously worked with, had won Miss World Canada based on a platform for human rights—and would have to enter China to compete in the finals—he knew he had to film her journey. “You couldn’t have written a better story,” Cox said. Miss World is a U.K.-based pageant with the motto “beauty with a purpose,” and Lin brought a message of religious freedom to the stage. She was outspoken about human rights atrocities in China, like the persecution of practitioners of various faiths, and the Chinese regime’s harvesting of...
  • Is Christmas still a religious holiday?

    12/22/2016 5:32:03 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 42 replies
    WRAL TV ^ | Dec 22, 2016 | Herb Scribner - Deseret News
    As the Pew Research Center found in 2013, about 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the United States. That includes people without religion, Buddhists, Hindus and American Jews. In fact, close to one-third of Jewish people (32 percent) have a Christmas tree in their homes during the December months, according to Pew. More so, almost 1 in 3 Americans sees Christmas as a cultural holiday, not just a religious one, according to Pew. The data show that 92 percent of Americans celebrate the holiday, with 51 percent believing it’s a religious holiday and 9 percent feeling it is both...
  • Army Band Not Allowed To Play Holiday Music At Christmas Show By Fox News Because Event Is Religious

    11/19/2016 11:13:53 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/16 | KALHAN ROSENBLATT
    Todd Starnes penned an article for Fox News saying he asked an Army band to play as a part of his annual Fox Radio Christmas showStarnes said he asked U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers to perform at eventThe band turned him down because the show is a 'religious event' Starnes said the Army should be able to play his show regardless of religious affiliation and blamed the Obama administration Others said they believe a Trump presidency will be less politically correct  A Fox News Corner of the World host has expressed outrage after an Army band said it would be unable to play at his Fox Radio...
  • EWTN: Donald Trump In His Most Revealing Interview Yet! Tonight 8:00 pm ET

    10/27/2016 7:17:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    EconoTimes Business ^ | Oct 25, 2016
    EWTN: Donald Trump In His Most Revealing Interview Yet! Irondale, AL, Oct. 25, 2016 -- At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. “He reveals the reason he switched his position on the life issue, talks about religious liberty, and speaks to women’s concerns about his candidacy. We also spoke about his prayer life, whether he has a favorite saint, and a lot more.” Said Arroyo: “Honestly, this is the most...
  • Why Traditional Christians and Especially Catholics Should Not Vote For Hillary Clinton

    10/22/2016 12:32:41 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    Many of you know that for more than 4 years, I have been one of the leaders of the team representing religious organizations, mostly Catholic (including Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Diocese) in his case which was consolidated in the U.S. Supreme Court with the case brought by The Little Sisters of the Poor and cases brought by others, against the government over Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” A great number of religious groups of all denominations filed “friend of the Court” briefs supporting our position that while contraception is and could be available to all who choose to use...
  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with France’s BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the country’s presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • Why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren't fighting the culture wars

    09/28/2016 7:31:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | September 28, 2016 | Damon Linker
    The most momentous thing about Monday night's presidential debate wasn't anything Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton said. It's what they didn't say. Not a word was spoken about abortion, same-sex marriage, religious freedom, "family values," or any other issue championed by the religious right over the past few decades. True, those issues didn't fit naturally with the economic, race, and national security topics on the agenda Monday night. But in previous presidential contests, that wouldn't have stopped the Republican nominee from inserting a comment somewhere about protecting unborn life or the importance of traditional families. On Monday night, we heard...
  • 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.”