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  • Is Administration Reneging on Trump's Religious Freedom Promise?

    09/12/2017 6:24:56 PM PDT · by Uncle Sam 911 · 9 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | 9/6/17 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The political optics were some of President Trump's best — as he prepared on May 4 to sign an executive order defending freedom of conscience. "With this executive order," Trump told the crowd in the Rose Garden, "we also make clear that the federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs." He did not say most of the time or almost always. He said "never, ever." Nor did he say any group or religious order. He said "any person." This was a categorical promise.
  • Senate Democrats Attack Judicial Nominee's Catholic Faith

    09/07/2017 6:40:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Senate Democrats came dangerously close to crossing a constitutional line regarding religious faith during an inquisition of one of President Trump's nominees for the federal court. Senators grilled federal judicial nominee Amy Barrett -- demanding to know how her faith would influence her decisions from the bench. Barrett is a professor at Notre Dame Law School and a devout Catholic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), expressed grave concerns that Barrett is a Catholic in good standing. "When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to...
  • The Left's Values Are Our State Church

    08/30/2017 9:55:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 8-28-17 | Daniel Greenfield
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." The First Amendment assumes that the proper sphere of government is policies, not values. And so it protects the right of political participation and prohibits a state church that would define values. The government had the right to decide to go to war with France. It did not have a right to decide what you should believe. Politics extended into the realm of policies, not beliefs. But as religious belief declined, politics replaced it as the repository of moral and ethical values. This transformation began on the left. The left...
  • Franklin Graham: 'We Have Judges Out There Who Hate God'

    08/25/2017 5:16:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    One of the nation’s most-respected evangelical Christian leaders denounced a federal court ruling regarding a Washington state coach who was punished for praying after a football game. On Wednesday the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after a football game. “When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected,” the...
  • Anti-conversion laws will not help India

    08/16/2017 8:47:02 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Joseph D'Souza
    Early this month, the state government in Jharkhand, northern India, introduced a new Freedom of Religion Bill. At first glance, the name of this bill suggests an important step forward in human rights for India, but it’s actually the opposite. The bill is a cleverly disguised anti-conversion law, and it’s not the first to be introduced in the country. Despite the fact that the Indian constitution clearly defines and protects the freedom to practice and propagate religion, radical members of both national parties — Congress and the BJP — have already managed to pass anti-conversion laws in the states of...
  • Hamas admits Israel gives full religious freedom to Muslims

    07/19/2017 7:25:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 07/19/17 11:50 | Mordechai Sones
    The Hamas Islamic Resistance movement issued a press release by Ismail Haniyeh regarding developments in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which they inadvertently admit that until this week’s Temple Mount closure, Israel has allowed practice of their faith “in complete freedom … for half a century”, reported The Tower. […] The claim that Israel plans to seize control of the mosque that sits on the Temple Mount has been at the heart of Muslim incitement against Jews for at least a century, and continues to be invoked across the Arab and Muslim world by leaders looking to deflect attention from themselves and...
  • Latest Supreme Court’s Religious-Freedom Message: There Are No Second-Class Citizens

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

    05/26/2002 10:05:56 PM PDT · by galethus · 80 replies · 2,044+ views
    UPI ^ | May 25, 2002 | National Desk
    SAN DIEGO, May 25 (UPI) -- An Internet investment adviser charged with insider trading was being held without bail on a parole violation Saturday after federal prosecutors in San Diego raised questions about a stock-sales order he placed the day before the September terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Amir "Anthony" Elgindy, 34, of Encinitas, faces charges in New York of allegedly taking part in a stock manipulation and extortion scheme with four other people, including two current and former FBI agents. Prosecutors, however, raised questions during a detention hearing Friday about what he might have known...
  • Shameful! Trump Nominee Attacked for Following Teachings of Christ

    06/10/2017 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants.On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith.Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is...
  • Court rules against gay man who sued Catholic church for firing him

    06/07/2017 7:36:50 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/7/17 | Duaa Eldeib
    Weeks after a federal judge ruled against a gay man who'd sued over his firing from a suburban Catholic parish, Colin Collette said he still struggles with a "sense of abandonment by the church." Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. He filed a lawsuit against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago last year, alleging discrimination and seeking reinstatement of his job, lost wages and damages. Collette said Wednesday that the decision...
  • North Korean Defector: Despite Horrific Persecution, Christianity Is Growing

    05/28/2017 7:18:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/17 | Matt Hadro
    Kim Chung-seong, a Christian missionary, spoke at the first annual World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON — Although the North Korean government is doing everything it can to suppress Christianity, the faith continues to spread, said a defector and missionary who called for prayers and action to increase religious freedom in the country. “It is my prayer that all the international Christian communities will pray for those North Korean Christians to really help and engage them to spread the Gospel, not only through the works of the underground Church network, but also through the government and...
  • Genital Mutilation Religious Freedom - Sub- Set of a Greater Issue

    05/25/2017 7:15:33 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Conmonsense | Anonymoys
    So, you're the palace steward of the Caliph of the Ottoman Empire. You have to manage a big haram. You need big strong men with no gonads and no sexual organs to manage your human zoo of sexual chattels.This is a matter of your religious freedom. It is your tradition that some people are masters -- the Caliph -- and some are slaves. It is based upon the freedom of your religious tradition that Allah is a slavemaster, and all humans, even the Caliph, are slaves.The inability to perform the orchiectomy surgery upon some non-voluntary male subjects is central to...
  • School to Teacher: Don't Pray for your Colleagues

    05/19/2017 6:11:55 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 17 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | May 19, 2017 | FRC Senior Writers
    For those questioning the claim that the public expression of faith is under attack, actions by public school administrators in Augusta, Maine should school them well on the issue. School officials have assumed the authority to decide that teachers are not allowed to let their colleagues know they are praying for them -- even in private conversations. It makes you wonder if they are still allowed to pray for them at all. Perhaps the school's next steps will be to investigate their thoughts! Teacher Tony Richardson informed a colleague who was facing some difficulty (and who also attended the same...
  • Christian printer doesn’t have to make pro-gay shirts, appeals court rules (KY)

    05/12/2017 3:21:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Video at link. A Kentucky appeals court has upheld the conscience rights of a Christian printer who refused to make shirts promoting a gay-pride festival. In the 2-1 decision handed down Friday, Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer said she found no evidence that the store owner “refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question had a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.” Blaine Adamson is the owner of Hands On Originals, a Christian company that prints messages on T-shirts, pens, mugs and...
  • Trump’s executive order on religious freedom under attack

    05/09/2017 10:16:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | Fred Lucas
    Most progressive groups oppose any expression of religion in the public square, and will likely oppose whatever this president does After President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom last week, the Left used its pre-written script to attack it even though it was dramatically scaled back from the draft that was leaked to left-wing media outlets in February. As if on cue, the Rev. Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, pounced, claiming the executive order “tramples” and “guts” the entire notion of religious freedom.
  • At Pence's urging, Trump to sign executive order restoring religious freedom

    05/03/2017 9:20:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/03/17 | Dan Calabrese
    This guy's idea And a good idea it is, as far as it goes. With religious liberty under assault both legally and culturally, an executive order designed to protect it is surely welcome for the Christian bakers, florists and photographers who don’t want to be forced to take part in a gay “wedding.” But it remains to be seen whether the order that’s coming Thursday will hold up any better than the one Pence signed into law in Indiana. It also remains to be seen what force of law a president’s executive order will have, but we’re going to find...
  • Trump to sign order protecting opponents of gay ‘marriage,’ abortion on National Day of Prayer

    05/03/2017 8:46:43 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 2, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C, May 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday protecting the religious liberty of the Little Sisters of the Poor and ordinary Americans who don't subscribe to gender ideology or believe in same-sex "marriage," two "senior administration officials" have confirmed to Politico. The Nation released a leaked copy of an executive order in February that prompted outrage from the left over its protections for Christians who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and who don't want to be forced to fund contraception. Politico says an "influential conservative who...
  • Religious Freedom, Infrastructure Among Trump’s Plans for Next 100 Days

    05/01/2017 12:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 28, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    After wrapping up his first 100 days in the White House on Saturday, President Donald Trump plans to hit a new set of issues, including religious liberty, tax reform, and school choice, a White House official told The Daily Signal.“We want to have legislation that has a profound impact on religious liberty, one that has profound impact on education, that has profound impact on health care,” Helen Aguirre Ferré, White House media affairs director, said in an interview Friday.Ferré added: These are just some of the issues we are working on that’s going to be absolutely critical going forward, not...
  • President Ronald Reagan Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer in Schools

    03/28/2017 11:22:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=39565 ^ | February 25, 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    My fellow Americans: From the early days of the colonies, prayer in school was practiced and revered as an important tradition. Indeed, for nearly 200 years of our nation's history, it was considered a natural expression of our religious freedom. But in 1962 the Supreme Court handed down a controversial decision prohibiting prayer in public schools. Sometimes I can't help but feel the first amendment is being turned on its head. Because ask yourselves: Can it really be true that the first amendment can permit Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen to march on public property, advocate the extermination of people...
  • It Is Absolutely Outrageous for the Government to Force Christians to Violate Their Faith

    02/19/2017 8:42:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2017 | Michael Brown
    The more you see something shocking, the less shocking it appears, and the more something outrageous happens, the less outrageous it seems to be. That is how a culture becomes desensitized, and that is how the abnormal becomes normalized. But when it comes to the governmentÂ’s attack on our religious freedoms, it is our sacred duty to remain shocked and outraged. Such things cannot continue to happen in America if we are to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. According to the Washington Supreme Court, when Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman declined to do the...