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  • U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated

    12/15/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · by O. White · 15 replies
    December 15, 2014 | Timothy W. Linzey
    U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated By Timothy W. Linzey Contact: lavonjusa@aol.com FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014 -- In the United States Armed Forces, there are three types of special staff officers: 1) the Judge Advocate (JAG), 2) the medical doctor, and 3) the chaplain. These three officers enter the military with advanced degrees, and so come in at a higher rank than all other officers. No commander would dare tell a JAG how to do his job. No commander would dare tell a medical doctor how to do his job. Likewise, no commander has the authority to tell...
  • Religious Liberty Under Assault in Our Nation’s Capital

    12/11/2014 9:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    When it comes to abortion leave your faith at the door. At least that seems to be the likely message to all employers in the District of Columbia if a proposed measure is enacted by the D.C. City Council. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014,” a bill being considered by the Council, would mandate all employers, religious or otherwise, protect the “reproductive health rights” of their employees, even when the employer may have a religious or moral objection to services like abortion. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act” (RHNDA), introduced by Councilmember David Grosso (a former board member...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • Local pro-life organization denied Vacaville lease, files suit

    12/04/2014 7:16:01 PM PST · by Morgana
    The Reporter ^ | 12/03/14 | Melissa Murphy
    In a dispute that could have greater legal implications, a local pro-life organization filed suit Wednesday against a landlord, whose Vacaville office building houses Planned Parenthood, alleging religious discrimination after the owner first agreed to lease space to the group and then reneged, saying only that their pro-life clinic was “not a good fit.” Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal defense organization, filed the complaint on behalf of Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California in Solano County Superior Court, alleging breach of contract and violation of the organization’s civil rights. Alpha, a licensed medical clinic in the state of California,...
  • ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs

    12/01/2014 1:24:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    ADFMEDIA.ORG ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kristen Waggoner
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family-owned businesses and livelihoods. This choice is neither necessary nor constitutional,” said Waggoner, senior vice president of legal services for Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel with Seattle-based Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC. “The...
  • Does the first amendment prohibit government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas?

    11/23/2014 12:31:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    <p>Does the first amendment prohibit city governments or other government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas including, appropriate displays, symbolism, quoted scripture, etc.?</p> <p>"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."</p>
  • Why Religious Freedom Includes the Freedom to Give to the Poor

    11/12/2014 10:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | November 12, 2014 | Eric Metaxas
    In the year 257 AD, the Roman emperor Valerian stepped up the persecution of Christians, especially in the city of Rome itself. The principal targets of his campaign were the clergy and laity who came from the upper classes of Roman society. One of those caught up in Valerian’s persecution was a deacon named Lawrence. Lawrence was in charge of the Church’s property used to support Rome’s poor. Lawrence was offered a deal: in exchange for turning over the property, he would be spared arrest and execution. He agreed, adding that he needed three day to collect the church’s riches....
  • School tells kids: Stop praying to Jesus, singing Amazing Grace (Colorado Springs)

    11/11/2014 6:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective. But all...
  • Catholic priests, religious must leave Crimea by year's end

    11/03/2014 2:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 3, 2014
    All Catholic priests in the Crimea will be forced to leave by the end of 2014 under new rules established by the Russian government, the Forum 18 news service reports. Since Russia assumed control of Crimea, authorities have enforced Russian laws that require religious communities to register for formal approval. To date, Forum 18 has found, no religious communities in the region have been registered. Because only formally registered communities are allowed to have ministers from other countries, Catholic priests and religious from neighboring countries will be required to leave. When questioned by Forum 18 about the difficulties these rules...
  • Princeton Jurisprudence Prof. Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist

    10/26/2014 12:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture. Most of those arguing in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples do not understand, or even know, the arguments of those who oppose the redefinition of marriage, George claimed. They assume there are no reasonable arguments against gay marriage and those who...
  • Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom: All Churches are Public Places, What happens next?

    10/23/2014 7:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2014 | Z.T. Arnold
    All churches are open to the public. Sure, they lock their doors at times; I’ve yet to run into a place that doesn’t do that, but the idea of church of any denomination is that anyone is welcome to come in and pray. That applies to Christian churches, but that also applies to most other houses of worship I can list: Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples, and Muslim mosques. After all, how is a church supposed to gain converts if they don’t allow those not already formally affiliated to enter? All churches, and other houses of worship also allow wedding ceremonies...
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • Do People Think Cake Bakers Should Be Forced to Work Gay Weddings? Maybe, Maybe Not

    10/09/2014 4:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephanie Slade
    According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans think business owners should be required to provide their services for same-sex weddings even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. In a September poll from the group, respondents split down the middle on the following question: If a business provides wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should it be allowed to refuse those services to a same-sex couple for religious reasons, or required to provide those services as it would to all other customers? The number saying businesses should be required to provide such services included a majority of...
  • Have Gay Marriage Attacks on Religious Freedom Backfired?

    09/23/2014 9:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest Pew survey for the first time sees a major reversal of support for gay marriage and an increase in religious politics. A growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). That’s an interesting shift at a time when we’ve been incessantly lectured by libertarians that social conservatism is dead and the Republican Party needs to climb on...
  • Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to...
  • Prayers and Preparation

    09/18/2014 6:46:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the third column in a series. The first two installments, “This is Providence,” and “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. A trial is a thing to be avoided whenever possible. When it becomes impossible to avoid, it consumes you. You lose a measure of control over your life and you just have to trust your attorneys...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • Religious Freedom Under Attack on College Campuses

    09/06/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Kristan Hawkins
    As college students hit their campuses and get back to class, many are facing an unprecedented attack on their First Amendment rights to religious freedom and free speech. Just as sure as atheists will sue to remove Nativity scenes at Christmastime, the new school year will no doubt bring many lawsuits on campuses across the country that seek to suppress viewpoints that the university administration holds to be contrary to their own. Many would say that suing to remove something that represents exactly what Christmas stands for is absurd and it is no less ridiculous what is happening at universities...
  • [Former UK Attorney General] Dominic Grieve: 'British Christians Forced to Hide Belief’

    09/01/2014 5:54:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/23/14 | Steven Swinford
    Interview: the former attorney general says he fears that 'aggressive' secularism is pushing the Christian 'faith out of the public space' Britain is at risk of being “sanitised” of faith because an “aggressive form of secularism” in workplaces and public bodies is forcing Christians to hide their beliefs, a former attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve said he found it “quite extraordinary” that people were being sacked or disciplined for expressing their beliefs at work. He described Christianity as a “powerful force for good” in modern Britain and warned that Christians should not be “intimidated” and “excluded” for their beliefs....
  • Forgetting the Meaning of Freedom

    08/20/2014 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group. The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. The previous sentence may seem out of place if you don't realize that atheism is actually a religion. Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In...
  • A Call for America to Support Freedom in Kurdistan and Biafra

    08/08/2014 11:25:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Part Three: What the People of a Free Biafra Need from AmericaDo the Christian indigenous people of Kurdistan and Biafra deserve our support in their fight against Islamic extremists? While supplying weapons to some insurgents fighting for freedom in Syria, why has the Obama administration not supplied support and weapons to those in Kurdistan or Christian Nigeria fighting for their survival? Why has the administration refused to give support to the independence of these beleaguered peoples? As ISIS expands its grip on lands in Iraq and turns its attention to Kurdistan, Prime Minister Maliki has finally sent in air support...
  • Supporting a "Christian Spring" in Biafa

    08/05/2014 8:09:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Part Two: What a 'Christian Spring' in a Free Biafra Would Bring to the World This week President Obama is hosting an Africa Summit in Washington. Fifty heads of state are coming together to focus on security and development. But the president's dreams of leaving a legacy of democracy building and economic development have been consistently frustrated. It's becoming painfully evident that not every country has the values and culture supportive of democratic principles. Contrary to the early hopes expressed in Washington and in the media, the "Arab Spring" has brought more chaos and upheaval than freedom and opportunity to...
  • Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors

    07/21/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 35 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Mark Pattison
    President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress. The U.S. bishops have opposed the bill, known as ENDA, which was passed by the Senate last November but was never scheduled for a vote in the House. The bill has been introduced in almost every Congress since 1994. "Today's executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of...
  • Left Moves to Outlaw Christianity

    07/14/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Barber
    The mask is off. All pretense has been dropped, and the anti-Christian left’s boundless depth of hatred for individual liberty, our First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is now on full display. I wrote last week about the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby opinion, a rather tepid acknowledgement of every American’s non-negotiable right to religious free exercise (yes, that includes Christian business owners). I observed, among other things, that “the secularist left’s utter meltdown over having but a small measure of control over others wrested away is highly instructive.” The meltdown continues. This week brings two new...
  • Dirty Harry--One ANGRY White Dude

    07/14/2014 12:47:39 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    I'm not sure that anyone can reason with Harry Reid right now. He is one angry white dude. Before we get started here, do me a favor. Go to the Internet and search "supreme court justice Clarence Thomas" and click on "images." And leave it up while you read. Harry Reid is railing against "white men" on the U.S. Supreme Court. Harry, Senate majority leader and one grumpy old man, is angry that the Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby recently in a major case involving religious freedom. In case you don't know what the Hobby Lobby decision...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Blessed John Paul II: Champion of Religious Freedom

    07/10/2014 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Knights of Columbus ^ | April 27, 2011 | Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D.
    Blessed John Paul II: Champion of Religious Freedom Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D. Address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Washington, D.C. April 27, 2011Introduction“Ladies and gentlemen: On the threshold of a new millennium, we are witnessing an extraordinary global acceleration of that quest for freedom which is one of the great dynamics of human history. This phenomenon is not limited to any one part of the world; nor is it the expression of any single culture. Men and women throughout the world, even when threatened by violence, have taken the risk of freedom, asking to be given a...
  • The Triumph of Law Over Ideology

    07/09/2014 3:25:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Ken Connor
    It's been almost a week since the Supreme Court issued their ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, and there appears to be no end in sight to the Left's outrage over the outcome. As expected, given the controversial nature of the issue at hand, most of the ire is reflexive and purely visceral. It's unlikely that many are taking the time to actually educate themselves on the Court's reasoning behind the decision. In their eyes, misogyny and religious fanaticism won out over women's rights, period. On the Right, there is a temptation to fall into essentially the same error: ascribing...
  • After Hobby Lobby, Democrats Seek To Alter Bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    07/06/2014 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    After the Supreme Court handed down a defeat for supporters of the contraceptive mandate, which gave religious exemptions to for-profit, “closely-held corporations;” Democrats are moving to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). When it was passed in 1993, the bill almost had unanimous support; three votes were against it in the Senate. It seems that our more left-leaning members on the Hill seem to think that RFRA is being used haphazardly to benefit conservatives. As Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View wrote yesterday, RFRA isn’t a “blank check:”
  • Are Christians in the Midst of a ‘Social Secession?’

    07/04/2014 6:17:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-3-14 | David French
    As a Christian lawyer — even when I was engaged in the “commercial” practice of law rather than the nonprofit, constitutional work I do now — I always drew moral lines around my representations decisions. I was not going to use whatever meager talents God gave me to advance or celebrate causes or principles I knew to be wrong. In other words, I discriminated. But not on the basis of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, but rather on the basis of the action or legal principle the case would advance. I’d happily represent anyone, gay or straight, in a...
  • United Kingdom: Disciplinary Board Finds Christian Guilty of "Bullying" for Praying with Muslim

    07/03/2014 10:27:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Sunday, June 29, 2014
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 United Kingdom: Disciplinary Board Finds Christian Guilty of "Bullying" for Praying with Muslim Can anything be weaker than Islam? It brags about being the true religion, but recoils from the slightest challenge. Under Sharia, Christians are not allowed to share the Gospel with Muslims. In the United Kingdom, Sharia is already being enforced. Christians who so much as pray with a Muslim are accused of bullying and are punished accordingly. Victoria Wasteney The Telegraph—A Christian health worker has begun a legal challenge after being disciplined by the NHS for praying with a Muslim colleague. Victoria Wasteney,...
  • Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

    07/04/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/2/14 | Adelaide Mena
    In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances. Several new injunctions issued since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby’s case “show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending many of those challenging the controversial mandate. “The sad part is that it has taken almost three years of litigation to get to a result the Administration should have supported...
  • A God-Given Right To Break the Law

    07/02/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    In 1878, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a Mormon's First Amendment challenge to the federal ban on bigamy. Because marrying more than one person is a crime, the court reasoned, allowing it for religious reasons would be akin to allowing human sacrifice by someone who sincerely believes his deity demands it. The court had a point, but only if you accept the analogy between polygamy and murder. Likewise, critics of this week's Supreme Court decision concerning religious objections to Obamacare's birth-control mandate have a point, but only if you accept their argument that declining to pay for something is the...
  • The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/02/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Looked at from a distance, it may seem as if the Supreme Court struck a mighty blow in defense of religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which it decided this week. Yes, the court ruled that a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could apply to "closely held" corporations, and under its terms the federal government could not force the Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that violate the family's religious beliefs. But looked at more closely, the case shows how profoundly the Supreme Court has...
  • The High Court's Good Lick for Religious Liberty

    07/01/2014 3:19:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    The U.S. Supreme Court had a banner day, a crackerjack day, with horns and ice cream, as it trumped the federal government's brazen claim of power and authority to define which religious convictions, if any, have a proper place in the health care arena. Hooray for the Hahn and Green families for carrying to the high court their plea to be released from the duty of providing employees with contraceptive coverage under Obamacare. Never mind (as the government saw it before the court's 5-4 ruling) the two families' religiously grounded conviction that the mandate violated their religious beliefs and moral...
  • Law 2, President 0

    07/01/2014 3:05:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It was a good week for the rule of law in the never-ending case, challenge and general struggle of U.S. v. Obama, which is sure to be continued. Thursday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled -- unanimously -- that a president of the United States can't make recess appointments while, as it happens, Congress is not in recess. How about that? The justices must have read the Constitution of the United States at some point during their distinguished legal careers and, even more impressive, decided to heed it. Which is more than one can reliably say about Current...
  • Prof. Mark Rienzi: A good day for Hobby Lobby

    07/01/2014 7:46:54 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | June 30, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Prof. Mark Rienzi, who won last week’s McCullen v. Coakley, and who litigates together with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, has these thoughts on Hobby Lobby; I thought our readers would be interested in them, so I’m passing them along. (Please note that these are Prof. Rienzi’s thoughts, on behalf of the Becket Fund, not my own.) * * * Here are a few initial thoughts on today’s decision in Hobby Lobby from the perspective of a law firm — The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — that has been litigating these cases against the Department of Justice across...
  • Hobby Lobby Scores Religious Liberty Win Over ObamaCare

    06/30/2014 5:10:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business daily ^ | June 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    First Amendment: The pen may be mightier than the sword, but President Obama's pen is not mightier than the Constitution or Americans' right to run businesses without sacrificing their religious beliefs and consciences. While the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and a furniture maker in Pennsylvania was limited to "closely held" for-profit businesses, and is limited to the contraception mandate, its effect could be one more Obama-Care thread unraveling under the weight of its own injustice and inefficiencies. The court has rightly decided that businesses such as Hobby Lobby, which is solely owned by founder David...
  • What Is (and Isn't) at Stake for Obamacare in the Hobby Lobby Case

    06/29/2014 9:24:05 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 24, 2014 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court won't strike down Obamacare's contraception mandate, but a ruling for the law's challengers could still render the policy toothless for millions of women. The justices are set to rule any day now in a challenge to the birth-control mandate, and any decision against the policy would have ripple effects far beyond the two companies that filed this lawsuit. Just how far, however, depends on how broadly the Court rules—and it has plenty of options. No matter what happens, the Court won't strike down the entire mandate. The two companies that brought their challenge to the Supreme Court—Hobby...
  • Hobby Lobby opinion may come down tomorrow

    06/29/2014 3:33:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-29-14 | Rick Moran
    One of the most important religious freedom cases heard before the Supreme Court in a generation may see an opinion handed down tomorrow. Hobby Lobby, a Michigan based company, is challenging the Obamacare contraception mandate on the grounds that paying for coverage would violate their religious beliefs. Cleveland Plain Dealer: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is likely to release its decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, a widely anticipated ruling expected to have far-reaching implications for businesses.
  • EWTN files for emergency mandate relief with Supreme Court

    06/27/2014 5:01:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    The EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a motion for emergency relief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for an injunction to bar enforcement of the federal contraception mandate. Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, explained that the network has already requested this protection with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, “but that court has yet to respond to our petition.” Without an injunction offering protection from the mandate, EWTN would be forced to comply with its demands starting July 1. As a result, the network filed its motion for emergency relief with the high court June 27. “We...
  • Are We Still One Nation Under God?

    06/24/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 18 replies
    Eagle Forum Blog ^ | 6/18/14 | Phyllis Schlafly
    It certainly was a shock when the president of Russia lectured Americans that we are “becoming godless.” In his last “state of the nation” speech, Vladimir Putin told Russia that the United States was moving away from Christian values. Back in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan was making similar comments about Russia! So is the United States still one nation under God? In a recent article, Dr. Ben Carson says yes. Americans still live in a culture that operates under many of Christianity’s basic assumptions about life. But with increasing numbers of Americans becoming reluctant to mention God in public, we...
  • Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

    06/23/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Eucharist conforms Catholics to “the pattern of Christ’s self-giving love” and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. “By entering the dynamic of Christ’s self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between,” he said in his homily. More than...
  • Judge rules against EWTN in HHS mandate case [Idiot Federal Judge]

    06/20/2014 6:57:41 AM PDT · by topher · 29 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    IRONDALE, AL – A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the network founded by Mother Angelica must comply with the HHS mandate, despite its deep-seated religious objections, because the ObamaCare provision does not violate the First Amendment. "EWTN doesn't have to comply with the mandate. All it has to do is sign a form certifying its opposition to the use of contraceptives and then deliver that form to its third-party administrator." U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled in Mobile that the Obama administration may compel the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) to comply with a provision furnishing female employees with...
  • Scalia, Shockingly, Hates Hearing Rock Music in Public

    06/16/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Joe Coscarelli
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia takes part in an interview with Chris Wallace on "FOX News Sunday" at the FOX News D.C. Bureau on July 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Although the Supreme Court declined today to hear a case about religious freedom, it reminded Justice Antonin Scalia, who dissented, about his feelings regarding music and joy and community. Religion, some people believe, "is a personal matter," he wrote. "[I]f it must be given external manifestation, that should not occur in public places where others may be offended." Just like that dreadful rock and roll: I can understand that...
  • [June 7, 2012] Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church

    06/10/2014 3:40:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk on marymagdalen.blogspot.com ^ | 7 June 2012 | By Richard Orange in Denmark 5:06PM BST 07 Jun 2012
    Frightening article in the Telegraph: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church. The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages. .... Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church. I am sure at first most Catholic clergy will refuse and bishops will not comply but down the line, in two or three years, what will happen, and if this law were introduced into England, or the...
  • Armed & Dangerous: The Terrorism of the LGBT Radicals

    06/08/2014 2:56:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    When the word ‘terrorism’ is used today, most people equate it with Muslim extremists, radical bombings and hijacked aircraft. But there’s another form of terrorism happening right here in America, and the perpetrators are out to destroy the very fiber of our Judeo-Christian heritage and U.S. Constitution. Welcome to the bloody LGBT battlefield where everyone is fair game in a relentless, multifaceted assault on our humanity. Make no mistake about the LGBT intentions. No longer content to ‘fit in’ or simply be ‘accepted’ by others for living an odd lifestyle, today they are out to castrate the minds and hearts...
  • Franklin Graham Stands tall and says: Take your Sharia Law and go back where you came from

    05/29/2014 9:01:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/29/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Rev. Franklin Graham does not mince words when he speaks about the threat Sharia Law presents to America. He is not concerned with the attacks he has gotten from Sharia apologists over what he sees as his duty to warn America that Sharia is antithetical to Christianity and everything for which America stands. In a recent interview Rev. Graham advises those who would try to force Sharia on America to “Go back where you came from.” Expanding on his message Rev. Graham said, “We should be afraid of Sharia Law in America, and Muslims here who want to practice Sharia...
  • Supreme Court tracker: Major cases expected in June [Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores]

    05/29/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/28/2014 | NCC Staff
    The Supreme Court faces another historic June, with at least 10 major case decisions to be announced. Here is your brief guide to these cases, some major decisions already announced, and resources about the decisions.So far this term, the nine Justices have handed down rulings on affirmative action, campaign finance, public prayer, and pollution regulations. Among the other decisions expected from the Court is the first big ruling on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, since June 2012