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  • Another Week In Which The War on Christians Intensifies

    10/03/2015 1:06:16 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 9 replies
    American Faith Today ^ | October 3, 2015 | American Faith Today
    Another Week In Which The War On Christians Intensifies Broadcast in Politics Conservative 22 minutes 4 seconds until Show American Faith Today American Faith Today unfollow Call in to speak with the host (347) 989-8387 h:428673 s:7972989 upcoming Play Host Christian persecution Oregon shooting Christians in other countries Academic elites gay agenda Shots fired. That's a common refrain to alert law enforcement and it's a common refrain to alert Christians of the actions of our enemies against us. We saw another shooting taking place in Oregon and it would seem that this individual did not have much love for those...
  • Amish finally win the right to follow their beliefs in Eau Claire County

    10/01/2015 7:05:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 10-1-15 | Paul Brennan
    The Amish may have a reputation for raising barns lightning-fast, but this project has taken 10 years. It has taken that long for members of the Old Order Amish who want to build homes in Eau Claire County to complete the permitting process. The county refused to accommodate to their religious beliefs. Members of the Old Order strictly adhere to Amish religious and cultural traditions, and they reject electric appliances, modern plumbing and other innovations. The county welcomed the Amish when they first began settling in Eau Claire in the 1970s. “Bridge Creek officials say that if the Amish hadn’t...
  • Australian State Anti-Discrimination Minister Denounces Catholic Publication Affirming Marriage

    09/29/2015 10:16:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A prominent politician in the Australian state of Tasmania has lodged a formal complaint against a pamphlet on marriage produced by the Catholic Church, saying that it causes “immeasurable harm” by arguing against acceptance of same-sex unions. Martine Delaney, the anti-discrimination commissioner of Tasmania’s state government, called for an investigation of the Australian bishops’ conference which issued Don’t Mess with Marriage. The pamphlet was distributed to 12,000 families with children in the state’s Catholic schools. Delaney charged that the publication denigrated the rights of homosexuals.
  • The Pope, the Little Sisters, and ObamaCare

    09/28/2015 10:08:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Pope Francis’ unexpected and unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a convent of elderly nuns fighting ObamaCare’s contraception mandate in the courts, is a clear message shot across the Obama administration’s bow that such religious persecution is not acceptable, backing up the American Catholic Church’s mantra: we will not comply While the lamestream media focuses on the Pope’s seeming alignment on issues such as climate change and immigration reform, the chattering class ignores this ongoing battle over religious liberty.
  • Pope Francis Has Put Himself Into America’s Hot-Button Religious Freedom Debate

    09/26/2015 10:23:51 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2015 | Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Pope Francis Has Put Himself Into America’s Hot-Button Religious Freedom Debates Michelle Boorstein, Sarah Pulliam Bailey. September 26 In addition to immigration and climate change, Pope Francis has spotlighted another topic on his U.S. trip, one that is just as contentious: The debate over what constitutes religious freedom. His fellow bishops in the United States have in recent years selected as their top priority what they call threats to the rights of Americans to freely practice their faith. For them this has meant concern that, among other things, church-affiliated non-profits will have to do abortion referrals or treat gay spouses...
  • Ted Cruz: Pope Francis Leads On Abortion, Marriage, And Religious Liberty

    09/23/2015 9:36:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 23, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    In an era when many global leaders are descending to relativism, Pope Francis continues to proclaim the truth. In the past few months, we have witnessed the gravest attacks on life, marriage, and religious liberty that our nation has ever endured. Planned Parenthood is profiting from unborn babies they dismember. The Supreme Court has undermined the truth of marriage in all 50 states. And Christians are being fined, and even thrown in jail, for their faith. These recent actions are attempting to rip by the roots the tenets that have made this nation the freest on the face of the...
  • The Next Kim Davis: Government Officials Exercise Their Right to Refuse Gay Marriages

    09/18/2015 11:34:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/18/2015 | Rod Kackley
    Either of two judges in Oregon could become the next Kim Davis by taking a stand for what they see as their religious freedom to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability will hold hearings in November concerning the case of Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day, who has been refusing to perform same sex-marriages. Patrick Korten, a spokesman for the legal firm Day has hired, told the Oregonian the judge never prevented a gay couple from getting married, as Kim Davis did in Kentucky by refusing to issue marriage licenses. Instead, Davis...
  • Religious Liberty and Constitution Monday

    09/07/2015 1:22:38 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 6 replies
    American Faith Today ^ | September 7, 2015 | American Faith Today
    Well, on a day in which I've thrown a show together quickly and in which my computer and my mouse have not behaved like good little gender neutral devices, I'm going to give it my best shot today. Nothing extraordinary or incredibly deep in terms of a topic. Just a few stories related to Kim Davis in Kentucky as well as a couple of stories involving Freedom From Religion highlighting their silliness and shortsighted hypocrisy in this battle we face to try to keep God in our culture today. Show starts at 4:30 Eastern time, and is archived after that.
  • First They Came For The Christians

    09/06/2015 5:58:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 6, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    We live in a fundamentally transformed America where Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis is thrown in jail for refusing to issue a lesbian couple a marriage license in violation of her religious beliefs but San Francisco officials who violated the law, created a sanctuary city, and harbored an illegal criminal alien charged with the murder of Kate Steinle, are not? Kim Davis, we are told, is obligated as a public official under the law, as determined by the Supreme Court, which was not established to write laws to issue such licenses. But then are we saying Christians can’t be...
  • Alarmed report details Sexual Left’s agenda to defeat surging European family movement

    09/03/2015 12:15:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/3/15 | Gabriele Kuby
    September 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The world-wide operating Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the intellectual activist centre of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) which presently governs Germany in a coalition with the Christian Democratic Party under Chancellor Angela Merkel. As their publications and conferences reflect, the FES pushes for same-sex “marriage,“ reproductive rights, biotechnology, sexual diversity, gender equality, and sexual education. It also publishes reports with the intention of “naming and shaming” individuals, organizations, parties, and networks which work on behalf of life and the family. The FES’s latest publication takes an international approach, describing anti-gender activists and actions in France, Germany, Hungary, Poland,...
  • Religious liberty: The Kentucky county clerk and the Muslim flight attendant

    09/02/2015 7:04:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Two current cases may help clarify the issue of the degree to which religious conviction exempts a person from performing job duties.  The New York Times and the rest of the national media are giving front page treatment to Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples on religious grounds. For them, the story is one of religious bias from the hateful right standing in the way of human happiness. The other story is receiving less national attention. Melissa Nann Burke of the Detroit News reports: A Muslim-American group...
  • Supporters Hold Over 200 Watch Parties for Cruz Rally for Religious Liberty

    08/22/2015 6:37:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 33 replies ^ | 08/22/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – After seeing more than 2,500 attend Friday’s Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, IA, the Cruz for President campaign announced that there were more than 200 watch parties held around the country to view the rally. Those hosting the parties were given special access to watch online and invite their friends and neighbors to their homes or churches.“It was important for us to have our nationwide leadership use this opportunity to invite their communities to hear more about religious liberty from Senator Cruz,” said Campaign Manger Jeff Roe. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response....
  • Live from Des Moines, it’s Ted Cruz (Description of Rally for Religious Liberty)

    08/22/2015 12:08:12 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Power Line ^ | August 22, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    Nebraska attorney Dave Begley continues his series of reports for us on the appearances of presidential candidate in Iowa. Here is his report on the appearance of Ted Cruz yesterday, covered here by the Des Moines Register:I could not pass up the chance to see the champion college debater and Supreme Court advocate in action, so I drove to see Ted Cruz in Des Moines at the Rally for Religious Liberty. He made a brilliant presentation to his target audience. I was impressed.Cruz drew on emotion, logic, drama, rhetoric, and related multimedia presentations to drive his message home with great...
  • Ted Cruz Draws Huge Crowd at Iowa Rally for Religious Liberty

    08/22/2015 11:30:35 AM PDT · by Isara · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Aug 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    DES MOINES, Iowa – GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) closed out a memorable day in Iowa with a massive rally for religious liberty in downtown Des Moines Friday evening. The overflow crowd of 3,000 Cruz supporters gathered to hear the conservative torch bearer draw attention to the persecution of Christian business owners. --- The enthusiastic crowd heard Cruz passionately defend the rights of Christian business owners. He was joined on stage by Dick and Betty Odgaard, owners of a wedding chapel business in Grimes, Iowa that was forced to close due to the legal and financial repercussions of...
  • Senator Ted Cruz Religious Rally in Iowa Live at 6:30 EDT [Aug 21, 2015]

    08/21/2015 2:56:52 PM PDT · by Isara · 100 replies
    C-Span ^ | Friday, Aug 21, 2015
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a candidate for 2016 Republican presidential nomination, hosts a “Rally for Religious Liberty” at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Airing LIVE Friday, Aug 21 6:30pm EDT on Watch it Live!
  • ICYMI: Cruz for President Releases TV Ad Ahead of Rally for Religious Liberty

    08/11/2015 6:55:02 AM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies ^ | 08/11/15
    Highlights Cruz’s proven record defending American values, defunding Planned ParenthoodHOUSTON, Texas – The Cruz for President campaign today released a 30-second TV spot called ‘Values’ that will appear on Fox News Channel in the Des Moines area starting today, leading up to his Rally for Religious Liberty on August 21st.The spot comes on the heels of Sen. Cruz’s robust debate performance and a new NBC poll showing a surge of seven points, ranking him second place among other GOP candidates. It highlights Sen. Cruz’s commitment to upholding American values, specifically his continued leadership in calling for the defunding and prosecution...
  • Newsboys to Appear at Cruz Rally for Religious Liberty on August 21

    08/05/2015 12:18:11 PM PDT · by Isara · 30 replies ^ | 08/05/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – Cruz for President today announced that the nationally-acclaimed, Grammy-Award nominated and Dove-award-winning Christian pop rock band, Newsboys, will make a special appearance at the Rally for Religious Liberty on August 21 in Des Moines, IA.“Our campaign couldn’t be more excited for the Newsboys to perform at this rally,” stated Sen. Cruz. “We are looking forward to working with them and all participants in this event to shine a light on the ongoing assault on religious liberty in this country.”The Rally for Religious Liberty will be held at the Iowa events Center Grand Ballroom at 730 3rd Street...
  • Why the Marine Hymn Contains "Shores of Tripoli"

    03/05/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by Parmy · 36 replies
    Subject: Why the Marine Hymn Contain Shores of Tripoli"... Interesting bit of history. This may be one of the more informative history lessons you ever read. Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli" Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant...
  • Is Social Liberalism Winning?

    07/24/2015 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | July 24, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Tim Graham.The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of Obamacare sounded the alarms for religious freedom. All that unease is measurable. Credit The Washington Post for doing precisely that. The polling team has just reported, "Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues." They found...
  • Defending Religious Liberty

    07/23/2015 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | July 21, 2015 | Judy Russell
    On June 26th, same-sex marriage legislation as well as amendments to the state public accommodation laws were enacted in all 50 states, under the Supreme Court’s ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. While gay couples all around the nation stormed the streets and churches with a whole universe of rainbow colored banners and outfits, many Americans observed in horror what they saw as a direct violation of their First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty. “The legalization of same-sex marriage and the amending of state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation have resulted in situations where Americans have been forced to...
  • House GOP moderates ready intraparty battle over religious freedom bill

    07/18/2015 8:28:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/17/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) doesn’t really understand why congressional Republicans are again focusing their limited time on lightning-rod social issues, but if they’re going to force the debate, he’s hoping to soften any blowback. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Republicans — 124 of them in the House and 34 in the Senate — want legislation passed ensuring the federal government cannot discriminate against anyone who actively opposes same-sex marriage, citing “a religious or moral conviction.” Specifically, they support a measure saying those entities cannot have their tax-exempt status revoked. There is broad agreement,...
  • Lesbian Democrat senator denies individual right to religious liberty

    07/13/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The chilling redefinition of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senate’s only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that don’t comply with the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, an era of religious persecution may be upon us. Baldwin made her remarks on the June 27 broadcast of Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. In a transcript of her remarks posted on Newsbusters, Baldwin ignored the fact that it was religious persecution in Europe that led to people...
  • The Supreme Court’s death sentence on Christian culture

    07/07/2015 10:13:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Church of St. Michael ^ | July 5, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The Supreme Court’s abuse of its authority in the decision redefining marriage as an institution based on feelings rather than fact and sanctioning deviancy as a civil right was expected, but the surprise was its sentimental substitution of nihilistic narcissism for jurisprudence, expressed in an amorphous substitute for English diction. This passed a death sentence on Christian culture, just as Roe v. Wade sanctioned the deaths of millions of infants. As Christ rose from the dead, so can our nation, but only the cynic and the naďf will deny that the next steps will be attacks on Christ himself in...
  • 2015 State of the 1st Amendment. (Sad polling data-Only 19% know freedom Of religion in 1st Am.)

    07/06/2015 10:38:06 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    newseum institute ^ | 07/05/15 | newseum institute
    Do Americans Know What the First Amendment Includes? When asked to name the five specific freedoms in the First Amendment, 57% of Americans name freedom of speech, followed by 19% who say the freedom of religion, 10% mention the freedom of the press, 10% mention the right to assemble, and 2% name the right to petition. Thirty-three percent of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Over the past year, those naming freedom of speech decreased from 68 to 57%, freedom of religion decreased from 29 to 19%, and freedom of the press declined from...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 12:14:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2015 1:02 AM EDT | Rachel Zoll and Steve Peoples
    Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong. The Republican Party’s 2016 presidential candidates are already campaigning on the issue. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation’s governors “to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held...
  • TEXAS: Governor Abbott Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

    06/26/2015 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 174 replies
    Office Of The Governor ^ | June 26, 2015 | Governor Greg Abbott
    Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: “The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States. “Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage....
  • For Leftists, It's Open Season on Christians

    06/16/2015 5:13:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If you doubt that Christians are fair game for ridicule by the cultural left, take a look at the hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Jeffrey Tayler for Salon. I can't decide which is worse, the title or the subtitle. The title: "Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind." The subtitle: "The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky." The writer is trying to be cute, but don't conclude that any...
  • Top Catholic Archbishop: Americans ‘Increasingly Subject to a Soft Despotism’

    06/05/2015 1:08:19 PM PDT · by xzins · 37 replies
    CNS ^ | June 4, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) ( - Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has delivered a sermon warning that religious liberty is under attack in the United States and that American Christians “are being increasingly subject to a soft despotism.” A transcript of the archbishop’s sermon--which was delivered at a special mass for Catholic lawyers in Broward County, Fla.--is now linked to a page on the USCCB’s website that is dedicated to the issue of religious liberty. “While atrocities are...
  • ‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

    05/30/2015 5:59:01 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Christian News ^ | 27 May 15 | Heather Clark
    Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.'” Mitchell Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization that aims to “end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching.” He served on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign for seven years, and was named on of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” in 2007 by Out Magazine. In an article written by Frank Buni of the New York...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign and the Fight for Religious Liberty

    05/19/2015 1:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jon Richards
    Senator Ted Cruz, who appeared in Georgia over the weekend at the Republican state convention in Athens, sees his candidacy for President of the United States as Reaganesque. Comparing the 1980 and 2016 election cycles, he noted the similarity between incumbent Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. And in an interview late Friday afternoon, he told me how he hopes to win the presidency in 2016. Cruz noted that since World War II, the GOP has only won the presidency when they ran on all three legs of the proverbial Republican Stool. The winning candidate has been a fiscal...
  • Ted Cruz: Too Many Republicans are Scared of Gay Marriage/Religious Liberty Debate

    05/22/2015 8:10:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/22/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Many Republican politicians are afraid to engage in the debates over religious freedom and gay marriage, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told a gathering of pastors in Washington, D.C., adding that some of them are even running for president in 2016. Over 600 were in attendance at the Watchmen on the Wall conference hosted by the Family Research Council. Cruz, who represents Texas in the U.S. Senate, was discussing the recent debate over passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Most Democrats opposed the bill while also, as The Christian Post reported at the time, misrepresenting it....
  • Republican Governor Mary Fallin defends religious liberty against gay marriage

    05/19/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    Great news about one of my favorite Republican governors, Mary Fallin.Excerpt: If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn the millennia-long definition of marriage, Oklahoma clergy will not have to be concerned that they will be forced to perform such ceremonies.On May 1, Governor Mary Fallin signed a law that would allow ministers to exercise their religious beliefs on marriage and decline to “wed” same-sex couples.Governor Fallin’s office said in a press release that H.B. 1007 is “a bill protecting religious leaders from being compelled to perform marriages that are in direct contradiction to their religious beliefs.”The law says that...
  • Ted Cruz may be about to stoke religious liberty fight at state GOP convention (Tonight in GA)

    05/15/2015 3:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 15, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    ATHENS – The fight over religious liberty legislation in Georgia is about to get much hotter. Ted Cruz is almost sure to make it so. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Texas senator will address a dinner gathering of the Georgia GOP here. His remarks will come roughly 15 hours before the convention takes up, as a platform resolution, an endorsement of SB 129, the religious liberty legislation sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon. A floor fight is anticipated. What will Cruz say tonight about the issue? He just gave us a preview. Said the senator: “It is sad. It wasn’t...
  • Jindal Wonders How Hillary Would Change Religious Views: ‘Re-Education Camps?’

    05/10/2015 5:23:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 9, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Religious liberties were a hot topic at the Citizens United Freedom Summit Saturday, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal taking particular offense at a remark made by Hillary Clinton on the issue. Jindal wondered how Clinton could actually change an individual’s religious views saying, “And by the way the speech in this conference where she said those of us who are pro-life should need to have our religious beliefs changed. She didn’t say how. What does it mean? Re-education camps? She proposed to have our religious beliefs changed.” “You have to see her most recent comments on religious...
  • Clinton: 'Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs...Have to Be Changed'

    05/10/2015 6:47:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 61 replies ^ | April 27, 2015 | 10:24 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    By Susan Jones | April 27, 2015 | 10:24 AM EDT Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking during the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in New York. ( - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says women won't have full access to "reproductive health care" until "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases" are changed. She urged every woman to be a "champion for change" in the world around them. Clinton made the remarks last Thursday at the 2015 "Women in the World Summit," a three-day gathering in New York that examined the "struggles and triumphs...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. Religious Liberty

    04/30/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case to determine whether the Constitution requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses and requires other states to honor same-sex marriages performed in those states. A primary argument by the plaintiffs is that gay marriage is covered under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and that if straights can marry, then so can gays. The counterargument is that marriage is a privilege and not a right, a union of one man and one woman sanctioned over millennia by virtually every culture and country over time as the stable...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • 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 · 19 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...
  • Why Religious Liberty Arguments Aren’t Working

    04/17/2015 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    I am a very committed, very public advocate of marriage as a gender-based institution. Many of my fellow proponents of man/woman marriage cite religious liberty as an argument against redefining marriage. While I have great respect for those who promote this view, I must respectfully disagree with their assessment.The uproar over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act demonstrates that religious liberty arguments don’t work anymore. I take no pleasure in saying this. But religious liberty arguments are not compelling enough to induce our fellow citizens to sacrifice something they value, namely, sexual liberty.I can think of three reasons for this.An...
  • Battering religious freedom with abortion - ACLU mounts another attack on Catholic pro-life stance

    04/12/2015 8:05:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2015-04-12 | Robert Knight
    In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over America’s southern border.The ACLU is suing the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain documents that it claims show that Catholic relief agencies are not providing abortions or referrals for abortion.
  • Applying Lincoln to our Culture's Civil Wars

    04/09/2015 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | April 9, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, as radical Islamists slaughtered 148 Christian students at a Kenyan university, America’s faithful celebrated Easter and Passover in tranquility, demonstrating why religious liberty is not the eccentric uncle in the human-rights family — it’s the matriarch. Yet with demonic evil spanning the globe, and religion a life-and-death matter, punishment for defending one’s faith is now acceptable in America. Our “live and let live” ethic is increasingly imperiled. Witness the firestorm after Indiana became the 20th state to enact its version of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In our morally upside-down world, we accommodate the nuclear ambitions of...
  • Boycott Iran, Not Indiana

    04/07/2015 10:30:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 7, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Hypocrisy: Those boycotting Indiana over gay wedding pizzas have no problem doing business with an Iran that hangs gays, stones women and wants to wipe Jews off the face of the Earth. And the Hoosier State doesn't even want nukes. Righteous, if somewhat selective, indignation is a hallmark of liberals, whether ensconced in Congress or corporate America, currently up in arms over the version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) enacted in Indiana and allegedly giving business owners a license to discriminate against gays. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential presidential contender Carly Fiorina punctured Apple CEO Tim Cook's balloon...
  • Lost Religious Freedoms: Blame Christians

    04/05/2015 10:54:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | April 5, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    For the better part of these last two years there has been coming a head on collision. In one corner is a group who define their identity by the sexual anarchy they wish to engage in. They pursue absolute societal conformity, to ensure a right that is undefined in constitutional terms. Not satisfied with merely being tolerated by the culture, the activists in their midst seek to enforce perfected preferential status permanently. In the other corner is a group who define their identity by what they believe. They pursue peace with their community, even with little belief of societal tolerance...
  • Liberals Have Discarded Religious Liberty

    04/02/2015 5:49:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | 03.30.2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There are two ways of looking at the furor that has erupted over the signing into law of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act by the state of Indiana. One is to focus on the fact that this law is a bit different from a federal law of the same name that also has been passed in 19 other states in that its broader language allows claims of religious liberty to be invoked as a defense in civil lawsuits between private parties as well as those involving government action. But for anyone who has been listening to the debate about this...
  • Let’s Face It, Republicans Are Cowards On Religious Liberty (But Voters Aren’t)

    04/02/2015 12:22:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The GOP’s capitulation on religious liberty was as swift as it was predictable. Republicans have talent for courting just enough controversy to generate prodigious amounts of negative press but at the same time not doing enough to accomplish anything meaningful. And few things in this world rattle your run-of-the-mill Republican more than some ginned-up outrage over “discrimination” or “bigotry.” The media’s deliberate distortion of the intention, reach, and history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—not to mention pressure from corporations like Apple and Walmart—was more than enough to do the trick. What excuse does Mike Pence have for flubbing a...
  • Sorry to Disappoint the Social-Justice Warriors, but the Faithful Won’t Yield on Religious Liberty

    04/01/2015 10:20:11 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 4-1-15 | David French
    The conventional wisdom is that moral opposition to same-sex marriage will eventually evaporate — that even orthodox religious communities will learn to accommodate new cultural realities, and those few who don’t will ultimately be irrelevant, living on the margins of society. Evangelical churches will cave. The Catholic Church will cave. Jews will cave. In just a few, short years the Christian churches in America will look back at opposition to same-sex marriage with the same kind of shame that Southern Baptists view their segregationist past. That conventional wisdom is garbage. It’s based largely on a bigoted, ignorant view of the...
  • New religious liberty laws? How about you just follow your constitution? (VANITY)

    03/31/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 7 replies ^ | We the People
    All this talk about religious liberty legislation makes me wonder why they don't simply follow their own state constitutions. All of the state constitutions that I'm aware of read pretty much like Indiana's: Indiana Constitution: Article One Section 2. All people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences. Section 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.
  • Here’s why every state should follow Indiana’s lead on religious liberty

    03/31/2015 12:08:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    RARE ^ | 03/31/2015 | John-Henry Westen
    Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which prevents the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs. Nineteen other states and the federal government have similar laws that protect religious liberty. Pence and state lawmakers should have been cheered for their defense of human and constitutional rights. Instead, they’ve been lambasted by business leaders, celebrities, Seattle’s mayor, and the NCAA, some of whom have threatened the state with losses of tens of millions of dollars in business. According to critics, Pence’s signature is the equivalent...