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  • Trump warns evangelicals of 'violence' if GOP loses in the midterms

    08/28/2018 6:00:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 28, 2018 | Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak
    "This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It's a referendum on so much," Trump told the assemblage of pastors and other Christian leaders gathered in the State Dining Room, according to a recording from people in the room. "It's not a question of like or dislike, it's a question that they will overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa -- these are...
  • U.S. army drops charges against chaplain who wouldn’t run ‘marriage’ retreat for lesbians

    08/28/2018 7:05:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 8/28/18 | James Risdon
    The military has dropped charges against a United States Army chaplain and his assistant for refusing to conduct a marriage retreat for a lesbian couple. The women filed a discrimination complaint, which the military investigated. The investigation led to a report charging Major Scott Squires and Sergeant Kacie Griffin with dereliction of duty. While a chaplain at Fort Bragg, Squires reportedly told a soldier he was unable to conduct a marriage retreat that included her and her same-sex partner because of the requirements of his church. Under the army's policies, every United States Army Special Operations Command commander is responsible...
  • DOL Issues New Guidelines to Stop Discrimination Against Religious Federal Contractors

    08/26/2018 11:45:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2018 | Stephanie Taub
    Thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the federal government clarified that it is free to work with whichever organization is best able to achieve the government’s goals, providing optimal services to those in need. The guidelines, recently issued by the DOL, explain that under current law the federal government may not discriminate against religious contractors or subcontractors. Instead, all contractors, religious and non-religious, must be permitted to compete for federal contracts on an equal playing field. A wide variety of charitable work across the country is done through government contracts with various...
  • Christian group kicked off campus for requiring its leaders to be Christian

    08/10/2018 3:59:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/9/18 | Nicole Russell
    Another student-led group is suing a university because the school kicked the group off campus for requiring student leaders to agree with their faith tenets. The University of Iowa told InterVarsity Christian Fellowship they weren’t allowed to hold their meetings on campus because they require their members to hold to specific faith standards and kicked them out — in response, InterVarsity sued. The University of Iowa did the same thing last year with Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC. This kind of blatant discrimination — one that infringes on religious freedom via the pretense of protecting other kids’ feelings —...
  • Liberals Against Freedom of Conscience

    08/03/2018 8:25:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Why is it considered "liberal" to compel others to say or fund things they don't believe? That's a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it's a puzzling development for those of us old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech -- even advocacy of sedition or sodomy -- and conservatives wanted government to restrain or limit it. The three cases dealt with quite different issues. In National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra, a 5-4 majority of the court overturned a California statute that required anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to inform clients where they...
  • DOJ's New Religious Liberty Arm Set to Investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center?

    08/02/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08/02/2018 | Tyler O' Neill
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend religious freedom as laid out in last October's memorandum. In his remarks, Sessions referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a threat to religious liberty, suggesting the new task force may investigate or target the left-wing smear group. "A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom," Sessions declared, adding that this movement "must be confronted and defeated." He also lamented that "one group can actively...
  • Thank God for President Trump, Who is Upholding the Free Speech Rights of Pro-Life Christians

    08/01/2018 9:45:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 13, 2018 | Father Frank Pavone
    The Trump administration is at it again, praise God! On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice launched a Religious Liberty Task Force at a summit for religious freedom. The goal of the task force is to implement the religious liberty guidance, a result of an executive order issued by President Trump in May of 2017. The President’s 2017 executive order declared that “it is the policy of the administration to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.” It also “directs the IRS to use maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment.” (The ominous...
  • Trump Admin Creates Religious Liberty Task Force to Protect Pro-Life Christians

    07/30/2018 4:44:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 30, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    The Trump administration has created a Religious Liberty Task Force, led by pro-life Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in order to protect and promote religious liberty. The new task force is important for pro-life Americas as it will work to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who don’t want to be forced to promote or perform abortions. Pro-life groups have also faced discrimination because of their Christian views and pastors have been unable to fully engage pro-life election issues in the pulpit for fear of reprisal from the government. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “A dangerous movement, undetected by many,...
  • Sessions announces 'religious liberty task force'

    07/30/2018 3:07:09 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2018
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a "religious liberty task force." Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams, will help the department fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year. The guidance was a byproduct of President Trump’s executive order directing agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech. Sessions said on Monday that the task force will “ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the...
  • Justice Department creates religious liberty task force

    07/30/2018 7:30:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 30, 2018 10:08 AM | by Kelly Cohen
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a religious liberty task force to “protect and promote religious liberty.” Speaking from the Justice Department in Washington, Sessions said the task force, which he will chair, is to help implementation of the religious liberty memo he signed in October. That 25-page memo outlines 20 guiding principles that federal agencies can use to protect religious liberty in employment, contracting and “Freedom of religion has been a core American principle from the very beginning of our country — indeed, it is our ‘first freedom,’” Sessions said Monday. “President Trump promised that he would make preserving...
  • JAMES DOBSON WARNS CHRISTIANS TO VOTE – OR LOSE FREEDOM

    07/29/2018 4:35:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    WND ^ | Juy 29,2018 | BOB UNRUH
    Now James Dobson, the noted Christian psychologist and founder of FamilyTalk Radio and the James Dobson Family Institute, has expressed agreement. Elections, indeed, have consequences. In fact, it may be the only thing on which he agrees with Obama, since he once famously, in defiance of Obama’s demands that Christian ministries pay for abortions for employees, told the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.” Now, in the August edition of his newsletter, Dobson warns that liberty-loving Americans who ignore the upcoming midterm elections imperil the nation’s future. “More than half of Americans, including...
  • Republicans Say Brett Kavanaugh Is ‘Powerful Voice’ for Religious Liberty

    07/28/2018 10:19:35 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 July 2018 | Thomas D. Williams
    President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been a staunch defender of the rights of Americans, particularly religious freedom, said two prominent Republican representatives. Writing for the Washington Times Thursday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Randy Weber (R-TX) praised Kavanaugh as a judge “who shows respect for our Constitution and commitment to protecting American rights,” noting that he has actively defended religious freedom since the 1990s. The congressmen stated that Kavanaugh took on a number of pro bono cases, “standing up for religious freedom and advocating on behalf of judges who share his respect for...
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Government Can’t Force Christian Groups to Pay for Abortions

    07/11/2018 11:01:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 11, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has taken the pro-life side in important cases and has very strong pro-life Bona fides — prompting leading pro-life groups to praise him for a sterling pro-life record. President Trump applauded Judge Kavanaugh as someone who would apply the Constitution as written but Planned Parenthood launched a fierce attack the Supreme Court nominee, claiming he would “wreak havoc” on abortion. In one of his most celebrated decisions, Judge Kavanaugh ruled against the Obama HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor...
  • Potential Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Has A Troubling Record On Religious Liberty

    07/10/2018 2:50:42 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 5, 2018 | anonymous
    If Kavanaugh's views were adopted by other courts, then other frivolous claims attacking religion in the public square would have a better chance of being heard in federal courts. Ed Whelan of Bench Memos yesterday defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s jurisprudence in a host of areas, including religious liberty. I have great respect for Whelan. I have long been an admirer of his blog, checking it daily. But I fear he may be either working too hastily under time pressure, or blinded by his friendship with Kavanaugh, and in any case is mistaken in his defense of the judge’s religious-liberty jurisprudence....
  • California Cannot Force Pro-Life Centers to Advertise Abortion Services, Supreme Court Rules

    06/26/2018 8:25:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a California law that compels pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas and released Tuesday, the high court ruled in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra that the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act "unduly burdens protected speech." "The unlicensed notice imposes a government-scripted, speaker-based disclosure requirement that is wholly disconnected from California's informational interest," wrote Justice Thomas. "California has offered no justification that the notice plausibly furthers. It targets speakers, not speech, and imposes...
  • Religious Liberty: Not A Piece Of Cake [Write Me a Wedding Invitation] [ed]

    06/08/2018 9:37:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    American Conservative ^ | June 8, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    Well, as a reader points out, we have our first court ruling on religious liberty since Masterpiece Cakeshop. An Arizona appeals court even cited the ruling in its own ruling against two Phoenix calligraphers who said that doing same-sex wedding invitations was a violation of their constitutionally protected religious beliefs. Here’s a link to a PDF of the full text of the ruling. Excerpts:
  • The Supreme Court Let Me Live My Faith Again

    06/08/2018 7:49:52 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2018 | Jack Phillips
    The Supreme Court’s ruling this Monday on my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helped determine that people of faith remain free to pursue our chosen vocations. . . . after decades of developing my craft, my home state took it away from me. My case started in 2012 when I was asked to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. I politely declined that request because of my religious beliefs about marriage. But I told the customers that I would sell them anything else in my shop, or create a cake for them for a different...
  • Supreme Court’s Christian Baker Opinion Is No Win For Freedom Of Religion

    06/05/2018 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 37 replies
    The U.S. Supreme Court rendered its opinion on a highly anticipated case regarding the right of a baker to refuse to design and create a wedding cake for a gay marriage ceremony based upon his religious convictions. However, for the SCOTUS, this appears not to be a case of religious freedom, but one of unjust government discrimination. Jack Phillips, a practicing Christian, often refused to design and create baked goods based upon his religious beliefs. His store was closed on Sundays and other Christian holidays, he refused to create or design desserts for Halloween, and he refused to make desserts...
  • SCOTUS sides with Christian baker in same-sex wedding cake case

    06/04/2018 9:31:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11:32 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court granted a limited victory Monday to a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple, finding the state showed fierce hostility toward his Christian beliefs when it ruled he broke the law with his refusal. The 7-2 decision sends the case back to Colorado with firm instructions to give Jack Phillips, the Christian baker, a fair hearing. But the ruling does not establish a First Amendment right to refuse services to same-sex couples, as Mr. Phillips and his conservative backers had hoped. Instead it suggests a road map for states such as Colorado,...
  • Supreme Court Reverses Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    06/04/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT · by CFW · 211 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | 6/4/2018 | Scotusblog
    "Whatever the confluence of speech and free exercise principles might be in some cases, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State's obligation of religious neutrality. The reason and motive for the baker's refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions." link to decision https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf