Religious Freedom

Little Sisters of the Poor

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Federal Judges Block Trump Religious Exemption in Sequel to Little Sisters of the Poor

Bruce Hausknecht

Free contraceptives are a higher public good than religious freedom. At least you would conclude that if you read the preliminary injunction orders written by Judge Haywood Gilliam in San Francisco, and Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia this week. 

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Young boy praying

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January 16: Religious Freedom Day

Bruce Hausknecht

The commemoration of Religious Freedom Day every January 16 may be the most important – and overlooked – American religious freedom observance on the calendar. But it stands toe to toe with such outstanding historical moments in U.S. history as the signing of the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence, or the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Brian Buescher

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Federal Judge Nominee Questioned About Religious Affiliation

Bruce Hausknecht

The U.S. Constitution is rather succinct concerning religious tests for federal public office: There shall be none.

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Jack Phillips Masterpiece Cake Shop

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Jack Phillips Winning in Early Masterpiece II Legal Skirmishes

Bruce Hausknecht

Jack Phillips continues to defend the cause of religious liberty, and he’s winning again.

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Chai Feldblum

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Chai Feldblum Exits EEOC – Why That’s Good for Religious Liberty

Bruce Hausknecht

As the new 116th Congress opened its session on January 3, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum tweeted her farewell as both her current term, as well as her re-nomination by President Trump, expired.

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Stack of books

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Religious Freedom and Book Lending Victory in New Mexico

Bruce Hausknecht

Thanks to the 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, school children in New Mexico’s religious schools will be able to borrow books through the state’s book lending program. 

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Jack Phillips

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Colorado and Jack Phillips Square Off Again in “Masterpiece Cakeshop II”

Bruce Hausknecht

On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Jack Phillips’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion by showing hostility to his claim that his religious beliefs prevented him from creating a one-of-a-kind cake for a same-sex wedding. A mere twenty-four days later, the Commission informed Jack that it would now be investigating him for failing to make a “gender transition” cake for a Denver transgender-identified lawyer.  

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Welcome to Airmont sign

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The Shameful Attempt to Drive Hasidic Jews Out of Airmont, New York

Bruce Hausknecht

The Hasidic Jewish population of Airmont, New York, is one such group deserving of the attention of all people who believe in religious freedom. For the last 30 years, they have been subjected to government interference, harassment and intimidation on a scale designed to drive them out, and discourage other Orthodox Jews from moving in.

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New Hope Family Services

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New York Threatens Syracuse Faith-based Adoption Agency

Bruce Hausknecht

A Syracuse, NY adoption agency called New Hope Family Services has been operating for over 50 years. It is supported by private donations; it does not receive any government funding. It also operates pregnancy care centers that assist women with unplanned pregnancies in considering options other than abortion.

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Nativity scene

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“Snaketivity” Designed to Mock Nativity Scene in Illinois

Bruce Hausknecht

Every year at this time, we are usually treated to news of the latest secular challenge to Nativity scenes on government property. Depictions of baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on the courthouse lawn are prohibited by the First Amendment, we are told, because government may not “establish” religion by promoting Christianity on government property.

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UC Berkeley Campus

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The Heckler’s Veto on College Campuses

Bruce Hausknecht

When a government entity cancels or restricts a speaker event - like a Ben Shapiro or Ann Coulter speech at a Young America’s Foundation (YAF) event at a college campus – because it is afraid of a disruptive reaction from those opposed to the speech, it surrenders to what is known as a “heckler’s veto.” 

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Classroom

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We Want Civics! Students and Parents sue Rhode Island.

Bruce Hausknecht

It becomes clearer with each public survey that Americans do not know their civics, or their history. They’re sketchy about the three branches of government; one-third cannot name one freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment; and only a quarter of the population know why the colonists fought the British in the Revolutionary War.

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Senator Laura Kelly

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Kansas Governor-Elect Vows to Thwart Religious Freedom for Adoption Agencies

Bruce Hausknecht

Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly made it one of her first post-election promises to the state’s citizens: She will order her Administration to block, to the extent it can, the enforcement of a religious freedom bill passed back in May that protected faith-based adoption agencies from government discrimination.

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Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham

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Senate Changes Signal A Brighter Future for Judges

Bruce Hausknecht

In the aftermath of the mid-term elections, three changes stand out as potentially affecting the future confirmation of the President’s judicial nominations: An increase in the Republican majority in the Senate; a change in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s chair; and Senator Jeff Flake’s exit from the Senate.

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Alexis Lightcap in a classroom

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Students Ask Supreme Court to Protect Their Privacy

Bruce Hausknecht

Alexis Lightcap was in junior high when she went to use the girls’ restroom and found a boy there. She writes, “My first thought was to get out. My second was to find my teacher and let her know what had happened. The teacher told me to tell the principal, so I did. And the principal did nothing.”

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Bladensburg Memorial

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Saving a Cross-shaped Memorial

Keisha Russell

In early 1918, Howard H. Morrow was too young to register for the military draft.  But that didn’t stop him.  Joining the National Guard, he found his way to the Western Front just after he turned eighteen.  He didn’t make it to nineteen.  In October, Morrow died from “multiple gunshot wounds” sustained fighting in the Great War.

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Colleges Teach, But They Never Learn

Bruce Hausknecht

Another Christian club denied “official” status.

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Harris Funeral Home

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One Person, With God – The Story of Tom Rost

Bruce Hausknecht

In 2013 a male employee named Stephens, one of Rost’s funeral directors, informed Rost that he “identified as” a woman, and would undergo surgery at some point to aid in his transition to a new “gender identity” as a woman.  Stephens also demanded the right to wear women’s clothing on the job.

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Shawnee State University

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Comply or be Disciplined: Professor Punished for Calling Student “Sir”

Bruce Hausknecht

Professor Nicholas Meriwether of Shawnee State University in Ohio is the latest “or else” target of the radical gender ideology rampaging through public universities. If you haven’t heard about his story, Meriwether is a philosophy professor at Shawnee State, which has a non-discrimination policy which says he must comply with whatever pronouns his students demand he use. When a male student who self-identifies as a female objected to being called “sir” by the professor, and demanded to be called by feminine terms, things went downhill quickly for Meriwether. 

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Kim Davis Rowan County Clerk

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Kim Davis Loses Re-election Bid as Rowan County Clerk

Bruce Hausknecht

The November 2018 midterm election has been all-consuming, from a national media and public interest perspective. With narrow vote margins generating recounts in the Florida gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, as well as the Arizona race for the U.S. Senate, few have had the time or interest to focus on the tiny locale of Rowan County, Kentucky – population approximately 25,000 - or the race for its county clerk in which the incumbent, Kim Davis, was defeated by Elwood Caudill, Jr. by 700 votes.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa”

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Another Christian-Owned Bakery Appeals to the Supreme Court

Bruce Hausknecht

Aaron and Melissa Klein were fined $135,000 by the state of Oregon and lost their business when they declined, for religious reasons, to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. They are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the free speech claims that the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision of June 2018 avoided.

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Cross and American Flag

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The Bladensburg War Memorial – Unconstitutional?

Bruce Hausknecht

The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, erected in 1925 to memorialize several local Maryland citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in that war, sits on public property and is maintained by the state. The problem? The memorial is constructed in the shape of a Christian cross, and atheists claim it violates the First Amendment. A federal appeals court agreed with them. What will the Supreme Court say? 

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Kelvin Cochran

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Fired in Atlanta

Bruce Hausknecht

Kelvin Cochran is a highly decorated fire fighter. So much so that President Obama lured him away from his position as Fire Chief in Atlanta in 2009 to become the U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration. But the City of Atlanta begged him to return to his former job, and in 2010 he did so, and successfully led the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department until 2014, when he was unceremoniously suspended and later fired on January 6, 2015.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Prioritizing God

Sarah Williams reminds moms to prioritize God and teach their children to do the same. Listen to the full program here.

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