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Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate, Protecting Doctors, Children, and Hospitals

While family and friends were counting down to the new year, I was watching a different kind of countdown—whether doctors and health care providers would be forced to violate their medical judgment and provide procedures, including gender transition services and abortions, under a new government mandate.

The mandate is a 362-page regulation that claims to interpret part of the Affordable Care Act. It was issued in May 2016, and major portions of this mandate would have kicked in on Jan. 1.


January 6, 2017

Oregon official who shut down Christian bakery loses election

As labor commissioner since 2008, Avakian often made news for his tough calls against businesses discriminating against gay and transgender customers.
The most noteworthy was when Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make the wedding cake for the same-sex couple in 2013, citing the owners’ religious beliefs. Shop owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages. They were also told they couldn’t refuse customers based on sexual orientation.

January 4, 2017

‘Religious liberty’ bills will again challenge lawmakers, leadership

Ever since Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a “religious liberty” bill this past spring, advocates on both sides of the issue have predicted its return in 2017.

But, less than a week before lawmakers return to Atlanta, no one is quite sure what will be introduced, only that something will and both sides are gearing for a fight.

“I’m coordinating with the House members and Senate members to see who’s going to introduce legislation and see where everyone is on it,” said state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, who has become the most public face of the effort over the past three years. “You’ll see religious freedom bills introduced in both chambers.”


January 3, 2017

Former Political Prisoner in Cuba: Everyone Is Called to ‘Bear Witness to the Truth’

NEW YORK — Everyone must be true to his or her own conscience, a religious-freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience on Thursday.  “Even when we have nothing, each person and only that person possesses the key to his or her own conscience, his or her own sacred castle,” Armando Valladares, a former prisoner of conscience in Cuban prisons, said upon reception of the 2016 Canterbury Medal bestowed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty May 12. READ

May 16, 2016

What we need to know about the ‘Compelling State Interest’ clause of the Religious Freedom bill.

Strict Scrutiny

A standard of Judicial Review for a challenged policy in which the court presumes the policy to be invalid unless the government can demonstrate a compelling interest to justify the policy.

The strict scrutiny standard of judicial review is based on the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Federal courts use strict scrutiny to determine whether certain types of government policies are constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has applied this standard to laws or policies that impinge on a right explicitly protected by the U.S. Constitution, such as the right to vote. The Court has also identified certain rights that it deems to be fundamental rights, even though they are not enumerated in the Constitution.  Read full article here

May 2, 2016

Updated: 9:39 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016  |  Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016

If it wasn’t for double standards, some liberals would have none at all. That seems to be the lesson from the past few weeks, where liberals have displayed three distinct forms of hypocrisy.

Liberal governors and mayors signed travel bans to North Carolina and Mississippi, CEOs of major corporations pledged boycotts and relocations, and Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have canceled scheduled concerts in those states.

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April 29, 2016

Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Georgia

Why is the First Amendment not enough to protect our religious freedoms? This video gives valuable information about why the Religious Freedom Reformation Act that is going through the House in Georgia right now is important. Please listen to the whole video. There is valuable information from the MOST informed people about what this bill is about and how it protects Christians and all people of faith!

March 13, 2015

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