Sam Staley | Friday July 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM PST | Comments Off on Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Hidden Tolerance for Gay Rights
The law has limits to changing hearts and minds.
Tags: Brett Kavanaugh, Christian, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, freedom of speech, gay rights, LGBT, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Property Rights, public accomodations, religious freedom, SCOTUS
William Watkins | Monday June 4, 2018 at 6:26 PM PST | Comments Off on Religious Liberty Wins at SCOTUS...Sort Of
This was the right result in this case, but the Court has done little to provide meaningful guidance as free exercise and free speech clash with public accommodation statutes making sexual orientation a protected classification.
Tags: bakers, Bill of Rights, First Amendment, free speech, gay marriage, homosexuality, masterpiececake shop, Property Rights, religious freedom, Supreme Court
Sam Staley | Monday January 23, 2017 at 3:25 PM PST | Comments Off on Review: Silence Explores Religious Liberty in Feudal Japan
Silence, the powerful new film by iconic film director Martin Scorcese, is a complex story of faith and spiritual inspiration set during feudal Japan’s 17th century purge of Christians and their priests. It’s also a moving and thoughtful meditation on religious freedom, on personal versus state-sponsored faith, and on how character is defined by...
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Tags: Christian persecution, Christianity, Japan, Martin Scorcese, religious freedom, Silence film
Melancton Smith | Friday July 3, 2015 at 4:16 PM PST | Comments Off on Oregon Judge Attacks Free Speech in Wake of Obergefell
In the wake of Obergefell, the outrageous U.S. Supreme Court decision finding that the traditional definition of marriage violates “due process,” Americans need to turn their attention to the dangers of overly broad state public accommodation laws. Christian business owners are especially burdened when individuals seeking to exercise a new “right” are deemed “suspect classes” and...
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Tags: bakers, Christianity, First Amendment, gay marriage, Obergefell, Oregon, public accomodations, religious freedom
Vicki Alger | Thursday November 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM PST | 1 Comment
A dozen ballot initiatives in nine states focused on K-12 education issues. Also making news was the surprise defeat of Indiana incumbent and reformer State Superintendent Tony Bennett by Glenda Ritz, a former teacher backed by the union. Charter schools won big in Georgia and Washington. Georgia voters passed an amendment allowing a statewide...
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Tags: California, California Teachers Association, Charter schools, collective bargaining, Dream Act, Economics, Education, Georgia, government schools, K-12 education, Labor, Liberty, Military, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Politics, Private schools, Public schools, religious freedom, Supreme Court, Taxation, teacher unions, The State, union bosses, Unions
Melancton Smith | Wednesday May 23, 2012 at 4:54 AM PST | 3 Comments
Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon has a good op-ed in the WSJ dealing with the Catholic Bishops’ suit opposing the contraception mandate. Here is a snippet: The main goal of the mandate is not, as HHS claimed, to protect women’s health. It is rather a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda, forcing...
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Tags: Christianity, Civil Liberties, Constitution, contraception mandate, Culture, Glendon, Healthcare, religious freedom