The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a new case related to school prayer. This story began in 2015 when high school football Coach Joe Kennedy got on his knee at mid-field after a game and thanked God quietly. Some of the players voluntarily joined him in this huddle.
Posted in Education
Tagged "Memorial and Remonstrance", Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Coach Joe Kennedy, Darrell White, First Amendment, First Liberty, First Liberty Institute, football, George Washington, James Madison, Judge Darrell White, Rachel Laser, religion-free zones, school prayer, U.S. Supreme Court
As incomprehensible to average Americans as it may seem, three stories about government school students facing disciplinary actions for expressing their Christian faith were featured in Christian media publications over the past few months...
Posted in Education, Religious Liberty
Tagged American Center for Law and Justice, Christian Persecution, Christina Compagnone, education choice, First Amendment, free exercise of religion, Harmeet K. Dhillon, Home Education, homeschooling, Religious Liberty, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, U.S. Supreme Court
Many Christians and non-Christians misunderstand the relationship between morality and religion. Many mistakenly believe that morality is the same thing as religion and, therefore, mistakenly believe that they should not advocate for policies that reflect their moral beliefs. But morals and religion are not the same, and basing our decisions on public policies, laws, or elections on beliefs that derive from religious convictions does not constitute an unconstitutional establishment of a state religion.
All laws reflect or embody someone’s morality. The moral beliefs of people who hold theistic worldviews are no less valid in the public square than the moral …
Posted in Faith, Religious Liberty
Tagged Barack Obama, D.A. Carson, Establishment Clause, First Amendment, Francis Beckwith, Free Exercise clause, Gregory Koukl, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Lynn R. Buzzard, Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Perry, Richard Neuhaus, Rob Portman, Robert George, Samuel Silver, sharia, The Golden Rule, The Naked Public Square
Media networks are powerful opinion setters. Still, for a reason, most people have deep distrust in newsmakers. Since their outset, press and radio were brought into play for political propaganda.
Posted in Media Watch
Tagged Anthony Scaramucci, Associated Press, Boris Muñoz, CNN, Des Moines Register, Don Alltoada, Donna Brazile, Eric Lichtblau, Fernando del Rincón, First Amendment, Frank LaRue, Gabby Giffords, Harold Lasswell, Hillary Clinton, Lex Haris, Liberty Sentinel, Marshall McLuhan, New York Times, Propaganda Technique in the World War, Roland Martin, Sarah Palin, Thomas Frank, Washington Post
As I have long argued, the greatest threat posed to our First Amendment assembly, speech, and religious free exercise protections comes from the homosexual community and the “trans” cult. Already state laws and judicial decisions have been eroding those protections, and last Thursday, the most dangerous threat yet emerged in Congress when U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) re-introduced the deceitfully titled “Equality Act,” which explicitly neuters religious protections when religious beliefs conflict with disordered sexual desires.
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) would add “sexual orientation” (i.e., homosexuality) and “gender identity” (i.e., cross-sex impersonation) to the current …
Posted in Marriage/Family/Culture, Media Watch, Sexuality, Uncategorized
Tagged Big Brother, Christian Shaming, Congress, David Cicilline, democrats, First Amendment, Grace Meng, homosexual, LGBTQ, Marriage, Pelosi, Schumer, sexuality, The Equality Act
Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But Becerra raises deep concerns among religious conservatives fighting to protect their First Amendment free speech and religious liberty rights. They are leary of Becerra because he defended the anti-free speech California law (AB 775), struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, that forced pro-life care centers to promote state-sponsored abortions.
One of the many remarkable aspects of this time in America is that all the forces of oppression about which George Orwell warned in his novel 1984 are present and growing, and many of the oppressors can’t see it. Ironically, many of the oppressors view themselves as paragons of virtue when, in reality, they’re paragons of virtue-signaling, which constitutes a performative cloak of invisibility that conceals totalitarianism.
Posted in Education, Faith, Marriage/Family/Culture
Tagged 1984, Ellen Page, Elliot Page, First Amendment, George Orwell, Howard Zinn, Jeff Berger-White, Laurie Higgins, Leftists, Michael Wolf, Newspeak, People's History of the United States, the Party, UMich, University of Michigan
When those entrusted with power to protect the God given rights of the people do so selectively, arbitrarily picking and choosing which freedoms are worthy of protection and to what extent, then we are no longer a nation governed by the rule of law but by the whims of men.
Until recently, several states—including Minnesota—declared that it was unlawful to engage in the free exercise of religion in groups of ten or more. When churches dared pursue legal recourse to correct that issue, politicians, pundits and journalists offered criticism.
As one of the attorneys on the receiving end of that criticism on more than one occasion, it left me perplexed. “What’s the big deal?” they might say, “Why can’t churches just worship online?!
Posted in Religious Liberty
Tagged Bill de Blasio, Bill of Rights, Cornovirus, COVID–19, First Amendment, freedom to worship, J.B. Pritzker, Jacob Frey, lock-down, Religious Liberty, Tim Walz
The most imminent danger to our republic is the overreach of government power, especially during a crisis. Our nation faces a fatal risk when government takes actions that violate our fundamental freedoms, leading us down the road of tyranny, to the erosion of our constitutional system.
Posted in Religious Liberty
Tagged Andy Beshear, Bible study, COVID–19, Essential Freedom, First Amendment, First Liberty, J.B. Pritzker, Jay Inslee, Joshua Freed, non-essential freedom, Religious Freedom
The coronavirus crisis of 2020 has exposed the dark underbelly of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the dangers of U.S. dependency on China. Not only was the CCP irresponsible in concealing the outbreak while allowing it to spread across the globe, but they also threatened to withhold pharmaceuticals so that America would be “plunged into the mighty sea of coronavirus.”
I’d like to offer a few words about the separation of church and state—a concept long abused by “progressives.” The religion clauses of the First Amendment were intended to protect religion from the intrusive power of the state, not the reverse. The Establishment Clause states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” That does not mean religious convictions are prohibited from informing political values and decisions. To expect…
I’d like to offer a few words about the separation of church and state—a concept long abused by “progressives.” The religion clauses of the First Amendment were intended to protect religion from the intrusive power of the state, not the reverse. The Establishment Clause states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” That does not mean religious convictions are prohibited from informing political values and decisions...
Posted in Faith, Religious Liberty
Tagged Barack Obama, christian, Establishment Clause, First Amendment, Jason Collins, Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Perry, Pete Buttigieg, Richard John Neuhaus, Rob Portman, Robert L. Toms
Last month, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee made it clear that it is specifically coming after your Illinois Family Institute. Led by some of the country's most liberal and political activists, members of the Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on "How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate" for the purpose of stripping certain Christian groups of its tax-exempt status.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged American Family Association, Brandon Wolf, Darin LaHood, Equality Florida, Eugene Volokh, First Amendment, Glenn Greenwald, HOW THE TAX CODE SUBSIDIZES HATE, Murtaza Hussain, Obergefelle, SCOTUS, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee
Several days ago, I took Tucker Carlson—a self-identifying Christian—to my teeny tiny virtual woodshed for congratulating homosexual Democratic strategist Richard Goodstein on his God-mocking, soul-destroying pseudo-marriage. Well, now I’m offering Carlson a hearty virtual pat on the back for Thursday night’s segment with Mark Steyn to whom I offer a bone-rattling pat on the back. Here’s an excerpt from their discussion of the loathsome Leftist tactic to oppress dissenters through control of language:
Steyn: “We have this immense cleansing of language. And [Leftists] are playing for big game here. I noticed about a decade ago, the government of