We recently read a great little sermon illustration in which a young boy asked his father, “Dad, I was watching a TV show about marine biologists. Why do scuba-divers jump backwards into the water?” His father wittily responded, “Because if they jumped forward, they'd still be in the boat!”
Posted in Faith
Tagged 40 Days for Life, Abortion, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Ceasar LeFlore, Clarence Thomas, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Elena Kagan, Health Care Rights of Conscience Act, IFI Prayer Team, Illinois Parental Notice Act, John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Qualified Immunity, Rescuing Our Children, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court
For those who have been enjoying the waning days of summer away from news and social media, basking maskless by a refreshing body of water or hiking in a cool forest with a face as naked as a newborn babe’s, here’s what set ablaze the perpetually burning neurons of leftists: Texas banned all abortions performed on small humans whose hearts are beating and made anyone who facilitates the illegal killing of humans with beating hearts open to litigation. Sounds reasonable to me, but then again, I’ve never been a fan of killing defenseless humans who have committed no crime.
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged abortion ban, Andrew Cuomo, Archibald Cox, Bette Midler, Chris Cuomo, CNN, Edward Lazarus, Elizabeth Warren, Fugitive Slave Act, Jeffrey Rosen, Jeffrey Toobin, Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, John Hart Ely, John Zimmer, Joy Reid, Kermit Roosevelt, Laurence Tribe, Logan Green, Lyft, Mayo Clinic, Michael Kinsley, Michele Goodwin, Planned Parenthood, Richard Cohen, Roe v. Wade, Texas Heartbeat Law, U.S. Supreme Court, William Saletan
The U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor (2012) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (2020) embraced what Justice Samuel Alito described as the “so-called ministerial exception,” a doctrine that exempts religious organizations from discrimination laws when dealing with certain employees. Why “so-called”? Because the exemption covers more than just ministers or the top officials of a religious organization. But whom else? Certainly some teachers in church elementary schools, as the U.S. Supreme Court held in both of those cases.
A nationwide group of state legislators and attorneys have crafted an amicus (friend of the court) legal brief in support of the State of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, seeking to overturn the unlawful Roe v. Wade decision.
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, Elena Kagan, John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Roe v. Wad, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court
Last week many news story headlines made it sound as if the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In reality, this moderate court again avoided taking a strong stand on a politically charged issue, and simply ruled that the Plaintiffs had no standing to bring the case.
Proponents of court-packing argue that adding more judges to our nation’s judiciary is the magical solution to urgent problems, and even paint the picture that doing so is an act of goodwill. But far from being a necessity, court-packing is a brazen power-grab by one political party to fix the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices or federal judges to get the political results they want.
Posted in Federal
Tagged Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, John Roberts, Jon Ossoff, Lindsey Graham, Neil Gorsuch, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ted Cruz, U.S. Supreme Court
Back in 1994, a worried Delaware taxpayer sent a message to his senator. "Please don't force me to pay for abortions against my conscience," he said. Joe Biden sent an unambiguous response.
"I will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the Senate: those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them," he wrote.
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged Abortion, American Rescue Plan, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chris Smith, COVID–19, EWTN, House Ways and Means Committee, Hyde Amendment, Jackie Walorski, James Lankford, Joe Biden, Jose Gomez, Justice Department, Owen Jensen, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Caucus, Roe v. Wade, tax funded abortion, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia Foxx
While a number of cases have reached the U.S. Supreme Court challenging government pandemic restrictions that limit churches’ and members free exercise of religion, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker presents direct legal conflict between jurisdictions (traditionally the primary basis for Supreme Court hearing) and raises crucial additional questions that need resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, to re-protect and strengthen our first and most important liberty.
For these reasons, IFI has joined an Amicus Brief in support of Elim Romanian.
Until 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court had rightly afforded the highest level of protection to our first freedom, the …
Posted in Religious Liberty
Tagged Amy Barrett, Antonin Scalia, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, Donald J. Trump, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker, Employment Division v. Smith, John Roberts, Nevada v. Sisolak, Obergefell v. Hodges, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn vs. Cuomo, Southbay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, U.S. Supreme Court
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.
Recently, an activist group known as the Secular Democrats of America (SDA) sent a document to the president and the administration with a directive “to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism.”
On the surface, the title—Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House—makes the SDA’s mission sound appealing.
Posted in Federal
Tagged Coach Kennedy, Danbury Baptists, Equality Act, Fulton v. City of Pennsylvania, Joe Kennedy, Kelle Berry, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SCOTUS, Secular Democrats of America, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court
Eighty-four years ago, on February 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt announced a bold plan. He grew tired of the United States Supreme Court striking down key pieces of the signature “New Deal” legislation because it gave too much power to the executive branch.
So, on that Friday in February, President Roosevelt announced his intent to seek legislation to expand the membership of the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to as many as fifteen justices—what came to be known as the “court-packing” plan.
One of the more grotesque demonstrations of leftist non-sense and hypocrisy was demonstrated a week ago following an episode of the wildly popular Disney show The Mandalorian when “Baby Yoda” eats the unfertilized eggs of a Frog Woman who is transporting her eggs to her husband so he can fertilize them thereby preventing their species’ imminent extinction. Fans of Baby Yoda freaked out, incensed at the lighthearted treatment of what they deemed genocide by the beloved Baby Yoda.
The moral incoherence and hypocrisy should be obvious. In the Upside Down where leftists live, when a human mother hires someone to …
Posted in Media Watch, Sanctity of Life, Sexuality
Tagged 2020 election, Abigail Shrier, Andrew Cuomo, Baby Yoda, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Chinese Communist Party, Chris Cuomo, Christine Whitmer, CNN, Cory Booker, COVID–19, Downs Syndrome, Edward Markey, Election 2020, Electoral College, Elizabeth Warren, Free Speech, Gavin Newsom, Harry Potter, Irreversible Damage, J.K. Rowling, Jeff Merkley, John Lewis, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, lock-downs, Lori Lightfoot, Maria Cantwell, Michael Bennet, Nancy Pelosi, Patty Murray, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, The Mandalorian. Ron Wyden. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Supreme Court, Wall Street Journal
The idea of expanding the size of the U.S. Supreme Court, also known as “court packing,” has surfaced once again, as it did after the Brett Kavanaugh appointment. Often mentioned is a proposal by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of University of California Berkeley’s Law School. He favors increasing the size of the court to 13 instead of its current nine. There are other calls for a larger court, such as those produced by organizations like “Take Back the Court” and “Demand Justice.”
Posted in Federal
Tagged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Johnson, court packing, Donald Trump, Erwin Chemerinsky, George Washington, Jimmy Carter, Judiciary Act of 1789, Judiciary Act of 1869, SCOTUS, U.S. Supreme Court, University of California-Berkeley, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor
Illinois’ feckless U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth opposes the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U. S. Supreme Court because Barrett signed a 2006 newspaper ad sponsored by an Indiana pro-life organization that said, "We, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray to end abortion." In an October 2nd letter to her Senate colleagues, Duckworth said the pro-life organization whose ad Barrett signed 14 years ago opposes, "a critical step of the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process that gave me my children."
Duckworth conveniently omitted what that critical step is.
Posted in Federal, Sanctity of Life
Tagged Amy Coney Barrett, Dick Durbin, Earl Warren, John Hart Ely, Maile Pearl, Roe v. Wade, SCOTUS, Stanford Law School, Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Supreme Court
The United States Constitution's Article 2, Sec. 2, cl. 2, provides that the president of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States." President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett as U.S. Supreme Court justice who will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg.