Illinois Pregnancy Centers Take Stand Against Compelled Abortion Advertising
WASHINGTON—today twenty-three Illinois pregnancy centers filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. Their brief defends their right to not promote abortion and a woman’s right to choose life for her unborn child. The NIFLA v. Becerra case out of California deals with whether the government can force pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The Illinois centers contend...
Religious Liberty Wins, For Now.
Based on a quick survey of news articles and blogs on Mississippi’s law, HB 1523, you could conclude that gay, lesbian, transgender, and people who have sex outside of marriage, are about to be in great danger. That is because the news articles and blogs are filled with hyperbole about...
What’s at Stake in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Forced Abortion Speech
By Andrew Willis   |   01.08.18
Roe v. Wade may have locked the “right” to abortion in American caselaw for the present future, but the courts have generally been respectful to medical professionals who wish to abstain from any affiliation with abortion. If doctors, nurses, or...
Coalition Letter Urges Trump Administration to Resist Courts on “Transgenders” in Military
By John Biver   |   12.26.17
A coalition of Christian leaders, including the Illinois Family Institute’s Dave Smith, has sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to move forward with his plans to revoke President Barack Obama’s policies regarding "transgenders" in the military...
Making Room for Baby Jesus in the Illinois Rotunda
By Monte Larrick   |   12.07.17
Thanks to the work of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee, the state capitol rotunda is once again the site for a privately funded creche display. Tom Brejcha, the president of the Thomas More Society​, points out that the public interest law firm is working with groups to bring nativity scenes and the Gospel message to cities across the nation.
Why the Masterpiece Cake Case Matters to All Americans
By Dr. Michael L. Brown   |   12.04.17
Should a gay baker be required by law to design a cake with the message, “God hates fags”? Should an African American t-shirt maker be required by law to design a t-shirt saying, “Long live the KKK?” Should a Muslim caterer be required by law to provide pork for a secular event? Should a Jewish photographer be required to shoot a wedding on the Sabbath? The answer to all these questions is: Of course not. Why, then, should a Christian baker be required by law to design a cake celebrating the “wedding” of two women (or men)?
Pray for Religious Liberty at the SCOTUS
By David E. Smith   |   12.03.17
This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear a case that will either preserve our First Amendment religious liberty in the United States or diminish it. The case is about Jack Phillips, a bakery owner in...
Asinine Idea to Protect Christian Vendors from Lawsuits
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.30.17
Legal affairs columnist at The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson, has offered the dumbest idea yet to solve the problem of homosexual couples trying to force Christians to provide goods and services for their faux-weddings. Michaelson, who writes on “law, religion, and sexuality,” is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, which provides clear evidence that intelligence and prestigious educations provide no bulwark against foolishness.
Illinois Law Could be Impacted by California Right of Conscience Case if it is Heard by SCOTUS
By John Biver   |   11.01.17
In a fast-moving story, right of conscience cases are moving forward and possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here are just two recent headlines from Life News: October 30: Pregnancy Centers Ask Supreme Court to Overturn California Law Forcing Them...
Environmentalist Lobby Goes After Christian Nominee
Remember when Bernie Sanders passionately attacked budget office nominee Russell Vought because Vought believes salvation comes only by faith in Jesus Christ—something Christianity has taught for two millennia? It looks like it’s open season for anti-Christian bigots to hunt down and destroy any Christian nominated to public office—especially if that Christian doesn’t toe the line of environmental political correctness. Forget Article 6 of the Constitution ...
Black Church Leaders Defend Baker in Wedding Cake Case
A Colorado baker has a right not to make a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage that is against his faith, and the LGBT agenda is not a new civil rights movement, black Christian leaders said Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The nine leaders spoke in support of Jack Phillips, whose lawyers will ask the high court...
Relief from Onerous HHS Mandate Restores Religious Liberty
By David E. Smith   |   10.13.17
Last week, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will exempt employers who have a faith-based or moral-based objection to providing contraceptives, including drugs that can cause abortions. This is important action to restore religious liberties that were stripped away in the Obamacare HHS mandate.
Censoring Sermons
For more than 60 years, the IRS has used the “Johnson Amendment” to censor what churches and pastors preach from the pulpit. Under the Johnson Amendment, pastors' First Amendment rights have become bargaining chips to be exchanged for a tax status. Pastors who share truth on biblical issues – like the sanctity of life and marriage – could risk intrusive IRS audits, incur steep fines, and even jeopardize their church’s tax-exempt status.
Religious Freedom Cases Stacking Up
By John Stonestreet   |   10.03.17
Court cases across the country continue to point to the big showdown coming soon at the U.S. Supreme Court.In the ongoing legal battles over religious freedom, there are advances and setback. One win happened last month. When Amy Larson, a ...
We’ve got Jack’s Back
By Aaron Baer   |   09.29.17
Jack Phillips’ case going before the U.S. Supreme Court later this fall is a case that has the potential to alter the course of American history. If Jack loses in court, our ability to live out our faith will be...
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