This week, the Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari for Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman, in a move that should cause great concern for those who value religious freedom. Those are Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito’s words, not mine. Refusing to hear this case and issue a ruling has left Washington state pharmacists in the lurch, unable to express their sincerely held religious beliefs. Thanks to Justice Alito, we can see the reasons why this development should be so concerning:
Yesterday here at The Pulse 2016, Jane Robbins noted a frightening implication from a federal judge’s recent decision to strike down a Mississippi religious liberty law. It is no longer enough for the left that same-sex couples receive equal treatment under the law when it comes to marriage; they must also receive full approval from every government employee:
. . . It is not enough that a clerk accommodate a same-sex couple’s demand for a marriage license by asking someone else in the office to issue it; rather, her labor must be dragooned — unnecessarily — in service of a result she finds morally objectionable.
The Daily Signal is reporting at long last a hearing has been scheduled for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on July 12.
The First Amendment Defense Act is a modest piece of legislation that prevents the federal government from discriminating against individuals because they define marriage as one man and one woman, or believe sex is properly confined to such a marriage. It has 171 House sponsors (including one Democrat), but it has not yet been advanced out of the committee headed by Rep. Continue Reading
A bunch of national polls came out yesterday, and things are starting to look a little better for Donald Trump:
- Fox News: Clinton, 44 percent; Trump, 38 percent
- Quinnipiac: Clinton, 42 percent; Trump, 40 percent
- Rasmussen: Clinton, 39 percent; Trump, 43 percent
While Donald Trump had his worst month of the campaign in June, he appears to be narrowing the gap on Hillary Clinton. Continue Reading
OneNewsNow.com reports that the National Education Association (NEA) is pledging at least $70,000 — and possibly much more — to push transgender policies in schools and fight state-level religious freedom laws. The plan is expected to be addressed during the NEA’s upcoming meeting in Washington next week:
Retired NEA member Jerelee Smith has been tracking the latest proposal, which is expected to raise the concern of conservatives and Christians alike.
“It looks like to me they’re bringing out all the guns,” Smith begins.
On Monday, a federal district judge appointed by President Obama struck down the section of Mississippi’s new religious freedom law allowing certain government employees to seek recusal from issuing marriage licenses or performing marriage ceremonies in violation of their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the relevant officials must deal with all couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, in the same way. (Right now the order applies only to same-sex couples rather than polygamous or incestuous unions. Continue Reading
Clay Cope is running for Congress in Connecticut with an unusual profile: he’s a Catholic convert, he’s for fiscal frugality, and he’s a gay former Texan via Manhattan weekender.
He sounds like a really nice guy. Really nice. But when asked a basic question — is he willing to support the First Amendment Defense Act which would prevent the federal government from discriminating against people and organizations that define marriage in the traditional way, not Anthony Kennedy’s way? Continue Reading
For years, the Clintons claimed that they wanted abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare,” a relatively moderate position they stuck to so long as they considered it politically convenient. In 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed wholeheartedly when asked if America should try to reduce the number of abortions to zero. For “at least fifteen years,” she said, that had been her goal in “talking about abortion being safe, legal and rare — and by rare I mean rare.”
Two years ago, the California Department of Managed Care informed state health insurance providers that they could no longer offer health plans that excluded abortion coverage, even if the employers offering those plans had religious objections to abortion.
A number of groups immediately challenged the rule on the grounds that it violated federal law, expecting an easy, open-and-shut case. However, after sitting on the complaint for more than two years, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services finally decreed last week that California’s edict was in fact completely legal, inviting immediate charges that the administration is “making a mockery of the law.”
The accusation is not without merit. Continue Reading
Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.
I think the single biggest threat is economic elites who actively oppose the social issue agenda and find it distasteful and find it socially in the parties and in the milieus in which they operate. But secondarily, and equally as important, is that the social issues movement has tied itself to the economics of the Republican elites, and what that means is the interests of working men and women — of labor — is being confounded by people who, in addition, oppose the actual social issues positions of their supposed allies.