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ADF Media : For the second time, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has ruled against the city of Chicago and in favor of an inner-city ministry. The nearly 10-year old case started in the fall of 2005 when the city prevented World Outreach Conference Center from occupying a former YMCA building.
USCIRF: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the continuing prosecution of Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith who face the death penalty if convicted on the baseless charges of undermining Sudan’s constitution and waging war against the state.
Christian Today: At least 95 schools in northern Kenya have been forced to close after teachers, many of whom are Christians, refused to work fearing attacks from Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.
Law and Religion Australia: The outcome of the decision is that Supreme Court, by an 8-1 majority, over-ruled the decision of the lower, Tenth Circuit, appeal court that A&F could not be held liable because Ms Elauf had not explicitly requested a religious accommodation.
Ecumenical News: The Malaysian church which took down its cross in April after Muslim protesters pressured it to do so has vowed to put the symbol back on its building.
Malaymail Online: There is more freedom of religion in Malaysia compared to Singapore and the United States, both of which imposes stricter laws against various faiths, a prominent Christian preacher said today.
Fox News: Iran’s revolutionary court imposed harsh prison sentences last week on 18 Christian converts for charges including evangelism, propaganda against the regime, and creating house churches to practice their faith, according to sources with knowledge of the Islamic Republic’s secretive judicial system.
BBC: The day after Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage almost every German newspaper cover displayed a rainbow.
Legatus Magazine: The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments inObergefell v. Hodges on April 28. As the arguments progressed, countless court watchers, politicos, lawyers, and others (myself included) were glued to their computer screens, eagerly awaiting live-blogged updates on the proceedings from inside the courtroom.
Stand to Reason Blog: As rational human beings, we desire to think consistently about the world, but consistent views aren’t necessarily accurate ones. We can help people think consistently, but we’re rapidly losing our ability to help people think accurately. The problem comes down to a worldview difference.
National Review: With all of the fuss about transgender issues these days–and support–I have been warning that the next stage in radical self-recreationism will be to allow people suffering from the terrible mental illness, body integrity identity disorder (BIID), to have healthy limbs amputated or spinal cords severed to allow an able-bodied sufferer to become the disabled person they know themselves to be.
Remarriage in the United States: If at first they don’t succeed, do most Americans “try, try again”?
Contemporary Families: Wedding season is here again, and for many couples that is literally true. In 2013, 40 percent of all marriages — four out of every ten — were remarriages for either the bride or groom.
USCCB: The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.
The Daily Signal: In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from “discriminating” against faith-based institutions.
The Stream: Public opinion on same-sex “marriage” has shifted so quickly that major Democratic candidates for president in 2008 still had to pretend to believe in man-woman marriage (that is, “marriage”). It was only after Joe Biden gave the game away that President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage as soon as he did — in May 2012. By that time, a majority of Americans were just starting to tell pollsters they agreed. Now, a mere three years later, only the most stout-hearted public figures can make the man-woman marriage argument that Barack Obama was still making in April 2012.
The Stream: The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.
National Right to Life: EMILY’s List, the political action committee that showers money on Democratic female candidates who back abortion without limits, announced its top House targets for 2016 on Monday.
The Federalist: For years, a major aim of the sexual revolution has been to deconstruct gender differences as being “social constructs,” mere cultural projections of what maleness and femaleness are and mean. This critique evacuated gender of any physical meaning and reduced it to an existential feeling—a feeling of being male or female, regardless of one’s sexual biology.
Vox: Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones.
Mere Orthodoxy: The torrents of passion the sexual revolution released are now receding, leaving behind the ruins and rubble of broken lives and homes. We once thought we might have all the feelings of love without any of the boundaries; but by trying to set eros free, we instead shattered it.
Public Discourse: Because it reduces the human person into a mere vehicle for abstract rights, liberalism has no language to express the transcendence and sacrifice of human sexuality.
Ohio Right to Life: Yesterday, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard opposition testimony on our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which protects pre-born babies from the discriminatory violence of abortion.
CNS News: The number of American babies who have been aborted in the years since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has already exceeded the entire population of the United States as recorded in the 1880 Census.
The San Diego Union-Tribune: In a letter to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, the Alliance Defending Freedom — a Folsom-based legal group that defends these pregnancy counseling centers — argued the bill would violate federal rules that “states cannot receive federal funding if they rob women of the right to choose a pro-life medical provider by forcing pro-life entities to refer or arrange for abortions.”
Patriot Post: “Barronelle regularly serves gay and lesbian clients, and will continue to do so. She gladly served Robert for nearly a decade. Her only objection is to using her artistic abilities to create artistic custom arrangements celebrating a particular event, i.e., a marriage ceremony that her religion teaches is contrary to God’s plan and spiritually harmful to her. This religious objection extends to any marriage that is not between a man and a woman, not just those involving two persons of the same sex.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
World Magazine: California is one of the 29 states without a RFRA law to cover religious belief issues. Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer Jordan Lorence said a RFRA bill is a way to protect all citizens from the power of the government to compel action against their beliefs. If Titman’s lawyers argued using RFRA, they would have had to prove two things: his religious belief is sincere and the interest of the school in his case was not compelling enough to be more important than his beliefs.
Life News: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the United States, the word “discrimination” comes with a lot of baggage – evoking images of slavery, white-only drinking fountains, and segregated schools.
Canon and Culture: The 1950s and 1960s marked the beginning of sweeping societal upheaval in the United States. The most sensational headlines have always gone to sex (the sexual revolution), drugs (the pharmacological revolution), and rock and roll (the musical revolution), but alongside this well-known triumvirate the Baby Boomers also brought us fast food and frozen dinners (the culinary revolution). These revolutions are all related. They have cross-pollinated one another and they share common dependencies. They all endure, with any of the four of them likely to steal the headlines on any given day. They have not, however, progressed all at the same pace.
ADF Media: Boise State University has revised its speech policy in light of a lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed last year on behalf of a pro-life student group. The university’s new speech policy no longer requires student organizations to post warning signs on campus for events school officials deem “controversial” and no longer limits literature distribution on campus.