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National Law Journal (Access via Google): The U.S. Supreme Court on June 1 made it easier for job applicants and employees to prevail on claims of religious discrimination in the workplace, but those cases remain difficult to win, employment litigators said.
Associated Press: Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.
Conservative Review: There is a deep sense of urgency among the GOP elite in Washington to implement “an Obamacare fix” and place the Republican stamp of approval on subsidies in the event that the Supreme Court invalidates them in King v. Burwell. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there is no such urgency to implement a religious liberty fix in the event that the Court mandates a new civil right for homosexual couples.
Focus on the Family: Many were surprised when Bruce Jenner started appearing in public with long hair, wearing a dress and then announced his decision to “transition into a woman.”
The Daily Signal: Later this month The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on state marriage laws. Here are the three most important things you need to know about the case, and what to do after the Court rules.
The Stream: At one point, there were upward of 50 gender options available for users to choose on Facebook. Things must have changed, because when I checked this morning, it was down to three: male, female and a write-in custom option.
CBN: A Jewish counseling center will defend its right to help clients with unwanted same-sex attraction in a New Jersey courtroom this week.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): A 10-year-old baseball player and a middle-age construction company owner are both healthy and alive today because of adult stem-cell transplants, a treatment that does not involve the destruction of a human embryo.
North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs bill to increase waiting period for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours
National Right to Life: On Friday North Carolina joined Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota as states that provide for a three-day period of reflection before women finalize a life and death decision.
Live Action News: A survey released Sunday by the Associated Press (AP) shows that abortion rates are dropping nationwide: the overall decrease was roughly 12 percent.
Canon and Culture: Ministry and mission opportunities have taken me to several “closed” countries, nations whose governments consistently silence Christianity. I have seen how routinely and brutally those in power attempt to intimidate Christians into silence. I have returned from each of those experiences with a greater appreciation of the democratic and representative republic in which I live, but also with a deeper resolve to exercise the rights and responsibilities of my citizenship.
The Becket Fund: After a scathing Supreme Court decision against the state of Arkansas for not respecting religious freedom, last Thursday a federal district court issued a permanent injunction against the state.
Relevant: Abortions are in the decline in the United States. A new Associated Press survey found that since 2010, across the country, the number of abortions performed has fallen by 12 percent.
The Stream: At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word “woman” into a term of exclusion and oppression.
Christian Today: Islam will reportedly become the world’s largest religion 55 years from now based on recent projections, but the barbarous practices of the Islamic State could undermine the growth of the world’s Muslim population, experts said.
Public Discourse: No matter what well-intentioned teachers and administrators believe, LGBT acceptance programs designed by GLSEN and funded by the CDC are designed to encourage kids to question their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The New York Post: As for the broader issue of whether gay and lesbian relationships are even morally acceptable, only 40 percent said yes in 2001. Today that number stands at 63 percent.
The New York Times: THE 2016 presidential race is already upon us. Do you find that prospect exciting or exhausting? If you chose the latter, I’m willing to wager it’s in part because of the destructive rhetoric that threatens to accompany the election. At least half of American adults felt that the last presidential campaign was too negative.
First Things: In thirty years as a professor, of graduate seminars, academic conferences, committee meetings, lunches and dinners, and conversations short and long, I have heard God mentioned rarely, and when he is mentioned he is never talked of in a way that assumes his reality.
The Federalist: Can gays and Christians co-exist in America? As the saying goes, “Can this marriage be saved?” I still hope the answer is yes. But for now, it is very much up in the air—and the answer is no longer in Christians’ hands.
The Christian Post: Included in the release were comments from ADF’s senior legal counsel David Hacker who said, “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus.
Via ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom represents Pastor Clyde Reed and Good News Community Church, a small church located in Gilbert, Arizona. The church uses small, temporary signs to invite and direct the community to its services. The town of Gilbert’s sign code imposes strict limits on the size, location, number, and duration of the church’s signs. It does not impose the same restrictions on political, ideological, and homeowners’ association signs. The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in the case on Jan. 12, has the opportunity to decide whether the government can single out one form of speech over another based on how worthy the government thinks it is.
Life Site News: A HIV-positive man who took his life in hands during his successful fight for pro-life ObamaCare insurance in Rhode Island has, through his attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) exclusively spoken with LifeSiteNews about his faith, his past, and his pro-life ministry.
The Boston Pilot: Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Stutzman and others have been “more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages.”