Category Archives: Featured

Ken Starr: Obamacare shackles religious freedom

Rick Warren: If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology

Brief: Telling the truth isn’t defamation

Federal judge strikes down Michigan marriage amendment

ADF: Government has no mandate to meddle in a family’s business

Matt Bowman: Religion is your business | National Review

Matt Bowman: If a company can be African American, can’t it be religious?

Federal judge denies Tennessee’s request for stay in marriage recognition case

SCOTUSblog argument preview: Religion, rights, and the workplace

Jury finds UNC–Wilmington retaliated against professor

California sisters fighting back after professor steals graphic pro-life sign; police report released

Ross Douthat: The challenge of pluralism

    Ross Douthat at The New York Times: “[I]t’s precisely when people in liberal societies see themselves as out on the vanguard of history that they’re least likely to concede that they might, just might, be making a mistake, and most inclined to feel instead that the thing to do is shatter the shield wall around the remaining bastions of unenlightenment rather than permit them to persist. It’s when a consensus is at its most self-confident, in other words — and therefore most vulnerable to the errors of overconfidence — that the kind of pluralism that might serve as a corrective becomes hardest for that consensus’s exponents to accept.”


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Joshua Hawley: For-profit doesn’t mean no conscience

Stanford Anscombe Society demands tax on free speech be removed

Federal judge stays enforcement of Kentucky marriage ruling pending appeal

Pornography is at the heart of our social ills

    Paul S. Loverde, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, at First Things: “Those who deny that the act of viewing pornography has any negative consequences must understand just how toxic the situation has become. . . . The most graphic forms of pornography are now easily and anonymously accessible on the internet and on any smartphone. Many among us are now caught in patterns of addiction that rival those of drugs and alcohol in their grip on the individual, if not in the disruption that results in their lives. Depression, anxiety, isolation, marital strife, and job loss can all be intensified for those caught in the web of this addiction. . . . This addiction is not merely behavioral, a bad habit that can be broken like any other. Chronic viewing of pornographic material impacts one’s brain chemistry in a manner that can “hook” a person and lead to a quest for increasingly lurid forms of pornography.”


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Encouraging suicide isn’t a crime, Minnesota court says

Tennessee governor appeals same-sex “marriage” order

ADF to W.Va. governor: Bill protecting babies from pain is sound

The Church and civil marriage

Volokh and Shapiro: Choosing what to photograph is a form of speech

Consent decree bars Louisiana school district’s promotion of religion

Utah brief: Marriage ruling “a judicial wrecking-ball”

Federal judge strikes Arkansas’ 12-week abortion ban

UNC–Wilmington on trial for retaliation against professor

Va. college sued for prohibiting student speech

ADF: Atheist group’s objections to SC school’s graduation ceremony unfounded

Mollie Hemingway: Can the AP be trusted to cover the abortion issue fairly?

Zac Crippen: The sorry state of religious liberty at the Air Force Academy

Federal lawsuit challenges Arizona marriage amendment

What’s going on at Air Force Academy? God’s word vs. Pentagon’s word

ADF: Govt shouldn’t fire employees for testifying truthfully in court

ADF: Forcing families to pay for other people’s abortion pills isn’t freedom

NAACP appeals dismissal of suit against race, sex abortion ban

Utah’s decision to freeze same-sex “marriages” debated in court

House OKs religious exemptions to having a healthcare plan

Canadian Supreme Court to decide if govt can force Catholic school to teach contrary to its beliefs

Philip Hamburger: Underlying Hobby Lobby

Doug Mainwaring: The incremental totalitarianism of the push for same-sex “marriage”

Madison, Wis. anti-speech bubble zones suspended . . . for now

Ramesh Ponnuru: The anti-discrimination regime undermines liberty

9th Circuit to hear Nevada marriage case next month

4th Circuit to follow expedited schedule for Virginia marriage case

A Hobbesian choice: Religious freedom in the business world

Indiana couples file federal lawsuit to recognize same-sex “marriage”

Santorum slams conservatives who want to ditch cultural issues

Court strikes down entirety of Md. county’s “forced speech” law for pregnancy centers

ADF letters rebut Planned Parenthood claims, ask for recusal of school board member

ADF: Supreme Court should end govt speech discrimination against churches

Center for Arizona Policy: “We’re not going anywhere”

Arizona sued over rules limiting abortion-drug use

Okla. State University ends showdown with Cowboys for Life

DHS allows German home-schooling family to stay in US

ADF to Supreme Court: Americans have right to speak up for free speech

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky to pursue appeal in marriage case, will hire outside counsel

Elane Photography religious liberty case heads to Supreme Court | Washington Post

Ross Douthat: The terms of our surrender

Lawsuit seeks end to anti-speech “bubble” zones

Dumb, uneducated, and eager to deceive: Media coverage of religious liberty in a nutshell

Rich Lowry: Brewer’s foolish veto

U.S. Congressman Trent Franks addresses S.B. 1062 controversy

Settlement fixes vague UT-Knoxville speech policy

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes Senate Bill 1062

Deception, distortion on SB 1062 results in veto

Kellie Fiedorek: Setting the record straight on SB 1062

Judge strikes down Texas marriage amendment; AG to appeal

Local Ariz. business owner, children receive death threat over SB 1062 support

Major legal scholars send letter to Ariz. governor in support of SB 1062

Brewer to hold meetings over religious liberty bill | Arizona Daily Star (AP)

Bipartisan law profs warn Brewer: SB1062 “egregiously misrepresented”

County clerk asks 10th Circuit to uphold Okla. marriage amendment

Ryan T. Anderson: On religious liberty, AZ gets it right and NYT gets it wrong again

Andrew Walker: How now shall we bake?

Holder says state attorneys general not obligated to defend marriage amendments