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Christianity Today: In a press statement, Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence, who represented Elane Photography in the case, said the decision was a step toward tyranny. “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country,” he said. “This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free.”
Clashing Claims: Should public-accommodation law trump all religious liberty? | Ryan Anderson at NRO
Ryan Anderson at National Review Online: The Alliance Defending Freedom — the lawyers defending Elane Photography — also argued that the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause protects their client. | also posted at Heritage Foundation
Jacob Gershman at Wall Street Journal: The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the photographers, said the decision amounted to government-enforced coercion. “This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free,” stated the group’s senior counsel, Jordan Lorence.
Erick Erickson at RedState: There is one organization at the forefront of this. That is the Alliance Defending Freedom. They represented Mrs. Huguenin and are considering appealing to the United States Supreme Court. They need our financial help to keep this going. I’ve given them a financial contribution and I hope you will to. They are lone and brave warriors in this fight against the left. They need every penny they can get. Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then seeks to silence good. We must fund the fight for Truth and Light.
LifeSiteNews: The Huguenins’ lawyer, ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence, called the ruling and its concurrence a “chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom.” “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country,” he said.
“Court: Photographer who wouldn’t work a gay wedding violated anti-discrimination law” | ABA Journal
ABA Journal: The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Huguenin, decried the opinion as a “blow to our client and every American’s right to live free.” “Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted,” Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement. “America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support.”
Townhall (Reuters): Jordan Lorence, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom who represented Elane Photography, said he is likely to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We believe that the First Amendment protects the right of people not to communicate messages that they disagree with,” he said in a telephone interview.
World Magazine: But serving someone who is homosexual and forcing an artist to use her creative talents to support something she disagrees with are two very different things, said Jordan Lorence, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represents Elane Photography: “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. … Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support.” ADF may appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“New Mexico Court: Christian Photographer Cannot Refuse Gay-marriage Ceremony” | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: In response to today’s decision, Lorence said in an ADF statement: Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and to every American’s right to live free. Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.
Kelly Boggs at Baptist Press: Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that advocates for religious liberty and that defended the photography company, described the situation in a news release . . . It is worth noting that neither gay marriage nor civil unions are legal in New Mexico. Additionally, there has not been one single, definitive, scientific study that has established that homosexuality is innate. Thus, two courts have made unprecedented rulings that have, for all practical purposes, conveyed civil rights upon a behavior.
Santa Fe New Mexican (AP): A lawyer for the business, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, sharply criticized the ruling and said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is under consideration. “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country,” Lorence said in a statement. “This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free.”
CBN: Jordan Lorence, with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the ruling “a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom.” A Rasmussen poll found that 85 percent of respondents believe the photographer had the right to turn down the job. She may decide to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Napp Nazworth at the Christian Post: “The idea that free people can be ‘compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives’ as the ‘price of citizenship’ is a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom and one of the lawyers for Elane Photography. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.”
Religious Liberty, Artistic Freedom Rollback In New Mexico | Rod Dreher at the American Conservative
Rod Dreher at the American Conservative: A lawyer for the business, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, sharply criticized the ruling and said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is under consideration. “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country,” Lorence said in a statement. “This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free.”
World Net Daily: “Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jordan Lorance, whose organization worked on the case. “Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support.“We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.”
Christian Concern: Christian Girl Guide and Brownie leaders in North Yorkshire risk being expelled from the movement after publicly refusing to remove God from their promise.
Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: In Elane Photography v. Willock, the New Mexico state supreme court has decided to reject a professional photographer’s statutory and constitutional claims that she could not be required to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. Filed under a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in “public accommodations” (which nowadays is often defined to include small businesses that offer services to the public), the case has been kicking around in the state’s court system since 2006. The next stop for the photographer would be the United States Supreme Court since there are First Amendment free speech and free exercise claims. The decision comes down to three basic conclusions . . .
“This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free. Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.”
AP: “They say they’ve always wanted to be a dad, they haven’t found a partner that they want to start a family with, they’re getting older and just don’t want to wait – the same things single women say,” said Madeline Feingold, a psychologist who has done counseling related to surrogacy.
This Week: According to a new study, “Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post-Industrial Landscape,” presented at the American Sociological Association, there’s now a noticeable class divide when it comes to marriage — and money worries are likely to blame.
Phyllis Schlafly at Crisis Magazine: Editor’s note: The following letter by Eagle Forum president, Phyllis Schlafly, was mailed this month to key members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the United States concerning the implementation of the Common Core education standards in public and private schools, including Catholic schools. It is reprinted here with permission of the author.
Baptist Press on Townhall: Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal group that filed the petition along with ProtectMarriage.com, said elected officials should enforce the law. “Though the current California officials are unwilling to enforce the state constitution, we remain hopeful that one day Californians will elect officials who will,” Nimocks said in a written statement.
Mark Regnerus at NRO: Here is what the Rice study’s authors say they discovered: First, they found less support for same-sex marriage than polls like Gallup and CNN tend to find. In fact, in 2012, 53 percent of those surveyed agreed that the only legal marriage should be between a man and a woman, while 13 percent sat on the fence, and 33 percent disagreed with the statement. Second, they detected no statistically significant change in overall sentiment on same-sex marriage over those six years.
Ben Carson at Washington Times: The Founders of our nation toiled long and hard to establish a government that was representative of the people. They actually designed a reasonably effective system, but over the years, significant metamorphosis has occurred, producing something that is quite dissimilar from their original intent.
AP: . . . NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said a broader coalition is needed to fight the civil rights battles of the 21st century. “Last century we needed lawyers; this century we need big, broad coalitions,” he said.
The Guardian: When I was younger it was Islam’s sense of brotherhood that my life needed, not the passivity of Christian doctrine.
CBS News: In a news conference on Sunday, Mutko appeared to liken homosexual relations to substance abuse. “We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations,” Mutko said.
Hemant Mehta on rising atheism among millenials: ‘It’s not that Christianity is unpopular, it’s that it’s untrue.’
Raw Story (carries CNN video): “Not all the millenials who are leaving church are necessarily flocking to atheism. But if you ask young people, if you ask millenials what comes to mind when they think of Christianity, when they think of the church, they will tell you it’s anti-gay, anti-doubt, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-sex education,” Mehta said. “We all know what the church is against, and we really don’t care what the church is for when you have that much baggage.”
Christian Institute: Monogamy is out of fashion and polyamorous relationships, involving multiple partners, could become the norm, a controversial BBC investigation has said.
The Longer Hispanics Experience U.S. Culture, The Less Socially Conservative they Become | Barna Group
Barna Group: While on the whole, Hispanics are more conservative than might be expected, one of the key findings of the research is a significant gap between U.S.-born Hispanics and foreign-born Hispanics. On almost all counts, U.S.-born Hispanics (including those born in Puerto Rico) are much less conservative in their social views than are those born elsewhere.
Kellie Fiedorek at Townhall: Is this what marriage has become? Has it been reduced to a rental agreement or an extended test drive? What happened to the words, “For better or for worse”?
Post and Courier: Schoolchildren filled a dimly lit room. Government agents banged on the door and rushed in. The children were rounded up. They were plucked from their families, their customs. Their hair was cut. They were placed in new homes or sent to boarding schools meant to assimilate them into a less savage culture.
Molly Ball at The Atlantic: Gradually, and largely below the radar, religious Americans have powered this momentous shift. In 2004, just 36 percent of Catholics, the Christian sect most supportive of gay marriage, favored it, along with 34 percent of mainline Protestants; today, it’s 57 percent of Catholics and 55 percent of mainline Protestants. Even among white evangelical Protestants, the most hostile group to gay marriage, support has more than doubled, from 11 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2013. “This debate has gone from a debate between nonreligious and religious Americans to a debate dividing religious Americans,” said Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, who has closely tracked the evolution in public opinion.
Jean Bethke Elshtain at Public Discourse: Americans have lost ways of talking about their commitments and what gives their lives meaning, except in and through a subjective kind of rights-talk. Other “languages” central to the American political tradition—civic republicanism or a rich scripturally-inspired language (here all one need do is read Abraham Lincoln’s great speeches)—have faded as rights-talk has triumphed.
Huffington Post: According to new research by Erica Sandow of Umea University in Sweden, people who commute at least 45 minutes one-way to work are more likely to divorce than people who have shorter daily commutes. The study, which is published in the British journal “Urban Studies,” analyzed data that tracked millions of Swedes from 1995 to 2005.
Russell D. Moore at Washington Post: Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human. Poet Wendell Berry responded to techno-utopian scientism with the observation that civilization must decide whether we see persons as creatures or as machines. If we are creatures, he argued, then we have purpose and meaning, but also limits. If we see ourselves, and the world around us, as a machine, then we believe the Faustian myth of our own limitless power to recreate ourselves.
FRC Blog: FRC’s Leo Johnson showed his love in the most heroic way. We are urging mothers and fathers to marry, to cherish and nurture their children, for their own sake and for the sake of this land we love.
Here and Now: A rapidly changing world is altering the lives of millions of women. In India, the rising economic wherewithal of a new generation of women is transforming an institution as old as the country itself: marriage.
Rasmussen: Americans draw a fine line when it comes to respecting each other’s rights. If a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage is asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, 85% of American Adults believe he has the right to say no.
BBC: The BBC will broadcast a reality-style children’s programme on a gay couple preparing for their civil partnership ceremony. The show has been re-named for the edition, and will be called Marrying Dad and Dad instead of Marrying Mum and Dad.
Australian: Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, a sociologist and co-author of the paper, which was presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in New York, said: “With siblings, you’re having to manage friendships. You’re having to navigate ups and downs with other people, and get along with someone who is not necessarily like you.”
Washington Post: “Prayer has been a hallmark of not just the Senate, but the House of Representatives, and state and local legislatures around the country. Legislative prayer is as familiar as the Pledge of Allegiance, and has a longer pedigree. Yet, it is a practice that is under assault . . .
“Conservative Christians try to build a new national scouting organization after Boy Scouts of America votes to accept openly gay members” | Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News: Stemberger and Green cite research by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian-based public interest law firm, that says, “A homosexual Scout who is denied the opportunity to be an adult volunteer with a church-based troop simply because he turns a year older is likely to file a lawsuit alleging that such age-based classifications are arbitrary. In sum, by intentionally admitting youth of any sexual orientation or preference as Scouts, it will be argued that there is no principled basis to limit the restriction to adult volunteers.”
Catholic World News: The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Ibadan, which is located in southwestern Nigeria, warned against attempts to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Hill: Santorum mocked the opinion of GOP strategists, the “pros who guided us so well through the last election” who have joined with Tea Party and libertarian Republicans who assert “we just need to talk about economics.”
Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts: This was the 2nd Annual FAMiLY Leadership Summit hosted by The FAMiLY Leader, in partnership withActRight.com, Alliance Defending Freedom, CitizenLink, Citizens United, Heritage Action for America, and National Organization for Marriage. The FAMiLY Leader reported that 2000 tickets were scanned. Last year the Summit was held at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA that has a capacity of 900. Stephenson Auditorium has a capacity of 2700-2800. Greg Baker with The FAMiLY Leader told Caffeinated Thoughts that they hope to continue holding the Summit there in the near future since there is room to grow.
Christian Institute: Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show a sharp rise in the number of so called “silver splitter” divorces.
The Hill: The poll, a part of Gallup’s Minority Rights and Relations survey conducted June 13 through July 5, indicates that 64 percent of Hispanics born in the U.S. to two U.S.-born parents were either Democrats or leaned that way . . .
NC Register: The U.S. Catholic bishops are trying to bring their flocks fully into the pro-life fold, but another poll confirms that the faithful are not even halfway there. However, Catholic and pro-life leaders believe the Church has an opportunity to change these trends — if only the lay faithful will take it.
Capitol Times: Wisconsin is best described as a politically moderate state. But if you looked at its laws on abortion and LGBT rights, you might think the Badger State was on the buckle of the Bible Belt.
Helen Smith at PJ Media: Add this all together and marriage is not in the cards for many men today, or is so stressful, it is only for the more educated and affluent who can delegate some of these tasks to others. With fewer career prospects and higher expectations of marriage, the average guy this age may just opt out and decide that marriage is not an option. And divorce is more expensive than ever and filled with more uncertainty for men.
Elizabeth Evans at Reuters: Gay marriage has been gaining support among the American public, most dramatically among the young. Many evangelicals have been vocal on social justice issues like sex trafficking, poverty and climate change. Will these traditionally conservative Christians, particularly younger ones among them, end up adapting to the idea — if not the principle — of same-sex marriage
Scott Woodruff at HSLDA: “Oh, my God, I have a chance to learn!” The Washington Post’s recent article about Virginia’s religious exemption statute includes this fascinating quote from Josh Powell, the young man who never attended public school because his parents obtained an exemption on religious grounds. The article criticizes the law that allows the exemption and lobbies for its change. But let’s slow down and think this through.
Ryan T. Anderson at National Review: Merriam-Webster is going to have to update the next edition of its dictionary, at least if marriage redefiners have their way. Do you know what the words “monogamish,” “throuple,” and “wedlease” mean? If not, you soon will. After all, the power to redefine words is the power to redefine reality.
Black Conservatives, Pastors and Concerned Citizens to Gather in Chicago Suburb to Discuss Plight of the Black Family
Christian Newswire: The Summit, entitled Defending the Natural Family: R.I.S.E. to Rebuild the Foundation of Black America, will feature the partnership of national, state and local leaders prepared to address key issues and challenges facing, in particular, Black America.
Asia Times: Throughout history there has not been one successful union between Islam and the Arab ruling classes – successful in the sense that it contributed to progress, rights, and prosperity for all. Islamists were either co-opted or conflict reigned. The atrociousness of the results of these conflicts varied depending on how clever Arab rulers were in their management.
LifeSiteNews: The AAP recently issued an updated policy statement concerning homosexuality to its 60,000 members. The new guidelines say pediatricians should strive to “provide the context that being LGBTQ is normal, just different.”
Education News: More than a quarter (28%) of 1,000 UK parents questioned feared being judged by neighbours if they let their children play unsupervised outdoors. Almost a third (32%) believed allowing their children to play ball games or make noise outdoors would cause problems with other residents.
AP: The Pew study, out Thursday, says a record 21.6 million young adults between 18 and 31-years old are at home with mom and dad. That’s 36 percent of the age group . . .
World Magazine: But Rob Schwarzwalder, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, believes that LGBT-friendly companies miss a bigger picture in light of current profit: “Companies that actively and openly affirm homosexuality as a valid choice of life and behavior are failing to recognize the toll that homosexual unions will take on society if they become fully legitimated. They are, in my view, looking for social acceptance and quick profit ahead of principle.”
Zenit: “It remains my hope and prayer that in time, by Gods grace and by our gentle love and witness, we will recall society to the path of authentic humanism”
LifeSiteNews: The “U.S. Fertility Forecast” report, released today by Demographic Intelligence of Charlottesville, Virginia, found that women who regularly attend religious services were more likely to have large families than those who did not.
Hemant Mehta at CNN: While Christians have played sloppy defense, secular Americans have been showing off some impressive offense, giving young Christians plenty of reasons to lose faith in organized religion.
Nathan Cherry at the Engage Family Blog: We’re constantly being told that Americans “overwhelmingly” support marriage redefinition. I don’t buy that considering that just a few years ago one of the most liberal states, California, when given the chance didn’t legalize same-sex “marriage.” That alone should be a red flag that all those talking heads telling us that a majority of Americans support redefining marriage aren’t telling the truth.
AlbertMohler.com: The biggest headline from the Pope’s remarks was not what he had to say about the scandals at the Vatican Bank, but what he said about homosexuality and, in particular, homosexuals in the priesthood. The key sentence in the Pope’s remarks is this: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”
Baptist Press: He is difficult to find and even then is barely visible, but he’s there. Green Man, a symbol of ancient pagan religion, stares down from the nave of Norwich Cathedral. In a way, his presence is symbolic of how it has always been, and still is, in this medieval city.
Steve Cooper at Forbes: One thing that has been consistent over the years, however, is how beneficial a happy marriage is to a person’s health—including mental, physical, financial and other ways. If you really want to excel in the boardroom, take care of your needs and responsibilities in your own living room first. Here are four reasons that being happily married could make you a better CEO.
Scientific American: Marriage rates in America are at an all-time low. And the median age at which women say “I do” is the highest it’s been in a century. Christopher Intagliata reports