Same-sex Marriage, Religious Liberty Collide In Case Presented To Supreme Court | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

    Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: On Friday, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing Elane Photography, filed a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States, asking SCOTUS to reverse the New Mexico court. ADF specifically challenges the New Mexico ruling for violating the Huguenins’ First Amendment right of free speech, since it compels Elane and Jonathan to convey a message approving of gay marriage which is contrary to the Huguenins’ beliefs. The petition begins by quoting a recent U.S. Supreme Court case where the justices wrote, “At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that each person should decide for himself or herself the ideas and beliefs deserving of expression.” . . . Jordan Lorence is ADF’s lead counsel on this case. The New Mexico court found that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” like a restaurant or restroom that could not turn away a black or Hispanic person. Reacting to that declaration, Lorence told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement, “The First Amendment protects all Americans from government coercion forcing them to promote ideas they don’t support. Those in power should not misuse public-accommodation laws to punish those who decline to affirm the prevailing liberal orthodoxy on marriage.”


  • Posted: 11/12/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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Christian Photographers Ordered to Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court | ChristianNews.net

Attorneys will take New Mexico religious freedom case before U.S. Supreme Court | One News Now

Photo studio case may go to top U.S. court | ABQ Journal

Supreme Court asked to rule on “compelled” of lesbian lifestyle | US Finance Post

Real Political Science | Jim Wilson Blog at Redding.com

Photographer asks Supreme Court: Is abandoning my freedom the ‘price of citizenship’?

Photos as messages: A new constitutional case | SCOTUS Blog

How to Fight the Fictitious ‘War on Women’ | WSJ

Over three quarters of Irish voters back same sex marriage | Irish Independent

Marriage: A Luxury Good Accessible to All

Sorry, Marriage is a Luxury Good

    The Atlantic: Marriage is for everyone; failed marriages are for the poor. Bleak stuff. But it’s getting bleaker . . . Here’s why this trend—not just the move towards divorce like Derek talked about, but the move from nuptials entirely—is so gloomy. Getting married, and staying married, is one of the surest ways of securing a middle class life. By choosing not to wed in the first place, the poor are abandoning that chance at stability.


  • Posted: 11/08/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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“Reid says Mormons shifting on gay rights”

Schlafly: War on Religious Freedom

“Atheists ‘Have to Follow the Lead of the LGBT Community’” | CNSNews

Rasmussen: 54% Favor Law Prohibiting Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People

Only 33% Think Most Judges Follow the Law in Their Rulings

Generation atheist! Millennials to religion — get out of politics | Salon

Here’s What We Know About The 2.4% Of Americans Who Are Atheists

Atheists use a popular Bible app to evangelize about unbelief

    RNS: Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because her family doesn’t know about her closet atheism. One of the apps she uses most regularly is YouVersion, a free Bible app that puts a library’s worth of translations — more than 700 — in the palm of her hand. Close to 115 million people have downloaded YouVersion, making it among the most popular apps of all time.


  • Posted: 11/07/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.religionnews.com

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Conservative parents, left wing children | Dennis Prager at Human Events

Judges can sidestep religion, but they can’t avoid morality

“Gay Rights Movement Threatens Businesses” | Newsbusters

NI: Churches urge Guides to scrap ‘hurtful’ godless pledge

Bradley Manning threatens to sue military if it won’t pay for sex change

“Gay Rights Gains Piling Up; Battles Still Ahead” | AP

“Watch: Kids React to Same-Sex Marriage Proposals” | The Advocate

2 Ind. colleges say they’ll oppose marriage amendment

“Republicans need to pay attention to this poll on gay marriage in South Carolina”

Polling Data Consistently Shows Women are Pro-Life on Abortion

African-American Religious Leaders Ramp Up Campaign Against Marriage Equality

“Emboldened, gay marriage activists eye 50 states” | USA Today

West Point Hosts First Male Same-Sex Wedding

“How Illinois gay marriage fight pitted Obama against black pastors in Chicago”

    Peter Wallsten at Washington Post: Leading the charge was the Rev. James T. Meeks, the politically savvy pastor of the sprawling Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, who taped robocalls expressing his opposition to gay marriage and connecting thousands of black constituents to their local legislators . . . Irritation was growing in the African American caucus. Some circulated lists showing how campaign contributions from gay donors had historically flowed only to white Democrats, yet now they were supposed to go against powerful constituents in their home districts. Some expressed frustration that they were being asked to take a stand on gay marriage while little was being done to curb gun violence and poverty in their embattled neighborhoods.


  • Posted: 11/01/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Hiring of homosexual employees being considered by Ky. Baptist child care agency

The Teenage Brain on Porn | ABC video

Marriage Makes Our Children Richer—Here’s Why | W. Bradford Wilcox

Alliance Defending Freedom Brings Key Cases To Current Supreme Court

When Boys Can’t Decide What Gender to Be Today

British Judge Traces Change In Role of Religion In Family Courts

The Incredible Shrinking Workforce

Forget the Enlightenment—Focus on the Family | AWR Hawkins at The University Bookman

Can You Explain Your Support of Traditional Marriage? | Engage Family Minute

The Global Fight for Children’s Rights: Europe

Gallup: Higher Marriage Rate Could Boost the Economy

What happened to America? Byron Babione, other experts’ marriage testimony at Hawaii House of Representatives | Videos

Poll: 76% believe in God, 38% do what God asks

Pa. woman to face trial on charges she killed newborn found in plastic bag in bar toilet tank

Ecumenism in the Chaplaincy | First Things

    James A. Hamel at First Things: Last week I was sitting in my office at the chapel when one of our chaplain assistants came in and told me that an Airman was on his way in and wanted to talk with a chaplain. He wanted to know if I was available to see this particular Airman. I said that I was, but inquired further if the Airman expressed any denominational preference. “Did the Airman want to see a particular kind of chaplain?” The chaplain assistant assured me that the in-bound Airman didn’t have a preference; he just wanted to see a chaplain.


  • Posted: 10/28/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Polyamory: When three isn’t a crowd

The Wise Know What Matters: Political disengagement is not an option | Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO

IL: “Lambda Legal Sues After Cab Driver Kicks Out Gay Couple For Exchanging A Kiss”

Marriage and abortion are economic issues | Star Parker

Most Britons want full face veils banned in all public places

UK: Magistrates reject proposal to end Bible oath in court

Evangelicals and Immigration | Betsy Woodruff at NRO

    Betsy Woodruff at National Review: The lesson of all of this should be that any sentence that says “Evangelicals believe [fill in the blank] regarding immigration [or just about any other political issue]” is seriously fraught. There are approximately 90 to 100 million Evangelical Christians in America (per Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals). That number is big, and one might expect a certain diversity.


  • Posted: 10/25/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Polyamory and Same-Sex Marriage | Mona Charen at NRO

“Are Catholic bishops really the final authority on the faith?” | Jason Steidl at Washington Post

    Jason Steidl at Washington Post: Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois recently leveled charges of blasphemy against a group of Catholic advocates for gay rights who were planning to pray in the cathedral before a 5:15 pm Mass. These members of the Rainbow Sash Movement intended to wear the colorful sashes and pray a rosary in protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage. The bishop, however, with the backing of law enforcement, prohibited anyone with sashes from entering the cathedral . . . For Catholic supporters of gay marriage, history proves that their dissent, along with the corresponding criticisms and condemnations from bishops, is part of a long tradition of dialogue within the body of faith. Often the condemned minority becomes the accepted majority, and church teaching evolves.


  • Posted: 10/25/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

A House Divided Cannot Stand: On Social and Economic Conservatism | Ryan T. Anderson at First Things

Rasmussen: “44% Favor Gay Marriage, 44% Oppose”

Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women

Language in the Abortion Debate: Should We Use Unborn vs. Fetus or Baby?

Abortion and Murder’s Eroding Distinction | Nate Kellum at the Christian Post

Cos. Offer Health Benefits To Transgender Workers

Five Ways Lenin’s Propaganda Destroyed Marriage And The Family In Russia

    Monica Showalter at Investor’s Business Daily: The focus was on family, not what Marxism could do for the working class. But unlike economic classes such as Kulaks or aristocrats who had fallen into his disfavor, women couldn’t be liquidated. Their favored institutions could, however, and that’s why Lenin specifically targeted marriage and family in his effort to build a “New Soviet Man.” Five elements stand out in how Lenin and his Bolsheviks used propaganda to get women to support his revolution.


  • Posted: 10/24/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: news.investors.com

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Same-sex ‘marriage’ controversy hits ecumenical Thanksgiving celebration in Charlotte

Is atheism winning the culture war? | Herb Silverman of the Secular Coalition at WashPo

Point of View: So pretend you’re a photographer: Your conscience or your livelihood? | Eric Metaxas at Point of View

Should we pull back from politics? | Russell D. Moore at Southern Baptist ERLC

Ted Cruz receives 8 min. standing ovation at Texas return

Study Shows Alternate Lifestyles Put Kids at Disadvantage

Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars

Barna Research: 3 Trends Redefining the Information Age

    Barna Research: Twitter, Facebook, eBooks, news feeds, mobile apps are all information sources that didn’t exist just a few years ago, and they are changing the way the modern consumer processes information. These digital mediums have introduced to reading and to information a whole new level of scrolling, skimming and synopsizing. All of this has vast implications for the future of content and communication, including the future of books. Barna Group’s new study uncovers three of the trends that are redefining the information age.


  • Posted: 10/22/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.barna.org

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