Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
UPI: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so … removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.”
National Review: “If they weren’t fully ready, they should accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them — delay it another year, get it ready, and make sure it works,” Blitzer said Wednesday.
ACLU: The ultimate goal of our advocacy for lesbian and gay rights isn’t to pass protective laws, to secure rights in court, or to win ballot fights – it’s to change the way America thinks about LGBT people. To do that, we’ve got to combat at least the following stubbornly enduring stereotypes about gay people . . .
AP: Still, the church has only gone so far. Church apostle Dallin H. Oaks reiterated this past weekend during a biannual conference that human laws cannot “make moral what God has declared immoral.” The church website, launched in December, reinforced that while same-sex attraction itself is not a sin, succumbing to it is.
BBC: “We have a slightly different culture,” he replied. “For us, the concept of sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company. Ours is a traditional family. If gays like our pasta and our communication, they will eat our pasta. If not, they can avoid it and eat another brand. You can’t please everyone in order to displease no-one. “I wouldn’t do an ad with a homosexual family not because I disrespect gays – they have their right to do whatever they want without disturbing others – but because I don’t think like them and I think that the family we try to address is anyway a classic family.”
Washington Post: Former President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness this past weekend at the Maine wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, co-owners of a Kennebunk general store. Thorgalsen posted a photo of the 41st commander-in-chief signing a set of documents for them at an outdoor celebration: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”
David French at National Review Online: People with conviction dictate the terms of debate, transform the decision-making paradigm of even the largest entities, and lay the groundwork for larger cultural transformation.
Texas County Commissioner To Fox Sports: Stop ‘religious Bigotry’ Against James Or Face Consequences
Breitbart: On Tuesday, Matt Shaheen, commissioner of Collin County, Texas, penned a letter to Fox Sports protesting Fox Sports’ decision to terminate broadcaster Craig James based on James’ opposition to same-sex marriage.
Washington Times: But Mr. James‘ legal team claims he has a solid case of discrimination. In a letter sent to Fox Sports on Tuesday, Liberty Institute’s general counsel Jeff Mateer wrote that the “decision to terminate Craig James because of Mr. James‘ religious beliefs is a severe violation” of his liberties, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Blaze: A new Rasmussen survey shows more than 40 percent of Americans view social media like Facebook and Twitter as having a generally positive effect when it comes to keeping people informed on current events. From the survey . . .
The Guardian: Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic church on Friday, when he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Kathyrn Jean Lopez of NRO at Fox News: Not everything in the world is about sex and politics. That message may take the New York Times a few more homilies and interviews with Pope Francis to understand. The Catholic Church – or at least those preachers and teachers who are outspoken on matters concerning human sexuality, especially when catechetical discussions are turned into clashes in the public square for political or cultural reasons – is often accused of being obsessed with sex. But the obsession might just be the media’s.
LifeNews: With the rise in the number of states passing legislation that bans aborting unborn children capable of feeling pain, the New York Times this week decided the nation awaits their take with bated breath.
International Business Times: Nigeria is a nation deeply rooted in tradition and religion, major reasons why homosexuality is largely not accepted by the society. This, combined with the fear of the unknown, causes many gay women and men to disguise their sexuality for fear of persecution.
Matt Berman at National Journal: It’s a slippery slope. First, a state allows same-sex couples to wed. Next, the state loses the ability to monitor sexual conduct, everyone stops having babies, and the state becomes a veritable ghost town. That may sound a bit crazy, but it’s roughly the defense that lawyers representing the state of Michigan are making as part of a case alleging that a law banning same-sex adoptions is unconstitutional.
Christian Post: TLC aired its third polygamist show, with the special “My Five Wives,” featuring the Williams family. Brady Williams and his family were featured on the special and spoke about their lives as polygamists who don’t belong to any organized religion.
Janet Parshall at Christian Post: We are witnessing the new “acceptable” form of discrimination. If you are a Christian who believes what God has said, that marriage is the union of one MAN and one WOMAN – and if you believe sexual expression is allowed ONLY within that model (anything else is called sin by God’s standard) then you are deemed to be a bigot or worse, a hater.
NY Daily News: Archbishop John Nienstedt, who railed against same-sex marriage in Minnesota earlier this year, said ‘the source’ of contraception, porn and the redefinition of marriage is the ‘Father of Lies.’ His staunch opposition to gay marriage comes as Pope Francis has adopted a gentler tone against gays in the church.
ABC (AP): Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision, which set off a chain reaction that has for all practical purposes made gay marriage legal in the state.
Citizen Link: Last June, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court struck part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, sociologists at Rice University published a significant study examining Americans’ attitudes toward same-sex marriage . . . In other words, from 2006 to 2012, if a person was going to change their mind on the issue of marriage, they were more likely to swing toward opposing same-sex marriage than supporting it.
Heritage Foundation: We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care. But there’s an even more important cost: your health.
San Francisco Chronicle: When Theodore Olson and David Boies, two prominent corporate lawyers, challenged California’s ban on same-sex marriage in federal court more than four years ago, many gay-rights advocates thought it was the wrong case in the wrong court, at the wrong time, and could set the movement back seriously.
CNSNews: Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, 76, who is retiring from movies it was reported today, is, unlike many liberals in Tinseltown, a staunch pro-lifer who said in a 1984 interview about abortion, “I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view.”
Bangor Daily News: In November, with just 47 percent of voters opposing the referendum to legalize gay marriage, the law was passed at the polls. The Public Policy Polling poll — released in late August — shows that opposition to gay marriage has declined to 38 percent since then . . . “There’s been nothing but promotion of the idea of redefinition of marriage,” Conley said.
TIME: NALT stands for “Not All Like That”—Christians who say “We are not all anti-gay”—and the NALT Christian Project aims to give LGBT-affirming Christians a platform to tell the world, and especially young gay people, that you can be a Christian and still support equal rights for gays.
Illinois Review: Bishop Thomas Paprocki is not the kind of Catholic leader who minces words. The prelate, who presides over the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, warns that anti-Christian bigotry in the U.S. is on the rise and that the media is to blame.
John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews: Since the push for “gay marriage” started, people who opposed it have absolutely refused to engage in discussions about the moral liceity, or even the physical and psychological consequences of homosexual behaviour. Have you noticed? The one thing no one in the argument seems to want to do is really to talk about what we’re talking about.
Grover Norquist at Human Events: Every Republican in the House and Senate agrees that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a consumer friendly, non-bureaucratic health care system. The question before Republican elected officials who have to vote on specific legislation and the conservative movement offering strategic advice is how to get from here to there.
AL.com: But Walker – a popular conservative viewed as a potential presidential contender in 2016 – has also acknowledged that the GOP’s hard line against same-sex marriage is unpopular with the majority of voters.
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.
Christians, Other Egyptians Protest Perceived Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Bias of White House, Media, CAIR
Patrick Goodenough at CNSNews: Coptic Christians and other Egyptian-Americans plan a rally in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to highlight what they say is a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias by the Obama administration and “certain American media.”
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.
Reason.com: Americans are more reluctant to support marriage for same-sex couples when framed as changing a word’s definition. When framed as legalization, more Americans support marriage equality, resulting in a 7 point increase in support.
CNSNews: If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they’ll lose Sean Hannity’s support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night.
Press Gazette: Ofcom has fined an Islamic TV channel £85,000 after it broadcast statements saying it was acceptable to murder anyone who disrespects the Prophet Mohammed. The media watchdog imposed the fine on Al Ehya Television Limited in respect of its Noor TV service.
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.
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.
Newsmax: Al Jazeera America launches Tuesday. With bureaus located in 12 major U.S. cities, and supported by an international network of news correspondents, Al Jazeera America will have 900 employees, of which 400 are newsroom employees, The New York Times reported.
LA Times Editorial: The Supreme Court should not only allow prayers at government meetings that favor one religion.
NY Post: American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), which is organizing the march, claims Muslims nationwide have been the victims of anti-Islamic bigotry in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil.
Politico: Discussing the Republican leadership on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Roberts, who is gay, said that RNC chair Reince Priebus had congratulated him on his engagement and that RNC communications director Sean Spicer later congratulated him on his marriage.
Poynter: The (Pottstown, Pa.) Mercury says its stories about same-sex marriage keep disappearing from its Facebook page. Other newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily News and other Digital First Media-affiliated papers in the Philadelphia region, reported similar problems, Frank Otto writes.
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.
The Hill: “We don’t have time for the media’s games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston. “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”
AFLC: Yesterday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a motion for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, asking the court to rule that the refusal of a Detroit-area transportation authority to run a “Leaving Islam” advertisement on its buses violated the U.S. Constitution.
The Hill: “Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman said in a statement. “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have [the] performers.”
Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review: In the familiar pattern, the Western media are focused on the military raids against Islamic supremacists in Egypt but ignoring the latter’s use of violence and of women and children as human shields. After all, the “protesters” say they are “peaceful.”
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.
NY Times: The major credit card companies position themselves as being quite broad-minded: observing gay pride month, creating a Shariah-compliant credit card, celebrating diversity among employees. But the companies also do business with hate groups, including by processing donations to anti-gay and anti-Muslim organizations and to white supremacists. Should credit card companies stop processing payments to such extremist groups? Or in the interest of free speech, should these organizations continue to be allowed to receive donations via credit card?
CT: Court Rejects Religious Discrimination Claim Based on Associated Press’s Rejection of Plaintiff’s Religiously Themed Article
Volokh Conspiracy: From Mehdi v. Comm’n on Human Rights & Opportunities (Conn. Ct. App. official release date Aug. 13, 2013) . . . The Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities agreed with the AP, and so did the courts. The case could have been rejected on the grounds that the AP is not a place of public accommodation (at least as to the contents of its wire service), or that excluding an article based on its religious message doesn’t constitute discrimination against Mehdi because of his religion — I’m not sure how those arguments would have fared under Connecticut law, but they seem quite plausible to me.
CBN (includes video): A new organization says tens of thousands of people have left the gay lifestyle, but they’re intimidated into silence. And they took their stories to the Supreme Court this week.
LifeNews: Live Action is leading efforts to hold the media accountable for more comprehensive coverage of newsworthy stories in America – namely, abortion. At the March on the Media Thursday, August 8, Live Action will be joined by many pro-lifers to protest the media blackout on abortion.
Washington Post: The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
NY Times Editorial: At least three dozen lawsuits have been filed by private businesses challenging, on religious grounds, the new health care law’s requirement that most company health plans provide no-cost coverage of contraceptives. The lawsuits share a basic flaw: Profit-making corporations are not human beings capable of engaging in religious exercise to begin with.
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?”
Christian Institute: The Prime Minister says he does not support a ban on topless images of women in the Sun newspaper – believing it is up to consumers, not regulators, to decide. A group campaigning against Page 3 criticised David Cameron, saying the pictures are “damaging for women”.
LifeNews: Lila Rose of Live Action has had enough and her pro-life group has started a new campaign, March on the Media, to combat the epidemic of pro-abortion bias when it comes to reporting on abortion issues.
Washington Times: Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O’Donnell’s personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate’s tax history.
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: On Thursday, President Barack Obama said of his health care law: “Despite all the evidence that the law is working the way it’s supposed to,” there are critics out there. He says they must be doing it for purely political reasons. That sound you hear is the fire alarm going off in the White House.
National Right to Life News: What National Right to Life has so carefully pointed out for decades is that when poll questions move past broad categories to ask more specifics, you find that a majority of Americans oppose the reasons for which over 90% of abortions are performed. When Gallup started asking those more nuanced questions, we were proven to be absolutely correct.
Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews: Upon hearing Belén’s story, abortion zealots went on the warpath, demanding the girl be given an abortion. What a great opportunity she presented to topple such an archaic religious mandate…
LifeSiteNews: The National Journal released their list of the top 25 Washington women this week, including Live Action’s president, Lila Rose, as the youngest member. This list is a collection of young women who “quickly made their mark in Congress, think tanks, lobby shops, federal agencies, and other venues.”
USA Today: With no immediate hope of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion, Republicans around the country are increasingly pushing legislation to restrict the procedure, and Democrats say they’ll make the GOP pay in coming elections.
NY Times Editorial: As historic and welcome as we found the Supreme Court’s two recent decisions on same-sex marriage, they served to emphasize the lingering inequality for millions of gay and lesbian Americans who do not live in the 13 states that enforce the right of all adult Americans to marry the person of their choosing.