Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Kirsten Powers is an antiabortion, antiwar evangelical liberal who works for Fox News. Got a problem with that?
The Washington Post: But her career didn’t kick into high gear until she took that identity — the bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, gamely combative liberal activist — to a place where her brand stood out in bold relief.
Religion News Service (USA Today): If the U.S. population is becoming less and less Christian, why does the Republican presidential campaign sometimes feel like a revival meeting?
The New York Times: Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the enhanced interrogation techniques deployed by his brother after Sept. 11 attacks were no longer appropriate, that he hoped the Supreme Court would rule against same-sex marriage, and mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton for passing few laws during her eight years in the Senate.
National Review: I’ve split my professional life between two American cultures: half spent in the bluest-of-blue cities and the other half in the reddest-of-red rural South.
Dana Milbank is so dishonest, interviewees have to post their email correspondence to correct record
The Federalist: His latest piece attempts to argue that pro-lifers have a logic problem. He cites a study that shows abortion rates declining, notes that some states where they declined have more liberal abortion laws than states with some health protections for unborn children and their mothers.
Family Studies: When it comes to family, red states have a bad reputation. From the media to the academy, red states have acquired a reputation for talking a conservative game regarding family, but utterly failing to deliver on their old-school aspirations in the real world.
Los Angeles Times: A Supreme Court decision most likely would render the issue moot as a topic for electoral debate, although questions such as whether business owners who oppose same-sex marriages can refuse to serve gay couples could still arise.
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.
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.
The Weekly Standard: Well, if a decade ago America lacked “serious debate” on how to reconcile faith with democracy (or, one might add, on how to reconcile democracy with faith), then Obama surely has spent the intervening years doing everything possible to force what he might call a “national conversation.” That conversation is not just about faith and democracy, but also about the non-democratic parts of our government, the administrative agencies promulgating new laws and the courts creating new civil rights, which in turn collide with religious freedom, raising questions our country is only beginning to grapple with.
The American Spectator: With all respect to Greg Gutfeld, who I usually agree with, gay marriage is absolutely not a conservative idea. Not unless, as liberals do with marriage, one redefines conservatism.
The Stream: Public opinion on same-sex “marriage” has shifted so quickly that major Democratic candidates for president in 2008 still had to pretend to believe in man-woman marriage (that is, “marriage”). It was only after Joe Biden gave the game away that President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage as soon as he did — in May 2012. By that time, a majority of Americans were just starting to tell pollsters they agreed. Now, a mere three years later, only the most stout-hearted public figures can make the man-woman marriage argument that Barack Obama was still making in April 2012.
National Right to Life: EMILY’s List, the political action committee that showers money on Democratic female candidates who back abortion without limits, announced its top House targets for 2016 on Monday.
Vox: Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones.
Commentary Magazine: As far as the many on the left are concerned, Senator Marco Rubio’s comments about the possible implications of the acceptance of gay marriage makes more opposition research about the 2016 Republican presidential contender unnecessary.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): Philip Alito, the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., has left Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to become a staff counsel to Republicans on a U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee.
Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski stands for life, and his party one day soon may leave him standing alone
World Magazine (Subscription required): Visitors to Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Capitol Hill office find an assortment of items. A BlackBerry phone sits amid papers on his desk. There’s also an apple, a container of Peter Pan peanut butter, a Diet Pepsi, and a small stack of books including Prayer by the late Daniel P. Coughlin, the first Roman Catholic chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The New York Sun: Within hours of the United States Supreme Court declining on March 30 to review the Bronx Household of Faith case, a lawsuit challenging New York City’s ban on private worship services in empty school buildings, Mayor Bill de Blasio responded with what appears to be a decisive move of reconciliation.
First Things: As the dust from the recent explosion over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act begins to settle, one thing is clear: Republicans and Christians lost, Democrats and gay activists won.
Denny Burk: The National Review is a leading journal of conservative opinion. It should not be lost on us that many conservatives are eager to shed the albatross of traditional marriage. They view it as a political loser. Younger conservatives can hardly comprehend any reason to oppose gay marriage. At this point, the Republican party is divided on the issue with traditional social conservatives being the only ones holding the line. Those social conservatives have always been viewed as a key part of the Republican coalition. For the time being, they still are. But how long will that last? That a leading journal of conservative opinion would publish an article like this tells us something about the future of political conservatism in America.
Time: In a bid for the support of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to a private gathering of 600 conservative pastors and their wives Thursday morning in Washington.
CBN: In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says there is not a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will be deciding that issue next month. Watch him talk about the issue below.
The New York Times: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida hardened his position against same-sex marriage in an interview that aired on Sunday, making clear he did not believe in constitutional protection for gay marriages — an issue now before the United States Supreme Court — and leaving out his past call for “respect” for gay couples.
Christianity Today: The drive from Liberty University to Lynchburg Regional Airport takes less than 8 minutes, even amid heavy traffic from the influx of visitors in town to celebrate the university’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday. These few minutes are all I have to chat with former Florida governor Jeb Bush, leaving campus in an SUV with tinted windows after delivering the commencement address to more than 34,000 people in a packed-out football stadium.
Life News: No sooner did the House of Representatives pass a bill to protect babies from late-term abortionsand ban them after 20 weeks than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fired off a statement slamming them for doing so.
The Washington Post: It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party’s base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.
Campus Reform: Students attending a commencement address at one of the country’s top 50 schools are nine times more likely to hear from a liberal speaker than a conservative according to a new study issued by the non-profit Young America’s Foundation (YAF).
Law and Religion UK: Civil Society News reports that the Charity Commission is investigating allegations that members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church provided campaigning and leafleting support for Conservative candidates and held prayer services for a Conservative victory at the General Election.
The New York Times: Mr. Bush’s path to the Republican nomination most likely requires support from at least some of his party’s evangelical voters, and a conviction among conservatives that he is one of them.
The New York Times: If you listen to party leaders, you might think that the nation is hopelessly divided on abortion. Recently, for example, three presidential candidates — Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Hillary Rodham Clinton — addressed the issue in very different ways.
Religion News Service: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is no stranger to the pulpit — or politics. The former Fox News Channel host announced Tuesday (May 5) his bid for the GOP nomination for the White House. Here are five facts about this Southern Baptist’s perspectives on faith.
Evangelicai.net (Translated via Google): The mayor’s decision was met with satisfaction from Alliance Defending Freedom, US organization of Christian lawyers, also in New York, who for many years he has been committed to the protection of religious freedom.
Red State: The D.C. law – the so-called “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA)” – is in fact, discriminatory. It’s pro-abortion tyranny, it’s anti-conscience, and it’s anti-free speech.
The Christian Institute: The UK Independence Party has said that it would protect the religious freedom of Christians in the workplace by extending the concept of “reasonable accommodation”.
The Pulse: Last week, I wrote about Hillary Clinton’s disturbing assertion that her agenda for America and the world includes changing the “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases” that stand in the way of “reproductive rights” (translation: abortion on demand). I suggested that Republican presidential candidates need to be asking Mrs. Clinton and her supporters to tell us exactly what actions they intend to take to change the religious beliefs of American people on this issue and others that conflict with her radical governing vision.
First Things: In order to get a sense of the therapeutic implications of this growing movement, First Things talked to Mark A. Yarhouse, professor of psychology and the Hughes Endowed Chair at Regent University.
The New York Times: The arguments on Facebook regarding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s announcement that she was running for president began politely at first but slowly grew more vitriolic with each back and forth.
Religious News Services (Reuters): Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun sounding a call to arms to Christian conservatives, describing what they say is an urgent threat to religious liberty.
Cain TV: Let’s review: If you own a bakery and you don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding, you will be fined and/or sent to re-education sessions. You must take part in the accommodation of the gay wedding in any way the state deems appropriate. You will not say no.
National Review: Bobby Jindal, in an act of real leadership, went deep into enemy territory to make an announcement: He will not retreat on defending our right to make a living, even if we disagree on marriage — my right and yours, too, although yours (if you support gay marriage) is not really in question right now.
The Daily Signal: No part of our culture wars draws more heat than same-sex marriage. It is therefore noteworthy when vituperative tactics get so extreme that some members on one side of the debate call foul on their own comrades. Alas, that doesn’t happen in America very often anymore.
One News Now: Barack Obama knows unborn babies have enough life in them to kick their mothers – but he doesn’t believe they have enough life in them to have the right to live.
One News Network: In anticipation of next week’s Supreme Court hearings on same-sex “marriage,” Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is exhorting tens of thousands of pastors across the U.S. to champion biblical marriage from their pulpits this Sunday.
The Christian Institute: A Conservative election candidate has said that campaigners who opposed the introduction of same-sex marriage are bigots.
The New York Times: Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?
Biz Journals: We clearly haven’t heard the last of the religious freedom bill in the General Assembly.
World Council of Churches: Despite deep political divisions and unrest in the northeast of the country, Nigeria’s elections in March were judged free and fair by international observers, and the vote occasioned little violence and disruption.
Religion News Service: When Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul was asked about abortion in the tough cases of rape and incest, he volleyed back a question to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Does she support the “killing” of a “seven-pound baby that is not born yet?” Schultz’s response: That is a decision for a woman and her doctor.
Aleteia: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Sunday that the Supreme Court should not interfere in states’ power to regulate marriage.
The Atlantic: For two other candidates, the question isn’t hypothetical. Scott Walker opposes same-sex marriage, but he attended the reception of a family member’s wedding—though not the ceremony. John Kasich also opposes marriage equality, but he has plans to attend one soon. The Ohio governor’s explanation is straightforward: “My friend knows how I feel about the issue, but I’m not here to have a war with him. I care about my friend, and so it’s pretty simple for me.”
The New York Times: We all know people who come to politics with some variation on this attitude: I don’t much like the Republicans/Democrats, but I know the other side is flat-out evil. In fact, maybe we’re those people ourselves …
The Christian Institute: In the run up to the General Election, Ed Miliband and David Cameron have voiced support for the freedom of Christians to practise their faith.
The Denver Post: What you have heard about this week, though, is the Log Cabin Republicans laying on a national campaign of shaming and bullying against Colorado Christian University for asserting that same First Amendment protection — the right to choose our partners and presenters at an upcoming conference in keeping with our own core values.
National Right to Life: More than 40 Pennsylvania lawmakers have signed a letter to Governor Tom Wolf which raises serious questions about Secretary of State nominee Pedro Cortes.
The Federalist: Here are five positions of the party and many of its leaders (even if not necessarily all those who continue to vote for Democrats) that are arguably even more extreme.
CBS News: Christian conservative Rick Santorum, the former senator considering a presidential bid, said Thursday that he would not attend a same-sex wedding — even if it were a loved one or family friend getting married.
Public Discourse: A group of distinguished conservative public servants, policy makers, and political operatives has signed an amicus brief saying the US Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage. They argue that this is the truly conservative position—but it takes quite a bit of logical contortion to accept their argument.
Democratic National Committee Chair avoids answering when she believes life begins and whether aborting a seven-pound baby is okay
National Right to Life: Along the way, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) must have been told to dial back her extremist position on abortion. Clearly, judging by her comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Wasserman Schultz ignored the memo.
NC Register: The mayor’s move to accommodate churches was welcomed by Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that represented Bronx Household of Faith in its 20-year court battle against the city’s policy.
Life Site News: The Mexican Neydy Casillas, who was present representing Alliance Defending Freedom, stressed that the manipulation that has been taking place at the Summit of the Americas is a “new form of ideological dictatorship” trying to eliminate the cultural values of the Latin American peoples. “This is a paradox considering that the OAS was born to neutralize the threat of political dictatorships,” she said.
National Law Journal (Subscription Required): U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday blamed outside factors, not the justices themselves, for the public perception that the high court has become a political institution. Speaking at the New York Public Library, Sotomayor said, “The world around us has politicized what we’ve done.”
The Washington Post: Following on the heels of contentious religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Jindal said he plans to support his state’s own bill. Judging from how Indiana’s bill catapulted Gov. Mike Pence (R) to the national spotlight, Jindal could soon see the same thing happen for him — and not necessarily in a good way. But Louisiana’s debate could be different in one significant way.
Life News: The media always pound pro-life Republican candidates like presidential hopeful Rand Paul with questions about exceptions in an attempt to make pro-life candidates appear as if they are unsympathetic about women victimized by rape because they don’ think killing the baby is the appropriate response. Reporters almost never ask pro-abortion Democrats hard-hitting questions about why they support late-term abortions, for example.
WND: The Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation, have said: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so.”
Public Discourse: Monica Lewinsky has reappeared on the national stage and is speaking out against cyberbullying. Perhaps she should consider addressing the breakdown of the American family instead.
Crux (AP): Cary Gordon isn’t a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn’t stopped Jeb Bush’s team from already reaching out as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign revs up in Iowa.
Should religious organizations be allowed to worship in schools? NYC mayor reconsiders city’s policy
The Daily Signal: “Any community group can meet in New York City’s school buildings during non-school hours for any purpose—except for religious groups meeting to worship God,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which has represented Bronx Household of Faith for 20 years in itslegal battle against the city. “This policy is clearly nothing more than religious segregation—the kind of segregation the mayor has said he opposes.”
Baptist Standard: Lynn, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, also mentioned Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group that openly defies the ban by inviting preachers to endorse candidates from the pulpit. ADF hopes if churches are sued, the rule added to the tax code in 1954 would be declared unconstitutional.
Commonweal: Are there still liberals willing to speak up for religious freedom? I don’t know whether the religious freedom bill passed and signed in Indiana last week—and now reportedly up for revision—is a good measure. I do know that, however one precisely balances out the pros and cons of the bill, it does involve religious freedom.
PJ Media: Lawyers for the Alliance Defending Freedom argued that excluding worship services from “a broadly available public forum” discriminates against religion. The church, which has outgrown its own building, needs more space for special occasions and the nearby public school is the only place large enough that they can afford.
NYC mayor’s controversial move allows churches to use city schools for worship after US Supreme Court rejects appeal
The Christian Post: The church and its legal representative, the Alliance Defending Freedom, argued that it was the right of the congregation to have access to public school space during non-school hours.