Religious Liberty And the Marketplace

religious freedom

Most of us have heard the military admonition against “fighting the last war.” The point is obvious: generals and political actors need to evaluate and respond to the reality in which they live; getting stuck in the past–fighting the last war– is a formula for failure.That admonition also suggests one way of analyzing America’s current political situation. Much of our […]

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Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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Anti-Atheist San Antonio Mayor Loses Run-Off Election

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (the politician who blamed atheism for generational poverty claiming people without religion are “broken”) lost her mayor seat in a run-off election against opponent City Council member Ron Nirenberg. In the weekend election, Nirenberg took 55% of the total vote besting Taylor by a full ten points. Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported, “Following a Saturday runoff […]

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Fox’s Todd Starnes Shows Ignorance in Police Car Decal Case

Todd Starnes

Why does Todd Starnes still have a platform? Oh right, because millions of deplorables still eat up his Christian persecution, anti-Muslim, anti-atheist, homophobic, transphobic, “everyone is bad but old fat Christian white guys” rhetoric. On Friday, he published a post on Fox News and his website called, “Sheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals.” The post covered the […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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Army Secretary Nominee: Public Health Care Harms Religious Conversion [UPDATED]

Mark Green

Speaking to a church group in 2015, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green argued that government-subsidized health care prevents people from turning to religion for assistance. That, in turn, is “an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state.” The Washington Examiner initially reported on the comments: Mark Green, a state senator in Tennessee, told a church […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty Was Thankfully Scaled Down

religious liberty executive order signing

Today, President Trump signed an executive order on “religious liberty” — a buzz-phrase that is code for “make everyone comply with my belief system.”  In it, Trump calls for less IRS enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches from politicking from the pulpit, not that they’ve been very successful in enforcing it anyway.  Since the law was enacted in 1954, […]

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Alabama Passes Adoption Bill Targeting LGBTQ Couples

Alabama Passes Adoption Bill Targeting LGBTQ Couples

Under the guise of ‘religious liberty’ the Alabama legislature just passed a bill to allow adoption agencies to use religious belief as a factor in determining what parents they will work with. House Bill 24 – also known as the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act – effectively legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ couples for adoption agencies that do not receive state or […]

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Americans United Sends Warning to School Aiding Good News Club

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

In March, I published a piece about Marrs Elementary School in Indiana, exposing the school’s principal for deleting negative comments on the school’s Facebook page and blocking commenters.  This started when I responded to the school’s post promoting the Good News Club and publishing the group’s permission slip. My comment was quickly deleted and I was blocked from commenting further. So […]

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Trump To Sign “Religious Liberty” Executive Order Thursday [UPDATED]

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

Donald Trump is expected to sign a ‘religious liberty’ executive order (EO) this Thursday as a part of the National Day of Prayer. The EO – originally leaked in February – was widely panned because of its broad language that would allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community. According to reporting at Politico, the language of the EO “hasn’t been dialed back much—if at all—since […]

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