New “Religious Freedom” HHS Division Puts Women’s & LGBTQ Health at Risk

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to "conscience and religious freedom" (CRFD for short).

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” (CRFD for short). Building on a steady pattern over the past year in placing the concept of religious liberty over other aspects of rule of law, the new division will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience […]

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Trump’s Religious Freedom Day Proclamation is Problematic

Trump Religious Freedom Day proclamation

In his Religious Freedom Day proclamation, Donald Trump made a consequential and problematic statement placing religious liberty above rule of law. Were this a ceremonial gesture meant as a statement of goodwill and not one in a line of related actions and statements, it wouldn’t be cause for concern. Given this administration’s statements, actions and directives, however, today’s proclamation offers yet […]

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The Shocking Disparity of Resources in Low-Income Areas

Wealth in America tends to move in one direction — toward the top. If you need proof, just take a look at our educational system. Those who can afford to attend private school have access to the latest technologies, enjoy smaller class sizes, and learn from instructors who might not work in public schools where they cannot make the same […]

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Supreme Court Refuses Mississippi Anti-LGBTQ Religious Liberty Case

Mississippi HB1523

Marking another setback for LGBTQ civil rights following oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the U.S. Supreme Court just declined to hear arguments in the cases challenging Mississippi’s controversial HB 1523 – also known as the anti-LGBTQ ‘license to discriminate’ law. Back Story As we reported last year, “[Mississippi HB 1523] enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and […]

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Shutting Down a Book: Trump’s War on the First Amendment

Trump raises First Amendment issues by threatening legal action against the publisher of Fire and Fury

After claiming long-time associate and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon had “lost his mind” upon learning how he was quoted in Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Donald Trump turned his gaze to the book’s publisher in an attempt to use his position of authority to stop the publication of the book. ABC News […]

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Oregon Bakery Sweet Cakes Loses $135,000 Fine Appeal

Sweet Cakes Appeal

After closing their business last year, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa appealed a decision requiring them to pay a $135,000 fine for releasing the personal information of a lesbian couple who filed a discrimination complaint against them with the state of Oregon. Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein just lost their latest appeal before the Oregon Court of Appeals. Background […]

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Idiocy In Indiana: Milo Smith’s Bill Targeting the Colts

As they take a knee, the Colts are engaging in constitutionally protected free expression

Sorry for cluttering up your inboxes, but blame the headline and story in the Indianapolis Star.  Clearly, It isn’t only Washington that is suffering from a surfeit of buffoons. I ‘m old enough to remember when Harrison Ullmann, then editor of Indianapolis’ alternative newspaper Nuvo, routinely called the Indiana General Assembly “the World’s Worst Legislature.” And that was before Milo Smith was elected to embarrass Bartholomew County. […]

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Confirmation: It Isn’t About Religion

Persecution and Privilege

The Indianapolis Star, in one of its increasingly rare forays into what used to be called “news,”reported on a very interesting study investigating popular opinion about the pending Supreme Court case brought by a baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. As most of you are aware, the baker–routinely described as very pious–has argued that forcing him […]

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