DOJ Files SCOTUS Brief Defending LGBTQ Discrimination

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In the latest attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Justice Department just filed an amicus brief defending discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of business. The brief argues that business owners have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people so long as they couch that discrimination in protected speech and expression founded in religious belief. The Justice […]

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(Un)Civil Religion: Christian Nationalism

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What is “Christian Nationalism” and how is it operating to support Donald Trump? Think Progress has an illuminating history,  and an effort to explain the continued devotion of many Evangelical Christian pastors to Trump and his Presidency. It is notable that, in response to Trump’s moral equivocations following Charlottesville, when business executives resigned en masse from the administration’s advisory panels, only one minister followed […]

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Roy Moore is Back (Again)

Roy Moore

What was that line from Jaws 2? He’s baaack…And this time, he’s being supported by ex-White House eminence grise Steve Bannon. Roy Moore is very likely to be the next Senator from Alabama. He’s currently in a special election run-off to replace former Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions, as most people who follow politics know, has a well-documented history of racial […]

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Former Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Bremerton School District Lawsuit

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Former Bremerton High School assistant football Coach Joe Kennedy lost his lawsuit today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined his request for an injunction allowing him to return to the school and resume proselytizing his Christian beliefs to football players. The lawsuit arose from a conflict that began when the embattled Washington state high school decided not to renew […]

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Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board: What Bible Are They Studying?

What Bible Are They Studying?

In the wake of Trump’s response to the Charlottesville riots–and especially as we look to see and judge the reactions of White House staff and Congressional Republicans–a news item published a couple of weeks ago in The Hill takes on a particularly ironic flavor. Many of President Trump’s Cabinet members gather at a weekly session to study the Bible, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reported […]

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Trump and White Christian Nationalism

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The past few days, in addition to the spectacle of two immature, ignorant and nuclear- armed heads of state throwing verbal poo at each other, the media has been filled with images of torch-wielding white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt […]

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Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions Trashes Islam Citing 1st Amendment

Roy Moore - the Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions - Trashes Islam, Citing 1st Amendment

When Jeff Sessions took the Attorney General job, his US Senate seat was vacated. On August 15th, Alabama will hold a special election to fill the open seat. Republican Roy Moore is currently the favorite to win the election and recently met with a group of voters in Glendale, AL. During the meeting, a woman asked Moore about Sharia law (at about […]

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Federal Judge Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Holds Controversial Beliefs

Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett – a federal judicial nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit – holds a set of beliefs that make her a controversial judicial nominee. Should Congress confirm her to the Seventh Circuit, Barrett would embody the ideals of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (who Barrett actually clerked for before moving into teaching […]

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Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

After requesting a secular marriage ceremony, a couple planning to marry in Trigg County, Kentucky was shocked when a judge refused to marry them claiming he couldn’t perform the ceremony without religious context. The judge – County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander – reportedly told the couple,  “I include God in my ceremonies, and I won’t do one without him.” Mandy Heath and her fiancé Jon are […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

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Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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