California Baker Becomes Latest Target in Assault on Religious Freedom

It seems like ages ago now when supporters of same-sex marriage were trotting out the argument: “How will someone else’s marriage affect you?” In the time since Obergefell, however, we have unfortunately learned the answer. While Colorado baker Jack Phillips awaits his day in court — the Supreme Court, to be specific — after being sued for declining to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony, further cases of religious Americans being harassed and intimidated over their beliefs on marriage continue to pile up. The latest example comes out of California, where Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery, is under fire for

WATCH: Trump Campaign Releases New Ad Attacking Politicians, Media

The Trump campaign signaled its intention to fight back against the President’s detractors on Sunday with the release of a new commercial which will run nationally on both cable news and online. While the ad touts some of the President’s early successes, including the creation of one million new jobs and the lowest unemployment level since 2001, it also hits back at Trump’s “enemies,” including career politicians and the mainstream media: Democrats: obstructing. The media: attacking our president. Career politicians: standing in the way of success. But President Trump’s plan is working. One million jobs created: more Americans working than

Conservatives Are Getting Outmuscled in Politics. Will They Fight Back?

In a piece published today at National Review, The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson joined a growing group of prominent conservative voices sounding the alarm on a major issue for the movement: the increasing disparity in political spending and activity on social issues, such as religious liberty, between the Left and the Right. Religious liberty has been defended almost exclusively by lawyers, pastors, academics, and other people at 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. As Maggie Gallagher has noted numerous times, social conservatives have largely ignored actual politics. We talk about politics and we litigate to keep the courts from deciding issues against us, but

President Trump Vows to Uphold Religious Freedom in Graduation Speech

Donald Trump gave the first commencement address of his presidency this past weekend at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell. While the President’s speech touched on a number of different themes, it was no surprise, given the venue, that he eventually addressed religious freedom, an issue of great importance to many of his Christian supporters. In his remarks, Trump referred to his recently signed executive order on religious freedom as “very important,” and promised Liberty’s graduating class that they would be free to practice their faith as long as he is president: Liberty University is a

Did Betsy DeVos Just Steal Jeb Bush’s Common Core Talking Points?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just can’t seem to avoid making misleading statements on Common Core. After suggesting — falsely — on a couple occasions that Common Core is no longer an issue, she repeated this claim yesterday, along with a statement which appeared to imply states which have moved away from Common Core may be setting the bar too low: “Well, with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA], in essence, Common Core is not a national program or mandate anymore,” said DeVos. “Power has been returned to state and local entities to be able to decide

WATCH: New Pro-Trump Ad Touts President’s Successes After 100 Days

This past Saturday marked the official 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, bringing to a close a hectic period in which the President pressed forward on a number of his campaign promises. In order to highlight some of those early successes, the Trump campaign released today a new TV and digital ad proclaiming that the President is already “making America great again”: Some of the achievements touted by the ad include the successful confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch; the 500,000 new jobs created during the first three months of 2017; the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline

The Three Most Important Takeaways from the 2016 Election

On March 3, 2015, as the early stages of the Republican presidential primary campaign were just getting under way, our team launched to keep readers like you up to date on the latest developments in the 2016 election. Now, just over 20 months since that day, the 2016 election has finally come to a close. In those 20 months, the race has taken twists and turns none of us could have expected. From a deep field of well-known Republican political leaders emerged an outsider candidate — Donald Trump — who, although not initially taken seriously, was able to speak

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