First Amendment Defense Act


CatholicVote.org, a prominent Catholic issues organization, yesterday published a letter they received from Donald Trump which indicates an increased commitment to religious liberty from the Republican presidential nominee. As he did in the letter his campaign sent to the American Principles Project last December, Trump discussed the importance of freedom of religion and reiterated his […]


With 2016’s first and only vice presidential debate set to take place tonight, speculation has been building as to what topics will be covered once Mike Pence and Tim Kaine take the stage. While recent campaign controversies will certainly draw the headlines, it’s possible that some policy areas ignored in the first presidential debate, such […]


Since beginning his 2016 presidential run last year, Donald Trump has not always appeared to have the strongest grasp on the issue of religious liberty. However, if his recent actions are any indication, that may be quickly changing. Most noteworthy was a statement Trump released last week vowing to defend religious freedom as president and, […]


Pew Research Center released a poll on Wednesday that surveys American attitudes on religious freedom and “gender identity,” and the results were generally encouraging — 48 percent of Americans support the principles behind the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and 46 percent of Americans believe biological men do not belong in women’s bathrooms.   Given the left-leaning […]


Donald Trump has an incredible opportunity tonight. With momentum on his side, and with critical swing states shifting in his direction, he has the ability to convince millions of undecided voters to support him. The best way he can do that is by exposing Hillary Clinton’s extreme positions. Voters are generally aware of her corruption […]


Earlier this year, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal drew criticism from conservatives for vetoing religious liberty legislation that would protect dissenters’ right to freely exercise their religion. Now, Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is trying to give frustrated Georgians advice on how to address religious liberty questions. “The lessons that we learned […]


FRC Action, the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the socially conservative Family Research Council, withdrew support from the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in response to an amendment to the bill acknowledging a diversity of views on the definition of marriage. “Unfortunately, the proposed language of FADA was changed late last week by bill sponsors in response […]


The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), introduced by Tea Party stalwarts Raul Labrador in the House and Mike Lee in the Senate, is aimed at strengthening protections for religious groups in the face of an encroaching executive branch. Although introduced in the House last year, FADA finally received a hearing yesterday, with Labrador and Lee […]


On Sunday evening, the Republican National Committee shared a 58-page first draft of the party’s 2016 platform with members of the convention’s platform committee, which will debate, add, or change provisions over the next week. For the most part, the RNC’s draft is similar to the 2012 platform. On Common Core and other education issues, […]


The Daily Signal is reporting at long last a hearing has been scheduled for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on July 12. The First Amendment Defense Act is a modest piece of legislation that prevents the federal government from discriminating against individuals because they define marriage as one man and one woman, or believe […]


Will Clay Cope Support FADA?

by Maggie Gallagher

Clay Cope is running for Congress in Connecticut with an unusual profile: he’s a Catholic convert, he’s for fiscal frugality, and he’s a gay former Texan via Manhattan weekender. He sounds like a really nice guy. Really nice. But when asked a basic question — is he willing to support the First Amendment Defense Act which […]


Why I Cannot Support Trump

by Maggie Gallagher

If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, Donald J. Trump is likely to become the next president of the United States. Paul Ryan’s little Kabuki-theater piece demonstrates that the GOP establishment either has made, or is about to make, its peace with Trump. The organization I work with, the American Principles Project (APP), is now pro-Trump. […]


Well, that didn’t take long. Now that Donald Trump has effectively secured the Republican nomination for president, far-left special interest groups like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) are launching a blitzkrieg of misinformation and propaganda. On Tuesday, Brandon Lorenz, Communications Campaign Director at HRC, wrote a blog post criticizing the “Four Ways Donald Trump Would Roll […]


The case of Eric Walsh, a distinguished physician and Seventh-day Adventist, should be extraordinary. Government health care workers attended his church to evaluate the part-time pastor’s sermons and decided to revoke his job. The thing is, it’s not extraordinary: Eric Walsh is actually the second highly accomplished black man to be fired by a Georgia […]


Monica Vernon, a Democrat candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District race, discussed her opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act that is co-sponsored by Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) whom she hopes to unseat. Her comments were in response to a question about her opinion of members of Congress who base their opposition and support of […]


Many have asked me what I think of this answer by John Kasich to Brett Baier’s question: Do gay marriage dissenters have rights? Well, look, first of all, I try to be a man of faith every day as best as I can, and I try to focus in my faith on the dos and […]


Catholic Colleges Need FADA

by Brittany Klein

In a letter addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, officials representing nine Catholic colleges — in addition to representatives from dozens of other schools and public policy organizations — joined the Cardinal Newman Society in a Family Research Council-led effort calling on legislators to pass the First Amendment […]


Down in Greenville, S.C., where Bob Jones University knows first hand that the IRS can strip you of your tax exemption if the government disagrees with your views on marriage (they were morally wrong on interracial marriage but have long since corrected the un-Christian aberration), John Kasich was asked why he refused to sign a […]


South Carolinians are banding together to request immediate, pledged support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) from all presidential candidates. Today, the “South Carolina Coalition for the First Amendment” sent a letter to each presidential campaign asking: “Will you pledge today to give priority and pass the First Amendment Defense Act in the first […]


Wow, what an incredible night! Now that the votes have been tallied in Iowa, it’s time to take a look at tonight’s winners and losers. Winner: Ted Cruz This one ought to be obvious. Despite running slightly behind Donald Trump in most polls heading into Caucus night, Ted Cruz delivered a decisive victory, likely due […]