First Draft of the GOP Platform: What You Need to Know

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 party’s stance is still strongly against federal meddling in local affairs, even if some Republican lawmakers are less committed to a principled stance on the issue. The platform also condemns the growth of the federal administrative state at the expense of local sovereignty. Even

Will GOP House Leaders Let Republicans Vote for FADA?

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 sex is properly confined to such a marriage. It has 171 House sponsors (including one Democrat), but it has not yet been advanced out of the committee headed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), even though 23 of the 25 Republicans on the committee are cosponsors.

Will Clay Cope Support FADA?

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 would prevent the federal government from discriminating against people and organizations that define marriage in the traditional way, not Anthony Kennedy’s way? — Cope had literally nothing to say: “It’s just not one I’m ready to answer tonight,” Cope said. “That’s the truth.” As The

Why I Cannot Support Trump

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. Many good people, faced with what one of them called the “binary choice” between Trump and Hillary, have no problem choosing Trump. As I wrote last week, Trump has positioned himself as a social conservative. He has promised to appoint good justices and to sign

Far-Left LGBT Group Launches Fierce Attack Against Donald 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 Back LGBT Equality As President.” In the post, Lorenz cites a letter Donald Trump sent American Principles Project (APP) in December of last year promising to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) if the bill reached his desk as President. You can read a brief summary about FADA here — what it

Two Black Men Fired by Georgia Government for Being Christian Shows Need for FADA

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 government for expressing Christian views of sex and marriage. The first was Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who raised the ire of the LGBT community by writing one paragraph in a self-published Bible study on sins of impurity, including homosexuality. John Kasich may cry peace,

Democratic House Candidate: Keep Religious Freedom Out of Laws of the Land

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 bills on their religious beliefs. Vernon was participating in an hour-long town hall at the Waterloo Center for the Arts on April 8th that was hosted by Americans for Democratic Action. “One of the things that I found particularly upsetting was his interest in signing

On Religious Liberty, Give Kasich a ‘D-‘

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 I think the don’ts will take care of themselves once I get the dos right, which is humility, and loving my enemy, and caring for my neighbor. But secondly, look, you’re in the commerce business, you want to sell somebody a cupcake, great. OK? But