A Win for Freedom: USDA Issues New Guidance to Protect First Amendment Rights

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Less Free,” Helen Krieble discusses the results of a poll which show that most Americans feel that their freedom is increasingly compromised as an effect of living under the grasp of powerful governmental bodies: In a recent national survey, a majority of Americans said they felt less free than they were five years ago. Only 13 percent said they felt freer than before. It is so troubling that so many Americans fear the growing power

Will Christian Baker’s Supreme Court Case Decide Future of First Amendment?

It strikes one as an episode of the Twilight Zone to think that in the present moral climate, as The Washington Post reports, the Department of Justice would argue in defense of a Christian baker’s right to not bake a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” The enthusiasm to promote same-sex relations and “gay marriage” has reached such hysterical proportions that one seemingly risks censorship for speaking out against them. Merely touch the periphery of the issue and prepare for an onslaught of hateful and bigoted accusations of hate and bigotry. Common Sense, common decency, ethics grounded in the natural law

On Religious Freedom, the Media Serves Up More Fake News

Donald Trump is often mocked for his mantra “fake news,” not because he is wrong but because the two-syllable sound-bite is inarticulate and leaves itself wide open for pedantic criticism. Clever ideologues can easily turn it around on him when he is inaccurate with his own statements. However, there is a truth lurking behind the sound bite. The real criticism is that the mainstream media reports falsehoods consistently to at least some degree by ill-weighting facts, ideological propagation and emotionalism. Most news reports are conspicuously devoid of sound reasoning, objective moral truth and common sense. The current trend of fake

Will California Bureaucrats Approve School Textbooks Praising LGBT Agenda?

Politico’s Morning Education recently discussed the efforts of a California education committee to comply with a 2011 state law requiring that social studies textbooks teach about “the role and contributions of” eight different identity groups including “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans…and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America.” The law also prohibits the adoption of: …any textbooks or other instructional materials for use in the public schools that contain any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion,

Boy Scouts Become Latest Casualty in War on Masculinity

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that they have changed their organization’s male-only policy to now include female membership in the scouts. Starting in 2018, the Cub Scouts — an organization traditionally reserved for young boys and affiliate of the Boy Scouts — will be open to girls, with a program for older females expected to be rolled out in 2019. As of now, this change will affect the overall organization but will not alter the single-sex nature of scout troops, the smallest and most intimate groups in the Boy Scouts. This shift also is not the first

Polygamists’ Lawsuit: If Same-Sex Couples Can Marry, Why Can’t We?

A group of polygamists and a “machinist” have filed a lawsuit against the State of Mississippi for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution. They argue that by legalizing same-sex marriage and simultaneously forbidding other types of unions, the government is favoring one religious view over others. That, they say, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion” over others by giving it preferential treatment. The plaintiffs note that their defense of the Establishment Clause should not be reason for anyone to accuse them of bigotry: The plaintiffs are not bigots

“Transgenderism” Marks Next Step in Leftist War on the Family

This article was originally posted at Crisis Magazine and co-authored by Jane Robbins, an attorney and senior fellow at the American Principles Project. The Los Angeles Times recently published an approving article about schools’ introducing kindergartners to gender dysphoria (otherwise known as transgenderism). This topic has been much in the news lately, especially after a California charter school—without notifying parents—held a “gender-reveal ceremony” for a confused little boy. The teacher then read to the other children, now confused as well but for other reasons, from a book written by a dysphoric teenager. The Times thinks this is all fine because “experts” from the radical Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say

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

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