religious liberty


Several states across the country have taken steps in recent weeks to provide greater protection for the religious freedom of their citizens. Both South Dakota and Kentucky have successfully passed state bills to defend the rights of religious groups and individuals, while similar legislation is also moving forward in Texas and Georgia. Earlier this month, […]


“There is some criticism of me for being alarmist,” author Rod Dreher noted last night at the Union League Club in New York, where hundreds gathered for the launch of his new book, The Benedict Option, but he wasn’t backing down an inch. “I am alarmist about the state of our culture and our civilization […]


Breaking the logjam on conscience protection at the state level, South Dakota passed a law protecting adoption agencies from being shut out because they do not place children in all kinds of families, including gay families, on an equal basis. Nothing in the law prevents gay adoptions or foster care. It merely permits adoption agencies […]


Ruth Neely, who has served her community in Wyoming for over twenty years as a municipal judge and circuit court magistrate, has been the victim of a vicious crusade by the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. After refusing to perform gay weddings because of her Christian beliefs, the state agency demanded last spring […]


Perhaps you’ve heard about today’s “Day Without a Woman” protest. Pro-abortion feminists across the country are staying home from work, refusing to buy products or services, and otherwise withdrawing from society in an effort to demonstrate against President Trump. The protest has largely been a flop. Most people in “Real America” aren’t even aware it’s taking […]


There’s no doubt President Donald Trump knows how to get what he wants in a deal — he literally wrote the book on deal-making. So let’s hope he understands that religious freedom is a complete non-negotiable. Some of us may have hoped that, by merely electing Trump, his very presence in the White House would […]


Washington’s state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Barronelle Stutzman may not refuse to arrange floral decorations for gay weddings: ‘As Stutzman acknowledged at deposition, providing flowers for a wedding between Muslims would not necessarily constitute an endorsement of Islam, nor would providing flowers for an atheist couple endorse atheism,’ the opinion said. Despite Mrs. […]


Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the media, President Donald Trump has picked almost all the right fights during his first few weeks in office. His first slew of policy changes through executive orders have not only advanced conservative ideals and brought additional voting blocs to the table, but they have also exposed the radical […]


One of President Donald Trump’s most attractive qualities while on the campaign trail was that he didn’t need a translator, like most politicians seem to require. He understood what Americans were most frustrated about, and even since assuming the presidency he’s been able to cut through the fog the media creates on a daily basis. […]


The spin has begun from the results of the North Carolina governor’s race. Even as the votes are still being counted, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is suggesting that Governor Pat McCrory’s tight re-election race should warn Georgia officials against pursuing religious-freedom legislation in the 2017 session. This conclusion, though entirely predictable coming from the AJC, isn’t […]


A disturbing story from Great Britain: a Christian foster couple who by all accounts had lovingly cared for foster children was asked by social workers to help prepare the children for living with a same-sex couple. They expressed concerns about this because the children were looking forward to having a new mummy. And then they […]


Some have made the argument that Donald Trump and Mike Pence won’t move life, marriage, and religious liberty issues beyond the status quo. Well, I think we can be certain that Hillary Clinton will change the status quo. For the past 40 years, the status quo has been that the federal government does not pay […]


Earlier this week, a group of 26 African-American religious leaders signed an open letter to Hillary Clinton requesting that she meet with them to discuss issues of importance to the black community. They then went into details on a number concerns they hope to hear her address, including two issues which have become particularly problematic […]


Religious freedom is under assault once again by the Obama administration, this time thanks to a new rule announced last week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). According to the rule, recipients of federal grants from USAID are now prohibited from discriminating in the provision of services on the basis of, among other […]


Although we may still be a few days from Halloween, the Georgia state government is certainly doing its best to frighten religious believers. The target in this instance is Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh Day Adventist lay minister who was hired by the Georgia government in 2014 as a state health official. Walsh was by […]


There was a time, not long ago, when Democrats commonly accused the Republican Party of being the “Party of Big Business.” Republicans, or so it was claimed, cared more about corporate interests than those of the average voter, while Democrats were supposedly looking out for the little guy. During this election season, however, there has […]


It has been observed that secular progressivism is at its core not secular but rather deeply religious, replacing the Christian doctrine of redemption with a redemptive idea of politics. Even progressive (primarily mainline Protestant) churches frequently seem to suggest a political mode of atonement: The sins of bias, intolerance, and judgmentalism can only be washed […]


Last month, I wrote on a growing controversy in Massachusetts over new rules published by a state commission which seemed to suggest that churches would be punished if they did not conform to a recently passed transgender rights law: As [the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination]’s guidance notes, all Massachusetts places of public accommodation will be […]


Amidst this tumultuous election season, it has been easy to lose sight of the shockingly radical policies being quietly enacted by the Obama administration as the president approaches the end of his term. One of the most extreme of these policies was covered by The Pulse back in May: a new rule promulgated by the […]


As is being widely reported today, WikiLeaks recently released a set of emails featuring bigoted, anti-Christian diatribes from three staffers and advisors to Hillary Clinton. The leaked emails also included a confession from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, to commissioning an effort via the Center for American Progress to launch a “Catholic spring” to foment rebellion within […]