religious liberty

Before going on recess until October, the Supreme Court concluded its session this morning by decisively ruling that religious institutions can receive public funds to be used for secular purposes — such as improving safety standards for a playground. The highly-followed case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, involved the question of whether […]

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments next term in a landmark religious freedom case: Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights. As The Hill reports: The justices are being asked in the case — known as Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights — whether shop owner Jack Phillips has to make a cake for Charlie […]

Even though they are women and therefore, according to the Left, ought to be pro- “women’s health” (code words for abortion and contraception), they are nonetheless arguing that it is unacceptable to force others to pay for contraceptives. Doing so is a violation of the First Amendment’s right to religious freedom, they say. Representatives Diane […]

Christian doctors in Canada are facing a serious challenge to their religious freedom — a challenge which could soon threaten doctors here in the US as well. The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) of Canada has gone to court this week against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario disputing the requirement that […]

Religious freedom was at the heart of President Trump’s speech at the Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning. Exactly one year after they heard from then candidate Trump at last year’s conference, the audience enthusiastically welcomed him back as President. Trump began by thanking the evangelical Christian crowd for their support: […]

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is calling legislators back to the state Capitol for a special session which he hopes will stop St. Louis from being “an abortion sanctuary city.” The special session, which will start on Monday, will address a St. Louis ordinance, Board Bill 203, passed in February which prohibits discrimination based on “reproductive […]

Bernie Sanders’ Ugly Bigotry

by Michael Lucchese

U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced on Wednesday that he would oppose President Trump’s nominee for deputy budget director, Russell Vought, because of his religious beliefs. In 2016, Vought wrote a blog post for The Resurgent in which he defended the decision by his alma mater, Wheaton College, to terminate Larycia […]

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that faith-based nonprofits can be treated in the same way as churches in regards to exemptions to federal retirement plan requirements. This decision, considered a victory by advocates of religious freedom, shows a noteworthy deference by the justices to religious institutions. The case, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, […]

Early this morning, Vice President Mike Pence addressed an audience in Washington, D.C., at the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Raised a Catholic himself, the Vice President began by telling the crowd how much he appreciates the Catholic Church. To be with you today is deeply meaningful to me. I’m truly honored to join […]

Stephen Tennes, a Michigan orchard and farm owner, has filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing for refusing to permit him to sell his fruits and vegetables at a city-sponsored farm market. What was his crime? He refused to host a same-sex wedding at his orchard and posted on his Facebook page “his Catholic belief that […]

With their commander-in-chief back in the country after his first overseas trip as president, federal officials in the Trump administration are moving towards fulfilling one of his key campaign promises. A newly drafted rule submitted this past week for review will reportedly solidify religious liberty protections for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other […]

Personnel at the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) now have to be very careful about what they talk about with their coworkers. They have recently been told that their organization no longer upholds freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Meeting notes taken by a DES staff member show how much has changed in […]

According to the results of a poll released Thursday, only 51 percent of U.S. adults actually think that new civil rights laws are needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Gallup poll conducted from May 3-7 asked participants, “Do you think new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against lesbian, […]

Who Are the Sikhs?

by Terry Schilling

Of the values that drive us at the American Principles Project, two very important ones are our commitment to religious liberty and equality. America is a melting pot of people and faiths and we work to make sure that we represent everyone. Recently, I met leaders of a new campaign who reminded me that we […]

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, a south Jersey native and “something of a Philly boy” according to local news, spoke at the graduation of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Reporters were not allowed to record the event. But one local news outlet reports he gave a strong warning about diminishing respect for […]

As a former pastor and student of church history, I took issue with a few aspects of Dr. Carolyn McLarty’s article on Tuesday about President Trump’s executive order promoting religious liberty. First, as I wrote at Caffeinated Thoughts, the executive order does not accomplish anything except set a positive tone throughout the administration. I acknowledge […]

It has been over 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled in the 1962 case Engel v. Vitale that voluntary, non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Now, a high school in Augusta, Maine, is taking the prohibition of prayer in public schools to a new level. Last September, […]

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts…” Such is the gradual, nearly imperceptible edging of both federal and state government into private and parochial education. When the name of freshly-minted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is […]

Much has been written about President Trump’s Executive Order negating the Johnson Amendment from an inside-the-beltway point of view. From the grassroots view, there is a different perspective — and it is one of encouragement! President Trump is a bold leader, who appears to be firmly set on fulfilling his campaign promises. Thursday, May 4th, […]

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 […]