• Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood
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  • Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh
  • Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds
  • EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination
  • Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

    Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

    The legal sta­tus of the unborn child is not as clear as most peo­ple think. There are glar­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in the way that the law is prac­ticed, even in states with lib­eral abor­tion poli­cies. For instance, if a per­son kills a fetus in Cal­i­for­nia with­out the con­sent of the preg­nant woman or for med­ical neces­sity it is con­sid­ered mur­der under Penal Code sec­tion 187. This is why Scott Peter­son was con­victed for double-homicide when he killed his preg­nant wife, Laci, in 2002. This Jan­u­ary in Florida, John Andrew Wel­don was sen­tenced to 14 years in fed­eral prison when he tricked his preg­nant girl­friend into tak­ing abortion-causing drugs, lead­ing to the mis­car­riage of her 6-week-old fetus.

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    Should ministers at for-profit wedding chapels be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies?

    Two ordained min­is­ters, Don­ald and Eve­lyn Knapp, who oper­ate a for-profit wed­ding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were threat­ened with a mis­de­meanor charge for refus­ing to per­form same-sex mar­riage cer­e­monies. The Knapps responded by fil­ing a law­suit and a motion for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order against the city in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Idaho.

  • Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

    Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

    ATLANTA, GA, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2014—Today, Lib­erty Insti­tute and Parks, Chesin & Wal­bert, attor­neys for Dr. Eric Walsh, a lead­ing pub­lic health expert, who holds both a med­ical degree and Ph.D. and serves as lay min­is­ter with the Sev­enth Day Adven­tist Church, filed an offi­cial charge of dis­crim­i­na­tion with the United States Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion (EEOC). Geor­gia Depart­ment of Health offered Dr. Walsh a job in May, which he accepted, announced his employ­ment pub­licly, but then top offi­cials laughed about their deci­sion to ter­mi­nate his posi­tion as Direc­tor of Pub­lic Health for the region of north­east Geor­gia based upon Dr. Walsh’s reli­gious beliefs.

  • Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

    Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

    Accord­ing to a sur­vey released Sep­tem­ber 22, 2014 by Pew Research Cen­ter, 72% of Amer­i­cans think that reli­gion is los­ing its influ­ence on Amer­i­can soci­ety while only 22% believe that it is increas­ing its influ­ence. Of these, 56% believe that this loss of influ­ence is a “bad thing.” Of the 22% who believe that reli­gion is gain­ing influ­ence, 12% say that it is a “good thing” while 10% say that it is not.

  • EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

    EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

    The Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion has recently filed suit in two cases alleg­ing that employ­ers vio­lated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they failed to accom­mo­date holy day obser­vance prac­tices of employees.

 

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Breaking News: Facing National Pressure, Houston Mayor Drops Subpoenas of Pastors

On Octo­ber 29, 2014, Hous­ton mayor Anissa Parker announced that she is ask­ing city attor­neys to drop the con­tro­ver­sial sub­poena of pas­tors’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Parker claimed the sub­poe­nas were still appro­pri­ate but that she did not “want to have a national debate on free­dom of reli­gion when my pur­pose is to defend … a city ordi­nance.” Read more at Chris­tian­ity Today.

 
 

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

The legal sta­tus of the unborn child is not as clear as most peo­ple think. There are glar­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in the way that the law is prac­ticed, even in states with lib­eral abor­tion poli­cies. For instance, if a per­son kills a fetus in Cal­i­for­nia with­out the con­sent of the preg­nant woman or for med­ical neces­sity it is con­sid­ered mur­der under Penal Code sec­tion 187. This is why Scott Peter­son was con­victed for double-homicide when he killed his preg­nant wife, Laci, in 2002. This Jan­u­ary in Florida, John Andrew Wel­don was sen­tenced to 14 years in fed­eral prison when he tricked his preg­nant girl­friend into tak­ing abortion-causing drugs, lead­ing to the mis­car­riage of her 6-week-old fetus.

 
 

Adventist Pastor In Ukraine Released from Detention (ANN)

Octo­ber 16, 2014 — Adven­tist News Net­work ergei Litovchenko, pas­tor of the Hor­livka Seventh-day Adven­tist Church in east­ern Ukraine, has been released and is being reunited with his fam­ily after 20 days of deten­tion. Local Church and fam­ily mem­bers would like to thank Adven­tists and oth­ers who have prayed for his free­dom through­out the ordeal. “We are very happy to know […]

 
 

Seven California churches sue to keep from funding abortion

A cam­paign against the state of Cal­i­for­nia man­dat­ing abor­tion cov­er­age in insur­ance plans is inten­si­fy­ing. Sev­eral com­plaints have been filed with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to keep it from vio­lat­ing what Chris­t­ian legal groups con­sider American’s fun­da­men­tal rights and go against their reli­giously held beliefs and conscience.

 
 

Should ministers at for-profit wedding chapels be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies?

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Two ordained min­is­ters, Don­ald and Eve­lyn Knapp, who oper­ate a for-profit wed­ding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were threat­ened with a mis­de­meanor charge for refus­ing to per­form same-sex mar­riage cer­e­monies. The Knapps responded by fil­ing a law­suit and a motion for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order against the city in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Idaho.

 
 

Many Reasons to Celebrate Constitution

We loudly cel­e­brate July 4 because on that day in 1776, our fore­bears declared their inde­pen­dence from Great Britain. But it was the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of our Con­sti­tu­tion on Sept. 17, 1787, that dic­tated what kind of gov­ern­ment the recently lib­er­ated colonists — and you and I — would live under.

 
 

Opinion: Atheists, Conscience and God’s Name

An athe­ist air­man at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada recently wasn’t allowed to re-enlist because he refused to sign an oath con­tain­ing the phrase “so help me God.”

Ini­tially, Air Force per­son­nel reported that enlis­tees used to be allowed to opt out of the oath’s appeal to deity, but the pro­vi­sion had been with­drawn on Oct. 30, 2013. The Air Force claimed that only Con­gress could rein­state it.

How­ever, when the Amer­i­can Human­ist Asso­ci­a­tion and the media became involved, the Air Force sought legal coun­sel and reverted to the for­mer prac­tice. But that didn’t please some Christians.

 
 

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

It’s not enough that only 35% of the peo­ple think favor­ably about The Afford­able Care Act (Oba­macare). (Sta­tis­tic from the 9/11/14 Investor’s Busi­ness Daily, cit­ing a Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion poll.) Or that pre­mi­ums will be going up sig­nif­i­cantly higher for those still pay­ing for their own insur­ance. (Mine has already gone up $400. per month.) Once the gov­ern­ment stops sub­si­diz­ing the insur­ance indus­try (which, of course, will not hap­pen before the midterm elec­tions) those pay­ing for their own insur­ance are likely to see a fur­ther price increase. In the mean­time, many insur­ers are lim­it­ing the size of their net­works for cov­ered hos­pi­tals and doc­tors in order to keep their costs down.

 
 

Adventist Pastor Abducted During Communion Service in Eastern Ukraine

On Sep­tem­ber 27, 2014, a Seventh-day Adven­tist pas­tor in east­ern Ukraine was abducted by gun­men as he was con­duct­ing a com­mu­nion ser­vice at a small church in Hor­livka. Accord­ing to parish­ioners, reports the Adven­tist Review, the gun­men refused to iden­tify them­selves or answer any ques­tions. They forced Pas­tor Sergei Litovchenko to close the church and get into a car. The church is try­ing to […]

 
 

California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

On Sep­tem­ber 28, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown vetoed leg­is­la­tion that would have required all chil­dren to com­plete kinder­garten before enter­ing first grade. This bill, AB 1444, sup­ported by teach­ers’ unions, would have had the prac­ti­cal effect of man­dat­ing that all 5 year-olds attend kinder­garten. The Home­school Legal Defense Asso­ci­a­tion among other groups objected to the leg­is­la­tion on the grounds that it would deny parental choice over edu­ca­tion. HSLDA also cited evi­dence that manda­tory early edu­ca­tion does not improve the qual­ity of edu­ca­tion and can lead to behav­ioral problems.

 
 
 
 

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