Author Archive: Michael Peabody

Why the United States should not give up control of the Internet naming system

Why the United States should not give up control of the Internet naming system

Congress has two more days to act to save free speech, but in a year when the Internet has been the biggest thorn in the side of both parties, my guess is that Congress will tragically let control of ICANN slide away. The world deserves the full range of First Amendment protections of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and other freedoms that only the United States is constitutionally obligated to maintain.

 
 

U.S. Civil Rights Commission report gives free exercise of religion second-tier status

U.S. Civil Rights Commission report gives free exercise of religion second-tier status

In a stunning report, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Martin Castro attacked the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at both the state and federal level, challenged the terms "religious liberty" and "religious liberty" as code for intolerance, and argued that free exercise rights should yield to other civil rights if they come into conflict.

 
 

Newly Amended SB 1146 Passes California Assembly

Yesterday the California Assembly passed SB 1146 (48 to 28 with 7 abstaining), sending the amended higher education anti-discrimination bill back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to take place before August 31.

 
 

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

The California legislature updated SB 1146 yesterday to focus on Title IX-exempt institutions. SB 1146 now includes disclosure and reporting requirements.

 
 

CALIFORNIA: Full assembly will likely vote on SB 1146 before August 31

CALIFORNIA: Full assembly will likely vote on SB 1146 before August 31

The California Assembly will likely vote on a controversial bill designed to pressure religious colleges and universities to abandon faith-based sexual behavior policies by the end of the month.

 
 

Vetting the Veeps: Pence and Kaine on Religious Liberty

Vetting the Veeps: Pence and Kaine on Religious Liberty

This week, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have chosen relatively centrist running mates who are not well known outside of their states. Both Trump and Clinton, who have been battling high disapproval ratings and facing a close election in November, have made "safe picks." But how do the vice presidential candidates compare when it comes to religious liberty?

 
 

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Contrary to Trump's representation, the voices of individual church members, or even church employees, have not "been taken away." Instead, they may independently advocate for or against any candidates of their choosing, but they cannot use their houses of worship as vehicles for doing so.

 
 

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

To put it succinctly, the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ is suing for protection against a threat that does not exist under current law.

 
 

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

The latest version still faces constitutional hurdles as lawmakers seek to control morals policies of religion-based educational institutions.

 
 

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Washington state requirement that all pharmacies must fill contraceptives regardless of the religious objections of the owners.