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Arizona SB 1062 is a Bad Idea and Should Be Vetoed!

Arizona SB 1062 is a Bad Idea and Should Be Vetoed!

Ari­zona Bill SB 1062 is on Gov­er­nor Jan Brewer’s desk where she is expected to sign it, veto it, or ignore it and let it become law by default within the next few days. This bill mod­i­fies Arizona’s 1999 Reli­gious Free­dom Restora­tion Act (RFRA) to per­mit busi­ness own­ers to deny ser­vice to gay cus­tomers, or poten­tially mem­bers of any other group, so long as they are doing it because of the reli­gious beliefs of the own­ers. SB 1062 could poten­tially cause more harm than good.

 
 

Opinion: Now Is The Time to Pass Sensible Gun Policy Reforms

Opinion: Now Is The Time to Pass Sensible Gun Policy Reforms

Pres­i­dent Obama has responded to pub­lic out­cry by announc­ing a plan to reduce gun vio­lence while respect­ing the rights of the vast major­ity of gun own­ers who are law abid­ing and use their guns safely. His plan, which included rec­om­men­da­tions from a task force of stake­hold­ers led by Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, is a com­mon­sense pro­posal that Con­gress should pass promptly.

 
 

Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

On Decem­ber 17, 2012 Sen­a­tor John Kerry (D-MA) intro­duced “The Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act of 2013” (S.3686) which would Amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to pro­hibit employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion on the basis of reli­gion specif­i­cally in the areas of “garb, groom­ing, and scheduling.”

 
 

Adventists: Florida Amendment 8 Harmful Not Helpful to Religious Freedom

Adventists: Florida Amendment 8 Harmful Not Helpful to Religious Freedom

Dear Friend of Reli­gious Lib­erty: Over the last 12 years, we have been watch­ing the Florida state law­mak­ers’ attempts to fund pri­vate and reli­gious schools in Florida with tax dol­lars.  It has become appar­ent they will stop at noth­ing to do away with your state con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tion that pro­hibits tax dol­lars going to sup­port reli­gious activ­ity. Do not be fooled, Amend­ment 8 is […]

 
 

Florida Amendment 8: A Trojan Horse That Could Regulate Churches’ Free Speech

Florida Amendment 8: A Trojan Horse That Could Regulate Churches’ Free Speech

Florida’s Amend­ment 8 is being pro­moted under a guise of “reli­gious free­dom,” but accept­ing state funds will sub­ject reli­gious insti­tu­tions to increased reg­u­la­tion that would actu­ally restrict free speech.

 
 

Senate to Take Up Condemned Iranian Pastor Youcef Resolution Next Week (American Center for Law and Justice)

The U.S. Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on For­eign Rela­tions has sched­uled to take up the res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing Chris­t­ian Pas­tor Youcef Nadark­hani next week. The com­mit­tee is sched­uled to con­sider the resolution,a com­pan­ion to the res­o­lu­tion that unan­i­mously passed the House ear­lier this year,next Tuesday,June 19,2012. It is the next step toward bring­ing S. Res. 385 before the full Sen­ate. The resolution,“Condemning the […]

 
 

Iran Court Convicts Christian Pastor Convert To Death | Fox News

The final ver­dict has been handed down. The blood of the mar­tyrs con­tin­ues to water the seed of the church. Prayers needed for courage and a mir­a­cle. Pas­tor Nadark­hani is a true hero of the faith and a wit­ness against reli­gious intol­er­ance of all stripes. http://​www​.foxnews​.com/​w​o​r​l​d​/​2​0​1​2​/​0​2​/​2​2​/​i​r​a​n​-​c​o​u​r​t​-​c​o​n​v​i​c​t​s​-​c​h​r​i​s​t​i​a​n​-​p​a​s​t​o​r​-​c​o​n​v​e​r​t​-​t​o​-​d​e​a​th/

 
 

GOP to Consider Accommodating Saturday Sabbath Observers in Nevada Primaries

In the Repub­li­can pri­maries this year, there is a bright spot for reli­gious free­dom and diver­sity. Amy Tarkan­ian, the state GOP chair­woman told The Asso­ciate Press that she has asked the Repub­li­can National Com­mit­tee to weigh in on whether the reli­gious vot­ers should be accom­mo­dated by mov­ing their vot­ing to Sat­ur­day night, or moved for­ward to Feb­ru­ary 2. Casino titan and Republican […]

 
 

Refuge Camp in Africa “The Most Desperate Place on Earth” (CNN)

Refuge Camp in Africa “The Most Desperate Place on Earth” (CNN)

EXCERPT:  “It makes me want to scream, but instead I nearly cry.”  CNN’s Ander­son Cooper reports — Dadaab, Kenya (CNN) – Right now, this may be the most des­per­ate place on Earth. “A drought, not seen in 60 years, com­pounded with near com­plete law­less­ness and utter dis­re­gard for human life has made it so. “It is hard to imag­ine, but dust and star­va­tion are nearly […]

 
 

Speak Now — A Response to the European Sunday Alliance

In its Found­ing State­ment, the Euro­pean Sun­day Alliance argues that, in the inter­est of syn­chronic­ity, Sun­day is the appro­pri­ate day of rest for all of Europe, and makes no allowance or acknowl­edg­ment of what should be done for those whose faith requires them to rest on a day out­side of Sun­day. In fact, it is not hard to see how those who rest on a dif­fer­ent day might be an annoy­ance or hin­drance to Sun­day rest, and even in the debate may be por­trayed as road­blocks, trou­ble­mak­ers, or even anti-religious. Busi­nesses who open on Sun­day could be fined, and those who con­duct their own entre­pre­neur­ial endeav­ors on Sun­day could also find them­selves oper­at­ing against the law.