Human Rights

Waving a Flag or Waving Hate? 3 Pastors and a Pastor’s Wife Tackle Confederate Symbols

Waving a Flag or Waving Hate? 3 Pastors and a Pastor’s Wife Tackle Confederate Symbols

I saw it as soon as we walked out of the store from our back-to-school shopping; a big red pickup with a big Confederate Flag flying from the back. Immediately, I felt uncomfortable and wished that I wasn’t parked so close to it.

 
 

Charlottesville: Racism in the Mainstream

Charlottesville: Racism in the Mainstream

  By Jason Hines, Ph.D., J.D. am slightly ashamed and embarrassed that it takes incidents like what happened in Charlottesville yesterday to drive me back into the writer’s chair. I guess the very thing I have criticized has affected me. It becomes monotonous to continue to write 500-1000 words about how everything is going on in our society today is […]

 
 

Supreme Court to review right of private parties to deny services to same-sex couples

The Supreme Court will hear a wedding services case involving a bakery owner who refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding for religious reasons.

 
 

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

There are several reasons why the Supreme Court may decide to hear this case when it declined to hear previous religious exception cases.

 
 

Geologist sues National Park Service for religious discrimination in refusing research request

Geologist sues National Park Service for religious discrimination in refusing research request

A Christian geologist sued the National Park Service (NPS) for denying a permit to collect and study rocks which could support a creationist hypothesis.

 
 

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

In a narrowly drafted opinion, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that the government could not compel a Christian printer to promote messages that violated his religious beliefs.

 
 

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with an executive order that at most expressed the administration's desire that the Department of the Treasury should not unnecessarily threaten the tax-exempt status of religious non-profit organizations if they engage in political activity. Despite stating during the campaign that he would "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, the administration ultimately made a benign gesture affirming existing law while describing its parameters and limits.

 
 

Iowa church drops transgender restroom lawsuit

Iowa church drops transgender restroom lawsuit

ast week the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit against the state and the city of Des  Moines over language in a brochure that they interpreted as interpreted as requiring churches to accommodate transgender bathroom access. The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but the Iowa Civil Rights Commission indicated that churches […]

 
 

Defense budget bill would roll back Obama's 2014 anti-discrimination order

Defense budget bill would roll back Obama's 2014 anti-discrimination order

President Obama threatens to veto defense budget bill if language permitting discrimination on basis of religion or sexual orientation remains.

 
 

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.