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 […]
President Obama threatens to veto defense budget bill if language permitting discrimination on basis of religion or sexual orientation remains.
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.
By Jason Hines, Ph.D., J.D. – One of the unfortunate things about the discussion that occurs whenever a police officer shoots another unarmed Black man is its monotony. I was planning to sit out the debate that would occur around the death of Alton Sterling. The reason I wanted to sit the discussion out is because we always seem to hit the same beats. Black folk say #BlackLivesMatter. The ignorant and the bigots among us say #AllLivesMatter. Before long, someone asks, “What about Black on Black crime?”
If passed, SB 1146 is unconstitutional because the government is imposing a condition on religious institutions with the intent of pressuring them to compromise their religious beliefs.
Even though the Court has granted accommodation requested by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, eliminating an independent judiciary is the real target.
hen the Louisiana state legislature failed to pass the "Marriage and Conscience Act" (HB 707) earlier this year, on May 19, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that will accomplish the same goal. HB 707 provided that the state of Louisiana could take no "adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts […]
The Supreme Court ruled that a prospective employer's perceived need to accommodate religious beliefs as a "motivating factor" not to hire violates Title VII.
If there's any doubt about the truth of the aphorism that you should not assume things, this is Exhibit A.
By Jason Hines – This week, Governor Mike Pence held a press conference in order to clarify the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act that has received so much criticism lately.