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John McCain: "No Freedom without Freedom of Religion"

John McCain: "No Freedom without Freedom of Religion"

"Choosing one’s faith is the most personal of choices, a matter of individual conscience. That is why we cherish it as part of our Bill of Rights. That is why Franklin Roosevelt listed as one of his four freedoms the right of everyone to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world. And that is why people fleeing religious persecution continue to find safety in our country. All people must be free to worship as they please, or not to worship at all. It is a simple truth: There is no freedom without the freedom of religion."

 
 

Constitutional rights of religious students on public college campuses outlined in new document

Public university students who want to take their faith seriously sometimes face opposition on campus. In a 4-page pamphlet released this morning, The Constitution on Campus: Rights Every Public University Student Should Know They Have, the Pacific Justice Institute describes 12 specific rights in the context of real cases.

 
 

CA Bill legalizing encouraging terminally ill to commit physician-assisted suicide passes Assembly

CA Bill legalizing encouraging terminally ill to commit physician-assisted suicide passes Assembly

A bill making its way through the California legislature would make it legal to encourage the terminally ill to engage in physician-assisted suicide.

 
 

Cake Wars Round II – Colorado baker files lawsuit to stop cake trolls

Although his Supreme Court case was bolstered by a cake troll on the right, cake trolls on the left are making life miserable for Colorado baker Jack Phillips.

 
 

US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

The Senate has stripped language from a House spending bill that would have stopped the Internal Revenue Service from revoking the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that engage in campaigning for political candidates.

 
 

Kavanaugh on the Religion Clauses

Kavanaugh on the Religion Clauses

During Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, he wrote decisions addressing the Establishment Clause that provide a hint of how he might decide if he is seated on the United States Supreme Court.

 
 

US Justice Department announces task force to protect free exercise of religion

US Justice Department announces task force to protect free exercise of religion

According to Sessions, the Task Force is designed to ensure that the Justice Department and other executive agencies apply the religious liberty protections already present in federal law.

 
 

A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

Within the next week, it is expected that the President will nominate Kennedy's replacement. The following is a brief inventory of Justice Kennedy’s positions on some key religion clause issues from his appointment in 1988 until his retirement in 2018.  

 
 

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

To be fair, perhaps Jeff Sessions did not mean to act against years of religious liberty and separation of church and state. Perhaps, they felt cornered, or even pressed by the media, or as Christians serving in higher office to defend their own faith because of what people were saying about their current immigration policy[20], but as gracious as I can be about the motivations of their actions, I cannot excuse the great danger in which they have placed all of America.

 
 

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

When one person’s opinions can reach the world in a matter of seconds on the Internet, the ability to speak freely is undergoing tremendous growing pains. These decisions show the Court still recognizes the rights to free speech and belief. The First Amendment remains alive and well for the time being.