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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.

 
 

Living in a World with Increasing Violent Insanity

Living in a World with Increasing Violent Insanity

During my junior and senior years in college, I worked the night shift at a large Massachusetts state mental institution to pay my college expenses. I was officially in charge of the violent ward from 11 pm to 7 am and the only one on duty. It was a very choice job because it permitted me to study all night while being able to get adequate sleep following my daytime classes.

 
 

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.

 
 

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

On August 3, 2016, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that religious groups fear would make it difficult for faith-based colleges and universities to operate in a manner consistent with their beliefs.

 
 

Op-Ed: Do Your Homework

Op-Ed: Do Your Homework

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?”

 
 

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.

 
 

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will do more to defend the Free Exercise Clause is an important factor in deciding which candidate to support.

 
 

Lionsgate releases first official "Hacksaw Ridge" poster

Lionsgate releases first official "Hacksaw Ridge" poster

Today Lionsgate released the official poster for Mel Gibson's latest film, "Hacksaw Ridge" the story World War II war story of Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector Desmond Doss who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for moving 75 troops in Okinawa to safety while under heavy fire. The poster, which features the tagline, "When the order came to retreat, one man […]

 
 

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.