A recent settlement between LGBTQ couples and the state of Michigan limiting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies ended one lawsuit but launched another. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty announced Monday that it's suing Michigan and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of St. Vincent Catholic Charities and two adoptive families it's served.
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A new lawsuit could resolve growing conflict over the religious freedom rights of death row inmates, which have been in the spotlight since the Supreme Court issued two controversial and seemingly contradictory orders in recent months.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing on HR5, the Equality Act. Sponsors and supporters of the act claim that it will extend civil rights protections based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act, however, does nothing more than make use of an ideal – equality – that is widely and reverently held, and uses it to strip women, parents and religious adherents of fundamental rights.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln, paraphrasing the Bible scripture. And, indeed, history has shown this to be true, over and over again. If we are to thrive as a nation, we, the people, must actively choose unity over division. And we must resist those forces that would tear us apart, including hyper-partisanship.
There’s no doubt that one of the flashpoints of the modern culture war in America is the debate over our nation’s history. On one side, there are Americans who believe that the United States is a unique country that while flawed, has been exceptional from the beginning. On the other side is a growing bloc of Americans who believe America was rotten from its conception. Perhaps one of the most profound rebukes to those who share this latter view are the words of Frederick Douglass.
Like the aspen tree, the UN is far more complex than it looks, and its reach is deeper and its interests broader than many realize. And, unfortunately, too few people understand the ways in which UN influence trickles down through our institutions and impacts our lives, our homes and our families. Often with dire consequences.
What was surprising about the reaction to my speech on the Green New Deal is which chart garnered the most vehement anger. It wasn’t Reagan riding a dinosaur or Utah Gov. Gary Herbert battling tornado-propelled sharks or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserting that the resolution’s own supporters don’t know what’s in it. No, the most controversial poster of the 14-minute speech turned out to be a simple image of six smiling babies. Why such an aggrieved reaction to such a heart-warming image?