Amidst the unrelenting bad news regarding freedom of conscience (see, for example, this report of an Oregon hearing officer imposing a ruinous $135,000 judgment on a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding), it's refreshing to read a bit of constitutional sanity. My good friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom (full disclosure: I worked for ADF for a number of years and continue to speak at ADF events) just won a key decision in a Lexington, Kentucky trial court on behalf of "Hands On Originals," a custom printing company. Hands On Originals (HOO) refused to print t-shirts for a 2012 gay pride parade, and the organizers filed a complaint before the local human rights commission. HOO was one of three t-shirt companies the gay pride parade organizers contacted, and when HOO refused the order, the group was easily able to find an alternative vendor. The commission, however, ruled against the company, and the company appealed to the circuit court.
HOO is owned and operated by Christians who attempt to operate "consistently with the teachings of the Bible." In fact, the owners put in place a clear policy against printing messages that conflicted with their beliefs. The policy stated:
Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences, and national origins. However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of Hands On Originals to refuse any order that would endorse positions that would conflict with the convictions of the ownership. more >>
One sneaky new way gun-control activists are taking away gun rights is by forcing gun ranges to shut down. By using vague words like "unsafe," "public nuisance," and creating new regulations that are impossible to adhere to, they have figured out how to get rid of them. Without ranges available for training and shooting practice, and increasingly fewer places in the wilderness left to shoot openly, it will be more difficult for people to own guns.
This targeting is beginning to happen all over the country, and activists are following closely what is taking place to one of the first victims, the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club in Washington state. The club was ordered by a judge to cease all shooting operations on Friday, claiming that KRRC was violating the law by not applying for a certain type of newly created operating permit. However, the cleverly written new regulations had been drafted by anti-Second Amendment bureaucrats for the sole purpose of shutting down KRRC. KRRC, which was established in 1926, argued that it was grandfathered in under previous regulations, so should not have to apply for the absurd new permit which gives full operational control to a County agency that has vowed and demonstrated its intent to destroy them.
There was no reason for the draconian new regulations. It had never been proven that a single bullet ever left the KRRC range, and the amount of lead present on the outdoor range is less than nearby outdoor law enforcement ranges. There were simply a handful of vague complaints. more >>
After failing to complete the sweep, the Chicago Bulls will try to eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The match is on April 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET.
Heading into Game 4, the Bulls seemed prepared to handle the Bucks as they have won all the first three matches rather comfortably.
Even more, Derrick Rose seemed to return to his old self after improving in every game of the playoff series so far. more >>
It is a do-or-die Game 7 as the Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The match is on April 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
This series has been a very tightly-contested one as both teams showed their capacity to rebound following a loss. Both squads alternated wins in the first four games before the Capitals won back-to-back following a big Game 5 victory.
With the series on the line, New York went home and forced the match to a deciding Game 7 with a win. more >>
Needing only one more win to see them advance to the next round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings will have a chance to do it at home as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Joe Louis Arena. The match is scheduled on April 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET.
As the series rolls on, both teams have given their best performances that show they are worthy of moving on to the next round. After five games, both have rebounded from losses and neither have lost nor won back-to-back games.
Currently, Detroit leads the series 3-2 and will hopefully close the series out in Michigan after a big 4-0 win away from home. more >>
After securing their first win in the series, the Brooklyn Nets hope to go level as they host the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The match is on April 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET.
Atlanta were heavy favourites coming into the series and looked to play the part as the first two games started.
The Hawks kept the Nets at bay and win the first two matches 99-92 and 96-91. However, when the series moved to Brooklyn for the third game, the Nets were able to get their energy from their home crowd and took care of their business at home. more >>