WASHINGTON — The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is under increasing attack since the U.S. Supreme Court'sHobby Lobby decision that granted "closely-held" businesses an exemption from the birth control mandate, religious freedom lawyers claimed at the Federalist Society's annual National Lawyers Convention.
In response to the Hobby Lobby case and possible religious exemption cases citing it, there may come a "softening" of the decision by judges over the coming years, explained members of a panel event on Thursday on the topic of religious liberty.
Kim Colby, senior counsel at the Christian Legal Society, said to those gathered that since the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., efforts to undermine religious exemptions have increased. more >>
Based on the talk after Election Day, it could be easy to think we might as well forget about pro-life campaigns. Two out of three pro-life ballot initiatives failed on Tuesday. The campaigners – in Colorado specifically – are often criticized for coming at it again and again.
So why do it? Why should pro-lifers continue to put measures on state ballots? Why should they continue to push legislation in their state and federal legislatures?
What's the point? more >>
A group of students at the University of California Santa Barbara have filed a complaint seeking damages against the academic institute and a professor who destroyed a pro-life display.
Represented by the Napa-based Life Legal Defense Foundation, the students' complaint was filed Thursday at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court. Those named in the complaint include Mireille Miller-Young, the professor who defaced the pro-life display, and the regents of UCSB.
In March, a group of prolife students had a display on the UCSB campus' free speech zone that included a sign and pamphlets they were passing out. Miller-Young stole and destroyed the sign; then she physically attacked one of the activist's, a teenage girl named Catherine Short. more >>
Pro-life group 40 Days for Life, which seeks to end abortion through 40 days of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach announced Thursday that it's moving its headquarters into the former Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, where 6,400 children died.
The move is particularly significant for the organization because it was outside this same facility where the international 40 Days for Life movement began 10 years ago.
"More than 6,400 children lost their lives in this building, but God is making 'all things new.' What was once a place of death and despair is now going to be a place of life and hope. We are excited to start using this location to aid the rapid worldwide growth of 40 Days for Life, and to help other cities become abortion-free," said the movement's campaign director, Shawn Carney, in a release Thursday. "This news shows what God can accomplish when His people pray." more >>
Planned Parenthood, Lena Dunham, NARAL, and all the other so-called women's-rights advocates are left stunned today that their message of abortion-on-demand and without apology and free birth control didn't work.
Of course it didn't work: It was insulting and out-of-touch with what moms, businesswomen, and college students care about. What about the economy, jobs, health care? Our country is failing women in those areas and all Planned Parenthood wants to do is promote an actress who relates voting to a sexual experience.
Grow up. It was a big mistake to trot out stories about how abortion should be less stigmatized and how a procedure that ends the life of another, defenseless human being is a social and moral good. The tide is turning and Americans, especially women, are listening to that gut reaction they have when faced with a heavy-handed message of abortion-on-demand. more >>
With the results of the midterm election giving control of both the House and Senate to the Republican Party, leaders of two prominent social conservative political action groups said in interviews with The Christian Post that those candidates who fully embraced their conservative stances on social issues were fully rewarded by the voters.
Tony Perkins, president of the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed that Republican candidates who either supported abortion or hid their views on abortion and other social issues did not fare as well as those who fully supported the social conservative principles that many think hinders the GOP in the modern political climate.
"I think what you saw here are candidates who embrace the values, the values voters embrace them," Perkins said. "I think this was a clear referendum on Barack Obama and his liberal policies, and I think that is going to come with a mandate to the Republicans that they address these issues and address them quickly." more >>