African-American activists throughout the United States are slamming the Obama administration for comparing North Carolina's recently passed transgender law to white-supremacist laws that once permitted racism and segregation.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch made headlines last week when she chastised North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law, which protects businesses and other places of public accommodation from being coerced by local governments into making women's bathrooms, locker rooms and showers available to men who identify as women and vice versa.
Since North Carolina's law also requires people to use bathrooms in government buildings that match their birth sex and not the gender in which they choose to identify, Lynch announced on May 9 that the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state over its refusal to cave to an ultimatum the department sent three days earlier calling for the state not to enforce the law. more >>
Gone were the days when people are praised for championing the constitution and the very essence of democracy America is known for. But with the launch of a First Amendment institution that reportedly has a budget of $60 million, this seems to be the most expensive fight for the freedom of expression, ever.
The joint efforts of Columbia University and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was announced on Tuesday and first reported by The Associated Press. The center, to be named "Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University," is intended to be used as a research and education body as well as a litigation center for the digital age.
The kind of society today, including the technology used in information gathering and distribution, has dramatically changed and the way the freedom of expression is practiced is changing as well. For Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibarguen, establishing an institution promoting and championing the First Amendment rights can make a positive impact to society. "So much is changing so fast that more voices, a bigger family of voices speaking in favor of free speech and free expression … is more likely to lead to a more open societal attitude toward free speech," Ibarguen said. more >>
A Christian legal expert believes that the Obama Administration is continuing its legal battle against an order of nuns opposed to the federal government's birth control mandate because of an agenda to coerce religious groups.
The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Little Sisters of the Poor's lawsuit to be exempted from the government's preventive services mandate will return to the lower court with an increased possibility that the nuns will get their exemption.
Kim Colby, director at the Center for Law & Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society, told The Christian Post that the Obama Administration has maintained this legal battle with the Little Sisters to benefit its "pro-abortion" allies. more >>
An openly gay Texas pastor who fabricated a story last month accusing Whole Foods of making him a cake with a homophobic slur on it has withdrawn his lawsuit.
Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin's Church of Open Doors admitted "The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story," the Statesman reported on Monday.
Brown has officially apologized to the store, its employees, his church, and the LGBT community for "diverting attention from real issues." more >>
A group of United Methodist clergy who support ending the Church's ban on ordaining non-celibate homosexuals performed an unofficial ordination service for a lesbian.
Sue Laurie, a longtime LGBT activist, was ordained in an unofficial ceremony held at the United Methodist Church's General Conference in Portland, Oregon, last Tuesday.
According to Barton Dempsey of the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, this ceremony "has no standing" even though several UMC clergy took part. more >>
At least five states have so far indicated they will contest an Obama administration directive sent to all United States public school districts that tries to coerce them into allowing students to access bathrooms based upon their gender identity rather than biological sex.
The departments of Justice and Education warned school districts last Friday that if they don't allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, they could lose millions in federal education funding.
Even before the administration's order was sent out to the school districts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asserted Thursday night during his speech at Texas' GOP Convention in Dallas that he will work to fight any attempt at coercion from the Obama administration on the transgender bathroom issue. more >>