The U.S. Department of Education has closed a complaint by a female to male transgender student, granting her Oregon Christian college a religious exemption and thereby the right to deny the student's request to reside in school housing reserved for only males.
The Education Department officially denied Jayce Marcus' complaint and granted the George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, a religious exemption from having to follow portions of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act that conflict with the school's religious views, according to PQ Monthly, a Portland-based LGBT magazine.
Marcus, 20, had filed a complaint to the Education Department in April after being refused the permission to be housed with other male students. Marcus, who had been in the female dorms, completed her sexual transition to become a "man" over the last year. more >>
Senate and House Democrats are outraged by the Supreme Court's decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in the firm's lawsuit seeking exemption from the Obamacare mandate that employers provide, free of charge, contraceptives to employees.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called the Supreme Court decision "outrageous" and Democrats have introduced bills in the Senate and the House to overturn the decision.
Why exactly is it that Democrats find it so outrageous that in America religious freedom is respected? That we have law – The Religious Freedom Restoration Act under which the owners of Hobby Lobby sued the federal government – that assures that no federal law will substantially burden individuals in the practice of their religion. Paying for contraception would violate the Christian principles of Hobby Lobby's owners. more >>
Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza believes Costco's decision to pull his book, America: Imagine the World Without Her, from store shelves on July 1 was a political reaction carried out on the eve of the opening of his latest film.
In a statement released Tuesday, Costco said its initial decision to pull D'Souza's book from store shelves was not based on politics, but was purely due to lagging sales. The retailer later reversed its decision and announced that copies will be available in its stores for purchase in the coming weeks.
A photo of Holly Fisher celebrating Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court victory posted on Twitter was supposed to be lighthearted. But when the Christian mother of three from Charleston, West Virginia, realized she was under attack from liberals, she followed it up with a photo of herself standing with a gun and a Bible on Independence Day — that's when all hell broke loose.
"Attention liberals: do not look at this picture. Your head will most likely explode," Fisher tweeted on July 1 posing in a pro-life T-shirt with a Chick-fil-A cup in front of a Hobby Lobby store.
The tweet came just a day after the Supreme Court had struck down the HHS' mandate when it ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties, stating that corporations are not required to cover, under their healthcare plans, birth control methods that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy. more >>
A Kentucky woman has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank, claiming that the company fired her for saying "Have a blessed day."
Polly Neace told Fox News on Sunday that she picked up the phrase after somebody told it to her "and I thought, 'what a wonderful thing to say to somebody.' In my opinion, I don't think there's any better day to have than a blessed day. So I started telling all of the customers [that]."
Neace claimed that several years ago she was confronted by the company and "was told that I was not allowed to tell customers to have a blessed day anymore — that there had been several complaints." more >>
A group of Christians protesting the Seattle gay pride parade as an "abomination" clashed in the streets of that city with a drag queen called "Mama Tits," who dismissed their actions as satanic.
"Not today, Satan. Not today," said the drag queen after telling the Christian group that they were being hypocritical in their application of the Bible. A YouTube video of the encounter posted a week ago has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times.
"Actually, if they followed all the teachings of this book (the Bible) that they use to hate, they themselves are sinners. They are wearing cotton-poly blend — that is an abomination," argued the drag queen pointing to Levitical law in the Old Testament. more >>