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 >>
The Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit said Monday that law enforcement have received a "credible threat" that members from the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips gangs are threatening to "take out" police on the same day that Freddie Gray is laid to rest.
The Department issued a press release on Monday announcing the threat.
"The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement officers," the press release read. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the offended Muslim students from the University of Maryland who last week forced the school to cancel a screening of the film "American Sniper" can "leave America and go to a Muslim country."
"Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I'm going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor — fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood," Graham wrote on Facebook Friday.
"Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can't support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country." more >>
A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.
Fargo Public School District No. 1 released a statement earlier this month arguing against a demand from the legal group the Thomas More Society, which demanded Fargo Public Schools recognize two pro-life student groups at Davies High School and North High School.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post, Fargo Public Schools denied any wrongdoing in not allowing the pro-life student groups. more >>
The Florida mailman made famous for flying a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn in an effort to urge Congress to reform the campaign finance system recently admitted that he never feared being shot down by authorities.
"I don't know if that message didn't get through, but I made every effort to give them advance notice because I didn't want to get shot down and, thankfully, I wasn't," Doug Hughes, the pilot who flew the copter, told "Good Morning America" on Monday.
Hughes was arrested and faces four years in prison and fines. His flight was not detected, according to a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman. more >>
Higher education professionals are dismayed at the growing number of students who expect their universities to protect their tender emotions from over-stimulation.
If you graduated from college in the previous millennium, you may be unaware that many students now believe that college professors and administrators should protect them from, rather than expose them to, ideas they disagree with, especially ideas that disturb them.