An interfaith coalition of pastors, college officials, and legal scholars have come together to denounce a California bill that would limit religious exemptions for schools.
California's legislature is presently considering Senate Bill 1146, a piece of proposed legislation that critics fear will drastically curb the religious freedom of private academic institutions.
The statement, titled "Protecting the future of religious higher education," was published on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's website Tuesday and includes signatories from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish backgrounds. more >>
Bishop Charles E. Blake represents the nation's largest historically African-American denomination, while Archbishop José H. Gomez heads the 5-million member Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which includes 43 language groups and a disproportionate share of the poor and recent immigrants. Together, they argue that the Senate Bill 1146 violates religious freedom and threatens minority and low-income interests.
This piece originally appeared August 2 in Angelus, a publication of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
This week the California Assembly begins final deliberations on Sen. Ricardo Lara's "Equity in Higher Education Act" (SB 1146). The bill, which passed the Senate in late May, has a salutary purpose — to ensure against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at California campuses. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is now leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by 7.5 points as she consolidated support of Democrats as their party's nominee thanks to the last month's national convention, while the real estate mogul failed to do so, according to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls.
The three most recent polls show Clinton leading by 10 points (NBC), two points (LA Times) and eight points (Washington Post-ABC News).
Clinton and her vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine, now lead Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, by 50 percent to 42 percent among registered voters, up from the four-point advantage the Democrats held just before the Republican convention in mid-July, shows the Washington Post-ABC News poll, released Sunday. more >>
Trump puts some pro-lifers in a difficult spot, but Clinton is no answer to their dilemma.
Every election cycle, numerous media outlets publish editorials from purported pro-lifers claiming that pro-life interests would be better served if a pro-choice president were elected. This election cycle will doubtless be no different. In fact, pro-lifers have already seen evidence of this.
Last week, popular Evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans wrote an article entitled "So You're Thinking of Voting for a Pro-Choice Candidate." Evans states that she is voting for Hillary Clinton and encourages other pro-lifers to do the same. Her article has already received coverage from a number of Christian and pro-life news outlets, including LifeNews.com and The Christian Post. more >>
As an evangelical leader who is a registered independent, I need to first and foremost consider the way of Jesus as I look at the political landscape. It is through this lens I have concluded the following, knowing that not all evangelicals will come to the same convictions, which is part of the beauty of participating in the life of this great country.
Hillary Clinton has stated, "Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it's a personal life or a national life."
It is this disposition of steadfast mercy that offers the best path forward for our nation as we seek to love well, empower those who have been marginalized, and cultivate a society that is already great. more >>
A North Carolina school district that is considering measures that go against state law regarding transgender access to bathrooms and that tells faculty parental involvement in student gender identity issues may be optional has received nearly 2,500 complaint letters.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided earlier this year to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and facilities of their chosen gender identity, defying North Carolina's HB 2 law.
In response, the pro-HB 2 group NC Values Coalition created a complaint letter that it called upon concerned citizens to send to the school board in advance of their Tuesday meeting. more >>