House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says that the core American principle of religious freedom should not be "denigrated" even though many liberals today claim that the First Amendment right has become "code words" for the right to discriminate against the LGBT community.
In an interview with CNS News, Hoyer was questioned about a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which states that "religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights."
In the 307-page report, the chairman of the commission, Martin R. Castro, who was appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2011, argued that "the phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance." more >>
President Barack Obama's administration announced a new proposed rule that if enacted will compel states to fund Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Earlier this month the Health and Human Services Department posted a proposed rule on the Federal Register website that invokes Title X in arguing that entities like Planned Parenthood should be allowed to use taxpayer funds on "family planning projects."
"The Department is proposing to amend the regulations at 42 CFR 59.3 to require that project recipients that do not provide services directly may not prohibit subrecipients from participating on bases unrelated to their ability to provide Title X services effectively," reads the proposed rule. more >>
WASHINGTON – Religious groups contribute $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, more than the top 10 tech companies combined.
Consider the contributions of Apple, Google and Amazon on the American economy: they pale in comparison to faith organizations. Plus, unlike the tech giants, faith groups devote the bulk of their resources to helping the poor and suffering.
"For the first time, we have been able to quantify what religious institutions, faith-based charities, and even businesses inspired by faith contribute to our country," said Georgetown University's Michael Grim, co-author of the study, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. more >>
Christian author and humanitarian Johnnie Moore recently labeled the Obama administration and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "Christophobic" for their records on protecting religious liberty at home and abroad.
Moore told NewsMax earlier this week that President Obama and Clinton have failed Christians, especially those experiencing violent persecution in the Middle East.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called Flint, Michigan, Pastor Faith Green Timmons, who rebuked him for attacking his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at her church on Wednesday, a "nervous mess" and accused her of "playing games" for interrupting his speech.
In a telephone interview with "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning, Trump said Timmons "was like a nervous mess" as she introduced him to speak at the Bethel United Methodist Church where she is a pastor and he "figured something was up" from her behavior.
"Well, I was in Flint yesterday and it was a very interesting experience and got unbelievably good treatment from people, I must say, and even in that audience, the treatment was great. But something was up because I noticed she (Timmons) was so nervous when she introduced me," Trump said. more >>
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged the EU to establish a common military force that will work alongside NATO, and said that there needs to be a European strategy for dealing with the war in Syria and rising terror concerns.
"We should work towards a common military force to complement NATO," Juncker said in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, arguing that the 28-nation bloc "should be stronger" and build its own joint army.
He asserted that "more European defense in Europe doesn't mean less trans-Atlantic solidarity," however, aiming to dispel fears that an EU army would distance the EU from NATO or U.S. partnership. more >>