Five years after Hands On Originals t-shirt company was sued for declining to print t-shirts for the Lexington homosexual “Pride Festival,” the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that no one should be forced to engage in speech they disagree with – including small business owners. “Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living,” said Concerned Women for America legal counsel.
Initially, the city’s Human Rights Commission found Blaine “guilty” of breaking the town’s “fairness” ordinance and sentenced him to “diversity training.” At the time, the Commission’s Executive Director said it’s time for Christians in the marketplace “to leave their religion at home.” However, Blaine believed, “I don’t leave my faith at the door when I walk into my business.”
“Americans should always have the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom not to express ideas that would violate their conscience,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel. “Protecting Blaine’s freedom affirms everyone’s freedom, no matter the nature of their beliefs or convictions. The government shouldn’t be able to force citizens to create speech that conflicts with their deepest convictions, and the court’s decision rightly affirms that.”
(lifesitenews.com, 5/16/17; frc.org, 5/16/17)
“Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living.” Mario Diaz, legal counsel for Concerned Women for America
Save the Date:
- June 21
Opening of 2017 Fortnight for Freedom.
“Joy of the Gospel” at St. Bernard’s Church, Levittown
Meditating on illuminations of sacred scriptures.
Preview of St. John’s Bible at 6:00pm in Peach Room.
“Visio Divina-Seeing the Word” and Benediction at 7:00pm in the church.
- June 28
Fortnight Religious Freedom Rally
keynote speaker, Bishop John O. Barres
Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville
On May 4, 2017, National Day of Prayer, President Trump issued
“Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”
Religious Discrimination by Grand Canyon Officials:
A highly respected geologist has filed a complaint against the Grand Canyon National Park, accusing officials of denying him a research permit due to his “Christian faith and scientific viewpoints informed by his Christian faith,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel. Dr. Andrew Snelling had previously been allowed to conduct research in the Grand Canyon but his recent “request to obtain a few fist-sized rock samples was denied after Park officials learned of his Christian views about the Earth’s beginnings.”
“The case is about good science being practiced by a good scientist who is being blocked by intolerant government bureaucrats. They have shown a clear animosity toward a researcher’s faith and want to trample on his civil rights,” said the president of Answers in Genesis.
Scientists will always look at data and challenge one another’s interpretation. “Such disagreement is how science works. But when the government starts refusing access to even collect the information because it dislikes one scientist’s views, it undercuts science and violates the law,” said ADF.
The case “perfectly illustrates why President Trump had to order executive agencies to affirm religious freedom, because park officials specifically targeted Dr. Snelling’s religious faith as the reason to stop his research,” said an ADF attorney.
(12news.com, 5/9/17; wnd.com, 5/9/17; answersingenesis.org, 5/9/17)
Save the Date:
June 28, 2017
Religious Freedom Rally
keynote speaker, Bishop John Barres
Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville
6:00pm Rosary, 7:00pm Program
“a wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito March 16, 2017
Free Speech Fairness Act of 2017:
The Free Speech Fairness Act was introduced to allow churches and nonprofits to participate in political speech. It would roll back the Johnson Amendment of 1954, named after Sen. Lyndon Johnson, that prevents any church or other nonprofit organization from endorsing or opposing political candidates – even for biblical reasons – and allowed the IRS to punish pastors, churches and nonprofit ministries with crippling audits and threats to take away tax exemptions. The Johnson Amendment has caused great confusion and concern about what tax exempt organizations can say about moral issues and political candidates.
The Fairness Act would restore free speech to churches, charities and their leaders who have effectively been silenced. The act proposes to “allow charitable organizations to make statements relating to political campaigns if such statements are made in the ordinary course of carrying out its tax exempt purpose.”
“Thomas Jefferson’s ‘separation’ coinage doesn’t mean that there is a complete wall of separation between the two (church and state); it just means that the state should not have control over the church, nor shall the church maintain control over the state,” wrote the Fairness Act’s sponsors.
(dailysignal.com, 4/28/17; congress.gov/bill; desertnews.com, 2/7/17)
“The First Amendment is, and freedom of speech is, the cornerstone of our democracy … we cannot toy around with the First Amendment. It is absolutely critical.”
Robert Reich, Berkeley Professor, former Secretary of Labor in 1990’s
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” Abraham Lincoln
Asking for Bibles After Losing Everything: Peru – Inhabitants of a village devastated by recent floods asked Archbishop Eguren to help them get some Bibles. “They said the Word of God is essential for them and the continuity of the family catechetical programs … they have implemented in their village,” said an archdiocese spokesperson. “They are people of deep faith and despite everything they have suffered they have not lost hope…” (catholicnewsagency.com, 4/25/17; patheos.com, 4/25/17)
Year of the Bible 2017: For the second year in a row, Kentucky Governor Bevin declared the new year the “Year of the Bible 2017″ after the proposal was brought forth by Democrat state Representative Tom Riner. Leaders in each county took 15 minute shifts with the goal of reading the entire Bible in Kentucky’s Bible Reading Marathon.
President Harry S. Truman said, ‘The fundamental basis of our nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul,'” said Gov. Bevin. (christianpost.com, 12/23/16; governing.com, 12/23/16)