Religious Liberty: Defendant in high-profile discrimination case deposits money with state, will continue to appeal verdict.

Religious Liberty: Defendant in high-profile discrimination case deposits money with state, will continue to appeal verdict.

By Nigel Jaquiss- Via WWeek- Aaron Klein changed his mind. Since July, Klein has refused to comply with an order from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries that he pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for whom Klein's Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused to make a wedding cake. But today, without fanfare, Klein walked into BOLI's Portland office and handed over a check for $136,927.07, an amount that includes accrued interest. Depositing the check doesn't mean that Klein and his wife and business partner, Melissa Klein, have given up: Although they are no … [Read more...]

The End of Religious Liberty? Newt Gingrich is right to warn us

The End of Religious Liberty? Newt Gingrich is right to warn us

The End of Religious Liberty? Newt Gingrich is right to warn us of the threat to religious freedom in America. By Peter Roff - Via U.S. News & World Report. Never one to mince words, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said recently that Americans may soon find their ability to exercise the religious liberties they have long enjoyed severely curtailed. “I think we’re in grave danger of losing our liberty and losing our religious liberty,” the former speaker of the House told The Foundry, published by The Heritage Foundation. “I think it’s inconceivable that you could argue that … [Read more...]

Mike Lee authors bill to prevent Obama from pushing churches to support gay marriage

Mike Lee authors bill to prevent Obama from pushing churches to support gay marriage

By Joel Gehrke -Via The Washington Examiner -Sen. Mike Lee has authored a bill to prevent President Obama from using his executive power to push churches and other nonprofit groups to recognize gay marriage. "It is concerning that we have people in this administration who think that religious liberties are just not that big of a deal," the Utah Republican told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. President Obama promised to respect religious liberty in his statement on the Supreme Court's June decision to overturn parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in Windsor v. United States. "How … [Read more...]

Air Force Removes Nativity Scene

Air Force Removes Nativity Scene

By Todd Snarnes Via Fox News -The Baby Jesus has been kicked off Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, according to an organization who relishes any opportunity to eradicate Christianity from the U.S. military.The Military Religious Freedom Foundation praised officials at Shaw Air Force Base for removing a Nativity scene located near Memorial Lake on Friday. The traditional Nativity included plastic statues of Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and an assortment of animals.Apparently, an undisclosed number of Airmen were so emotionally troubled by the sight of a manger scene that they immediately … [Read more...]

Religious liberty Front and Center

Religious liberty Front and Center

By Michelle Malkin Via Michelle Malkin.com - Religious liberty is front and center on the nation’s Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby’s faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of conscience for all Americans. The privately held retail chain’s story is the quintessential American Dream. Founder David Green started out making mini picture frames in his … [Read more...]

Christian Airman Punished by Lesbian Commander Faces Possible Court Martial

Christian Airman Punished by Lesbian Commander Faces Possible Court Martial

By Ken Klukowski Via Breitbart- Updating our earlier report on Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a Christian serving in the Air Force whose unit is now commanded by a lesbian: according to Monk’s complaint filed with his superiors, he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage. Now the Air Force has taken the first steps to criminally investigate Monk for talking to the media about his situation. Despite the fact that earlier this year the Obama-Hagel Pentagon said they would never court-martial a service member for their Christian faith, … [Read more...]

Christian Bakery That Refused Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple Closes After Death Threats

Christian Bakery That Refused Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple Closes After Death Threats

via Daily MailChristian bakers who refused to make wedding cake for lesbian couple forced to close after death threats 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' refused to a make wedding cake for lesbian couple Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein said serving same-sex couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer would have violated their religious beliefs Authorities investigating if the bakery discriminated against the women Bakery owners received death threats and hate mail since January incident  Last weekend was their last operating from their Oregon shop A Christian bakery that refused to make a … [Read more...]

IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Continues

IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Continues

IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Continues Despite Claims to Contrary by Tom Ciesielka, Steven Ertelt -Via Life News Today, the Thomas More Society has submitted an updated second memorandum to Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) of the House Committee on Ways and Means, detailing additional evidence of continued IRS targeting of pro-life organizations. Despite claims by the Obama Administration that the harassment has ceased, the Society produced over 250 pages of documentation showing that the federal government is still interrogating pro-life groups beyond the scope of its legal … [Read more...]

Court rules Hobby Lobby can challenge health law, won’t have to pay fines

Court rules Hobby Lobby can challenge health law, won’t have to pay fines

Via Associated Press- In a health care decision giving hope to opponents of the federal birth-control coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby stores won't have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain can proceed with its case and won't be subject to fines in the meantime. The reprieve gives Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. more time to argue in a lower court that for-profit businesses -- not just currently … [Read more...]