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    More On: supreme court US Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to ObamaCare law Supremes’ deserved slap to Biden and other commentary DOJ wants Supreme Court to reinstate death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Supreme Court asks DOJ to weigh in on Harvard affirmative action case The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that Philadelphia officials...
    Most of us never see the moment coming – one that changes life forever. Mine came the afternoon two gentlemen walked into our Masterpiece Cakeshop. Seeing that the rest of the staff was busy, I went out front to greet them and ask how I could be of service.  They wanted me to create a cake...
                      by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich  The right to worship freely is often called America’s first freedom.  Our founding fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation but as an unalienable right from God. This universal right is enshrined in the First Amendment to the...
    A New York Times story this week fretted about the Supreme Court's recent track record of ruling in favor of religious groups and quoting figures fearing Christian conservatives are "weaponizing" First Amendment protections at the expense of progressive interests. The piece by Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak was headlined, "An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court"...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonArkansas governor signs transgender sports ban Enemy within: Experts warn US not learning from past pandemic mistakes The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran MORE (R) signed a bill into law Friday that allows medical doctors to decline to treat patients if their belief...
    The religious right is spreading horrific lies on social media to kill the Equality Act
    When the history books are written about the Donald Trump era, a lot of people on the right are in for a lot of well-deserved scorn. The religious right, in all likelihood, will come under particular scrutiny. These self-appointed moral guardians tried to get the nation to bow to Trump, knowing full well that he was...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court has increasingly exempted religious believers from government regulations, and it is clear by their statements that individual justices on the right think religion is under siege in America. Earlier this month, the justices spared churches from California's Covid-19 restrictions on large indoor gatherings. In late November, the justices ruled for New York...
    ROME — Pope Francis insisted Monday that health of the soul is as important as physical health, urging authorities to respect religious freedom in their efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The need to halt the spread of the virus has had implications “for a number of fundamental freedoms, including religious freedom, restricting...
    For four long years, the most influential public faces of religion have been right-wing extremists who had previously been too wacky for primetime, like prosperity-gospel grifter Paula White, now best known for summoning angels from Africa to ensure a Donald Trump victory. Meanwhile, less wacky but equally hard-right figures, like former Vice President Mike Pence...
    On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of three Muslim men who said they were wrongly placed wrongly on a “no-fly” list. The men, all U.S. residents, went to court on the basis that the FBI put them on the government’s no-fly list for refusing to spy on U.S. Muslim communities and act...
    U.S. Gears Up for Vaccine Rollout; FDA Panel Meets: Virus Update As pandemic rages, NYC breaks its record for coronavirus testing, Mayor de Blasio says The Supreme Court hands down a loss for rogue law enforcement officers — and a win for the religious right Let’s get one thing out of the way first:...
    By Elana Schor | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism. Christian conservatives who stood by Trump through moments of crisis and success...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism. Christian conservatives who stood by Trump through moments of crisis and success are hardly comfortable with his...
    By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism. Christian conservatives who stood by Trump through moments of crisis and success...
    WASHINGTON – Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism. Christian conservatives who stood by Trump through moments of crisis and success are hardly comfortable with his loss,...
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said this weekend a new ban on worship violates a “a natural and a Constitutional right.” Archbishop Cordileone objected to the state’s lumping together of religious worship with “non-essential indoor activities such as gyms, movie theaters, and museums” while arbitrarily allowing “for indoor retail at 25 percent capacity and permits...
    In totalitarian societies, governments suppress the church and religious worship. That's because dictators believe citizens should worship them as the highest authority and not a Higher Authority, which they view as a threat to their power and position. In the United States, the threat to religious liberty has been under siege for some time. Last...
    On the eve of Thanksgiving, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch concurred with a 5-4 decision to allow an injunction against the hypothetical future enforcement of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s COVID-19 executive orders to the extent that those orders ban certain large-scale religious gatherings. The justice’s choice of words to describe the plinth upon...
    Amy Coney Barrett Hours before Thanksgiving, we got an ugly look at what the fully Trumpified Supreme Court is going to bring us. The court of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett brought us an unsigned order saying that New York’s public health guidelines don’t apply to religious organizations, because FREEDOM. The guidelines in question...
    The usual mainstream-media suspects wasted no time in blasting as inappropriate Samuel Alito’s address last week to the Federalist ­Society. Which is another way of saying they didn’t like what he had to say. The Supreme Court justice warned that “religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” that freedom of speech is also ­“becoming...
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has come under fire from congressional Democrats after he gave an unusually charged address Thursday evening, hitting conservative talking points he believes have become unpalatable in the political climate.   “For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry and can’t be...
    Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned that free speech may be in danger. Speaking at the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention on Thursday, the conservative justice slammed what he perceived to be a "growing hostility to the expression of unfashionable views" by leaders in academia and big corporations, noting that the trend began...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoWill the Supreme Court take ObamaCare off life-support? Trump's lawsuits are good for American democracy ObamaCare and the saddest kind of dissent MORE said on Thursday that the coronavirus has caused ‘previously unimaginable’ restrictions on liberty. Alito gave remarks over a video link for the Federalist Society’s annual...
    During a speech before the Federalist Society on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stated that “in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” And is viewed by some as “not a cherished freedom, it’s often just an excuse for bigotry and it can’t be tolerated, even when there is no evidence...
    Reuters November 13, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said the COVID-19 pandemic had led to “previously unimaginable” curbs on individual liberty, singling our restrictions on religious events. The justice, who is seen as a conservative, told a meeting of the Federalist Society late on Thursday he was not underplaying the...
    Some of the biggest opponents of LGBTQ rights don't want to believe they'll no longer have a White House sympathetic to their bigotry. Many leaders of the religious right are refusing to accept that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and is the president-elect...
    A Maryland man really wants to vote without wearing a mask, but he’s not having much success. On Friday, Daniel Swain, 52, of Fallston tried to go to court for the right. He sued a long list of entities, including the Harford County Board of Elections and the Jarettsville Volunteer Fire Company, asking for a...
    Orthodox Jewish groups have filed a lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday after he imposed restrictions limiting attendance at houses of worship amid a spike in coronavirus cases in several neighborhoods. The groups, which included Agudath Israel of America and Agudath Israel of Kew Garden Hills, noted that Cuomo announced the latest public...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The Brooklyn Diocese has filed a federal lawsuit against New York State in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “wrong-headed” executive order limiting the capacity at religious institutions in parts of the city, arguing that the mandate...
    A new Reddit video shows one of the most insufferable types of Karens—the “Religious Rights Karen”—calling 911 and claiming she was being oppressed because she was denied service at a pet store for refusing to wear a mask. Hide The video starts with Karen standing outside Bones-N-Scones, a Palm Springs, California pet store, being...
    ROME — The Vatican’s Secretary of State decried the intolerance of “political correctness” Wednesday as an insidious attack on religious freedom present in many Western democracies. “Attacks on religious freedom are often driven by fear and ideology,” stated Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a Rome conference on religious liberty organized by the U.S. Embassy to the...
    Alex Henderson September 29, 2020 6:58PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Now that President Donald Trump has nominated far-right Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court, her connection to the extremist quasi-Catholic cult People of Praise is once again coming under scrutiny. Trump's supporters are trying to paint criticism of Barrett as...
    President Donald Trump on Saturday selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left empty by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just one week ago. The president described the pick as “one of his highest and most important duties.” The president’s choice demonstrates he did not waver from the idea...
    President’s Trump’s plan to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is a shocking political spectacle. The formal announcement Saturday will come the day after Ginsburg became the first woman and the first Jew to lie in state at the Capitol, and less than 40 days...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump's decision to hold political rallies during the coronavirus pandemic. "People have a First Amendment right, if they so choose, to show up and express their political opinion in the form of a peaceful protest, which is what the president held." She said, decrying a "double...
    Washington (CNN)In 2016, Jerry Falwell Jr. was among those who took the stage at the Republican National Convention to praise Donald Trump. As president of Liberty University, the massive Christian college in Virginia founded by his televangelist father, Falwell had made waves earlier that year when, on the eve of the Iowa caucus he'd endorsed...
    The last year has found former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. tumbling into one scandal after another, before finally officially plummeting from grace this week.  It began last year when, as Politico reported, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen helped “clean up racy ‘personal’ photographs” of Falwell’s wife, Becki, including one of her in a French maid...
    By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press A former Pfizer employee who said she was fired for refusing a vaccine on religious grounds can't proceed with a discrimination lawsuit because she waived that right, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a decision two justices called potentially troubling for employee rights. Amy Skuse's lawsuit alleges she was...
    Joe Biden promises to protect religious freedom in the United States, but both he and Kamala Harris have advocated for policies that are contrary to the religious convictions of many Americans. “We all have a right to practice our faith openly, or to practice no faith at all—a right that is being degraded under...
    The Trump campaign on Friday announced the addition of Taylor Marshall, a traditionalist Catholic provocateur, to the advisory board of its coalition focused on grabbing the Catholic vote. "This is our battle for the unborn, the exploited, the trafficked, and for the protection of our Churches," Marshall said in a tweet announcing his new...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a report on human rights last week. Written by a commission he appointed, it affirms that all people have unalienable rights that governments are obligated to respect, and that these rights are protected in both the U.S. Constitution and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights....
    Jim Loscalzo/CNP/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Last July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched an advisory panel to help the US practice “a moral foreign policy … grounded in [a] conception of human rights.” Crucially, its mission, Pompeo explained, would include reining in a dangerous proliferation of “new”...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court threw out two job bias lawsuits brought by teachers against their religious employers, reaffirming that religious institutions and schools have a First Amendment right to select their employees. The justices clarified the class of employees who are barred from suing their religious employers, in a case examining when a religious institution is...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. The rise of the Christian right wasn’t originally driven by opposition to abortion. It was about state funding of private, Christian, white-only schools. Nearly a half century later, they finally won a measure of victory: The Supreme Court struck down a...
    Here is a pop quiz on the Constitution. What is the first freedom protected by the Bill of Rights? If you guessed speech or press, then you are close. The first protected freedom is religion. The two religion clauses in the First Amendment keep the government out of our pockets for religious purposes and out...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s decision shielding LGBT people from employment discrimination dealt a blow to religious conservatives — and was penned by a justice they lauded after his nomination by President Donald Trump. The court ruled 6-3 on Monday that prohibitions against sex-based job discrimination established in the Civil Rights Act of 1964...
    In the cascade of bad news that has marked 2020, it’s almost impossible to believe that something good could happen, and yet here we are: On Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that gay and trans workers are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits firing someone on the basis of sex. The...
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