It is welcome news that the California state legislature will not take final action on AB 2943, a bill which would have declared all forms of sexual orientation change efforts, or SOCE (sometimes referred to as "conversion therapy") to be a form of "consumer fraud" if performed for a fee. Such counseling or therapy is designed to assist people who experience unwanted same-sex attractions to achieve their own self-chosen goal of overcoming those attractions or abstaining from same-sex conduct.
August 31, 2018, 3:48 PM EDT
August 1, 2018, 4:20 PM EDT
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday the formation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "will continue the Department's ongoing work to implement the Religious Liberty Memorandum and the implementation memorandum. The Task Force will also consider new initiatives that will further the Department's work to protect and promote religious liberty."
July 26, 2018, 9:23 AM EDT
For some people at the State Department's ministerial, the stories of persecution come secondhand – but they're no less life-changing. One of the most powerful speeches of the day came from a surprising source, Mick Mulvaney, the president's director of the Office of Management and Budget. When he got to the stage, Mulvaney joked, “You're probably wondering to yourself, ‘What can the budget director bring to this discussion?’” Turns out, an awful lot. “I've never been a victim of religious persecution,” he said from the outset. But he still has plenty in common with the people there: he wants to be a force for change.
July 19, 2018, 3:29 PM EDT
House conservatives took some social media companies to task for political bias earlier on Tuesday -- and not a moment too soon, based on what's happening to people like Ryan Bomberger. The head of the Radiance Foundation is just the latest victim of the censorship taking place on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If these tech giants are offended by the truth of abortion, then they're taking their anger out on the wrong people.
July 12, 2018, 9:56 AM EDT
The city of Washington has been so dominated with Supreme Court news that it's easy to forget there's other business underway. The House is taking the lead on a lot of it, combing through the second largest spending bill Congress sees every year: the Labor-HHS-Education package. On a typical day, mark-ups like this one don't get a lot of national attention. This time around though, things are different. And a red-hot debate over the border is a big reason why.
June 18, 2018, 11:09 AM EDT
Now that President Trump has scored big points for his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, his opponents are desperate to change the subject. Anxious to turn the country's attention away from the administration's diplomatic success, they've returned to an issue that the Congress has repeatedly failed to resolve – immigration.
June 14, 2018, 9:19 AM EDT
One of the first promises Donald Trump made to evangelicals as a candidate was to the pastors of America: “We're going to get rid of that [Johnson amendment],” he promised. Now, a year and a half into his administration, it's somewhat fitting that he and Vice President Mike Pence have made a priority of keeping their dialogue with churches going.
June 4, 2018, 4:14 PM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, a baker who declined to create a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex ceremony because doing so would violate his religious belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
May 18, 2018, 4:38 PM EDT
The Trump administration is expected to announce new regulations for the Title X family planning program that reinstates President Ronald Reagan's "protect life rule" which protects the integrity of the program by preventing the "co-location" of family planning clinics with abortion clinics. This rule will separate abortion centers, such as Planned Parenthood, from the thousands of clinics that provide Title X services without cutting any funds.
May 10, 2018, 10:40 AM EDT
“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” That was President Trump's frank assessment of what may have been Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy mistake. On May 8, 2018, the White House did something about it – finally pulling the United States out of the deal that's been a disaster for U.S. and global security.
May 2, 2018, 2:44 PM EDT
This week (May 4th) marks one year since President Trump signed an executive order protecting religious liberty – an order which has led to multiple federal agencies rolling out religious freedom protections. A Family Research Council analysis released today finds that the order enabled charities and other entities to provide up to 13.7 million people with health care and other social services. The order has enabled at least 44 schools that provide an education for more than 148,000 students to continue operating.
May 1, 2018, 9:59 AM EDT
They came by the hundreds, one newspaper said – "perhaps thousands." Some traveled hours, others waited hours, all for the opportunity to protest one of the most outrageous homeschooling bills every introduced: California's AB 2756.
April 24, 2018, 2:31 PM EDT
The U.S. Navy is sinking the hopes of secularists seeking to rid the military of religious freedom. Under the Obama administration, you may recall that attacks on religious freedom became so frequent that we began chronicling the incidents in a publication entitled, "A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military." Hostility toward the Bible manifested in numerous ways such as the Navy Lodge program tossing nightstand Bibles, an officer being told to remove a Bible from his desk, to even a brief ban on Bibles for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. President Obama had created an environment of religious hostility that allowed far left extremists at the Pentagon to engage in a search and destroy mission of religious freedom.
April 13, 2018, 4:07 PM EDT
The ACLU has spent so much time in Kentucky over the last two years, it ought to relocate! For the third time, the extremist group is suing the state for doing what voters want: outlawing a violent form of abortion after 11 weeks. “Once again,” an ACLU spokeswoman writes, “the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill that limits abortion access and, once again, Gov. Matt Bevin signed it into law... . This restriction,” she says, "is part of a national strategy to push abortion out of reach.” You bet it is!
March 20, 2018, 3:49 PM EDT
Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. In NIFLA v. Becerra, the question being argued is whether the state of California can force licensed pro-life pregnancy care centers to advertise for state-sponsored abortions and advise where to get them, and whether unlicensed centers can be forced to put up a notice saying they are unlicensed.
March 16, 2018, 4:40 PM EDT
While college teams vie for basketball’s biggest prize, it looks like ESPN is trying to do some rebounding of its own. After more than two years of bleeding profits, the Disney-owned network wants to prove that it can do better. Pitching politics instead of baseball has been a costly decision for the company, which has been a financial drag on parent company Disney for the last several months. Left without viewers (or options), ESPN decided to downsize, laying off at least 100 staffers to try and make up some of the company’s losses.
March 6, 2018, 12:15 PM EST
Through all of the cultural ups and downs, country music has always been a place conservatives felt welcome. While so many other celebrities started picking up activist causes and shaming fans who held Christian beliefs, American could always count on Nashville to stay true to their values (or at least tolerate them). Not anymore.
February 26, 2018, 3:38 PM EST
Conservatives don't need to prove the existence of the war on faith anymore – HHS did it for them! After years of pooh-poohing the crackdown on Christians, the other side will have a much harder time now, thanks to the agency's new division in the Office for Civil Rights.
February 16, 2018, 4:13 PM EST
ABC got at least one thing right about "The View" – its name. As far as the hosts are concerned, there is only one view: theirs. Sure, they'll invite a token "conservative" on to add fireworks, but even that doesn't get in the way of the hosts' daily routine of smug Middle America-bashing. If the idea is to offend viewers, it's working.
February 8, 2018, 11:54 AM EST
President Trump is on track to being the most pro-life president this country has ever seen. The report released [yesterday] shows that the president has gone beyond stopping the pro-abortion policies of Barack Obama, he is restoring and even expanding the pre-Obama pro-life policies.