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Texas AG Launches Investigation After San Antonio City Council Intentionally Excludes Chick-fil-A From Airport Contract

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:30pm 4/3/2019 at 5:30pm
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A few weeks ago, a viral article by Think Progress accused Chick-fil-A’s foundation of actively supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations. The article was cited and reposted by news networks and individual blogs alike, and for the gazillionth time, calls to boycott the world’s best chicken sandwich bounced around progressive spheres of the web.

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After forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross, Utah teacher now on leave

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4:00pm 3/9/2019 at 4:00pm
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Like millions of Catholics this past Wednesday, I attended Mass and began the season of Lent by having an ash cross marked on my forehead.

One student who also observed Ash Wednesday and went to school with an ash cross was forced to wash it off by a teacher, despite pleas from...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop wins again – CO drops prosecution for refusal to bake ‘gender-transition cake’

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00pm 3/5/2019 at 7:00pm
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The second attempt by the State of Colorado to punish Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop has come to an end, once again, with a victory for the baker.

Round 1 was the baker’s refusal to create a custom cake for a same-sex marriage, on the ground that it violated the baker’s Christian...

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Rider University Dean Resigns Over Ban on Chick-fil-A in Defense of Company’s Christian Values

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1:00pm 3/5/2019 at 1:00pm
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In the fall of 2018, Rider University in New Jersey surveyed students to find out which restaurant they would like to have on campus. Students preferred Chick-fil-A, but that choice was rejected by university leadership, which felt the company’s corporate values were insufficiently inclusive.

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Sen. Sasse Introduces Resolution Making it Unconstitutional to Deny a Nominee Public Office for Membership in Knights of Columbus

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00pm 1/16/2019 at 8:00pm

Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse introduced a resolution that reiterates the unconstitutionality of disqualifying a nominee for public service based on their membership to the Catholic organization, Knights of Columbus, according to a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Hawaii Congresswoman Calls Out Fellow Hawaii Senator Hirono For “Fomenting Religious Bigotry” During Judicial Nominee Questioning

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00pm 1/9/2019 at 5:00pm

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) wrote a scathing op-ed, which was published in The Hill Tuesday, in which she lambasted lawmakers who questioned US district judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the Catholic organization, Knights of Columbus.

While Rep. Gabbard never mentioned Sen. Hirono by name, the only two Senators to have...

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DOJ Says U. Iowa Violated Christian Group’s First Amendment Rights

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 28, 2018 at 12:00pm 12/28/2018 at 12:00pm

The school found the groups traditional values of faith “unwelcoming” and deregistered them. Luckily, the Department of Justice saw things differently.

The Daily Caller reports:

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Colorado goes after Masterpiece Cakeshop again – this time over “gender transition” cake

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00am 8/15/2018 at 9:00am
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When Masterpiece Cakeshop won its case on June 4, 2018, in the U.S. Supreme Court over refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gay wedding, many people assumed it was a win for religious freedom and free speech (the right not to have government compel your speech).

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Christianity Under Fire at Harvard

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:00am 4/10/2018 at 9:00am

An Evangelical Christian group at Harvard recently dismissed its student leader when she revealed that she is in a same sex relationship. For this, the group has been branded discriminatory. For merely holding true to their faith, these students have now seen their group defunded.

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Islamist Supremacy at Temple Mount: US Congressmen detained after falsely accused of praying

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:30am 2/25/2018 at 11:30am

United States lawmakers Scott R. Tipton (R-Colo) and David B. McKinley (R-W.Va) were stopped and questioned by Israeli police on the morning of February 22nd while they were visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

According to media reports of the incident (see, for example, here and here), Tipton and McKinley were detained...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Theater

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/15/2017 at 8:00pm
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I have to admit, I fell asleep at the baker’s wheel.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was argued to the Supreme Court earlier this month and I, didn’t cover it. Not out of lack of interest, but more feeling like we’re chasing a swarm of daily dust ups created...

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Trump Admin Grants Religious Exemption from Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:00pm 10/6/2017 at 4:00pm

President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to roll back a portion of Obamacare that mandates a private company must include birth control coverage in health insurance plans.

From The Washington Examiner:

The new rules allow any employer to be exempt from the mandate “based on its sincerely held religious beliefs” or on...

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Belated Leftist Epiphany: Black Evangelical Christians Vote, Too

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:30pm 9/11/2017 at 5:30pm
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One of the many things that has long puzzled me about the leftist agenda is its long-standing, mulit-pronged attack on Judeo-Christianity.  On the one hand, I understand that the left has a reason for wishing to undermine religion.  After all, as assorted totalitarians, fascists, and communists well know, a populace permitted...

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Thousands of North Koreans Escape Using Underground Christian Network Spanning Across China

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 1:00pm 8/9/2017 at 1:00pm
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Thousands of North Koreans are fleeing the Communist prison state thanks to an underground Christian network spread across China, reports the British newspaper Daily Express. The 3000-mile long network, run by South Korean and Chinese Christians, also dubbed as the ‘underground railroad’, helps dissidents from the north to escape to freedom...

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ABC and NBC Help SPLC Smear Successful Religious Liberty Law Organization as “Hate” Group

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:25pm 7/13/2017 at 8:25pm
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I have written often, and recently, about the corrosive effect of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s highly-politicized “hate” and “extremist” lists.

Politico also recently focused on the problem, which I described in Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers”, including this quote from the Politico article:

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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Missouri Lutheran School in Suit Against State

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:17pm 6/26/2017 at 12:17pm
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Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Missouri Lutheran School who’d sued the state over the state’s decision to withhold grant money.

PBS summarized:

The case grows out of a lawsuit filed by Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, after it lost out on a grant for its playground in 2012...

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Iran Arrests Two Catholics as Regime Cracks Down on the Faith

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 3/15/2017 at 1:30pm
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On February 20, the Iranian regime arrested a Catholic mother and son as it continues to crack down on the faith. Unfortunately, there is no update on the two of them.

Anousheh Rezabakhsh and Soheil Zargarzadeh converted to Catholicism in Istanbul, Turkey in August 2016. It just goes to show that Christians...

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