Category: Sovereignty Rights

Facebook oversight panel prompts questions about free speech, abortion advocacy

“Facebook is a place where many people exchange ideas and share their lives,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said May 18. “The policies of Facebook should mirror broader society, in which speech that does not incite violence is embraced. It’s ironic that pro-life speech is ever censored considering that we advocate against the violence of abortion and for women and their pre-born children.”

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Political Utopianism and Christianity Are Incompatible

We are once again facing a political climate which is interested in using government power to bring a supposed utopia to the masses, and which is increasingly disinterested in the Christian faith. If there is heaven on earth, of what use is a heaven in heaven? This is the mindset that leads to an abandonment of concern for men’s spirits and an exclusive focus on the here and now.

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Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop

asterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips will join Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on a media briefing call following oral arguments in state trial court Thursday in Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop. The hearing concerns a motion ADF attorneys filed last year asking the court to dismiss the latest legal attack against Phillips and his shop for declining to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his faith.

The same attorney who filed an unsuccessful complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2017 commenced the lawsuit over the same custom cake request. The commission filed charges against Phillips but abandoned the claim in the wake of more evidence of the state’s hostility toward religious freedom—hostility that the U.S. Supreme Court had first condemned in a separate lawsuit that began years earlier but that Phillips won in 2018. Instead of appealing the commission’s decision to drop its action on the 2017 complaint, the attorney filed a new lawsuit in state court that seeks monetary damages of more than $100,000 against Phillips in addition to legal fees.

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Court’s rejection of Metro ad ban case won’t be last word on religious speech

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the Catholic Church’s demand to display pro-Christmas ads in the D.C. metro system, but one justice warned that this would not be the high court’s last word on this religious speech issue.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said it was a clear-cut case of viewpoint discrimination when the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority put the kibosh on the church’s Christmas ad. He said the ad would have been allowed without question had Macy’s sponsored it.

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US health official reminds states that triage cannot trump civil rights

The civil rights office of the US Department of Health and Human Services has issued a stern bulletin warning that doctors must not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, age or other factors if triage becomes necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.

“HHS is committed to leaving no one behind during an emergency,” said Roger Severino. “Persons with disabilities, with limited English skills, or needing religious accommodations should not be put at the end of the line for health services during emergencies. Our civil rights laws protect the equal dignity of every human life from ruthless utilitarianism.”

As the states struggle to cope with growing numbers in hospitals, disability groups have expressed their concerns that the disabled might be denied treatment. According to the New York Times,

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