Category: Sovereignty Rights

Bernie Sanders’s Anti-Semitic Surrogate

Earlier this year, many liberals faced up to the problem of left-wing anti-Semitism. Despite the widespread sympathy generated by the Women’s March, the group that had organized the first and largest “resistance” protests against Donald Trump, the Democratic National Committee and other leading liberal groups and individuals disavowed the organization prior to planned January marches, because its leadership had become compromised by accusations of anti-Semitism. The March splintered in two, because its problem with Jews was too important to ignore even for those who shared its goal of creating one big tent of leftist and liberal Trump critics.

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Government Shouldn’t Force Teachers to Use Transgender Pronouns

A high school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, faced criticism and disciplinary action because a transgender student asked him to refer to the student by female pronouns, although the student was born male. The teacher refused.

A heated e-mail exchange between teacher and student prompted the high school to implement extra training to make sure the school’s teachers were fostering an inclusive environment.

The incident provides another example of the controversy that accompanies how the burgeoning transgender issue is infiltrating society.

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How One Professor’s Angry Censorship Backfired

Nothing.

That’s what Bernadette Tasy had to show for her pro-life efforts on the Fresno State University campus, as the school year drew to a close.

She and a friend had launched a Students for Life group that fall, gaining only a few non-committal members – and some angry resistance from other students.

Discouragement nagged at Bernadette as she planned one final effort for the school year.

For her club’s last major activity, she had secured the university’s permission to create pro-life chalk messages along the main mall of the campus.

The group had just finished the task when a professor approached. Greg Thatcher, who taught public health, made it clear he didn’t like what they were doing.

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United Nations Conference Cancels Pro-Life Workshop, Calls It ‘Too Controversial’

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The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference is taking place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, focusing on “building inclusive and sustainable cities and communities.” Yet there is one group the U.N. was apparently not willing to be inclusive of – pro-lifers. Family Life International was set to present a workshop, titled “The Family and Protection of Life, Women and Girls in Sustainable Communities,” only to have it canceled at the last minute.

According to Merrilee Boyack, executive director of Family Watch International, the group was not given notice that the workshop had been canceled until Saturday night, with the conference set to begin on Monday, August 26.

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Telescope Media Group v. Lucero: Continuation of Masterpiece Cakeshop

Just over a year ago, the Supreme Court gave cake designer Jack Phillips a welcome 7–2 free exercise win in Masterpiece Cakeshop. Colorado’s hostility towards Jack was so egregious, the court never reached the core free-speech issue presented: whether the government has the power to force creative professionals to create artistic expression that violates their deepest convictions.
On Friday, in a case I argued before the court, the Eighth Circuit resolved this question emphatically in favor of free speech.

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Teacher Subjected to Pro-Transgender Training Unloads on CA Politicians

Raechel Olson, a 20-year elementary school teacher, testified in July before the Senate Education Committee to publicly oppose AB 493, a teacher training bill that instructs them to affirm homosexual, lesbian, and transgender students in the classroom.

The legislation predictably passed out of the Democratic-led committee in a 6-0 vote but not before Olson blasted the “gender training” she sat through and warned senators they were trampling on people’s sincere religious beliefs.

Olson’s brief but no-holds-bar testimony, in light of the far-left committee she was facing, was noticed by California Family Council, which was present at the meeting and published Olson’s testimony (see video below) on Youtube.

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Google Policy Limiting Advertising for Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Fails to Work

A Google policy that aimed to make it extremely difficult for crisis pregnancy services to advertise on its platform has failed to work properly.

The tech giant announced earlier this year that any organization advertising pregnancy services must explicitly state whether or not it provides abortion procedures.

However, according to The Guardian, the policy only really works if the specific term “abortion” is searched. Various other keyword searches, such as “free pregnancy test” or “pregnancy symptoms” did not produce results that explicitly stated whether or not abortions were provided.

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Free Speech and Religious Freedom: Federal Court Upholds Constitutional Order

Earlier today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutional order, limited the reach of expansive nondiscrimination laws, and protected a Christian couple from having to choose between their business and their conscience.

The facts of the case are simple. The plaintiffs, Carl and Angel Larsen, are videographers who create “commercials, short films, and live-event productions.” While they work with anyone of any race, sex, sexual orientation, or religion, they will not produce videos that advance viewpoints that violate their Christian beliefs. That includes videos that “contradict biblical truth; promote sexual immorality; support the destruction of unborn children; promote racism or racial division; incite violence; degrade women; or promote any conception of marriage other than as a lifelong institution between one man and one woman.”

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Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Case on Christian’s Refusal to Make LGBT Pride Shirts

The Christian owner of a Kentucky print shop who has spent years fighting for his right not to create “gay pride” T-shirts has taken his case to the state Supreme Court.

Blaine Adamson is the owner of Hands On Originals Christian Outfitters, a Lexington company that advertises “high quality, customized Christian apparel.” For the past several years, he has been fighting the Lexington Human Rights Commission over his polite refusal of the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization’s (now called the Pride Community Services Organization) request to print shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival.

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Teacher’s Rejection of Gender Identity Prompts Training

Teachers and staff in a Florida school district will be given additional diversity training after a high school math instructor refused to call a transgender student by her chosen gender identity.

First Coast News in Jacksonville reports that teacher Thomas Caggiano wrote in an email to the student “I will NOT refer to you with female pronouns … If this is not acceptable for you, change classes.”

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Abortions Rose 4% in Georgia Last Year, That’s Why the Legislature Passed an Abortion Ban

Georgia saw a devastating increase in the number of unborn babies who were aborted in 2018, according to new state health department data.

The news comes just a few months after state lawmakers passed a heartbeat law that would end most abortions in the state. If enacted, it could save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year.

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