Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical, Federal Judge Tells Washington State

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Today’s BreakPoint: Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical; Federal Judge Tells Washington State

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…So, in the process of becoming licensed to care for their own great-granddaughter, the Blaises were asked to react to hypotheticals such as “what if H.V. wanted to undergo hormone therapy to change her sexual appearance,” or “wanted to dress like a boy and be called by a boy’s name.” Again, remember H.V. is a one-year-old…

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This Week’s Colson Center Breakpoint Recap

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A Quote From Break Point This Week:

“An Originalist doesn’t at all mean that the current situation on the ground doesn’t matter. The idea that someone could tell you, ‘Here’s how I’m going to rule on any case having to do with the ACA…is to miss what’s there. There’s a sort of judicial care from Judge Barrett ” ~John Stonestreet~ 

What We Learned From the Amy Coney Barrett Hearings
Teacher Anxious on Preferred Pronoun Mandate Asks Shane and John for Advice
So-Called “Virginia Values Act” Undermines Religious Freedom

 

Supreme Court Says States Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Schools

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Today’s BreakPoint: Supreme Court Says States Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Schools

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A Victory—at Last—for Religious Freedom

JOHN STONESTREET  WITH ROBERTO RIVERA

The past two weeks of Supreme Court rulings have not been encouraging. After the disastrous ruling in Bostock arbitrarily expanded civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the Court, in June Medical, all but handcuffed meaningful state efforts to restrict abortion.

Finally, yesterday, good news. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, held its ground on discrimination against religious education. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled that a state tax credit which “[discriminates] against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them” violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause…

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From Riots to Repentance

They were the biggest gatherings, by far, but in Washington, D.C., where one reporter said it “felt as if the entire city had emptied into downtown,” the atmosphere felt different. Calmer. Despite the steady stream of crowds outside the White House, there were some signs of summer nights from simpler times. By dusk, there were ice cream trucks and little children playing on the grass. Strollers were parked outside restaurants where families were eating under umbrellas. In some places, people held hands and danced to street musicians — a far cry from the sounds of sirens and shattered glass the weekend before…

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Born-Alive Abortion Survivors: Just the Facts

On the 46th memorial of Roe v. Wade, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act which repealed legal protections for infants who survive abortion. The celebration of this law in New York City, followed by comments by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam which seemed to endorse infanticide has launched the question of born-alive abortion survivors into the conscience of America.

Congress and state legislatures across the country have responded to these radical positions by putting forth legislation to protect infants who survive abortion. However, Democrat politicians have blocked efforts in Congress and in state legislatures to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act…

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Chinese Churches Can Reopen… If They Preach Party Doctrine

While coronavirus restrictions may be lifting for state-approved churches in China, many find themselves facing an even more dangerous situation — being told what to teach by an officially atheist authoritarian regime.

Catholic churches in the Chinese province of Zhejiang have been told by the state-affiliated Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association that Mass may resume this month provided churches preach “patriotism.” This instruction is deeply problematic. To the Chinese Communist Party, “patriotism” means pledging your loyalty to the Party, which is increasingly hostile to religion under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping…

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Dr. Mohler on the Riots, the Church, and America’s Greatest Threat

Dr. Albert Mohler couldn’t have predicted when he started his book that the title would be so tragically appropriate. The storm is most certainly here — in the unrest of one man’s death and the uncertainty from 110,000 more. Most people, Dr. Mohler insists, have no idea about the deepest challenge we face. What is it — and what can we do about it? Find out in his interview on “Washington…

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May 26, 2020

Trump Insists It’s Open Season for Churches
by Tony Perkins

Even though we’re in a presidential election year, liberals have yet to roll out their favorite catch phrase: separation of church and state! Maybe that’s because — in the wake of the coronavirus — some Democratic governors have brazenly crossed that line of “separation,” placing stricter restrictions on church gatherings than other establishments like restaurants, malls, and even casinos. But enough is enough. And on Friday, after hearing from pastors all across the country, President Trump took advantage of his bully pulpit to start getting pastors behind their own…


Sunday Suits: New Bill Saves Churches Court Drama 
by Tony Perkins

If there’s one thing that everyone can admit about this virus, it’s how impossible it would be to tackle without churches. From the president to his cabinet secretaries and needy people on the ground, there’s one refrain that keeps echoing across this crisis: ministry, from even the smallest of communities, makes all the difference. “The federal government can provide a role,” Secretary Chad Wolf agreed. But having been on the ground and seeing the deep need, he knows, “it’s the faith-based organizations… that are the backbone of the response.” And now, more than ever, we need to protect them…


HHS Rules! Another Religious Liberty Fix from Team Trump
by Mary Beth Waddell and Travis Weber

James Shupe is a biological man who was the first legally recognized nonbinary person in America. Yet he now says it “was all a sham.”

Trump Administration Accomplishments

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Hate “him” or love “him there is no denying the list of things President Trump has managed to accomplish especially considering the hostile environment congress he has been dealing with since elected. 

Personally I find him brash and many times outright obnoxious, I wish he would stop the tweets and act more presidential, yet that is not Donald Trump and that does not define his ability to lead. In fact those characteristics would have made him a great general officer in the military. – Mike

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In one of his first actions as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which blocks funding for international organizations that perform or promote abortions. He promoted the nuclear family by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. And his administration has taken a special interest in protecting religious liberty on both the home and international fronts. President Trump has shown consistent concern for protecting life, the natural family, and religious liberty and has taken steps to advance our shared values unlike any other modern president.

Check out this extensive list of the Trump administration’s accomplishments. Then, share this list with your friends, family, and community to let them know why the 2020 election is so important to continuing these policies.

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‘Theology’ of angry, foul-mouthed Lutheran far from biblical

A self-proclaimed “public theologian” is being taken to task for a profane tweet targeting a Christian businessman whose religious freedoms have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Trump paving the way – GOP must follow up with
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Republicans have already got black voters on board with them regarding the importance of religion, faith and morality. But they’ve got a big job to change black attitudes about reliance on big government.


Ted Baehr: The Hollywood elite need Jesus

Hollywood turned out to honor its own last weekend – and as usual, the glitterati got political.

 


Heritage finds good and bad in Trump budget

The proposed $4.8 trillion budget proposal from President Donald Trump is being praised for tackling national debt, and for attacking waste and fraud, but a conservative think tank is raising concerns about the proper role of government.


Who gets to make immigration policy?

Immigration enforcement activists support the Trump administration’s lawsuits against two sanctuary entities at opposite ends of the country.


 

Government appeals ruling on refugee resettlement

Cuomo to propose compromise on Global Entry ban

Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

Explosive growth in time spent streaming TV

Senegal leader defends homosexuality law

Liberal Scrooge Drivers Turn on Gorsuch

This article is not just about a Supreme Court justice, it is about the ongoing attack on anything “Christian” by an ever increasing far left. – Mike

Liberal Scrooge Drivers Turn on Gorsuch

When Democrats get done impeaching Donald Trump, maybe they’ll move on to Neil Gorsuch. After all, the Supreme Court justice probably met their definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” just by saying “Merry Christmas!” Judging by the hysterical reaction to his transcript this week, it won’t be long until the subpoenas start flowing. How dare a public official invoke the real reason schools, governments, and businesses close their doors on December 25. Doesn’t he know it’s supposed to be a merry non-religious specific day off in winter?

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BreakPoint: Woke Capitalism Targets Religious Freedom

Usually, infringements on religious freedom come from the government: legislatures, regulatory agencies, or local agents of inquisition like the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. But emerging and serious threats to religious freedom are also coming from the private sector.

An obvious example is the workplace. I’ve talked for months now that Christians need a “theology of getting fired.” You might be great at your job (and you should be as a Christian), but you might also face pressure to affirm and support your employer’s political agenda, one that has little to do with the company’s business model or strategic goals. Many companies today face an incredible amount of pressure by outside advocacy groups, especially pro-LGBT organizations.

The influence of these groups, especially the Human Rights Campaign, is incredible, and they reach well beyond the workplace. Recently, I hosted a Colson Center webinar with Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom to discuss the influence of these LGBT advocacy groups, including new attempts to restrict the ability of religious groups to raise money.

The main strategy comes by weaponizing so-called “hate group lists.” Once groups like ADF are designated as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, corporations are pressured to cut ties with any and all organizations that bear the scarlet “H.”

Consider the “Amazon Smile” program. When participants in the program make a purchase on Amazon, half-a-percent of the price of their purchase can be designated as a donation to the charity of their choice. Zero-point-five percent might not sound like much, but as of last fall, Amazon had donated more than $100 million to eligible charities through the Smile program.

In response to outside pressure, Amazon now excludes any organization designated as a “hate group” from the program. So, ADF, the Family Research Council, and others are barred from “Amazon Smile.”

That’s a relatively minor example. As Tedesco told us on the webinar, activists and their corporate allies have even more effective strategies to accomplish their goals.

For example, companies that process credit card payments are also pressured from doing business with anyone deemed a “hate group,” whether they are or not. Some of our close ministry friends have been refused services. If a ministry you love and support cannot find someone to process their credit card donations, that’s a huge blow.

A new strategy is to target “Donor Advised Funds.” These funds manage charitable donations on behalf of families, individuals, and organizations, carry along specific tax benefits, and are offered by most of the major wealth management organizations. Essentially, they allow a donation to be made now, with the tax deduction, but distributed later according to the wishes of the donor.

What many people who use donor advised funds fail to realize is that they actually surrender ownership of the assets they donate, and essentially become advisors as to how the funds will be used.

Now there is now a move afoot to persuade those who offer these funds to exclude “hate groups” from receiving donations. All it would take is a stroke of a pen, and the donor couldn’t designate his funds to the groups that he wants to give to anymore.  Thankfully, there are Christian based donor advised funds through groups whose Christian worldview lines up with people of orthodox faith. If you carry a donor advised fund with someone else, it may be time to consider transferring to these providers. Two of these providers, National Christian Foundation and Waterstone, joined Tedesco and me on the webinar. And you can listen to a recording of that webinar here.

Look, these challenges are a moving target and they are becoming more serious and more challenging by the day. I don’t know if you noticed, but there were a lot more rainbow flags flown by corporations during Pride Month this year. This new “woke capitalism” means that corporate America could be an even bigger threat to religious freedom than anything coming out of the halls of government.