The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) apologized to the Quilliam Foundation and its founder, Maajid Nawaz, for labeling them “anti-Islamic extremists” and agreed to pay $3.375 million.
I am live-blogging today’s Iowa GOP State Convention today at the Jacobsen Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Follow along!
Shane Vander Hart: The same-sex marriage question placed Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in a no-win, irrelevant situation as she can do next to nothing on this issue.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Place to Worship Initiative that will focus on protecting the ability of houses of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities.
Just in time for Pride Month, the American Medical Association adopted two new policies at their annual meeting for LGBTQ persons that have absolutely nothing to do with practicing medicine.
The Libertarian Party of Iowa re-convened their state convention to nominate candidates for vacancies on the general election ballot in two Congressional and five state-wide races.
Shane Vander Hart: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors, and that includes our LGBTQ neighbors. We are to love them as ourselves. We should also tell them the truth.
There are two positive aspects of the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that we will see in future cases.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation told Iowa State Representative Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) that he was violating the constitution by including a Bible verse in the signature line of his legislative email.
Mike Naig wins the Republican primary for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, but the nomination will likely have to be decided in a special nominating convention. See results from all contested Iowa Republican primary races.
Jake Porter, a business consultant from Council Bluffs, defeated Marco Battaglia, a businessman from Des Moines in the Libertarian Party of Iowa’s first gubernatorial primary.
Iowa Democrats saw record turnout for their primary that saw hotly contested races for Governor, Secretary of State, and in Iowa’s 1st, 3rd, and 4th Congressional Districts.
After the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission favoring religious liberty, Iowa Democrat Gubernatorial Primary frontrunner Fred Hubbell said of legislation to protect religious liberty, “I’m not going to allow that kind of law to get passed in our state.”
Shane Vander Hart: While the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a win for religious liberty, it is very narrow, and I have two concerns about Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion that have negative implications.
State Representative David Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant) announced his retirement from the Iowa House after serving since 1995 resulting in a four-way Republican primary between Trevor Lynn, Martin Amos, Sheila Matheney, and Joe Mitchell in Iowa House District 84.
Shane Vander Hart: The Republican Party of Iowa has called Fred Hubbell an elitist, they have questioned his position on tax cuts, but have been silent about the fact he was the chairman of Iowa’s largest abortion provider.