Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign 2019

Mat Staver: Celebrating or acknowledging Christmas is legal on public property, and references to God or Jesus should not be censored.

Sasse Introduces Resolution Condemning Beto O’Rourke’s Attack on the First Amendment

Ben Sasse: “It’s an opportunity to show the American people that bigotry against religion in the name of partisan politics is not permitted in our system of government.”

Iowa Libertarians Sue Claire Celsi For Blocking Members on Twitter (Updated)

The Libertarian Party of Iowa filed suit in federal court against State Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, for blocking several members on Twitter.

Fight Hateful Speech With More Speech, Not Less

Kelvey Vander Hart: The key to fighting against hateful speech? More speech, not less.

Counterproductive Conservative Hypocrisy

Phil Bair: Conservatives calling for government regulation on social media companies in an effort to forbid censorship of their views on those platforms is hypocrisy.

Thought Police (Oops, Medicare) For All

Dr. Marilyn Singleton: We must not let the government bury our conscience and beliefs under layers of bureaucracy. Medicare for All may mean independent thought for none.

Freedom to Worship ≠ Freedom of Religion

Shane Vander Hart: Limiting the First Amendment to the “freedom to worship” would relegate our faith to our personal lives and our place of worship.

Atheist Groups Call DOJ Religious Liberty Task Force “Theocratic” and “Troubling”

Atheist groups called the new religious liberty task force at the U.S. Department of Justice “troubling” and said that the “theocratic” task force would “bring down the wall of separation.”

Social Media Platforms Do Have a Right to Suppress Speech, But They Shouldn’t

Shane Vander Hart: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is wrong, Twitter does have the right to shadow ban users, but they shouldn’t.

Episode 53: Anna Anderson on Protecting Christian Adoption Agencies

Shane Vander Hart discusses the trouble Christian adoption and foster care agencies face with Anna Anderson from American Principles Project on the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.

On “Weaponizing” the First Amendment

Associate Justice Elena Kagan in the dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME said the Court is “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

A Win for Free Speech and Free Expression in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decided 5 to 4 that the state of California’s law forcing pro-life organizations to advertise taxpayer-funded abortion services was likely unconstitutional. 

SCOTUS Sends Christian Florist’s Case Back to Washington Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States vacated the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling against Barronelle Stutzman in Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington and remanded the case back to that court for consideration in light of their recent ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Iowa State Representative Warned About Use of Bible Verse in His Email

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.

Iowa House Bill Would Authorize “Bible as Literature” in Public Schools

Eleven states allow the Bible to be taught as literature in their public schools, with Kentucky being one of the most recent. Should a bill, HF 2031, introduced in the Iowa House on Wednesday pass into law Iowa would join that number.

HHS Launches New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).