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).

Alliance Defending Freedom: 2017 – A Banner Year for the First Amendment

With a critical victory at the U.S. Supreme Court and two other cases in progress there, Alliance Defending Freedom action in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience—including artistic freedom—is having far-reaching effects for the good of all Americans.

The Top 7 Victories for Religious Liberty in 2017

Montse Alvarado: Amid the chaos of an historic election and the naming of a new Supreme Court Justice, victories for religious liberty were won across the country, protecting the freedoms of people of all faith, and no faith at all.

Oral Arguments Heard in Vital Religious Liberty Case Before Supreme Court

Money quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy: “…the state in its position here has neither been tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips religious beliefs.”

Ben Sasse: The Challenges We Face Are Bigger Than Government

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), speaking in Des Moines, IA, highlighted three problems that Americans face in the future that government can not fix.

Three Follow-Up Comments About the Ames High School Band Protest

Shane Vander Hart offers three follow-up comments to his previous article about 13 members of Ames High School Marching Band protesting the National Anthem.

Is There Really a “Right” to Protest?

Pat Nicklaus: Are we being assumptive, for no real reason, in believing that organized protests are part and parcel of “peaceable assembly”?

Young Americans Are Less Protective of Religious Liberty

Kelvey Vander Hart: Although older generations still tend to protect religious freedom, younger Americans (those under 30) are not quite so supportive.