Axne, Finkenauer Vote to Strip Religious Liberty Protection From Iowans

Shane Vander Hart: U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer voted to disallow any Religious Freedom Restoration Act claim under the Equality Act.

“Equality Act” Guts Religious Freedom

Mat Staver: “The so-called ‘Equality Act’ eviscerates freedom in general and religious freedom in particular.”

Six Disappointing Victims of the Iowa Legislature’s Second Funnel of 2019

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Life Amendment, Traffic Enforcement Camera Ban, and Fetal Homicide bill are among bills that did not survive in 2019.

Exercising Religious Conscience Is Not Discrimination

Shane Vander Hart: When religious liberty interests oppose LGBT interests, under SOGI laws and the Equality Act if it passes, people of faith lose.

Episode 76: Jason Schultz Discusses Funnel Week in the Iowa Senate

State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) discusses the first funnel week with Shane Vander Hart on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.

Will the Iowa Legislature Pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

Shane Vander Hart: It’s time for Iowa to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to protect Iowans’ religious freedom instead of bowing to the almighty dollar.

If Elected, Fred Hubbell Won’t Allow Religious Liberty Protection to Be Passed

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.”

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Disappointments

Shane Vander Hart shares his top five disappointments with the 2018 Iowa legislative session which includes a failure to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, deal with current academic standards, expand school choice, limit state spending, and pass an Article V petition in the Iowa Senate.

Two Important Bills Are in a Holding Pattern in the Iowa Legislature

The fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill has been assigned to the Iowa House Human Resources Committee and has yet to be assigned a subcommittee. Similarly, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is still waiting for a floor vote in the Iowa Senate and needs to pass a House committee before March 16th.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

Iowa’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) survived the first funnel week of the 2018 legislative session. SSB 3171, sponsored by State Senator Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was passed out of the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee by a 7 to 4 vote.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Filed in the Iowa Senate

A bill entitled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was filed in the Iowa Senate on Thursday.  The bill is modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Will Kim Reynolds Stand to Protect Religious Liberty or Big Business?

Shane Vander Hart: Will Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stand with Big Business and Chamber Republicans or with Iowans who want religious conscience protections?

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Downplays Religious Liberty in New Report

USCCR: Religious exceptions to civil liberties and civil rights protections should be tailed as narrowly as applicable law requires.

Defend Christian Businesses Against Lynch Mobs of Secular Groupthink

Future lynch mobs will target more Christian owned businesses for their refusal to defy secular group think. The Church will need to rally to their defense.

Chris Christie’s Weak Response to Indiana’s RFRA

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was a defense of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, not religious liberty.

What Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Actually Does

The media and liberal activists are not being honest about what Indiana (and other) state Religious Freedom Restoration Act actually does – protect freedom.