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.

Pro-Life Groups Support California’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers Before SCOTUS

Four pro-life groups support crisis pregnancy centers forced by the California Reproductive FACT Act to advertise and refer clients for abortion in NIFLA v. Becerra that the Supreme Court will hear in February.

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.”

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.

The First Amendment Protects Student Protest We Disagree With

Shane Vander Hart: We should not call for the disciplinary action of Ames High School Marching Band members who walked off the field for the National Anthem.

EPA Proposes Repeal of “Clean Power Plan”

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed to repeal the Obama-era so-called “Clean Power Plan” (CPP).

If Trump Fires Sessions He Shouldn’t Expect Senate Cooperation

President Donald Trump has the power to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but if he does he should not expect Senate cooperation to appoint a new one.

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 7-1-17 (Guest: Chris Jacobs)

On Caffeinated Thoughts Radio, Shane Vander Hart discussed the Senate reform bill with Chris Jacobs, and then discussed a big decision in the Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Levels Playing Field for Religious Institutions Using Public Funds

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in favor of a Missouri church who was denied a state grant to improve the safety of their preschool’s playground.

Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor of Free Speech

The Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision, ruled that the government’s definition of political correctness does not trump the freedom of speech.

What Does Trump Gain By Attacking His Own Justice Department on Twitter?

Shane Vander Hart: President Donald Trump is the first President to attack his own administration on Twitter and I’m not sure what he gains by it.

Justice Samuel Alito’s Somber Warning About Religious Liberty

Justice Samuel Alito: “The idea that speech can be banned if it expresses an idea that is offensive is spreading around the country.”

Liberty Counsel: Gorsuch Will Have an Immediate Impact

Liberty Counsel notes that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch takes the bench just in time to vote on several high-profile cases.

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 4-8-17 (Wayne Pedersen & Beth Lamb)

Shane Vander Hart, Brian Myers & Scott Owen host Wayne Pedersen of International Day for the Unreached and Beth Lamb of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Iowa.

Senate Republicans Use the Nuclear Option to Confirm Gorsuch

Senate Democrats let the first partisan filibuster against a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nuclear option was used to allow a majority vote.

Prior to Senate Democrat Filibuster Grassley Defends Gorsuch

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the Senate floor before the Senate Democrats’ filibuster of Neil Gorsuch said: “nothing will stick.”