Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty

Michael Youssef: ‘Woke’ culture creeping into evangelical church is ‘deadly’ for the Gospel of Christ

Egyptian-American Pastor Michael Youssef has issued a strong condemnation of “woke” pastors within evangelical churches, warning that spewing far-left ideology from the pulpit is “deadly as far as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is concerned.” In an interview with The Christian Post, the 72-year-old pastor of the 3,000-member Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, recalled how, as an Episcopal priest in the 1980s, he watched with dismay as the mainline Episcopal denomination slowly moved away from biblical principles, eventually voting to approve same-sex marriage in the denomination. But in recent years, Youssef told CP that he’s seen the same subtle bend toward leftist ideology slowly permeating the wider evangelical church. “Those same battles that I fought in the mainline denominations...

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Supreme Court allows California virus restrictions on churches in 5-4 split

A divided U.S. Supreme Court late Friday upheld Coronavirus restrictions placed on church gatherings by the state of California, as Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the four more liberal justices in backing the power of states to enforce measures for public health.

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A Patriot’s Thoughts: Islam, Islamists And Muslims, What You May Not Know!

It’s often confusing trying to understand the difference between Islam, Islamists and Muslims based on how they are presented and referred to in various articles and the media. As someone who lived and worked in two Muslim countries and understands their religious mindset, I still find it difficult to determine exactly what we are being told and why. The simple fact is: There is only ‘one’ difference between all Muslims, the language they speak (based on their country of origin). That’s it! They all follow the same religion, Islam.

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School Worker Was Told She Could Be Fired If She Offered to Pray for Someone Again

It was a small sentence—”I will pray for you”— but it meant big trouble for Cony High School technician Toni Richardson. When Richardson offered that comfort to another Christian on staff in private, she was hauled before school officials and warned not to utter a word about her faith again  

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Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate, Protecting Doctors, Children, and Hospitals

While family and friends were counting down to the new year, I was watching a different kind of countdown—whether doctors and health care providers would be forced to violate their medical judgment and provide procedures, including gender transition services and abortions, under a new government mandate. The mandate is a 362-page regulation that claims to interpret part of the Affordable Care Act. It was issued in May 2016, and major portions of this mandate would have kicked in on Jan. 1.

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Oregon official who shut down Christian bakery loses election

As labor commissioner since 2008, Avakian often made news for his tough calls against businesses discriminating against gay and transgender customers. The most noteworthy was when Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make the wedding cake for the same-sex couple in 2013, citing the owners’ religious beliefs. Shop owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages. They were also told they couldn’t refuse customers based on sexual orientation.

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‘Religious liberty’ bills will again challenge lawmakers, leadership

Ever since Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a “religious liberty” bill this past spring, advocates on both sides of the issue have predicted its return in 2017. But, less than a week before lawmakers return to Atlanta, no one is quite sure what will be introduced, only that something will and both sides are gearing for a fight. “I’m coordinating with the House members and Senate members to see who’s going to introduce legislation and see where everyone is on it,” said state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, who has become the most public face of the effort over the past three years. “You’ll see religious freedom bills introduced in both chambers.”

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Memorial Day – Thoughts and Remembrance – Click Title to Read

Memorial Day provides us the opportunity to solemnly remember and say thank you to all who have sacrificed and served. Without exception, I think back to the days my family members (father, uncles, nephews and cousins), friends and myself were in harms way and the sacrifices made to preserve the freedoms of the people of this great land. I firmly believe it should be mandatory for every American to watch the movies ‘D-Day’ and ‘We Were Soldiers’. By doing so, it would provide an understanding of what is required to preserve the freedoms, so many today, are willingly giving away by turning a deaf ear and blind eye as their freedoms are being eroded and stripped away! As we honor the soldiers, airmen and sailors (men and women), we must never forget to pay tribute to ...

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Former Political Prisoner in Cuba: Everyone Is Called to ‘Bear Witness to the Truth’

NEW YORK — Everyone must be true to his or her own conscience, a religious-freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience on Thursday.  “Even when we have nothing, each person and only that person possesses the key to his or her own conscience, his or her own sacred castle,” Armando Valladares, a former prisoner of conscience in Cuban prisons, said upon reception of the 2016 Canterbury Medal bestowed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty May 12. 

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The Benham Brothers

Hear what happened to them….and then think about what the Religious Freedom Bill really is!

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Strict Scrutiny Definition

What we need to know about the ‘Compelling State Interest’ clause of the Religious Freedom bill. Strict Scrutiny A standard of Judicial Review for a challenged policy in which the court presumes the policy to be invalid unless the government can demonstrate a compelling interest to justify the policy. The strict scrutiny standard of judicial review is based on the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Federal courts use strict scrutiny to determine whether certain types of government policies are constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has applied this standard to laws or policies that impinge on a right explicitly protected by the U.S. Constitution, such as the right to vote. The Court has also identified certain rights that it deems to be fundamental rights, eve...

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