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Politicking Problems: Iowa Pastors Are Campaigning For Presidential Candidates

Election season is still in its early stages, but eyes are already on Iowa. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already declared their candidacy for the presidency; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are also expected to declare shortly to compete for the GOP nomination. (And let’s not forget Ben Carson, another favorite of social conservatives.) Read more

Marriage Matters: Thoughts On The Recent Unpleasantness In Indiana

Last week I taped an interview with Sister Maureen Fielder, host of “Interfaith Voices,” a popular radio program exploring religious issues that is carried by many NPR stations.

The topic of the show was Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, and appearing with me was Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, a libertarian journal. We had a spirited but thoughtful discussion. Read more

False Freedoms: Legislators Propose ‘Fixes’ To Discriminatory Bills

Legislators in Indiana have proposed a fix to their controversial “religious freedom” bill (RFRA), and it’s certainly a step forward for LGBT rights. The amendment, which still awaits approval from Governor Mike Pence, would prevent small businesses from using the RFRA to discriminate in many ways. Read more

No Choice On Church?: Ariz. Lawmaker Thinks Church Attendance Should Be Mandatory

An Arizona state senator who is concerned about the level or morality in modern-day America thinks she has a solution: Everyone should be forced to go to church.

Yes, this was an actual suggestion courtesy of Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake). During a recent hearing on whether or not people should be able to carry concealed weapons into public buildings, she claimed that guns are necessary even in government offices because America is so morally bankrupt. Read more

Global Issues: U.S. Charities Proselytize Overseas Using Public Funds

It’s unconstitutional for faith-based organizations (FBOs) to proselytize using public funds, but some FBOs manage to circumvent these rulings by conducting their evangelistic charity projects overseas. In a recent article for Firstpost, an Indian website, Rupa Subramanya argues that this may begin to strain foreign relations, just as it strains the boundaries of constitutional law.
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Insane Initiative: Calif. Attorney General Balks At Certifying ‘Kill The Gays’ Ballot Question

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has moved to block a ballot measure that would legalize vigilante violence against the state’s LGBT community. Harris has asked a state court to grant her the authority to prevent the measure from becoming eligible for a public vote.

As attorney general, she is currently required to draft a title and summary for the measure – even though the initiative in question would authorize the execution of gay people. Read more

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