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1AP’s 3 Things to Know — Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Agencies

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Michigan over a 2015 law that allows religious adoption agencies to offer services according to their faith. Similar legislation proposed in Kansas and Oklahoma proactively aims to ensure private organizations are not prohibited by state law from aiding in foster care and adoption. Laws codifying […]

Who’s winning the culture war? Answer: No one

BY TIM SCHULTZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 03/06/18 “When seen through the prism of the culture wars, conventional wisdom has typically held that the courts will decide the big questions about religious freedom and LGBT rights. So far, that hasn’t been true.” Read more at The Hill: http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/376834-whos-winning-the-culture-war-answer-no-one

1AP’s 3 Things to Know–Campus 1st Amendment Legislation (FORUM Act)

Across the United States, the 1st Amendment rights of students are being violated on campus. Public colleges and universities are subject to the 1st Amendment, but they don’t always uphold their constitutional responsibility to ensure the free speech and association rights of their students. This has included: cancelling events with controversial speakers, decertifying campus clubs […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know– BLinC vs. University of Iowa update

Across the country, public universities have begun adopting and enforcing policies that prohibit student organizations from establishing their own criteria for membership and leadership positions. Sometimes called “all-comer” policies, they are almost exclusively enforced against faith-based and political groups, but not against other groups with selective criteria, like sororities and fraternities. In 2017, a student […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know–FEMA’s Disaster Relief for Churches Policy

When disaster strikes, churches and faith-based groups that grow out of them provide the majority of emergency relief services for their communities. Over 18,000 congregations in the United States have disaster relief programs. The United Methodist Church alone has over 20,000 trained volunteers who sprung into action after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. But it is […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know — H.R. 644 The Conscience Protection Act of 2017

HR 644, or the Conscience Protection Act of 2017, would codify and add to existing federal laws that prohibit government entities that receive federal funding from discriminating against health care providers who decline to participate in or cover abortion. Various types of conscientious objection protection has been enshrined in American law for centuries–read more about […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know—Masterpiece Cakeshop and Free Expression

On December 5th, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. There are two major First Amendment issues in this case–free speech and expression and religious freedom. We’ve already written about the religious freedom case for why Jack Phillips should win here. Here are 3 Things to Know about […]

1AP’s What You Need to Know: Masterpiece Cakeshop

Media coverage and advocacy groups have and will continue to wildly misrepresent arguments on both sides of the case. However, part of living in a diverse, pluralistic country is learning to live with your neighbors. Using the force of government to remove those with whom we disagree from the public sphere is not the way to do that.

1AP’s 3 Things to Know–California Assembly Bill 569

The California legislature passed AB-569 in September. If signed into law, the bill would subject religiously-affiliated organizations to employment non-discrimination laws that ban discrimination on the basis of reproductive health decisions. Faith-based organizations have been exempted from these rules for decades–and with good reason. Faith-based organizations would be forced to employ and unable to discipline […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know — Conscience Protection

The ACLU recently filed suit challenging Michigan’s conscience protection law that allows child-placement agencies to offer foster and adoption services consistent with the organizations’ deeply held religious beliefs.