In other words, it’s okay for a business to support gay and lesbian issues with its decisions and values—but a business has to shutter its doors if they refuse to do that which infringes on their religious convictions. Businesses can exercise their corporate values, but that freedom isn’t being extended to all.
That’s the hypocrisy I’m talking about.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Doug Wardlow said recently that religious freedom is a fundamental right, and “wherever we go and whatever we do, our freedoms go with us.”
And that’s exactly why state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are needed—to help protect business owners who choose to operate their businesses according to their religious convictions.. And many states are realizing it!
Homelessness. World hunger. Terrorism. The economy.
What’s the biggest issue of our time?
“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks.
Until you know the answer to that question, you’re not equipped to focus on all the other questions of life.
Until you’re ready to answer Jesus’ question—how will you ever answer the life questions of who you are, why you’re here, and where you’re going.
Who is Jesus to you?
He said of Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. . .He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Who is Jesus—to you?
I couldn’t be more supportive of Alliance Defending Freedom in the fight against forcing people to pay for elective abortion coverage.
In April, Senior Counsel Casey Mattox argued an ADF lawsuit before the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in a legal challenge to the Obamacare abortion surcharge.
The lawsuit was filed after a pro-life Vermont man lost his private health plan to Obamacare and forced on to the state exchange.
The man’s religious convictions would never support abortion coverage.
But the Obama Administration and Vermont have made no accommodation, requiring him and everyone else in Vermont to pay for abortions or go without healthcare.
It’s time that the courts stop federal and state governments from needlessly trampling on
First Amendment freedoms.
We look at other parts of the world and we pray for the persecuted church. And well we should.
I’m asked all the time, is there a likelihood of persecution of the church here?
All it takes for us to experience full-fledged persecution, is to not be protected by good laws. Not having righteous people interpreting and enforcing them.
It’s naïve of us to think if we have good laws, that’s all we need.
No! If you have wicked individuals interpreting or enforcing them, there’s a problem.
Just ask churches and individuals who’ve stood for traditional marriage in the State of California.
Ask them what happened. Bricks thrown through church windows.
Swastikas painted on the sides of buildings.
Persecution is not simply coming to America—it has come.
Live out your faith!
As a pastor, I had grave concerns about a Freedom From Religion Foundation press release this past year. It announced a settlement with the IRS to initiate church examinations. And it said the Alliance Defending Freedom-sponsored “Pulpit Freedom” movement was the motivation for its lawsuit.
A movement I endorse!
Here’s the latest! ADF filed a federal lawsuit this past month against the IRS for failing to produce records on its secret deal with Freedom From Religion Foundation to investigate churches.
Federal law requires the IRS to produce the records but the IRS missed its legally required deadline months ago. And they’re still stonewalling!
I couldn’t be more grateful for the stand Alliance Defending Freedom is taking on behalf of pulpit freedom in this country!
A year after the publication of Atlanta Fire Chief and former U.S. Fire Administrator Kelvin Cochran’s devotional book for men, the mayor suspended him for 30 days.
Because the book included a brief mention of the Chief’s Christian views on marriage and sexual morality. The mayor said it was discriminatory.
He ultimately fired Chief Cochran even though a city investigation concluded he did not discriminate against anyone.
In defending the Chief, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a brief in federal court just recently—confirming the argument that the city fired Kelvin Cochran for holding and expressing religious beliefs city officials didn’t like.
The City of Atlanta’s attempt to defend its wrongful termination is morally indefensible!
The double-standard in this case is even worse than the disregard for Chief Cochran’s fundamental rights!