Jessie VanVleet

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Will The New Tax Reform Politicize Houses Of Worship?

The U.S. House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines that critics said effectively repeals an amendment designed …

Nonprofits

Democrats’ Move to Impeach Trump Seen as Political Theater

Spurred by recent state election wins, a liberal billionaire, and a leading legal scholar on the left, six House Democrats have signed onto a …

Trump lawyers urge Supreme Court to rule for Colorado cake maker who turned away gay couple

Trump administration lawyers joined sides with a Colorado baker Thursday and urged the Supreme Court to rule that he has the right to refuse to provide a wedding cake to celebrate the marriage of two men.<p>Acting Solicitor Gen. Jeffrey B. Wall filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the cake …

Civil Rights

Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Investigators He “Did Not Collude” With Russia

President Trump’s son defended his decision to meet with a Russian lawyer who purportedly had “sensitive information” about Hillary Clinton in a closed-door interview with staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.<p>Donald Trump Jr. faced Senate investigators in private on Thursday as part of …

Appeals court rules against Trump administration, relaxing travel ban restrictions again

A federal appeals court onThursdaydenied the Trump administration's request to block more travelersfrom six Muslim-majority nations and permitted all vetted refugees to be admitted.<p>The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could significantly decrease the number of people stopped from …

Immigration

Hostile environment for homosexual refugees

Once in Germany, gay and lesbian refugees continue to experience verbal attacks and homophobia. They also encounter difficulties during the asylum …

LGBTQI

Hundreds of thousands rally for LGBTI rights in Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched Saturday in a global gay pride demonstration in Madrid under tight security, and a parade of 52 …

LGBTQI

Putin talks NATO, gay rights in interviews with Oliver Stone

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that early on in his tenure he floated the idea of Russia joining NATO.<p>In a series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone, Putin said he inquired about Russia joining the alliance when then-U.S. President Bill Clinton visited …

Thousands march for LGBT rights in US

Tens of thousands have taken part in marches in the US in support of LGBT rights.<p>People took to the streets in Washington, Los Angeles and other cities, amid concern that rights under President Trump are under threat and he has not recognised June as Gay Pride month.<p>One protester from Texas, Malika …

Donald Trump is mocked as LGBT Resist march replaces Gay Pride parade in West Hollywood

Supporters of LGBT rights marched in dozens of cities across the US, celebrating freedoms, but also protesting against threats posed by the …

California Could Become First State to Recognize Non-Binary Gender

This is huge.<p>California is poised to become the first state in the country to officially recognize non-binary as a gender option.<p><i>BuzzFeed</i> reports the California Senate recently passed the California Gender Recognition Act, a bill that would, among other things, make non-binary an official option …

LGBTQI

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United States

2016 Was the Deadliest Year Ever for LGBT Americans

Setting aside the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs still tracked a 17 percent increase in anti-LGBT …

LGBT Trump Supporters Dismayed Over Pride Marches Becoming 'Resist' Events

In more than 50 marches across the states, LGBT people and their allies gathered to stand in solidarity against the Trump administration over the weekend.<p>In Washington, D.C., people gathered in droves. Troy King, a 47-year-old gay man from Atlanta, marched to continue to pressure politicians to …

LGBTQI

Trump marks Pride by praising leaders of homophobic groups

The president decided to speak to anti-LGBTQ groups this week.<p>During LGBTQ Pride Month, an annual celebration that the White House refuses to …

LGBTQI

Pro-Trump group barred from marching in NC pride parade claims discrimination

A pro-Trump group that calls itself Deplorable Pride is claiming to be the victims of discrimination after its members say they were denied …

After Trump’s win, free wedding and legal services offered in the gay community

Casie, a transgender software engineer who doesn’t identify as male or female, has been planning to legally file for a name change to match their …

LGBTQI

How Can Our Church Reach Out to the Gay Community?

LightstockAs someone who speaks from time to time on issues related to sexuality, and as a pastor who has written a book on homosexuality, I’ve been …

LGBTQI

Comedian Joel Creasey On Gay Marriage: "We're Not Perceived As Equal To Everyone Else"

article<p>https://www.gq.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/comedian-joel-creasey-on-gay-marriage-were-not-perceived-as-equal-to-everyone-else/news-story/a9f …

Campaign Pledges Haunt Trump In Court

“In quick succession on Wednesday night, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban. They said statements Mr. …

United States

Freeing religion from government's grip

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, “My administration will do everything in its power to defend and …

Religion

Gorsuch's Selective View of 'Religious Freedom'

Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia possesses the same limited view of religious freedom supported by the conservatives currently on the Supreme Court.<p>As the Judiciary Committee hearings for Judge Neal Gorsuch begin, I retain my impression that he is in his way a splendid fellow, …

Religion

Kentucky Gov. Signs Law Greenlighting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students

Essentially codifying hate speech, Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed into law on Monday a bill that gives individuals, including students, license …

Human Rights Commission calls for ban on religious discrimination

LANDLORDS who refuse to rent homes to Muslim tenants and employers who shun ­Catholics or any other religious denomination will be committing an …

To Win Back What We’ve Lost: How Defenders of Religious Freedom Are Fighting to Reclaim International Law

The last two decades have witnessed a growing clash between European secularism and rising Islamic immigration, which has brought an increasingly …

Religion

What Kentucky’s religious freedom bill could mean for LGBTQ students

A new bill out of Kentucky protects the religious expression of students in public schools and universities, a move LGBTQ advocates and civil liberty …

Gorsuch praised for record of building unity on religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2017 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch received a strong voice of support Thursday from a …

Redefining “religious freedom”

B. Jessie Hill (Case Western): Kingdom Without End? The Inevitable Expansion of Religious Sovereignty Claims. Brett G. Scharffs (BYU): Why Religious …

Trump: Flynn should seek immunity in Russia probe ‘witch hunt’

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn should seek immunity in exchange for his testimony, as he is reportedly doing, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning, saying his ex-aide should protect himself from a “witch hunt” by Democrats and the media over allegations of ties …

A Presidency Stalled And Sputtering

Since the Republican health care bill collapsed a little more than a week ago, President Trump's White House has struggled with a path forward. Trump is dealing with finger-pointing and infighting that threatens to derail his agenda, as well as nagging Russia investigations on Capitol Hill that are …