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Michael Peabody

Potential Outcomes in Supreme Court Wedding Cake Case

Tuesday, December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a difficult case that pits the free exercise of religion and free speech rights of a wedding cake maker against the anti-discrimination rights of a same-sex couple. The couple demands the cake; the baker refuses because he thinks he will be sinning. The question is – can the state of Colorado make him bake the cake?

In Defense of Freedom

“If you've wondered what you would've done during slavery, the Holocaust, or [the] Civil Rights're doing it now. #Charlottesville” –Aditi Juneja via Twitter.

Perspective: It's Not Discrimination if the Church Does It

On August 15, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a 56-year-old injured music teacher at a Seventh-day Adventist school on the basis that, as a "minister," she had no right to pursue federal claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. (Curl v.

Perspective: How a California Law Would Pit LGBT Rights Against Religious Institutions' Beliefs

A bill that would extend the non-discrimination requirements of a state-funded university and college scholarship program to participating religious colleges and universities is quickly making its way through the California state legislature. Opponents argue that as currently drafted, California's SB 1146 (California Legislative Tracker) would make it impossible for these religious institutions to continue to uphold and enforce their faith-based sexual conduct rules.

"I'm On Your Side," Trump Tells Fawning Evangelicals

On Tuesday, in a typical, stream-of-consciousness, rant about his self-perceived greatness, Donald Trump told an assembly of over 900 evangelical leaders in New York that he supports them. “I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity—and other religions—is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it."

“I’m so on your side, I’m a tremendous believer, and we’re gonna straighten it out,” Trump said.

Viewpoint: Why Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Deserves Serious Consideration

This morning President Obama threw a straight pitch directly into the strike zone when he nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland, currently the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was confirmed to that court in 1997 with bipartisan Congressional support and has been well regarded by both Democrats and Republicans.

Viewpoint: Why Trump Is Terrifically Bad for America

Since I founded ReligiousLiberty.TV in 2008, we have avoided recommending that readers vote for or against any particular candidate. Having said that, this election season is unlike any other. It demands our attention.

Religious Liberty Advocate John Stevens Has Died

We are saddened to learn that long-time religious liberty advocate John V. Stevens passed away on November 30, 2015.

Stevens served as the president of the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in the 1960s until joining the Pacific Union Conference as Director of the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty in 1974. Under Stevens' leadership, church membership in Arizona increased nearly 70% from 3,824 to 5,569 and ten new companies and eight churches were organized.

Viewpoint: Why Californians Should Oppose Proposed Assisted Suicide Legislation

California’s proposed assisted-suicide bill does not require psychiatric evaluations which would rule-out depression, fear or anxiety as a primary motive for requesting assisted suicide, and does not provide adequate checks and balances to ensure that the disabled and elderly are protected. It could also lead to an increase in non-therapeutic suicides as it becomes socially acceptable. Since it costs only $35-50 for life-ending "medication" as opposed to hundreds of thousands of dollars for terminal healthcare the cost-saving incentive is significant.

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