Florida Mothers Arrested After Allegedly Overdosing on Heroin With Babies in Back Seat

Florida Mothers Arrested After Allegedly Overdosing on Heroin With Babies in Back Seat

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Two Florida women have been arrested on child neglect charges after they allegedly overdosed on heroin together with their infant children in their car. The Boynton Beach Police Department posted about the matter on Friday, stating that it wanted to make the situation public “in hopes of preventing it from happening again […]

Appeals Court Revives Satanic Temple Suit Seeking ‘Religious Exemption’ From Abortion Waiting Period

Appeals Court Revives Satanic Temple Suit Seeking ‘Religious Exemption’ From Abortion Waiting Period

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court has revived a lawsuit filed by a member of the Satanic Temple who is seeking a “religious exemption” from a state law that requires mothers to wait 72 to hours to obtain an abortion following an ultrasound and the provision of an informational booklet advising that they […]

Federal Judge Again Rules Tax-Free Clergy Housing Allowances Violate Establishment Clause

Federal Judge Again Rules Tax-Free Clergy Housing Allowances Violate Establishment Clause

MADISON, Wisc. — A federal judge has again struck down a 60-year-old law that allows pastors in the nation an exemption from paying taxes on their housing allowance. “[A]ny reasonable observer would conclude that the purpose and effect of § 107(2) is to provide financial assistance to one group of religious employees without any consideration to the […]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Issues Govt-Wide Guidance on Federal Religious Liberty Protections

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Issues Govt-Wide Guidance on Federal Religious Liberty Protections

WASHINGTON — At the instruction of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has released a memo to all government departments and agencies that provides guidance as to how federal laws pertaining to religious liberty protections should be interpreted. “Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a […]

Trump Admin Expands Exemptions for Religious Groups Opposed to Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

Trump Admin Expands Exemptions for Religious Groups Opposed to Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued “interim final rules” that would expand protections for religious employers who are opposed to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare, also known as the “abortion pill mandate.” “Upon further examination of the relevant provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the administrative record on which […]

U.S. Department of Justice Memo: Sex Discrimination Law ‘Does Not Refer to Gender Identity’

U.S. Department of Justice Memo: Sex Discrimination Law ‘Does Not Refer to Gender Identity’

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo revoking a previous determination by Obama Attorney General Eric Holder that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes gender identity. “Title VII expressly prohibits discrimination ‘because of … sex’ and several other protected traits, but it does not refer to gender identity. ‘Sex’ is […]

Islamic Imam Delivers Prayer Before U.S. House Claiming God Is ‘Experienced Through Multiple Paths’

Islamic Imam Delivers Prayer Before U.S. House Claiming God Is ‘Experienced Through Multiple Paths’

WASHINGTON — An Islamic imam delivered a prayer on Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives, claiming that God is simply known by “different names” and experienced through “multiple paths.” Abdullah Antepli, the chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University, had been invited to deliver the invocation by Democratic Congressman David Price of North Carolina. […]

ACLU Sues in Effort to Make Abortion Pill Mifeprex Available at Pharmacies

ACLU Sues in Effort to Make Abortion Pill Mifeprex Available at Pharmacies

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family planning organization, a pharmacist group, a physicians academy and a Hawaii doctor in an effort to challenge FDA regulations and make the abortion pill Mifeprex available at pharmacies nationwide. “[S]ome women prefer medication abortion because it feels […]

Judge Reluctantly Rules Pennsylvania County Can’t Include Christian Cross on Official Seal

Judge Reluctantly Rules Pennsylvania County Can’t Include Christian Cross on Official Seal

LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has reluctantly ruled that a county in the Commonwealth can’t include a Christian cross in its official seal. U.S. District Judge Edward Smith, nominated to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, wrote in his ruling that he doesn’t believe that Lehigh County’s inclusion of a cross […]

Superintendent Says Bible Verse on Bench Memorializing Student Killed in Accident Must Be Removed

Superintendent Says Bible Verse on Bench Memorializing Student Killed in Accident Must Be Removed

CHARLOTTE COURT HOUSE, Va. — A school superintendent in Virginia says that a Bible verse engraved on a bench that memorializes a student who died in an ATV accident last year must be removed in order to be “legally compliant.” The Charlotte Court House community came together following the death of Colton Osborne, a student […]