Religious Liberty
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Freeing contractors to hire fellow believers

First Amendment | The Trump administration proposes a rule extending religious exemptions to labor laws
by Steve West
Posted 8/20/19, 04:18 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new rule last week that aims to protect the right of religious government contractors to hire employees that share their faith. Though that right has existed for decades, the new regulation clarifies it applies to more than just churches.

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Krieg Barrie

Liberty at risk

Religious Liberty | A timely debate brings a sobering conclusion
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/15/19, 03:33 pm

Whenever, in recent times, the conversation among us evangelicals has turned to the so-called LGBTQ community, two themes surface frequently.

“Can you believe,” folks ask repeatedly, “how fast all this has happened?”

And second: “So where is the LGBTQ movement moving next? I can’t see any more taboos for them to cross.”

Both are thoughtful and legitimate questions. But too much focus on the past may have a tendency to obscure what lies ahead. We are what we are; we are what we have become—as repugnant as that reality might be. What are we going to do about it?

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Another cross can stay

First Amendment | Federal appeals court rejects challenge to county seal containing cross
by Steve West
Posted 8/13/19, 04:02 pm

Federal appellate judges moved to preserve a historic county seal that features a cross, signaling a shift away from anti-religious precedent. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its unanimous opinion that the cross on the Lehigh County, Pa., seal does not establish a state religion in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The cross represents the county’s early German settlers who fled persecution in their homeland seeking religious freedom in America.

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