You may have heard that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop. The case involved Jack Phillip’s (a Colorado baker) decision not to create a custom cake for a same-sex “wedding.” After a complaint was filed, the Colorado Human Rights Commission sanctioned him and sent his employees (mostly family) to government re-education classes so they could be taught just how wrong Jack was to do what he had done. In the process,
Jack Philips, a Denver baker who declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, got some good news today from the United State’s Supreme Court when they ruled that the state of Colorado violated the Constitution in the way they treated him.
The case arose out of a familiar set of facts. Six years ago, Jack Phillips was approached about making a cake for a same-sex “wedding” at a time when same-sex marriage didn’t even exist in Colorado.
You can file this story in the category of “things they said would never happen that everyone knew was going to happen.”
A church in Oregon is being sued after not allowing their facility to be used for an LGBT event. Curiously, the lawsuit was not filed by the people who were denied the opportunity to use the church’s facility.
Instead, this lawsuit has been filed by the event management company that used to manage the church’s event center.
It’s a comedy of errors, but it’s not very funny.
People shoot heroin on the street and the police walk by. Those who don’t want to shoot heroin on the street can do so in a taxpayer-funded “safe heroin injection site” under government supervision; meanwhile, a toddler is pricked by a dirty needle on a playground.
Areas that were recently green spaces along highways are now overrun by homelessness while taxpayers complain about needles and feces on city sidewalks.
Last week, the world was captivated and horrified by the story of little Alfie Evans. The British toddler, born with a rare degenerative condition, died early Saturday morning at just 23 months old after spending the final 16 months of his life in a coma.
Alfie’s case was noteworthy, but not only because he was a life gone too soon. The world was captivated by the legal battle that developed between his parents and the British health care system.
PHILADELPHIA — Last week Planned Parenthood Keystone in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania posted a tweet proclaiming, “We need a Disney princess who has had an abortion. We need a Disney princess who is pro-choice.”
Glancing at Disney’s online princess store, we see product marketing focused on toddlers to early school-aged children. As Planned Parenthood aims to present their organization as trusted women’s healthcare providers, perhaps they felt the need to advise corporate America on setting good examples for the next generation of women.
Christians and secular leftists disagree about a lot of things. Religious faith, or the lack thereof, is a strong predictor of how someone will feel about issues like sexuality, gender, marriage, assisted suicide, and abortion.
Have you ever thought about why we disagree about so much?
In order to understand our disagreements, I think it’s helpful to first acknowledge where we agree. We all want people to be happy. Really. There might be individuals we don’t like and grudges we carry personally,
Can an organization that exists to prevent babies from being aborted be forced to tell people how to get free abortions? That is a question the United States Supreme Court will consider on Tuesday when they hear oral arguments in the case of NIFLA v.Becerra.
In 2015, California legislators passed a bill called the “Reproductive FACT” Act, which forces pro-life pregnancy centers to tell women who come into their center where they can receive free abortions.
In the recently completed legislative session, the Washington State legislature passed legislation making it professional misconduct for licensed therapists to provide “conversion therapy” to a minor. As a result, a therapist may help a boy become a girl but may not help a boy identify as a man if he experiences gender dysphoria. Similarly, they can help a child embrace same-sex attraction, but they are forbidden from telling a child it is possible to reduce or eliminate same-sex attraction,
A blizzard of extremist social policy from the Washington State legislature seems to have ended Wednesday evening as the Washington State House of Representatives passed SB 6219 mandating that every insurance policy in Washington State cover abortions and all contraceptive methods.
It also makes it illegal to share the costs of the abortion with the insured through any form of copay or deductible.
The bill, which is strongly opposed by private businesses,
The Washington State House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to pass legislation banning “conversion therapy” for minors by a 66-32 margin. Sixteen Republicans joined every Democrat to pass it.
Proponents of the bill had long argued that it would protect children from torture that therapists would have used in an effort to make kids not be gay.
No mention was made of the fact that torture and coercion of any kind by a therapist are already professional misconduct.
Tuesday was a difficult day in the legislature.
Early in the evening, the Washington State Senate passed HB 1523, a bill that requires every insurance plan to pay for every form of birth control.
In broad terms, the bill requires that Washington State require every insurance plan to cover everything that was required under federal law as of December 31, 2016.
If it seems like a strange way to write law,
This legislative session has seen a barrage of really harmful legislation be introduced and gain traction in the legislature.
Another bill (SB 6037) would legalize surrogacy contracts in Washington State. Mitsutoku Shigeta, a single man from Japan,
Tomorrow, the Washington State legislature will hold hearings on Senate Bill 6037 which would, among other things, make surrogacy contracts legal in Washington State. Surrogacy contracts typically involve a wealthy individual or couple paying a financially disadvantaged woman to carry a child that she will give up at birth.
In a story that offers a foreshadowing of what could be around the corner, a Bangkok court just awarded a Japanese man full custody of thirteen children he fathered through surrogacy in Thailand.
If you haven’t said it yourself, you’ve definitely heard someone say it.
We don’t get involved in “political issues”. Churches say this all the time.
For Americans, it’s a polite way of breaking up with a conversation we don’t want to have. “It’s not you, it’s me.”
But there’s one little problem with this argument, there’s no such thing as a “political issue.”
There are economic issues,
While American’s celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, the Washington State legislature will be reaching the halfway point in their legislative session. February 14th is the date on which bills must pass the House in which they were introduced. Bills that fail to do so are likely dead.
Starting February 15th, the House and Senate will both begin committee hearings on legislation passed by the opposite chamber. The 2018 regular session ends March 8th.
The Washington State legislature continues to prioritize a number of radical social policies in the 2018 legislative session.
Yesterday, the Senate passed SB 6037 legalizing contract surrogacy by a 27-21 vote margin. Several amendments were proposed but not adopted. One amendment would have limited surrogacy contracts in Washington State to residents of Washington State. This was an attempt to avoid challenges like those faced in Southeast Asia where the wealthy would fly in from all over the globe to take advantage of the surrogacy industry that developed there.
Two bills have been scheduled for a hearing at 8 a.m. in the House HealthCare and Wellness Committee this Wednesday, February 7th.
Senate Bill 6219 does two different things:
- It requires every insurance policy to cover every form of FDA approved contraception, including those that many object to because they cause abortions.
- It requires every insurance policy that covers the birth of a baby to also pay someone to kill it.