Entries by Joseph Backholm

Little Sisters of the Poor Taken Back to Court

Recently, it was a homeless shelter in Seattle being sued because of their beliefs.  In apparent effort to ensure that no faith-based social service provider goes unpunished, a convent of nuns is being taken back to court as well.

Little Sisters of the Poor had previously been in a four-year legal battle with the Obama Administration over attempts to make them pay for contraception.

The mandate required them to provide many specific kinds of contraception,

Coming Soon: The Biggest Religious Freedom Case in a Generation

The Supreme Court will soon decide, what could be, the most important religious freedom case in our lifetime.

The conflict has been building for a decade, and we’re about to get a resolution. At least for now.

This case, called Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Human Rights Commission, involves a baker from Denver named Jack Phillips who declined to decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding. Mr. Phillips believes the First Amendment protects his right not to communicate messages or participate in events he disagrees with,

Is Abortion a Sin? Is Homosexuality Wrong? What to Say When Someone Asks

There are some things every Christian knows or at least should know. What is sin? Who is Jesus? Why do we need him?

If you’re a Christian in 2017, there are other things you should know as well.

Like how to answer the question, “Is abortion a sin?” or “Is homosexuality wrong?”

Often, the people asking the question already know the answer. They aren’t really trying to understand what sin is,

Why a Christian Homeless Shelter is Being Sued & What You Can Do About It

It is said that no good deed goes unpunished.  Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is learning that may be true.

The Union Gospel Mission is the most effective and visible homeless ministry in the City of Seattle.  They operate every hour of the day, every day of the year, meeting the needs of Seattle’s growing homeless population.

One of the many free services they provide is a legal aid clinic that helps homeless people,

New Jersey: Boys No Longer Required to Prove Gender Dysphoria to Compete with Girls

The State of New Jersey will now allow student athletes to compete with the gender of their choice without medical consultation, according to a new policy released by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) on Wednesday.

Previously, students wishing to compete with students of the opposite gender would be required to show medical proof of gender dysphoria.

However, since rules discriminate, they’ve decided to get rid of them.

House Passes Tax Reform That Would Repeal Johnson Amendment

Today in Washington DC, the House of Representatives Passed a tax reform bill by a vote of 227-205.  The bill is a key part of President Trump’s campaign platform and now moves to the Senate.   The bill contains $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, including cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent..

In addition to reforming the current tax system, the bill revokes the controversial Johnson Amendment.

The Johnson Amendment is a law from 1954 that prohibits churches from engaging in “political activity”

Can Pregnancy Centers be Forced to Advertise Abortions? Supreme Court will Decide.

Can pregnancy centers be forced to tell people how to get abortions?

That is a question the Supreme Court has decided it will answer.

The case is NIFLA v. Becerra and comes to us from the land of fruits and nuts, California, where the state passed a law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to help women get abortions.

While these clinics exist specifically to provide women the resources they need to keep their baby alive,

Democrats Take Control of Washington State. What Does It Mean?

Special election results from the 45th legislative district (Woodinville/Redmond) last night indicate that the Democrats just took control of the Washington State Senate.  With that change, Democrats now control the Governor’s mansion and both branches of the legislature.

The stakes involved were reflected in the record $8.5 million that was spent was spent on the race, which filled a vacancy created when moderate Republican Andy Hill lost a battle with cancer.

The Republicans had been in control of the Senate since 2012.

Why the Left Thinks a Woman Can Have a “Male Brain” but a Man Can’t

You probably know by now that Google fired one of their engineers, for writing a memo accusing the company of being closed minded to different viewpoints.

James Damore suggested it might be possible that computer science is a field dominated by men because women, by virtue of being women, actually prefer other jobs.

This was Google’s idea of a capital offense.

One brave female scientist had the courage to write an article discussing the science that explains why he is correct and we collectively wonder whether she will be forced to walk the plank as well.