Congressman Introduces Legislation to Prevent “So Help Me God” from Becoming Optional Part of Military Oaths
Until late 2013, if you were a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, you would have concluded your Basic Cadet Training by reciting this Honor Oath:
“We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”
Arizona Bill Exempting Churches from Paying Property Taxes on Buildings They Rent Awaits the Governor’s Signature
Earlier this year, Arizona legislators introduced a bill that would allow churches to claim a property tax exemption on buildings they rent rather than just own. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer last year, but there’s no telling if the same thing will happen under new Governor Doug Ducey.
House Bill 2128, which was passed by the House in February and passed by the Senate this week, already exempts property “owned by an educational, religious or charitable organization… from taxation.”
However, if a church rents space from, say, a public school, they can now claim an exemption on it, too. That rule would not apply to secular non-profit groups that rent the same space.
Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow Campus Christian Groups to Discriminate Against LGBT Students
It’s tough to be a Christian group on college campuses these days. I mean, everyone expects you to play by the rules, even though we all know Christians deserve special rights that allow them to discriminate against LGBT students and their allies.
We saw this at Bowdoin College in Maine last year, when leaders of the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship were about to lose their designation as an official campus group (with all the privileges that come with it) because they really really really wanted to make sure nobody who supported LGBT-rights had the opportunity to become a leader of their group. School administrators, on the other hand, refused to allow official campus groups to discriminate for any reason.
Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed a bill (SB 175) that would force public universities to allow religious groups to discriminate in their leadership. So if the Fred Phelps Fan Club says God told them LGBT students aren’t worthy of holding office, fine. If a Southern Baptist club believes women are subservient to men and can’t run for any leadership positions, that’s okay. If your religion makes you racist, there’s nothing the school can do about a faith-based club promoting that view.