What Clinton thinks religious liberty is

In a play to capitalize on Mormon’s dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton wrote an op-ed piece in the LDS-owned Deseret News in which she emphasizes her commitment to religious liberty.  But notice what she thinks religious liberty is.

Read what she says and my analysis after the jump.

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California drops the proposed law targeting religious colleges

As we blogged about, the California legislature was all set to pass a law punishing Christian colleges if they “discriminate” against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.  Colleges would be unable to set behavior standards for students and would have to hire faculty members who didn’t believe in the religious position of the institution.  This would effectively shut down evangelical, Catholic, Lutheran, Muslim, and other religious institutions–or force them to change their teachings.

Due to the concerted effort of California religious institutions, religious liberty protests, political pressure, and widespread criticism, the legislator who proposed the measure has dropped the discrimination measure from his bill.  Colleges would still have to report to the state any expulsions for homosexual behavior and any other invocations of the religious exemption.  But for now, California’s religious schools have won an important victory. [Read more…]

More on Russia’s anti-evangelism law

Michael Avramovich explains more about Russia’s new laws restricting religion.  We have blogged about the one requiring all Christian evangelism–except for that of the Russian Orthodox Church–to be conducted within a church service (not in a home, not online).  There are other strict restrictions on religious bodies, again, other than the Russian Orthodox Church. [Read more…]

Our unchecked, unbalanced Presidency

Donald Trump couldn’t really do all of the off-the-wall things he is calling for, some of his defenders are saying.  He’d have to have Congressional action.  Congress and the courts would keep him in line.  Well, the modern presidency has expanded its powers so much, says Marc Fisher, that he actually could do most of them.

In fact, thanks to recent presidents–including Barack Obama–our Constitutional system of each branch of the government checking and balancing each other, is seriously out of whack.  Fisher concludes with a chilling sentence:  “’Today’s system of checks and balances,’” [law professor Neal Devins] said , ‘is an abject failure.’”

This is part of what conservatives mean when they call for a “limited government.”  Our government today is unlimited.  And the powers of the presidency are becoming unlimited.

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Makers of Planned Parenthood videos cleared of all charges

You will recall how a Texas grand jury investigating whether or not Planned Parenthood was trafficking in fetal tissue, as revealed in some undercover videos,  instead indicted the video makers, for trafficking in fetal tissue, since they posed as buyers to the abortionists eager to sell their products.  The filmmakers were also charged for using fake IDs, which is punishable by 20 years in prison.

Pro-abortionists rejoiced at the prospect of imprisoning the journalists who exposed them.  But a Houston judge has dismissed all charges against the filmmakers. [Read more…]

The Libertarian candidate on religious liberty

Is Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson someone social conservatives could vote for as an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?  Well, check out what he says about religious liberty, which he describes as a “black hole,” a liberty outside the bounds of his kind of libertarianism. [Read more…]