Religious Freedom Isn't Hypothetical, Federal Judge Tells Washington State

A grandma and a toddler, Federal Judge Tells Washington State that Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical

Last week, federal court judge Salvador Mendoza, an Obama appointee, blocked the state of Washington from automatically banning those with religiously based objections to department policy from becoming foster parents.

The department’s policies, wrote Mendoza, only burdens “potential caregivers with sincere religious beliefs,” since those with religious beliefs are likely to object to the policy.  Even more, these policies probably “favor certain secular viewpoints over certain religious viewpoints,” which is also a violation of religious liberties.

So-Called 'Virginia Values Act' Undermines Religious Freedom

So-Called 'Virginia Values Act' Undermines Religious Freedom

On July 1, Virginia enacted the “Virginia Values Act,” which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A companion law requires employers to include coverage for sex reassignment and “gender affirming” surgeries in their health plans. The Act provides an exemption for religious schools “owned, supported, controlled, or managed” by denominations or churches, but the exemption is severely limited.

The Ballot Initiatives of 2020: A Way for Christians to Love their Neighbors

women holding up an 'I Voted' sticker, the ballot initiatives of 2020

At the local level, our ballots decide more than just what taxes we pay, what resources schools receive, which roads are fixed, and the size of the police force. Today, our votes determine what behavior is incentivized by the state, what worldview is taught as fact in our schools, and in some places, which laws police will enforce.

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