In the News: Breaking Religious Freedom Stories Across the Country

December 2, 2022
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Catch up on the latest and most important religious freedom headlines around the web.

Senate Votes to Advance Radical “Respect for Marriage Act”

Fox News reports: The U.S. Senate passed the “Respect for Marriage Act” on Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 36. The legislation will require the federal government to recognize all marriages, including same-sex marriages, that are legal in the state where they took place. The measure will now move to the House, where it is expected to pass in the final days of a Democratic-controlled chamber before making its way to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature.

Franklin Graham warns Christians about “Respect for Marriage Act”

The Christian Post reports: Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians about the “Respect for Marriage Act. He warns that this bill would radically change the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman while not protecting those who hold a traditional view of marriage. The “Respect for Marriage Act “could impact you, your family, your church, and our nation,” Graham wrote on Facebook “The name is a smoke-screen. Very deceptive.”

Fresh Off US Supreme Court Prayer Win, National Firm Backs TN County on Judeo-Christian Preamble

The Tennessean reports on First Liberty’s support of a Tennessee county’s inclusion of Judeo-Christian references in an official document. The Sumner County Commission included a sentence in a newly passed preamble to an official document ensuring the commissioners act “reflective of the Judeo-Christian values inherent in our nation’s founding.” Roger Byron, Senior Counsel at First Liberty, sent a letter to the commission detailing the results of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, assuring the commission that its decision is constitutional.

FBI Defends Crisis Pregnancy Center Investigations: ‘We Take It Very Seriously’

CBN News reports: FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out regarding a wave of attacks against life-affirming organizations since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, which returned the power to regulate abortion to the states.

“We take it very seriously,” Wray said at recent hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Since the Court’s abortion ruling, First Liberty and religious freedom advocates around the country have documented more than 63 attacks on life-affirming groups such as crisis pregnancy centers and houses of worship.

Children’s Hospital Is Stacking Its Bench of Chaplains with Radical Activists

The Federalist reports that a children’s hospital in Wisconsin is hiring left-wing activists who twist religion to advance their preferred social Marxist policies. Despite biblical doctrine affirming the sanctity and humanity of life in the womb, the existence of only two distinct sexes, and the immorality of same-sex relations in both the Old and New Testaments, one of the newly hired “chaplains” rejects all of this. “Love Jesus. Be gay. Get ordained,” she wrote on Facebook in June, with pictures of herself in rainbow garb.

Judicial Nominations Present Opportunity for Biden After Democrats Retain Senate

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Biden is primed to make federal judicial appointments a continuing priority during his next two years in office after his party retained a narrow Senate majority in the midterm elections. Biden has already seen 85 of his nominees confirmed, and there are currently 114 spots to fill during the remainder of his term. He has nearly 60 nominees pending before the Senate.

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