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The founder of IOM America has been active in writing, commentating, and advising regarding the issues related to the Muslim religion and its history. This page provides books, articles & declassified reports for readers concerned with Religious Liberty & Homeland Security. IOM actively supports & partners with the Department of Homeland Security in securing the borders against those who tamper with the Religious Liberties of all Americans.
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SECRETARY NIELSEN | WASHINGTON - “I commend the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 3359. I urge the Senate to pass similar legislation. As the events of this morning illustrate, our nation’s critical infrastructure can often be prime targets for adversaries of all types, including terrorists, nation state and other non-state actors, hackers, and ordinary criminals. As the threat landscape shifts and becomes more complex, our approach to security must evolve.
“I want to personally thank Chairman McCaul for his tireless work to reach this important milestone in furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security’s mission. This legislation, which has bipartisan support, has been a priority of this Administration from day one. I look forward to continuing to work with Congress to move this important legislation forward.”
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Thank You John Francis Kelly For Serving (born May 11, 1950), the fifth United States Secretary of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security leads the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 employees and 22 components including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service. Under the Secretary's leadership, DHS is responsible for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, administration and enforcement of our immigration laws, protection of our national leaders, protection of critical infrastructure, detection of and protection against chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to disasters.. EZN is a dedicated sponsor of DHS!
EZN | IOM America welcomes Kristjen Nielsen as our new Homeland Security Secretary. As an attorney and cyber-security expert, Nielsen will be the first DHS secretary with previous experience working at the agency, which makes her an ideal representative of cyber security for ministries like ours. We thank our President for his tireless efforts to secure the borders of non-profits, religious freedom and defending the privileges of all American citizens. Welcome aboard!
Dr. Stephen Phinney
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The Senate voted to confirm Kirstjen M. Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to lead the federal agency responsible for carrying out many of President Trump’s most ambitious domestic policy plans. Nielsen, 45, developed a reputation for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy at the White House and before that as his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, which he ran from January until July. Read Full Story | Her Bio
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- The Washington Free Beacon
Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, “Operation: Raging Bull” led to the arrest of nearly 300 members and associates of the infamous transnational gang MS-13, making the country safer by taking these criminals off the streets for good.
- The Daily Signal
Last week AT&T announced it "has committed to investing $1 billion in the economy if Congress cuts corporate taxes." With these tax cuts—combined with the President's efforts to cut job-killing regulations—our country is poised for historic economic growth.
- Business Insider
On Thursday evening, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act "advancing it to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber."
- The New York Post
The House easily passed “a sweeping Republican tax bill that cuts taxes for corporations and many people.” The House voted 227-205 to approve the bill, and the victory advances a hopeful end-of-the-year legislative achievement for President Trump.
- The New York Daily News
On Friday, President Trump welcomed 18 NCAA championship teams to the White House and congratulated them on their success. At one point during the event “joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump bowed his head in prayer along with members of the Oklahoma softball team.”
- Associated Press
After the President intervened on their behalf with China's President Xi, the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China thanked the President for his efforts to help them come home.
- The Wall Street Journal
In New York City, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talked about the tough ongoing NAFTA negotiations, suggesting the “U.S. can pressure Mexico and Canada into big concessions because they have more to lose if the pact collapses.”
- CBS Boston
“Just a few weeks after President Trump declared a public emergency with the opioid crisis,” a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows a decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths across the state.
- The Washington Free Beacon
In a White House meeting with top senior administration officials and diplomats, Vice President Pence promised that “help is on the way” for persecuted “Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq who are victims of genocide perpetuated by the Islamic State.”
- The Washington Examiner
After President Trump’s vow to strike ISIS “10 times harder” following recent attacks, four senior Islamic State leaders have been killed over the past three weeks.
In New York, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 25 people sought for deportation, 24 of which had prior convictions for operation of a motor vehicle while drunk or impaired by drugs.
On Tuesday, the U.S. military command in Afghanistan confirmed that a joint U.S.-Afghan operation killed Omar bin Khatab, the most senior leader killed in the country since the Taliban was driven from power in late 2001. Multiple other al-Qaeda operatives were killed in the operation, as well, officials said. General John Nicholson Jr., the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, also confirmed that Mullah Shah Wali, leader of the Taliban’s “Red Unit,” died along with his deputy commanders. The Taliban Red Unit was “responsible for planning numerous suicide bombings and improvised-explosive attacks.”
This week, the Senate confirmed attorney and cybersecurity expert Kirstjen Nielsen as America’s new Secretary of Homeland Security. As The Washington Post reports, Nielsen will be the country’s first DHS Secretary who has previous experience working at the agency.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol began physical testing on prototypes for the U.S.-Mexico border wall this week. “Physical testing of the samples includes efforts to scale or breach the walls, using tools such as jackhammers and saws,” The Hill reported.
U.S. officials have identified several ancient objects allegedly looted by ISIS, stemming from concerns that these items provide the terrorist group with a financial lifeline. “These court actions are the latest step in a continuing effort to disrupt the ability of ISIS and other terrorist groups to finance their operations,” the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia said.
American businesses added nearly 200,000 jobs last month, with manufacturing helping to drive the growth with an increase of 40,000 jobs, the largest gain this year. “The job market is red hot,” Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Vice President Mike Pence spoke about religion and public service. “Let me be clear: President Trump is a believer and so am I,” the Vice President said. “And we understand the role of faith in the life of this nation.”
Matthew Continetti, editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon, writes that President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his decision to move the U.S. embassy is “a common sense appraisal of the world.” But it is also “one of the boldest moves any U.S. president has made since the beginning of the Oslo ‘peace process’ in 1993.”
EZN | GENERAL NEWS
Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Earliest U.S. Abortion Ban. The bill passed by the Mississippi State Senate would ban abortions after 15 weeks, which would be the strictest limit on abortion in the U.S. Gov. Phil Bryant has pledged to sign the measure into law. Read more here.
UN Committee Claims Northern Ireland Pro-Life Laws Constitute “Violence Against Women.” The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in its report on the UK stated that by allowing Northern Ireland to have its own abortion restrictions the UK has committed "grave and systematic violations of rights" for women and girls. Read more here.
U.S. Federal Court Issues Ruling on Refugee Abortion Case. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that that the federal government must submit to the authority of a state court regarding an unaccompanied pregnant minor who was detained at the U.S. -- Mexico border. Read more here.
Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions Passed by Florida House of Representatives. The bill passed 74-42 and will prohibit second-trimester abortions and abortions that dismember a baby prior to its removal from the womb. Read more here.
Iowa Senate Passes Heartbeat Bill Abortion Ban. The bill passed 30-20 and will prohibit the abortion of babies following the detection of a fetal heartbeat. The bill now heads to the Iowa House. A fetal heartbeat can be detected just days after conception. Read more here.
American College of Pediatricians and Others Reject Forced Participation in Elective Abortion. The World Medical Association (WMA) is poised to eliminate health professionals' right to conscientious objection to elective abortions. As a result, the College co-authored a letter to the American Medical Association, which is a member of the WMA, asking them to do all they can to preserve conscience rights at the World Medical Association's international meeting. Read more here.
[Poll] President Donald Trump has made it official: the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the U.S. embassy will be moved there from Tel Aviv.
[Legal-Courts] Two attorneys who witnessed oral arguments Tuesday at the Supreme Court in a major religious freedom case are hopeful the Constitution will be respected – but concerned the final ruling may hinge on the vote of one justice.
EU Warns Poland Not to Pass Pro-Life Legislation. The European Union (EU) has warned Poland not to pass legislation that bans abortion in cases of severe congenital disabilities at the risk of being found in violation of core EU principles with respect to human rights and democratic values. Read more here.
Some EU Member States Seeing Backlash Against Abortion Access. While abortions are legal in most EU countries, some are considering “retroactive restrictions” causing an outcry among citizens and women’s health activists. The World Health Organization and the Council of Europe argue that widespread sex education is the most critical issue. Read more here.
Bolivia Reduces Abortion Restrictions. Bolivian lawmakers recently voted to ease the tight restrictions on abortion within that country. Illegal abortion currently carries a three-year prison sentence, and despite strenuous opposition from religious leaders, supporters say they hope that the measure will help reduce the number of unsafe and clandestine abortions. Read more here.
State Attorneys General Tell Supreme Court to Release Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood. Attorneys General in 20 states filed a “friend of the court” brief requesting the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s criminal activity be made available to them so they are privy to violations of law within their jurisdictions. Read more here.
Judge Fines Pro-Life Activist After Exposing Planned Parenthood For Selling Baby Body Parts. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick fined David Daleiden and two of his attorneys nearly $200,000 for releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities. The judge helped open and run a Planned Parenthood clinic. Read more here.
Pro-Life Group Ordered to Stop Teaching Nurses How to “Reverse” Abortions. The California State Board of Registered Nursing has rescinded a previous decision and has demanded that Heartbeat International, a pro-life pregnancy help network, discontinue offering nurses continuing education units for Abortion Pill Reversal classes. Read more here.
U.S. Criticizes UN Agency for Supporting China’s One-Child Policy. The United States took the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to task for supporting China’s policy that has led to forced abortions. U.S. deputy ECOSOC ambassador Stephanie Amadeo stated, “As long as UNFPA supports or participates in any program of coercive birth limitation, the United States will not fund UNFPA.” Read more here.
UK Announces $1.3 Billion to Fund Abortions and Contraception. At the Family Planning Summit the United Kingdom committed £225 million a year for the next five years globally for “family planning” and acknowledged that the term includes abortion. Read more here.
Oregon Passes Bill Requiring Taxpayers to Pay for All Abortions Including Noncitizens. House Bill 3391 would require insurers to provide abortions at no cost regardless of citizenship status and without religious exemptions. Read more here.
Pro-Abortion Groups to Challenge New Arkansas Abortion Laws. The American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-abortion groups will challenge the regulations that, among other things, will require women to notify and get consent from their sexual partners or relatives before getting abortions. Read more here.
Sweden Stops Foreign Funding to Groups that Reject Abortion. Sweden's international aid agency will cease funding for sexual and reproductive health programs of organizations that go along with President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. federal funding for foreign groups providing abortions. Read more here.
Canada to Provide a $241.5 Million for Overseas Abortions and Contraception. The announcement about the funding was made during the Family Planning Summit in London. Much of the funding will go to countries in Africa in order to secure global access to “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” Read more here.
EZN | MARRIAGE
Austria Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage. Starting in 2019, same-sex couples in Austria will be allowed to marry as the result of a Supreme Court ruling that declared a law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman as a violation of the principles of non-discrimination. The legal team representing the plaintiff claims that Austria is the first country to recognize marriage equality as a human right rather than a political move. Read more here.
Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage. Australian lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage and became the 26th country to do so. Weddings can take place starting in January, 2018, and those same-sex couples whose marriages took place overseas will automatically have their unions recognized under the new Australian law. Read more here.
Bermuda Government Halts Homosexual Marriages. Same-sex marriage had been legal in the country since a Supreme Court justice ordered the government to allow them earlier this year. The action comes after a bill providing for domestic partnerships for homosexuals was passed by the House of Assembly. Same-sex marriages already performed in the country will still be recognized as legal. Read more here.
Federal Judge Denies Trump Administration Appeal to Stay Order Requiring Military to Allow Transgender Recruits. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had issued the order that the military begin processing transgender recruits January 1 while the case filed against President Trump’s order not to allow transgenders to serve was being litigated. The military is preparing to comply, but the administration will appeal her refusal to stay her order. Read more here.
Lawsuit Could Force All EU Nations to Recognize Homosexual Marriage. The suit filed by two homosexuals married in Belgium, one of whom is Romanian, asks the European Court of Justice to order Romania to recognize their marriage and grant marriage benefits even though that country defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. If they prevail, it would affect all EU countries regardless of how they define marriage. Read more here.
Australian High Court Gives Approval for Marriage Ballot. The High Court unanimously struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for ballots to be mailed to voters. The results will be announced on November 15. Read more here.
Romania Closer to Referendum that Would Define Marriage as Between a Man and a Woman. The Chamber of Deputies adopted the citizens’ initiative, which was supported by three million signers. The Chamber has now adopted the draft amending the Referendum Law, which stipulates that a referendum must be held within 30 days from the time the revision of the Constitution is adopted by the Parliament. Read more here.
Study Finds Married Patients With Heart Disease Have Better Survival Rates. According to researchers at Aston Medical School in the UK, married people are more likely to survive a heart attack and survive with preventable cardiovascular risk factors than single, divorced, and widowed people. Read more here.
Israel’s Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage is Not a Right. The court rejected the Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association's demand that the Jewish state recognize same-sex marriage. Read more here.
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized by Malta Parliament. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat promised to make this the first law brought before parliament in his new term. The law removes words including "husband," "wife," "mother," and "father" from the Marriage Act and replaces them with "spouse," "parent who gave birth," and "parent who did not give birth." Read more here.
UK Man Wins Pension Rights for Husband at Supreme Court. The court ruled unanimously in favor of a homosexual former cavalry officer who filed a lawsuit in an attempt to secure pension benefits for his spouse. Read more here.
Study Finds Divorced Adults Have an Increased Risk for Stroke. According to Danish researchers participating at the 3rd European Stroke Organization Conference, stroke rates, especially for divorced men, are higher than for married, single, or widowed people. Read more here.
EZN | HUMAN SEXUALITY
Study Finds Gender-Reassignment Surgeries Skyrocketing. According to the study published in the journal JAMA Surgery, gender reassignment procedures increased nearly fourfold from 2000 to 2014. The study’s authors are affiliated with Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read more here.
Parents Lose Custody of Their Daughter for Opposing Transgender Medical Treatments. A judge in Ohio awarded custody of the 17-year-old girl to her grandparents who support her medical transition and will be allowed to make medical decisions for her. Read more here.
Judge Rules in Favor of Transgender Teen. The biological female student filed a lawsuit over a policy preventing the use of the male locker room at the Maryland high school. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III ruled that transgender students have the right to use facilities matching their gender identities—a right the judge claimed was protected by federal and state law. Read more here.
College Student Punished for Telling Professor There are Only Two Genders. Lake Ingle, a religious studies major at the University of Pennsylvania, was barred from class by Professor Alison Downie for questioning her position on gender. The professor referred Ingle to the university’s Academic Integrity Board. Read more here.
Italian Doctor Cleared of Defamation Charges Against Homosexuals. Dr. Silvana De Mari had been accused of defamation by homosexual activists after using social media to highlight the increasing health hazards and rise in sexually transmittable diseases among the homosexual community. Read more here.
Court Challenge Filed to Tampa Ordinance Banning Therapeutic Help for Individuals With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Liberty Counsel has filed the suit against the Florida city, which prohibits therapists from providing this proven therapy to minors and imposing heavy fines on violators. An increasing number of U.S. cities are adopting such bans, even though it is not clear that they have the authority to do so. Read more here.
New York City to Ban Change Therapy. The city council has overwhelmingly passed a city ordinance to prohibit licensed mental health practioners in the city from offering therapy that has been proven to be beneficial to many who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or the recognized mental disorder related to Gender Dysphoria. The ban applies to therapy for both minors and adults. The mayor is expected to sign the ordinance into law. Read more here.
Washington Principal Instructs Teachers to Lie to Parents. According to a middle school teacher in Yakima, Washington, teachers were instructed by the principal to lie to parents with regard to students who ask to be identified as a different gender. Read more here.
UK Doctor Investigated for Giving Children Cross-Gender Hormone Treatment. Dr. Helen Webberley has been banned from treating transgender patients without supervision during the investigation. She has prescribed cross-gender hormones to children as young as 12 years old. Read more here.
South African Court Issues Ruling on Married Transgender People. The Western Cape High Court ruled that transgender people who transitioned after they got married are not required to get divorced to have their gender reflected accurately in their legal identity documents. Read more here.
Twelve-Year-Old Boy Took Hormones to “Transition” to a Girl Then Changed His Mind. The Australian boy is featured on an episode of “60 Minutes Australia.” After a time attempting to live as a girl, and receiving estrogen from his mother to develop female characteristics, the boy decided he was comfortable as a boy. However, he now faces surgery to remove the breasts he developed while on the hormone. Read more here.
Parents Successful in Blocking Gender Ideology Indoctrination in Peru Public Schools. The first civil chamber of Lima’s Superior Court of Justice sided with the group Parents in Action (Padres en Acción) and nullified part of the Ministry of Education’s “National Curriculum of Basic Education,” which encourages teachers to present “gender” as a psychological construct. Read more here.
UN Agency Promotes Sex Change and Abortion for Children. The Center for Family and Human Rights reports that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) endorsed a report that promotes sex-change procedures and abortion for youth without parental consent. Read more here.
Defense Secretary Says Transgenders May Continue to Serve in U.S. Military Pending “Seasoned Judgment” of Experts. Secretary James Mattis announced that he will establish a panel of experts to analyze the situation, and until then, the current policy allowing transgenders to serve will remain in place. Read more here.
Canada Introduces Third Gender Option on Passports. In addition to male and female, Canadians can now choose the option of “X” on their passports indicating a gender identity of neither male nor female. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the purpose of the change was so all Canadians can feel safe to be themselves and express their gender as they choose. Read more here.
California First Grader Sent to Principal’s Office for “Misgendering” Classmate. The incident occurred at Rocklin Academy, a charter school, when the first grader called the “transitioning” classmate by his given name, which he went by the previous year, rather than the female name he was currently going by. Rocklin Academy has received international attention since a kindergarten teacher staged a transitioning event for a gender confused boy during class, upsetting many of the students in the class and their parents. Read more here.
International Planned Parenthood Says Countries Must Provide LGBTI Assisted Reproductive Technologies. According to the Center for Family and Human Rights, at an event co-sponsored by International Planned Parenthood Federation, the organization stated that UN Member States must “provide viable options to assisted reproductive technologies for LGBTI people with parenting intentions” in order to comply with UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5. Read more here.
EZN | GENDER
Australia No Longer Requires Court Intervention for Hormone Treatment in Transgender Teens. Gender Dysphoric adolescents in Australia will no longer need a court order to instigate hormone treatment in their effort to “transition” to their non-biological gender. Hormone treatment, also known as "stage two" of transition, stops short of surgical intervention. Read more here.
UK Girl Guides to Allow Boys to Shower With Girls, Use Same Facilites. The organization’s new guidelines direct that boys who merely “self identify” as a girl be allowed to use all traditionally sex-segregated facilities, including showers, changing rooms and accommodations on excursions. The guidelines also direct that parents should not be informed that such self-identified “girls” will be participating in activities with their daughters. Read more here.
Outraged Parents Stop Delaware Rule that Would Have Allowed Young Children to secretly “Self Identify” Their Race and Gender. “Regulation 225” being considered by the state department of education would have allowed children to self identify as other than their biologically assigned gender or race at school without the parents being notified. Schools were directed to determine whether the parents were “supportive” of the child’s gender or race identification before deciding if the parents would be informed. Opponents of the proposed regulation generated more than 8,000 petition signatures and more than 11,000 written comments against the regulation in this small U.S. state of less than 1 million population. Read more here.
School Boards in Ontario, Canada Say Teachers Can’t Tell Parents About Their Transgender Children. At least five Ontario public school boards have instituted policies that prohibit schools from telling parents a child has transitioned to another gender at school without the child’s express permission—even kindergarten students. Read more here.
Sex-Reassignment Surgeries on the Increase in Ontario. According to data from the ministry of health, the cost of the taxpayer-subsidized surgeries has risen from $2.2 million in 2014 - 2015 to $4.37 million from 2016 - 2017. The number of surgeries has increased from 195 in 2015 to 2016 to 1,365 in 2016 to 2017. Read more here.
Dutch Psychologist Condemns Ontario Plan to Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery. Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg, a psychologist with more than 50 years’ experience denounced the in-province “genital transitional” surgeries as “harmful mutilation and an act of inhumanity” toward people who have what he considers a serious mental disorder. Read more here.
Singapore Annuls Marriage After Husband’s Sex-Reassignment Surgery. A man and woman were legally married in October 2015 before the husband had sex-reassignment surgery. When the couple informed the government about the surgery, the marriage was voided by officials. Read more here.
Florida Police Officer Faces Complaint for Ticketing Transgender as a Male. The biological male identifies as a female, which is the gender listed on the driver’s license, but the officer thought it was a mistake and wrote “male” on the ticket that was issued. Police investigators recommended that the officer be reprimanded. Read more here.
Canada’s Bishops Condemn Trudeau’s Transgender Rights Bill. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement in response to Bill C-16. The transgender rights bill adds “gender expression and identity” as prohibited grounds for discrimination under Canada’s Human Rights Code and as grounds for conviction under the Criminal Code’s hate crimes section. Read more here.
Lawsuit Says Revised North Carolina Bathroom Law Still Harmful. A law passed last year required transgenders to use sex-segregated facilities according to the sex on their birth certificate. The law was adjusted after companies and sports teams refused to do business in the state. Now the original lawsuit has been expanded with an amended complaint. Read more here.
New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Requiring Schools to Use Preferred Pronouns for Transgender Students. Gov. Chris Christie signed the legislation that mandates that state schools call transgender students by their preferred pronouns and prohibits them from requiring that transgender students use bathrooms opposing their gender identity. Read more here.
U.S. House Rejects Measure that Forbids Pentagon From Paying for Transgender Surgery and Hormones. Lawmakers voted 214-209 against an amendment to the annual defense policy bill. The proposal would have prohibited the military's health care system from paying for medical treatment related to gender transition. Read more here.
David Daleiden Held in Contempt of Court. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick found Daleiden and his attorneys in contempt of court for posting online undercover videos of abortion advocates, which was in violation of a court order. The judge ordered the videos taken down. Read more here.
EZN | RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Religious Freedom Bill Reintroduced in U.S. Senate. The “First Amendment Defense Act” was reintroduced by Sen. Mike Lee and would protect individuals and institutions from punitive action by the government for believing that marriage is between one man and one woman and for opposing sex outside of marriage. Read more here.
U.S. Federal Court Rules Religious Liberty No Basis for Transgender Policy. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that transgender individuals are protected by Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination. The court held that employers violate the federal anti-discrimination statute when they refuse to affirm the sexual identity claimed by a transgender employee, even if their refusal is based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Read more here.
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Major Religious Freedom/Homosexual Rights Case. In what may be the most significant case the court has heard since imposing same-sex marriage on the country two years ago, the court will decide if constitutional protections of the free exercise of religion apply to a Colorado baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage on the grounds of his religious beliefs. He was sued over his refusal under Colorado law by the homosexual couple. The decision sets up a test of how far claimed “homosexual rights” actually extend in the U.S. Read more here.
Farmers Banned From Farmer’s Market Over Religious Beliefs Appear in Court. Steve and Bridget Tennes were banned from selling their goods because of their religious beliefs about same-sex marriage. Lawyers for the couple are seeking a temporary order that would allow them to sell their products at the farmer’s market while the case proceeds. Read more here.
DOJ Files Brief On Behalf Of Baker Who Refused To Make A Wedding Cake For A Same-Sex Couple. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Colorado baker who declined to bake a wedding cake for the couple because of his religious beliefs. Read more here.
Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Hear Second Religious Liberty/Same-Sex Marriage Case. The Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Jack Phillips, a baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. Lawyers asked the court to combine that case with the case of Barronelle Stutzman, a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. Both refusals were based in religious beliefs about traditional marriage. Read more here.
EZN | GENERAL INTEREST
Florida Declares Pornography a Public Health Risk. The Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution acknowledging “the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect the citizens" of Florida from the dangers of pornography. The resolution also noted that pornography contributed to the “hyper-sexualization of children and teens.” Read more here.
Nigerian Court Orders Condom Manufacturers to Add Health Warnings. Manufacturers will be required to warn users that condoms do not provide 100 percent safe sex. The warning states, “Condom is not 100 per cent safe. Total abstinence or faithfulness is the best option.” Read more here.
Finland’s Parliament Approves Law to Allow Children to Have Two Mothers From Birth. The citizens’ initiative-inspired law will recognize both women in a same-sex partnership, including the one who does not give birth, as mothers of the child the moment it is born. Read more here.
Porn Still Accessed in the Federal Workplace Despite Ban. Congress enacted the ban six years ago, but in some government agencies the rule still isn’t in place. The problem of porn in the federal workplace exists in those agencies and even in agencies where the rule has been enacted. Read more here.
U.S. Congress Moving to Stop Online Sex Trafficking. The House has overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that will make it easier to prosecute online sex predators and websites that post and promote online sex trafficking material. Similar legislation is expected to easily pass the Senate as early as this week. Read more here.
Nearly three dozen non-governmental organizations have signed a letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging them to prioritize a measure that provides critical humanitarian aid to religious minorities.
A spokesman for a persecution watchdog organization sees both good and bad in President Trump's postponing for another three months a decision on whether to lift U.S. sanctions on Sudan.
A spokeswoman for ministry Open Doors USA says Christians in Nigeria are facing a "horrific situation" at the hands of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other Muslims.
A Kansas pastor has urged President Trump to hold the country of India accountable for the widespread persecution taking place there against Christians and other religious minorities.
The pastor of the Arabic Church of Dallas is lobbying to stop the federal government from deporting scores of Iraqi nationals rounded up by U.S. immigration officials in recent weeks.
An organization committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right is applauding a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives as a crucial step to aid victims of ISIS.