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Sen. Mike Lee warns that protections of religious liberty in Senate marriage law are “severely anemic”.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee criticized the Respect for Marriage Act, arguing that the bill offered insufficient protections for religious freedom. FoxNews reports. Lee noted that he offered an amendment that would strengthen religious liberty protections by preventing the government from removing tax-exempt status for religious organizations based on their beliefs on marriage, but said the sponsors “refused to do so even in… to be considered”.

US Senate Marriage Bill Declares War on American Parents

American Family News reports that the Respect for Marraige Act will not only affect freedom of religion, but will also limit parents’ right to have a say in their children’s education. The article explains: “If you hold onto the belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman — the mainstream view for all of human history — and stand in the way of redefining the left in any way, the full weight of the Justice Department becomes brought to bear.”

Senate Marriage Bill Opens Door to American Persecution

A Daily signal op-ed discusses the recent Senate vote on the Respect for Marriage Act. The article explains that the language of this bill is “light years more radical than the judges’ ruling seven years ago.” Obergefell v. hodges, which radically redefined marriage. It adds that if this bill becomes law, “the government would declare open houses to parents, charities, adoption agencies, teachers, Christian schools, counselors and Bible-believing professionals — to anyone with deeply held religious beliefs regarding marriage .

Judge Sonia Sotomayor declines to block NYC’s public sector immunization mandate

CNN Judge Sonia Sotomayor reportedly denied a recent Supreme Court request to block New York City’s public sector COVID-19 vaccine requirement because it applies to employees who have religious objections to the vaccine. The emergency request was made by a group called New Yorkers for Religious Liberty.

Boston pays $2 million to Christian group for refusing to fly its Latin cross flag at City Hall

The Washington Times reports that the city of Boston has agreed to pay a Christian group more than $2 million after it refused to fly its flag over City Hall — despite other flags communicating different messages over the years.

Hal Shurtleff, who runs the Camp Constitution group, was represented in his Supreme Court case by our friends at Liberty Counsel. At the beginning of the year he won 9-0.

Montana is opening the door to religious vaccine exemptions in childcare

ABC reports that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services will not enforce vaccination requirements for licensed child care facilities that grant participants religious exemptions. The decision comes three months after the ministry proposed a formal rule relaxing religious exemption standards for childcare facilities.

America has a long history of upholding biblical values

A Christian mail op-ed discusses the long and cherished history of biblical principles in the United States. The author tells how America’s founders created a system of government that protected the right of all people to freely worship God and practice their faith. She writes:

“They created a form of government that would best preserve freedom to preach the gospel. They found no contradiction in securing their rights politically and living righteously. Nor did they intend to remove the church from the state. On the contrary, they legislated to protect religious freedom, not destroy it.”

Americans who are uncertain about God are a rapidly growing force in politics

religious news service reports that atheists and agnostics are rapidly expanding their influence on the American political landscape. According to recent data, secular Americans make up only about 10% of the population. However, they are more politically engaged than their religious peers, especially when compared to white evangelicals.

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