Religious Freedom

Kim Davis Rowan County Clerk

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Kim Davis Loses Re-election Bid as Rowan County Clerk

Bruce Hausknecht

The November 2018 midterm election has been all-consuming, from a national media and public interest perspective. With narrow vote margins generating recounts in the Florida gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, as well as the Arizona race for the U.S. Senate, few have had the time or interest to focus on the tiny locale of Rowan County, Kentucky – population approximately 25,000 - or the race for its county clerk in which the incumbent, Kim Davis, was defeated by Elwood Caudill, Jr. by 700 votes.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa”

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Another Christian-Owned Bakery Appeals to the Supreme Court

Bruce Hausknecht

Aaron and Melissa Klein were fined $135,000 by the state of Oregon and lost their business when they declined, for religious reasons, to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. They are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the free speech claims that the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision of June 2018 avoided.

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Cross and American Flag

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The Bladensburg War Memorial – Unconstitutional?

Bruce Hausknecht

The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, erected in 1925 to memorialize several local Maryland citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in that war, sits on public property and is maintained by the state. The problem? The memorial is constructed in the shape of a Christian cross, and atheists claim it violates the First Amendment. A federal appeals court agreed with them. What will the Supreme Court say? 

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Kelvin Cochran

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Fired in Atlanta

Bruce Hausknecht

Kelvin Cochran is a highly decorated fire fighter. So much so that President Obama lured him away from his position as Fire Chief in Atlanta in 2009 to become the U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration. But the City of Atlanta begged him to return to his former job, and in 2010 he did so, and successfully led the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department until 2014, when he was unceremoniously suspended and later fired on January 6, 2015.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Prioritizing God

Sarah Williams reminds moms to prioritize God and teach their children to do the same. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Protecting Your Child's Faith in Public School (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Navigating Public Schools, Stephen Williams and his wife, Sarah, offer parents practical advice for helping their children stand strong for their Christian beliefs in public school. The couple addresses topics like knowing your religious rights, speaking the truth with love, preparing kids for classes that promote a secular worldview, and more. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Protecting Your Child's Faith in Public School (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Navigating Public Schools, Stephen Williams and his wife, Sarah, offer parents practical advice for helping their children stand strong for their Christian beliefs in public school. The couple addresses topics like knowing your religious rights, speaking the truth with love, preparing kids for classes that promote a secular worldview, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Not Originally the Case

Stephen Williams gives a clear explanation of the phrase "separation of church and state." Listen to the full program here.

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Courthouse with the year 2018 overlayed

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: September 2018 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Abortion regulations, “In God We Trust,” legislative prayer, and free speech are all subjects of this issue of the Executive Briefing Judicial Update.

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BRETT M. KAVANAUGH

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh – the Next Supreme Court Justice?

Bruce Hausknecht

On July 9, 2018, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Supreme Court room

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4 Reasons Why You Won’t Like Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

Bruce Hausknecht

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by the President to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. As a judge, public speaker, teacher, and public servant, Kavanaugh’s record is an open book, and his judicial views are clear. 

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Supreme Court Justices

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Who Are Our Supreme Court Justices?

Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

Learn more about the Justices who sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Statue of Authority of Law at the U.S. Supreme Court building.

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6 Common Questions About Judicial Nominations

Bruce Hausknecht

The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has raised questions about the rights, privileges and duties of both the President and the U.S. Senate in the nomination and appointment process.

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Why You Should Care About NIFLA v. Becerra at the U.S. Supreme Court

Bruce Hausknecht

In a close 5-4 decision issued on June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the California state law aimed directly at pro-life pregnancy care centers who oppose abortion and offer women with unplanned pregnancies a life-giving alternative. 

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Cake artist Jack Phillips (left), owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, working beside his daughter, Lisa (right).

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision – What it Means

Bruce Hausknecht

On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided an important religious freedom case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

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Courthouse with the year 2018 overlayed

Series

Cultural Issues in the Courts: 2018

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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Series

The Freedom to Speak Your Faith

Do Christians have a free speech problem in America?

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Contact your legislators

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Faith-Based Adoption Agencies in Jeopardy

Learn about the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017, why it's important, and what you can do to support this bill.

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Free Resource: Religious Freedom

Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

If you’re like a lot of believers, you may be confused by the rapid changes in our culture, laws and court decisions that shake the very foundation of this First Amendment right.

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Contact your legislators

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Frequently Asked Questions: The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017

Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

Learn what the bill is, why it's needed, what you can do to support it, and more.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Protecting Life and Family Values in the Senate

Senator Mitch McConnell offers a retrospective look at recent pro-family and pro-life accomplishments in the U.S. Congress, and discusses the challenges of reaching compromise in Washington, D.C. Senator James Lankford also weighs in on pro-family issues.

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Christians and Free Speech – Introduction and Overview

Bruce Hausknecht

Do Christians have a free speech problem in America?

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What is Free Speech?

Bruce Hausknecht

The phrase “freedom of speech” is a familiar one to Americans, but often misunderstood.

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Current Developments in Free Speech at the Courts

Bruce Hausknecht

Here is a snapshot of current legal developments in the various free speech cases to come before the nation’s courts in the last year.

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