August 31 | Maranatha Bible Church | San Antonio, Texas
September 11 | Arlington Baptist Church | Baltimore, Maryland
September 13 | Greater Exodus Baptist Church | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On August 4, 2017, Judge Ruth Neely filed a request for review (Cert Petition) with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an egregious public censure by the Wyoming Supreme Court. The court punished her for her stated position against hypothetically performing a so-called “same-sex marriage.”
“In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” Matthew 2:18 (KJV)
What does it mean when government takes control of our health care system? It means bureaucrats, courts, and government-directed health care providers possess the power to decide life or death for the most vulnerable people in our society: children (especially the unborn), seniors, and individuals with disabilities—especially those who have been medically compromised.
In ruling on Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment protects against “indirect coercion or penalties on the free exercise of religion, not just outright prohibitions.” On June 26, 2017, in a vote of 7-2, they held that “the express discrimination against religious exercise here is not the denial of a grant, but rather the refusal to allow the Church—solely because it is a church—to compete with secular organizations for a grant.”
On June 19, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld an individual’s First Amendment right to express a viewpoint, as outlined in the Free Speech Clause, even if it is allegedly offensive. The context of the ruling was the denial of an application for federal registration of a mark by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
As we are now into spring, the National Center for Life and Liberty is hard at work defending religious liberty on many fronts, advocating for truth and freedom in the public square, most importantly with churches who desire to see the Gospel go forward in their communities. With the celebration of Easter this month, we're reminded that the ultimate work was done for us, as Jesus solved our greatest need on the cross.