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Do Advocates for Genetic Sexual Attraction Have a P.R. Firm?
A Government Doesn't Remain Neutral on Religion by Treating Religious Entities Worse Than Others
Public university warns against saying ‘you guys’
Title IX helps girls, but leaves boys behind, women's advocate contends
Republican Voters Are Not "Moving On" From Marriage


Do Advocates for Genetic Sexual Attraction Have a P.R. Firm?

That question is the one that Bob Trent asked aloud during a recent episode of Freedom Matters.

Before getting to that question, though Trent had a conversation with the editor of the Alliance Alert Daily Digest (yes, the thing you are reading right now) about the difficulties of messaging controversial issues.

The last time our editor was on the show, he argued that incest, cleverly rebranded as "genetic sexual attraction," would be the next big issue. (Spoiler: this is happening.) Since the prediction seems spot on, Trent asked what was coming next.

Listen in for the answer:

After the segment, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist chats with Trent and co-host Kerri Kupec about being a smart consumer of the news. Worth a listen.

 
A Government Doesn't Remain Neutral on Religion by Treating Religious Entities Worse Than Others

If you run a school in Missouri, you can sign up for a government program that helps supply tire scraps to create safe playgrounds.

Unless, of course, you're a religious preschool.

That's what is happening at Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Missouri. Here's their story:

Last Friday, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, responding to a brief that the state of Missouri filed in June.

ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman had this to say:

"A government isn’t being neutral toward religion when it treats religious organizations worse than everyone else. Missouri argues that it is free to discriminate against churches, even when it comes to neutral playground safety programs, because Supreme Court cases say the government doesn’t always have to remain neutral between religious and non-religious organizations. The problem for the state is that those cases actually say the First Amendment allows the government to give religious organizations more favorable treatment, not less. Missouri shouldn’t be trying to pull a bait and switch when it comes to what the First Amendment says and what the Supreme Court itself has said."

Cortman continues:

"To say that the religious and nonreligious children who play on this playground are somehow less worthy of this program than children who play on other playgrounds clearly makes no sense. Using the state’s logic, the government could deny fire services or water treatment for churches. That’s clearly not what the state or federal constitution was designed to prevent."

ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley, who has lititaged the case from its inception, sums up:

"The state admits that it blatantly excludes religious organizations from a safety program that has nothing to do with religion. That’s hostility to religion, which violates the U.S. Constitution."

 
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This Preschool was Denied Access to a State Program Simply for Being Religious

"Last month, the State of Missouri filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court admitting it singles out churches for discrimination based on their “religious status.” Now Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church, has responded to that brief."

by Kevin Theriot

What this 12-year-old Taught Me About Being Pro-Life

"When I was 12 years old, there were a lot of ways I spent my time. School and homework? 8 hours a day. Baseball practice? 6 hours a week. Saving the princess in The Legend of Zelda on Nintendo? Every moment of free time I could find. Defending lives of unborn children? I didn’t even know they needed to be defended."

by Eric Porteous

 
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