Posts Categorized: First Amendment

Is it fair to compel Christians to do something that violates their faith?

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , ,

The Giffords are a Catholic family living on a working farm outside New York City.  Like many family farms, the Giffords open the farm to the public for family activities like berry-picking, hayrides, and so on.  They also used to … Read more

Is it fair to make violating your beliefs the price of citizenship?

October 1, 2015 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , ,

Elaine Huguenin is a Christian photographer in New Mexico.  Back before marriage had even been redefined in that state, Huguenin was asked to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.  Knowing both that she could not use her artistic talents to celebrate … Read more

Majority Agree: We Should Have the Right to Say ‘No’

September 29, 2015 | 3 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , ,

Proponents of the “Fairness Act” like to say that their proposal enjoys the support of a strong majority of Pennsylvanians.  But like with all polling, it depends on how you ask the question.

If the “Fairness Act” concept—the introduction of … Read more

Threat to Christian Schools is Real

September 18, 2015 | 1 comment | Posted in education, First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , ,

Statements by a State Senator provide clear evidence that Pennsylvania Christian schools are at risk should SB 974 (the so-called “Fairness Act”) become law. At issue: What happens when a Christian school dismisses a teacher for engaging in a public … Read more

He was the best at his job. Then he wrote a book about his beliefs and was fired. Is that fair?

September 18, 2015 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , ,

Kelvin Cochran may very well be the best fire fighter in the United States.  And he’s out of a job because of his beliefs about human sexuality.

Chief Cochran was raised in poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was one of … Read more

This PA Senator wants it illegal for Catholic schools to require teachers to follow Catholic teaching

September 15, 2015 | 7 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , , ,

The administration of Holy Ghost Prep, a Catholic high school in the Philadelphia suburbs, knew that foreign language teacher Michael Griffin lived with his same-sex partner.  Even though teachers’ contracts include a clause about following the teachings of the Catholic … Read more

Is it fair to fine a couple $135,000 for refusing to violate their beliefs?

September 10, 2015 | 2 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , ,

A Voice for True Fairness: Aaron and Melissa Klein

Aaron and Melissa Klein have always been open about their Christian beliefs as owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon.  Like so many of the business owners whose liberty has … Read more

Grandmas, Good People Show Us Why “Fairness Act” is Unfair

September 9, 2015 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , ,

Some state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would create a new target for discrimination here in Pennsylvania against those who exercise their personal or religious freedom.

The so-called “Fairness” Act (SB 974 & HB 1510) would create special privileges … Read more

Barronelle Stutzman: A Voice for True Fairness

September 8, 2015 | 2 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , ,

Over the course of their decade-long friendship, Rob Ingersoll spent more than $5,000 at Barronelle Stutzman’s Washington State florist shop, Arlene’s Flowers.  Stutzman had known for some time that Ingersoll was gay, and that most of the orders she filled … Read more

Blaine Adamson: A Voice for True Fairness

September 3, 2015 | 5 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , , , ,

Blaine Adamson is a t-shirt printer in Lexington, Kentucky.  In the many years he has run his business, Hands On Originals, he has never been timid about his Christian beliefs, and he has turned down many orders on the grounds … Read more