A trial began on January 27 to determine if former Houston City Attorney David Feldman had illegally invalidated thousands of signatures on a petition to hold a repeal referendum on the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on (among other things) “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
In a powerful letter sent to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley this week, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court encouraged the Republican governor and lower courts to defy “judicial tyranny” — specifically, a recent unconstitutional ruling by a federal judge purporting to overturn the state’s constitutional protections for the “divine institution” of marriage. Quoting scripture from the Holy Bible, the state Constitution, as well as previous federal and state Supreme Court rulings, Chief Justice Moore argued that federal courts were using “specious” arguments aimed at “destroying” marriage, with far-reaching consequences for Alabama and beyond. Moore warned in the letter that issuing “marriage licenses” to homosexuals would be a violation of state law and Alabama’s Constitution. The governor also indicated in a statement that he would continue to defend the state Constitution and the will of the people.
An estimated 500,000 to 800,000 pro-life activists from across the country — blessed with unseasonably mild weather and a newly energized base of supporters — participated in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22.
In a revival of a centuries-old American tradition this month, a Wisconsin pastor offered a powerful election sermon to Montana lawmakers at the legislature urging them to do their biblical duty by standing up to escalating federal tyranny. Citing a broad array of Scriptures from the Bible and what is known as the “doctrine of the lesser magistrate,” Pastor Matt Trewhella told state legislators that they have more than just the right to protect citizens from growing lawlessness, tyranny, and wickedness in government — they have a moral and Christian obligation to do so. Increasing defiance of God’s law “is why you are watching Western Civilization crumble before your eyes,” he added.
It’s bad enough when a Muslim cleric states that saying “Merry Christmas” is worse than “killing someone.” Now we have people born into the Christian tradition who say that the Virgin Mary was raped.
Despite being threatened with jail time and fines, 90-year-old “Chef” Arnold Abbott, two local pastors, and a wide array of activists vowed to continue feeding the poor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, even after being cited by police this month. Local politicians behind the recent anti-homeless-feeding rule say they do not think the strategy pursued by the Good Samaritans is “effective” for dealing with the poor. However, supporters of the defiant homeless feeders, who are now making headlines around the world, say the city’s latest restrictions on helping the poor represent a violation of the constitutionally protected rights to free speech, freedom of religion, assembly, and more. They plan to keep feeding no matter what officials say.
The Spotsylvania County (Virginia) Public School District has relented and given its approval to the proposed “Students for Life” club after the principal of Courtland High School initially denied the students’ request. The school district backed down after an attorney with the nonprofit Thomas More Society sent a letter to Courtland Principal Larry Marks on November 11 accusing him of violating the constitutional rights of the student who had sought approval for the club.
A high-school football player in Florida was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pausing in the end zone to thank God after he scored his first touchdown of the season.
A federal appeals court has issued a major ruling in favor of traditional marriage in four states, a decision that has given pro-family leaders hope in their ongoing battle against same-sex "marriage."