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    Religious Freedom Wins in Mississippi

    In a victory for religious freedom, last week Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Mississippi law is based on the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was sponsored by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.), and the late Senator Edward Kennedy … More

    ‘Special Consideration’ for ‘non-Christian’ Job Applicants?

    A provision in a Michigan teachers’ union contract calling for “special consideration” to be given to “minority” job applicants including “those of the non-Christian faith” was removed by the Ferndale School District this week after the language was identified as a violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act. Michigan Capitol … More

    The Reality of ENDA

    President Obama urged Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a blog post published late last night. All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction, as a new Heritage Backgrounder explains. President Obama asks … More

    Potential Settlement in Supreme Court Housing Discrimination Case

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the parties in the Fair Housing Act case pending before the Supreme Court have reached a tentative settlement deal. The case, Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, involves the township of Mount Holly, New Jersey’s attempt to redevelop a crime-ridden, … More

    Protecting Religious Liberty in the Marriage Debate

    Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating against citizens and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) was introduced by Representative Raul Labrador (R–ID) … More

    Eric Holder Messes with Texas

    Obama’s Justice Department is fighting a recent Supreme Court decision—and picking a fight with Texas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will ask a federal court to subject Texas to a pre-clearance requirement—something the Supreme Court just struck down—for all of its proposed changes to voting … More

    Serious New Questions on Obama Labor Nominee

    A surprising development on Wednesday has raised new questions about President Obama’s nominee to be the new Labor Secretary. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez is one of the nominees over whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) just staged his filibuster fight. As a result of the deal Reid worked … More

    Hatch: U.S. Should Protect Sovereignty, Not Promote a U.N. Treaty

    Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) delivered a broadside on the Senate floor last week to proponents of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations human rights treaty signed by the Obama Administration in July 2009. Senator Hatch analyzed the treaty in the … More

    Fisher v. University of Texas: Racial Preferences at the Supreme Court

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the University of Texas’s consideration of race in its undergraduate admissions program. The ruling is a limited win for those who want a truly colorblind society. Texas adopted a plan in the mid-1990s that automatically admitted Texas … More

    Colorado Baker Faces Heat for Religious Expression

    A same-sex couple in Denver has filed a discrimination complaint against baker Jack Phillips for refusing to provide his services to help celebrate their wedding. Phillips declined on the grounds that participating in such a ceremony violates his religious beliefs about marriage. Similar cases have involved a Washington florist and … More