2:04 PM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ted Cruz has organized an effort to urge President Barack Obama to help free Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran.
“The President of the United States is in a unique position to focus international attention on the unjust and abusive detention of one of our citizens,” Cruz says in a press release. “There might also be an opportunity for administration officials participating in nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week to raise the issue directly with their Iranian counterparts. Time is of the essence given Pastor Saeed's current predicament.”
Cruz has organized a bipartisan letter in the Senate to ask Obama to help.
“All those who have followed Pastor Saeed's case commend you for raising the issue with President Hasan Rouhani,” the letter reads. “We believe this new action by the Iranian regime merits additional response. It is imperative for the United States government to speak out boldly on behalf of Pastor Saeed at the earliest opportunity, and we look forward to supporting you in this effort.”
According to Cruz's office, things just got worse for the pastor. "This week, Pastor Saeed was suddenly and without explanation transferred from Iran’s Evin prison to the even more brutal Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, which houses violent criminals on death row and is infamous for abusing political prisoners," Cruz's office says.
The U.S. is reportedly negotiating with Iran about its rogue nuclear program. Reports do not indicate that the U.S. has brought up the plight of the pastor in their talks.
Does the First Amendment protect wedding photographers? Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On August 22, the New Mexico supreme court unanimously ruled that a wedding photographer broke the law by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. While gay rights advocates are celebrating this latest in a string of legal and political victories, the outcome of Elane Photography v. Vanessa Willock has alarmed religious liberty advocates. And it could end up having a profound influence on First Amendment jurisprudence.
5:40 PM, Jul 21, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In Sioux City, Iowa, a local pastor is asking for the removal of a newly appointed member of the city's human rights commission. The city council appointed Scott Raasch to the commission, which adjudicates discrimination complaints, on July 8. However, the Rev.
The other consequences of Obamacare.Oct 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
Obamacare won’t just ruin health care. It is also a cultural bulldozer. Before the law is even fully in effect, Health and Human Services bureaucrats have begun wielding their sweeping new powers to assault freedom of religion in the name of their preferred social order.
A court case in Colorado shows what’s at stake this fall.Aug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
A recent federal trial court ruling has warmed the hearts of social conservatives and civil libertarians alike. A judge in Colorado on July 27 protected a Catholic-owned small business against the “free birth control rule”—which requires companies subject to the Affordable Care Act to offer their employees free contraception, sterilization, and other “preventive” services.
10:19 PM, Jul 25, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It's no secret that things are not going well for the Obama campaign. The President has been forced to veer to the left on gay marriage, immigration and a host of issues to shore up his base. And even as unemployment is ticking ominously upward, gaffes and ill thought out statements on the economy—"the private sector's doing fine" and "you didn't build that"—are confirming the suspicions of independents and moderates that Obama really is the redistributionist radical that his critics have been warning about.
The Obama administration neglects a key foreign policy issue. Jul 16, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 41 • By THOMAS F. FARR
The State Department recently announced that it was dropping coverage of religious freedom from its annual Human Rights Report. The declared reason: to avoid duplicating coverage available in the annual Report on International Religious Freedom.
There may be other reasons. Given the Obama administration’s consistent downgrading of religious freedom at home and in foreign policy, this move may be part of a larger reprioritization in human rights policy in favor of the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
Religious liberty versus ‘women’s health.’Feb 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 23 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
On February 10, President Obama tried to extinguish a growing firestorm sparked by his decision to force religious institutions to provide their employees health insurance that covers the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.
Jan 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 18 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Let us now praise the Supreme Court. We know that Newt Gingrich thinks the judiciary needs rebuking, and we agree with him to a point. But sometimes—actually, often under Chief Justice John Roberts—the Court gets it right. And it did so last week unanimously in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Religious liberty and human rights.Jan 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 16 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
This book is yet another riposte to the late Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington’s incendiary and much-discussed The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996).
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