Chelsea Manning asks to be listed as female in Pentagon database; doctor denies request

– The Washington Times – Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A military doctor recently denied Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s request to have her gender listed as “female” in a Pentagon database, a new court filing reveals, further frustrating the former intelligence analyst’s attempt to be recognized as a woman as she serves a lengthy prison sentence for stealing classified documents and giving them to WikiLeaks.

Formerly known as Bradley Manning, the 28-year-old soldier came out as transgender a day after being sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in military prison for espionage and other charges related to her role with the whistleblower website. She legally changed her name to Chelsea Manning in 2014, and last year the Pentagon agreed to let her receive hormone therapy while behind bars to aid in transitioning.

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Capitol & Culture Update: December 7, 2016

The Legislature is Back in Town

CA State Legislators convened in Sacramento earlier this week. Not long after their swearing in, some legislators got right to work making known their plans to defy, or at the least, hold up as much as possible, President-elect Donald Trump’s plans on immigration. Democrats now hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the legislature. A party with a supermajority can for all practical purposes run rampant enacting legislation without any need for input or action from the opposing side. This could prove to be a dangerous place to be in.

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Violate Your Conscience OR ELSE…

Should business owners be forced to provide services when doing so violates their deeply held religious beliefs? The answer seems simple. This is America, the land of the free, so of course not. This is not the case. Breanna and Joanna, owners of a stationary company, could be fined or jailed, simply for choosing not to make invitations to a same sex “wedding” ceremony.

Read their full story here

 

NYC Mistreats Homeschoolers

New York City has a history of mistreatment toward homeschooling families. A recent testimony to this mistreatment was the straw that broke the camel’s back. CPS showed up to a newly homeschooling mother’s house because of reports of “educational neglect.” The CPS investigator wanted to talk with her child alone and inspect her apartment. Read the full story here.

Following this episode, HSLDA has filed a lawsuit against New York City Public Schools over their unjust treatment of homeschooling families.

 

Registration for our Citizen Lobby Day 2017 will open in January.

 

Other News:

National Motto ‘In God We Trust’ Can Stay on U.S. Currency

How One MN Couple is Fighting a Law Forcing Them to Promote Messages Against Their Faith

Chelsea Manning asks to be listed as female in Pentagon database; doctor denies request

Group Will Use Drones to Fly Euthanasia Drugs to Nursing Home in Nation Where Assisted Suicide is Illegal

INTERNATIONAL   MICAIAH BILGER   NOV 21, 2016   |   4:07PM    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
LifeNews.com

A euthanasia advocate with a sordid reputation said his group plans to use a drone to deliver illegal euthanasia drugs to a nursing home patient in Australia.

The Age reports Exit International director Philip Nitschke said a fellow euthanasia advocate from Melbourne recently had a “cardiac incident” and their health has gone downhill. The person currently lives in a nursing home. Nitschke said the person kept the drug Nembutal, used for euthanasia, at their home, but they cannot access it at the nursing home. Euthanasia is illegal in Australia.

His group hopes to use a drone to fly the deadly drug to the patient in the nursing home, according to the report. However, the euthanasia activists are running into problems.

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Oregon official who shut down Christian bakery loses election

(CNN)Could it be the year of the underdog? The presidential election wasn’t the only contest to see an upset.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who came to national attention for heftily fining a local bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, lost. Avakian, a champion of the LGBTQ community, was running for Secretary of State.
As labor commissioner since 2008, Avakian often made news for his tough calls against businesses discriminating against gay and transgender customers.
The most noteworthy was when Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make the wedding cake for the same-sex couple in 2013, citing the owners’ religious beliefs. Shop owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages. They were also told they couldn’t refuse customers based on sexual orientation.

Flowers, Force, and Freedom

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By now you’ve probably heard of Barronelle Stutzman. She’s the florist who was peacefully going about her daily life until a situation arose that catapulted her into the national spotlight. Barronelle is, in a way, the citizen so many strive to be. She’s a responsible business owner, caring, and kind. She’s unassuming, but don’t mistake that for weakness. Barronelle won’t cave. Barronelle is being sued by two gay men who had been her customers for nearly ten years. Barronelle declined to participate in their “marriage” ceremony by providing flowers, and now she finds herself on the verge of losing everything. What ever happened to “live and let live?” It seems, if that really ever was the goal and not a facade, it’s morphed into approve, accept, participate.

Read Barronelle’s story here

 

Oregon official who shut down Christian bakery loses election

Group Will Use Drones to Fly Euthanasia Drugs to Nursing Home in Nation Where Assisted Suicide is Illegal

The Legal Implications of the Johnson Amendment

By Erik W. Stanley Posted on: | October 31, 2016

In 1954, the U.S. Congress amended (without debate or analysis) Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) to restrict the speech of nonprofit, tax-exempt entities, including churches. Before the amendment passed, there were no restrictions on churches speaking about politics and voting, with the exception of a 1934 law preventing non-profits from using a substantial part of their resources to lobby for legislation.

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Truancy crackdown ‘Operation Round Up’ hunts homeschoolers

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Homeschool students in Florida’s Jackson County are being hunted down in a countywide initiative called “Operation Round Up,” which was launched by local school board officials to enroll more children in pubic schools.

After watching a television interview featuring the Jackson County School Board’s director of student services – who called on the community to report any suspected truant students to her – one homeschool family sought legal advice out of fear that the public school was aggressively and specifically targeting homeschool students.

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They Didn’t Think Their Faith Would Make Them Outlaws. They Were Wrong

CBN – Religious freedom is a huge issue in America’s presidential election, with Christian business owners finding themselves targeted simply for following their beliefs. Now they’re spreading the word of how an aggressive gay rights agenda can threaten livelihoods, savings and even freedom.

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Capitol & Culture Update – November 1, 2016

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Free Speech and a Free Conscience

California is trying to use legislation to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion, going against their conscience. This legislation was taken to the courts and, shockingly, upheld. Now, Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the 9th Circuit to rehear this case.

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SCOTUS to Take Up Student Privacy Case

Bathroom, locker room, and shower use in schools has become a hot topic. At the center of all of the debate is the issue of privacy. Do students deserve privacy when using these facilities? When schools provide that privacy, are they in violation of the law? The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that will have them examine just that.

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One Week Until Election Day

With just one week until election day, there is no doubt you are being bombarded with calls vying for your vote for or against certain people and policies. We know that ballot measures can sometimes be confusing. We’ve examined the propositions and have provided our take at this link. Take a look before you complete your ballot.

 

Why We Did Not Stay Silent on Houston’s “Equal Rights” Ordinance

By Alliance Defending Freedom Posted on: | October 25, 2016

By: Pastor Nathan Lino
Lead Pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church

I was stunned to wake up one 2014 day in Houston, Texas, to discover that our mayor had subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors. These pastors were leading voices in a formidable legal effort to block her so-called Houston “Equal Rights” Ordinance that would allow transgender people access to any locker room, shower facility, restroom, or similar space of their choosing. An ensuing decision by the Supreme Court of Texas set the stage for a citywide vote on the ordinance.

It was a high profile issue in our city and every pastor had a decision to make: Was this a time to speak or a time to be silent?

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