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Current News and Features

November 16, 2017

MUSLIM AND JEWISH BAKERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO REFUSE TO BAKE WEDDING CAKES FOR EACH OTHER, SAYS LAWMAKER

An Australian lawmaker has caused controversy after saying that Jewish and Musim bakers should be allowed to deny the sale of wedding cakes to followers of the other faith. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Legislative Update SB 569

Today, by God's grace and with your help, we are thrilled to report that Governor Brown has VETOED AB 569. This bill was a direct assault on the religious liberty of every faith-based organization and church across California. The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), and its sponsor, NARAL Pro-Choice of California, said it should be illegal for religious organizations to prohibit behavior related to “reproductive choices.” However, Governor Brown disagreed. In his veto statement, he cited the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which already bans “adverse actions” against employees due to “reproductive decisions.” Critically, Brown noted that FEHA provides a statutory exemption for “religious institutions.” AB 569 attacked these protections, creating new rules in the labor code where there is no religious exemption. Brown disagreed with this assault on organizations’ constitutional rights. “I believe these type of claims should remain within the jurisdiction of the Department of Fair Housing and Employment,” Brown concluded. Although this bill would not have directly impacted the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it would have set a very dangerous precedent of using the California Labor Code to target religious institutions for restrictions on how they practice their faith. As such, the bill’s defeat is a huge relief, and a victory for religious freedom. Being engaged in the legislative process does make a difference. If you are interested in getting engaged please go to our web page www.churchstate.org and click on the “Get Engaged” button. There you can register and have direct access to bills that we are monitoring and working on. Making your voice heard directly impacts what we are able to accomplish! READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Religious Liberty Could be Big Loser in Wedding Cake Challenge

With news that the Supreme Court will hear Masterpiece vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission this fall, Washington’s think tanks have been abuzz with talk of religious freedom. In the past week, both the conservative Heritage Foundation and centrist Brookings Institution hosted discussions on the status of religious liberty in American public life. The events, while quite different in their approach to the issue, both help illuminate the massive gulf that has emerged around this often thorny issue. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

Charlottesville Statement from Ricardo Graham

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS … An op-ed by Elder Ricardo Graham, president, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Elder Graham can be reached through Ray Tetz (805) 358-3056 READ MORE

July 7, 2017

School Vouchers Get 2 New Report Cards

It is the education debate of the Trump era. With the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos using policy and the bully pulpit to champion private school vouchers, supporters and critics have tangled over the question: Do low-income, public school students perform better when they're given a voucher to attend a private school? READ MORE

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