Why Kim Davis hurts religious liberty by violating the rule of law

Written by Daniel Burton and Curt Bentley Roper: So now you’d give the devil the benefit of law? Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that. Thomas More: Oh, and when the last law was down, and the devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, all the laws being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, man’s laws not God’s, and…

The ‘bigot’ tactic

By Derek Monson Recently I participated in a debate with someone from Equality Utah about religious liberty and public accommodations protections for LGBT individuals. After the moderator asked why they are pushing the public accommodations law, the other side opened by saying that he didn’t think a gay couple wanted “a homophobic florist, or cake baker, or wedding photographer to shoot their wedding.” Now, it has always been curious to me how LGBT activists, and the left in general, are so willing in political debates to stereotype and attempt to…

FreeBYU Complaint Against BYU is a Publicity Stunt Clothed as an Accreditation Issue

Free Willy! And free BYU! Mr. Brad Levin, JD (his own designation, not mine) has submitted a complaint to Brigham Young University Law School, alleging that the law school is not in compliance with certain American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards relating to religious and academic freedom. The complaint comes in the form of a 43 page letter, complete with flow charts and appendices. As an attack on BYU’s accreditation it is without merit and, frankly, a little amateurish and very annoying. Mr. Levin has an axe to grind with BYU.  That’s his prerogative, and…

Are church walls meant to confine?

By William C. Duncan The current complexion of the debate about religious liberty has been shaped by three converging cultural streams: an increase in the size of government that has subjected increasing areas of public life to legal regulation, shrinking legal protections for religious liberty and acceptance of open hostility to religion. One obvious manifestation of this latter trend is the ongoing battle over public displays of religious belief. Over the past few decades, prayers at graduation and football games, crèche displays, invocations in public meetings, religious memorials, etc. have…

Time to Stop the Freakout over RFRA in Indiana

Indiana’s governor signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, and from the media and business reaction you’d have thought it heralds The End of the World We Know It. Indiana’s legalized discrimination!  Artists and companies — hurry up and boycott the state! Seriously? All this freakout over a law that’s existed at the federal level and numerous states (including that bastion of crazy conservative “thought” known as Connecticut!) for more than 20 years? And RFRA, of course, does not legalize discrimination.  It allows for an individual to obtain a…

Utah’s SB 296 Promotes a Balanced Legislative Blueprint for Balan

With the recent passage of SB 296 – an anti-discrimination bill that also provides religious protections – a piece of legislative history has been created, a blueprint and example that should be noticed nationally. In contrast to the balance that addresses the rights of parties on opposing sides of same-sex relationship issues in the bill, one of the great detriments of the left-wing political correctness that seeks to control the conversation in this country is a failure to maintain such balance when forwarding a progressive idea. Such political correctness is…

SB 296 Includes Protections for Individuals and Represents the Best of Utah Politics

Aside from the continual shadow (or bright sunlight, depending on your perspective) of Obamacare, which seems to somehow continue to dominate political dialogue nearly five years after its enactment, the big news at the Utah legislature for the past week has been the SB 296, the new anti-discrimination and religious liberty comprise. HB 296 was announced last week with much fanfare — as you might suspect any bill supported by both Equality Utah and the LDS Church might be.  It’s almost certain to pass, but nonetheless it’s generated quite a…

There’s Plenty of Reasons to Oppose SB 296

When you think about the biggest bills on the hill this session, the proposed non-discrimination law must immediately come to mind. This year’s incarnation has been making big waves since the LDS Church threw its weight behind it (ironically, I might add, without the cries of “separation of church and state” from the usual suspects). Even though it attempts to find a middle ground on the issue, it’s still a highly problematic bill fraught with pitfalls. I don’t think it should be passed, particularly in its current form. Reading the bill…