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SCOTUS To Take Up Case With Big Implications for Religious Conscience

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Jack Phillips to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. Will Christian florists, bakers, photographers, and facility owners be compelled to provide services for same-sex wedding ceremonies? That is the...

Trump Administration Moves to Rescind Waters of the U.S.

Photo Credit: Sixlocal via Wikimedia Commons (CC-By-SA 3.0) The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, and Army Corps of Engineers moved yesterday to rescind the Waters of the U.S. rule established in 2015. They are proposing...

SCOTUS Levels Playing Field for Religious Institutions Using Public Funds

Photo credit: Jarek Tuszynski (CC-By-SA 3.0) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7 to 2 in favor of a Missouri church who was denied a state grant to improve the safety of their preschool’s playground. In 2012 the Missouri Department...

A Discussion: Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (Video)

I would like to encourage you to watch a one-hour event hosted by the Heritage Foundation on June 15th that focused on religious liberty and discrimination. It is a great example of a civil dialogue on these matters that is often missing from...

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 6-24-17 (Brad Johnson & Shannon Joy)

This week on Caffeinated Thoughts Radio, Shane Vander Hart talks to Brad Johnson, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, about his time in the Agency (what he could talk about anyway), and his thoughts on the media and members of the intelligence community...

The Forgotten Rules, Regulations, and Costs of Fees on Iowa Taxpayers

Photo Credit: Stephen Matthew Milligan (CC-By-SA 3.0) The Iowa Department of Revenue reports 1,451 fees are imposed and collected by the State of Iowa. The taxpayers of Iowa may not necessarily be aware of the many fees that exist. Most Iowans...

Drums Along the Mohawk a Great Movie for Independence Day

Henry Ford and Claudette Colbert in Drums Along the Mohawk As the Fourth of July approaches, thoughts turn to heat, humidity, burgers, fireworks, and a movie. I’d like to recommend Drums Along the Mohawk, directed by John Ford, and starring...

Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor of Free Speech

The Supreme Court of the United States BuildingPhoto credit: Tim Sackton (CC-By-SA 2.0) On Monday the Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision, ruled in Matal v. Tam that the government’s definition of political correctness does...

Ted Cruz: “The First Amendment is not about opinions you agree with.”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today titled “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” During his opening remarks he offered a passionate defense...

Grassley Defends Free Speech on College Campuses

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended free speech on college campuses during a hearing on “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” You can watch...

Should Iowa Require High School Students to Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam?

Joe Foss Institute and its Civic Education Initiative are working to reverse the unfortunate trend of declining civic education. In our technology-driven society, most attention is given to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)...

Political Violence and Political Rhetoric in a Divided Nation

James Hodgkinson When James Hodgkinson attacked the Republican practice for today’s Congressional Baseball Game wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others, it was evident his attack was politically motivated. Hodgkinson...