Category: Sovereignty Rights

Pentagon guidance strengthens religious liberty protections for service members

The guidance also makes clear that military leadership must accommodate “individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs,” adding that “a Service member’s expression of such beliefs may not, in so far as practicable, be used as the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment.”

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New bill may stifle freedom of conscience, religion, Malta bishops warn

The proposed pieces of legislation, dubbed by local media as “the equality bills,” have drawn concern from several quarters over what is seen as vague language that could lead to an individual’s personal opinion being punished as harassment, could limit the ability of Catholic schools to insist teachers espouse church teaching and could do away with an individual’s right to conscientious objection.

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Animator Becomes Target of Campaign of Hate and Loses Business After Refusing to Create LGBT Image

Emily Arant has been drawing characters since she could hold a pencil and crayon. Throughout the years, her business as an animator and artist has become so successful that she was able to pay for an entire year and semester at a private university. But due to her Christian convictions on traditional marriage, she has become the target of an intense campaign of hate.

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Colombia judge refuses to marry two women despite same-sex marriage being legal, claiming he chose to follow ‘the law of God’

According to the August 31 court ruling, the Cartagena-based judge Ramiro Flórez refused to sign off on the marriage between Julieth del Carmen Ramos and Guskary Alejandra Vásquez because it was against his religious belief.

‘I cannot marry said same-sex couple because it goes against my Christian morality, it goes against my essential principles,’ Flórez wrote.

‘When there is conflict between what human law says and what God’s law says, I prefer God’s law, because I prefer to please my lord almighty God before the human being,’ the judge added.

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“I will not be intimidated into hiding my faith” – free speech case concerning former Finnish minister continues

On 25 August, former Minister of the Interior and serving Member of the Finnish Parliament, Päivi Räsänen, faces her third police interrogation in recent months. The reason for the summoning of the medical doctor, mother of five and grandmother of six: she publicly voiced her opinion on family and marriage. Therefore, the Finnish Prosecutor General suspects her of “ethnic agitation”, a crime punishable with up to two years of imprisonment.

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University Shouldn’t Punish Me for Not Addressing Male Student as ‘Ms.’

Returning from a sabbatical in my 21st year at Ohio’s Shawnee State University, I resumed teaching my regular political philosophy course.

Taking questions in one such class at the end of my first day back, I acknowledged a male student with a “Yes, sir?” (It’s my practice to address my students in this way and to call them Miss, Mrs., or Mr. to foster an atmosphere of seriousness and mutual respect.)

After class, the student approached me to explain that he identifies as a woman and hereafter expected me to refer to him with feminine titles and pronouns.

“I’m not sure I can do that,” I told him.

He didn’t like that. He began to pace in circles around me, his voice rising and taking on an edge. He suggested an unprintable name he might feel free to call me if I declined to indulge his demands. Moreover, he said, he would see to it that I lost my job.

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