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In An Affront to Supreme Court, Colorado Again Goes After Masterpiece Cakeshop


Townhall Review – August 18, 2018

Hugh Hewitt speaks with Alliance Defending Freedom’s Vice President and Sr. Counsel, Jeremy Tedesco about the Colorado Civil Rights Commission continuing harassment of cake baker Jack Phillips.  Michael Medved consults with retired airline pilot Dale Leidy for some answers about the ill-fated flight of a stolen Alaska Airlines turbojet. Michael Medved turns to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his take on a former White House staffer popularly known as “Omarosa.” Dennis Prager and geopolitical forecaster Dr. George Friedman look at the turmoil in Turkey. Salem’s morning man on Denver’s KNUS, Peter Boyles, visited baker Jack Phillips and ADF attorney Jim Campbell about the latest skirmish with the Colorado Civic Right Commission. Hugh Hewitt and author Lawrence Wright reflect on the movie “Three Identical Strangers.” Dennis Prager looks at the controversy surrounding Minnesota State Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison.

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Hugh Hewitt: Colorado Missing the Message From the Supreme Court


In June of this year—many of you listeners will remember—the cakemaker Jack Phillips from Denver, Colorado won his case before the Supreme Court.

The justices found Colorado had sent, “a signal of official disapproval of Phillips’ religious beliefs.” And the court disapproved.

That was a decisive victory for Jack and a big win for the First Amendment.

But Colorado doesn’t seem to have received the message: The Civil Rights Commission continues their efforts to go after Jack.

Jack Phillips is now back in court. This Civil Rights Commission in Denver—along with others across the country—has gone rogue.

Fighting on behalf of Jack is ADF—the Alliance Defending Freedom.

They’re a sponsor you’ve heard about from us before—and they are the best in this First-Amendment-defense business.

Jack Phillips is a contemporary American hero. We wish him a clear and swift victory.

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David Davenport: Back to School Needs Back to Civic Education


As America’s students go back to school this month, America’s schools need to go back to civic education.  Our schools are awash in political concerns—from guns to immigration to bathrooms even—but it’s not clear that students have a good understanding of politics, history and civics.

 

In the last round of national testing, a pitiful 18% were found proficient in history, 23% in government.  And these are the future leaders of our republic.

 

With the emphasis on math and science, and pervasive political correctness, schools are not teaching basic civics.  Both instructional time and testing of government and history are down.

 

A few states are beginning to act, adding civic education course requirements and testing.  But more must be done.  Preparing students to become good citizens and voters is more important than ever.  And that requires a major commitment to civic education.

 

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Michael Medved: The Real Meaning of ‘Government of Laws, Not Men’


In middle school, I first heard the phrase that America had been blessed with “a government of laws and not of men.” That description, originating with John Adams, at first made no sense to me: men make the laws, and change them. Laws don’t draft themselves, or enforce themselves—ultimately, we rely on decent people to give life to the law and to uphold it.

Recently, however, I’ve gained new perspective on Adams’ famous distinction because of the toxic politics of the moment. Media irresponsibly emphasize personalities—and especially the polarizing personality of President Trump. It’s hard to compromise between love or loathing for any individual; and it’s vastly easier to find middle ground on that leader’s policies or programs.

In these polarizing times, all Americans would benefit from greater emphasis on policy, and less focus on personality.

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Albert Mohler: Religious Liberty Has Real Enemies


In recent years, Americans have watched as our “first freedom,” religious liberty, is now openly despised by many who push the new sexual revolution.

We’ve seen nuns forced to pay for contraceptives while bakers, wedding photographers and florists faced criminal and civil actions for living out their Christian convictions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a new “Religious Liberty Task Force” warning that some in our society are now openly targeting religious groups “by labeling them a ‘hate group.’

The outrage from the Left is extremely instructive: The Democratic National Committee charged Sessions of “shamefully doubling down on bigotry.” Planned Parenthood called the task force “another license to discriminate.” One liberal commentator said the DOJ is trying to create “a regressive Christian white ethnostate.”

No kidding.

It’s as if they were trying to make the Attorney General’s case for him.

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