President, Pacific Justice Institute
Brad Dacus has coordinated religious freedom and parental rights cases throughout the western United States. And in 1997, founded the Pacific Justice Institute, where he continues to defend religious liberties and parental rights without charge. The Pacific Justice Institute has a network with hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind.
The attacks on the religious freedom of Christians are increasing in frequency and severity. From the media to government and public education to the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation, Christians are being told that their deeply held beliefs and biblical values are no longer welcome in the public square.
The Bible gives us fair warning that the last days would be like this; so how do we balance the fight for our religious freedom as Americans while preparing for the day when we are told in no uncertain terms to “shut up and conform” or else?
Brad Dacus of The Pacific Justice Institute has been on the front lines for the battle for religious freedom for many years, and this morning Brad joins us for an update.
Christian adoption agencies, which place vulnerable children in loving homes, have become a new foe for homosexual activists and now they’re going to court in Michigan to shut them down.
The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 20 over Michigan’s cooperation with faith-based adoption agencies that refuse, for obvious religious objections, to put children in same-sex households.
A state law, passed in 2015, protects the faith-based with a religious exemption. Dan Jarvis of the Michigan Family Forum says it’s no surprise that the ACLU found homosexual plaintiffs to attack religious organizations.
“I think their goal is to shut down religious organizations, honestly, that do adoptions. I think that’s clear,” he says.
Writing about the Michigan lawsuit, attorney and Notre Dame Professor Margot Cleveland points out that the ACLU claims it’s suing on behalf of 13,000 Michigan children who need permanent home, yet the lawsuit – if successful – will shut down many faith-based agencies…
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Ruling: “A Christian film-making couple must shoot gay weddings, despite their religious convictions, a Minnesota court has ruled.
According to The Christian Post, Carl and Angel Larsen who own Telescope Media Group, a small Christian film business which “aim to make God look more like He really is through our lives, business, and actions,” believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and to shoot a gay wedding would contradict their beliefs.
“For us as storytellers, we want to tell the truth as we see it through the Bible. From the beginning to the very end,” said Carl Larsen.
However, U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled against the Larsens. In his ruling, Tunheim stated, “Posting language on a website telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself. As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment.”
The Larsens, along with Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) which is representing them, say they will appeal the ruling.
“Tolerance is a two-way street. Creative professionals who engage in the expression of ideas shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for having a particular point of view about marriage that the government may not favor,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
“Public officials can’t censor filmmakers or demand that they tell stories in film that violate their deepest convictions.”