The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first markup on Judge Gorsuch on Monday, March 27th. By Committee rule, Democrats can ask that the vote be held over for an additional week, which is very normal. As such, we are expecting a final vote in Committee as well as a vote on the Senate floor the week of April 3rd before we recess for Easter.
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On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, “My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.”
Right now, he has a golden opportunity. He can sign an executive order that has been on his desk since early February that would halt some of the ongoing attacks on religious conscience all over the country.
Senator Lankford, Whip Scalise and Rep. Hice introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act (S.264 and H.R.781) to address the Johnson amendment in the Tax Code. Introduced by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, the Johnson amendment has effectively censored all nonprofit organizations and their leaders with the threat of an IRS investigation, fines or loss of tax-exempt status if they choose to engage in political speech.
We have seen peace-loving Muslims brutalized, victimized, murdered and oppressed by ISIS killers. We have seen threats of extermination against the Jewish people. We have seen a campaign of ISIS and genocide against Christians, where they cut off heads. Not since the Middle Ages have we seen that. We haven’t seen that, the cutting off of heads. Now they cut off their heads, they drown people in steel cages. Haven’t seen this — I haven’t seen this. Nobody has seen this for many, many years.
On Friday, President Obama signed the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, a bill co-sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The law aims to strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of religious minorities around the world.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is to be passed by Congress very soon included a religious freedom amendment designed to protect defense contractors from religious discrimination. It has been stripped from the bill at the last minute.
Johnson is a constitutional lawyer who has argued religious freedom cases for the Alliance Defending Freedom and has been awarded the “Outstanding Family Advocate” award by the Louisiana Family Forum. He has also been given an “A” rating by the NRA Political Action Fund.
The Obama administration announced a rule last week that threatens to strip federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities that adhere to traditional views of gender and sexuality, continuing a trend of governmental hostility toward religion.
Mike Johnson, a state representative in Louisiana, is running for the House of Representatives for the 4th District. He was recently in Shreveport at a local church to discuss his work on religious freedom and to discuss the culture war being waged against Christians in America.
On September 27, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) demanded answers from Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lopsided enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act of 1994 and the agency’s apparent favoritism toward abortion access cases over religious liberty cases. Cruz and Lee first sent a letter to Attorney General Lynch raising these concerns in March and received an inadequate response in June.
“It is not the DOJ’s prerogative to decide which laws merit enforcement and which ones merit