Why the Equality Act Threatens Religious Liberty

March 18 2021

Passed by the House of Representatives in 2019, and again last month, the Equality Act—which President Biden has promised to sign—must still pass the senate. This bill extends basic civil-rights protections to homosexuals and transsexuals, protecting them from discrimination much as existing law protects women and racial minorities from discrimination. But it does more than that, especially insofar as it is written so as to prevent any exemptions on religious grounds. It is possible, for instance, that the act would allow a suit against a Catholic church or Orthodox synagogue for choosing not to hire a gay priest or rabbi. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. argues that it poses a distinct danger to freedom of religion:

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war