Nike stirred up controversy with their newest advertising campaign featuring former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, but before Kaepernick ignited debate, other Americans were taking a stand and having their livelihood threatened. Also in the news this week: A controversial California bill was pulled at the last moment, but some wonder if it will be back under a different name. All this and more from the Alliance Alert team!
ADF in the News
The Daily Wire: Before Nike And Kaepernick's 'Just Do It,' These Defenders Of Freedom 'Just Did It'
Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel James Gottry writes about two heroic Americans who took a stand for their beliefs long before the recent Nike campaign made it popular: Jack Phillips and Barronelle Stutzman. By holding firm to their convictions, they became the torchbearers for religious freedom in America.
WORLD: California lawmaker pulls controversial ‘conversion therapy’ bill
California's AB 2943—the so-called "conversion therapy" bill that was so broad it would have stifled churches and silenced people just telling their own stories—received deservedly harsh backlash from around the country. While it was expected to breeze through the California legislature to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, it was pulled at the last second by the bill's original sponsor, Evan Low. He said he respected the concerns of religious groups. Will a slightly different version be back? Time will tell.
Marriage and the Family
The Daily Signal: Pennsylvania Agency Goes Around Legislature to Impose Gender Ideology
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission recently issued new guidance on the state anti-discrimination law. It announced that "sex" means “sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, transgender identity, gender transition, and/or gender expression.” The agency bypassed the Pennsylvania legislature and voters, and Monica Burke says this is just one of many examples of progressives twisting laws to mean what they do not say.
Sanctity of Life
National Review: Trump Admin. Considers S.C. Request to Defund Abortion Providers
South Carolina made significant strides earlier this year to guarantee that government funds would not go to abortion providers. But a district court judge put a stop to the governor’s executive order withholding Medicaid funding. The state has now sent a proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services, asking for permission to defund the abortion industry in the state.
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