Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of Alliance Defending Freedom case R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which the Court will decide if judges and unelected bureaucrats can redefine Congress’s term of “sex” in federal nondiscrimination law to mean “gender identity.” Also, a plea to bring an imprisoned American pastor home from China, facts about the so-called Equality Act, and a former abortion director directly answers critics who accuse her of lying about her experiences that brought her to the pro-life movement. All of this from the Alliance Alert team!
ADF in the News
Associated Press: Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a lower court decision that redefines the word “sex” in federal law to mean “gender identity.” Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Michigan funeral home filed a petition asking the high court to take the case. In March 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that the federal government can force R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes and its owner, Thomas Rost, to allow a male employee who identifies as female to dress in women’s clothing when meeting with the deceased’s grieving family members and friends, in violation of the family business’s sex-specific dress code. In so doing, the court redefined “sex” in Title VII to conflict with the word’s well-understood meaning since the law’s enactment in 1964. “Neither government agencies nor the courts have authority to rewrite federal law by replacing ‘sex’ with ‘gender identity,’” said John Bursch, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the funeral home.
Fox News: The US must bring imprisoned American pastor David Lin home from China
As negotiations over tariffs between the U.S. and China continue, members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom are urging the U.S. to demand the release of American pastor David Lin. After becoming a Christian, Lin frequently visited China on mission trips to spread the gospel, but in 2006, he disappeared. His family later learned he was under house arrest, and in 2008, he was imprisoned. He used his imprisonment as an opportunity to share his faith, but now, with his health deteriorating, religious freedom advocates are demanding that China release him. This comes after the successful release of American pastor Andrew Brunson from prison in Turkey late last year.
Marriage and the Family
National Review: The Equality Act Hurts Women
Among the many problems that plague the so-called Equality Act, Madeline Kearns of National Review highlights one area in which we have already seen negative impacts: Women's sports. She points to numerous examples where biological males have used the guise of gender identity to unfairly compete in women's sports and take top prizes. While women of all backgrounds have voiced their opposition to this systematic marginalizing of women within their own sports teams, the Equality Act would all but strip their ability to criticize this practice and fairly compete in sports.
Sanctity of Life
The Federalist: Yes, I Really Did See An Ultrasound-Guided Abortion That Made Me Pro-Life
Abby Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood director who is now a vocal opponent of the abortion giant after she witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion on a 13-week-old child. Her story is the subject of the recent movie Unplanned, and as the movie has gained nationwide attention and exceeded financial expectations, left-leaning publications are saying Johnson lied about her experience. Johnson tears this argument apart by pointing out reporters are using the wrong documents as proof and, worse, using the highly discredited Planned Parenthood as a source for their stories.
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