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Office of Sen. Ernst Announces Tickets for Iowans to Watch Simulcast on West Lawn of Pope Address

The Office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released details regarding the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States Capitol. On September 24th, Pope Francis will make history as the first Pope to ever address a Joint Meeting of Congress.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has announced “The U.S. Congress will be hosting a ticketed jumbotron broadcast of the Pope’s address to Congress on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.”

Senator Ernst’s office has 200 tickets to view a simulcast of the address from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Please note these tickets are standing only and will be outdoors. The tickets are being distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Iowans should contact the office through the website by clicking here or by calling the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3254 for ticket inquires. The website contact page is the best way to request tickets. Iowans must indicate the number of tickets they are requesting.

Iowans who are unable to attend may also watch the address live online that morning at

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A Tiny Catholic College in the Middle of Nowhere Is Taking a Big Stand Against the Federal Government |

It’s a brand-new college with only 120 students — but it’s clear where its priorities lie.

This winter, Wyoming Catholic College’s board voted unanimously to reject government funding in a bid to protect religious freedom, the New York Times reported.

The college opened in Lander, a small town of 7,500, in 2007, and doesn’t even occupy its permanent campus yet, but that didn’t stop it from refusing federal dollars.

“[The refusal] allows us to practice our Catholic faith without qualifying it,” Kevin Roberts, the college’s president, told the Times. “It’s clear that this administration does not care about Catholic teaching.”


Surprise! Obama slams Christians during prayer breakfast | Glenn Beck

You’d think if there was the president could show a little unity, it would be a prayer breakfast. Nope. He managed to slam Christians with his comments. It’s so, so bad.

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.

“Slamming Christians at his prayer breakfast,” Glenn said.

“Seriously when he wants to say something nice about Christians, it’s hollow and lifeless and emotionless. When he wants to bash them, he’s excited, he’s smiling, he’s laughing. It’s so clear about how he actually feels about these things. He can’t hide it anymore,” Stu said.



Iowa Pastors Play Influential Role in 2016 Presidential Race - ABC News

Cary Gordon isn't a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn't stopped Jeb Bush's team from already reaching out as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign revs up in Iowa.

Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays and a voice that echoes far beyond the pulpit. Gordon backed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2012 GOP field, sending out text messages, tweets and a video announcement to deliver his message.


The insane national freak-out over Indiana's religious freedom law

The moral panic that a fundamentalist Christian armed with a packet of instant yeast and a stand mixer can inspire is something to behold.

I am speaking, of course, about the national freak-out that has greeted the passage of Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is based on legislation signed nearly unanimously by a Clinton-era Congress. The law applies a "balancing test" in judicial proceedings, where states have to prove a compelling state interest before burdening the practice of a religious belief, and it comes in response to concerns that religious business owners, like bakers and florists and the like, will be forced to participate in same-sex marriages.


Rahm Emanuel tries to lure firms from Indiana over law that Illinois already has - Washington Times

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in some interstate payback by attempting to lure Indiana companies over the state’s newly signed religious-freedom bill, but what he doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has a similar law.

In a Friday letter, Mr. Emanuel cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a reason to “look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century,” referring to Illinois.

Gov. Pence’s act is wrong. It’s wrong for the people of Indiana, wrong for the individuals who will face new discrimination, and wrong for a state seeking to grow its economy,” said the letter, a copy of which was posted on the Crain’s Chicago Business website.


Protecting religious freedom for everyone, including 'gays'

A pro-family leader in Arkansas says evidently homosexual activists don't want residents in that state – including themselves – to have religious freedom.

On a 24-7 vote, the Arkansas Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill to protect the religious freedom of everyone in the state. The measure prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven. Governor Asa Hutchinson has stated he will sign the legislation should it reach his desk.

Jerry Cox of Arkansas Family Council tells OneNewsNow the most forceful opposition has come from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual activist group in the nation, whose chief officer is from Arkansas.


Journalist Interrupts and Peppers Him With Questions, but Gov. Mike Pence Refuses to Back Down on ‘Religious Freedom’ Law | Video |

INDIANAPOLIS (TheBlaze/AP) — George Stephanopoulos didn’t waste any time when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on his show Sunday morning.

“Was it a mistake to sign this law?” Stephanopoulos asked before Pence could even finish saying hello.

The law in question: Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


Indiana governor defends religious freedom law - Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators.

Pence, speaking on ABC's "This Week," sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.

"There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet," Pence said. "It does not apply to disputes between individuals, unless government action is involved."


State bills to protect religious freedom advance, alarming some

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is really a sad state of affairs if you think about it, that new legislation has to be passed to protect what is already protected by the U.S. Constitution... that we've allowed people to manipulate the meaning of discrimination, so a state has to resort to more paperwork instead of just laughing such faux discrimination cases out of court.  And why on earth would you want some baker who doesn't believe in gay marriage, making your cake anyway?

As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a new law this week guaranteeing religious freedom against governmental interference, a debate over whether those laws can be used to trump anti-discrimination protections for lesbians and gays continues, along with the question of how best to legislatively balance those competing interests.

The Hoosier state measure, passed by large majorities in both legislative chambers, is modeled on a 1993 federal law. Opponents, including gay rights groups, the mayor of Indianapolis and the American Civil Liberties Union, claim the measure might sanction discrimination, something Pence rebuffed.

"If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it," Pence said in a statement. "In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved."