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Cruz For President - Supporters Hold Over 200 Watch Parties for Cruz Rally for Religious Liberty 


HOUSTON, Texas – After seeing more than 2,500 attend Friday’s Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, IA, the Cruz for President campaign announced that there were more than 200 watch parties held around the country to view the rally. Those hosting the parties were given special access to watch online and invite their friends and neighbors to their homes or churches.

“It was important for us to have our nationwide leadership use this opportunity to invite their communities to hear more about religious liberty from Senator Cruz,” said Campaign Manger Jeff Roe. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response. It shows there is widespread interest in Cruz’s message and his fight to protect Americans’ religious liberty.”

Several watch parties in the early election states of New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada drew several dozen participants. More than two dozen activists from South Carolina visiting Ohio for a separate event took the time to gather and watch Cruz and his religious liberty heroes online.


Daily Signal - Christian Baker Must Make Cakes Celebrating Gay Marriage, Appeals Court Rules 

The Daily Signal

Aug. 14, 2015

Christian Baker Must Make Cakes Celebrating Gay Marriage, Appeals Court Rules

Judges say Christian baker's First Amendment right to free expression is not violated by designing a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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10 Lessons From North Korea Nuclear Deal That Must Be Applied to Iran Deal

The negotiations with North Korea provide some valuable hard-earned lessons that should be kept in mind when assessing the recent nuclear deal with Iran.

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The Racist Views of Planned Parenthood's Founder

Under Margaret Sanger's leadership was a program called the "Negro Project," which involved strategically seeking to decrease the black population by convincing black community leaders to introduce birth control to their networks.

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Foreign Policy Experts Warn Against Iran Deal, Calling It 'Threat' to US Security

Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, argued the agreement threatens U.S. security and adversely impacts national interest, noting the amount of money pouring into Tehran's economy through some $100 billion in sanctions relief.

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The Questions John Kerry Should Demand Cuba Answer

There is a strong likelihood when Secretary of State John Kerry raises the American flag in Havana today, he will meet with General Raul Castro or other Cuban government officials who continue to support the FARC, a Colombian terrorist group.

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After EPA Spills Toxic Waste in Colorado River, Nearby Residents Hope for Recovery

Days after a federal agency accidentally released millions of gallons of contaminated mine water into a major waterway, neighboring local businesses are speaking out about how the incident impacted them.

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FreeKeeneNews - Shire Free Church Lawyers Up, Re-Files Tax Exemption Application 

For those who have been following the saga of the Shire Free Church: Monadnock, here’s the latest, much of which was well-covered by the Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan last week.  After bringing on liberty attorney Brandon Ross for our tax appeal case last year, the church board decided to dismiss the 2014 case in favor of re-filing in 2015.  We’ve since filed the 2015 tax exemption with our attorney’s oversight.

Given the state’s rejection of multiple liberty churches’ tax exemptions in 2014 (including the Peaceful Assembly Church – also represented by Ross), the board wanted to make sure we were putting our best foot forward, legally.

There has been a misconception that this is all about money; it’s about religious freedom. We don’t believe that the Shire Free Church, or any other church, should owe taxes. However we have nonetheless continued to give voluntary contributions to the City of Keene’s operations we support, like road maintenance and fire protection.

Shire Free Church: Monadnock is established to promote peace and other divine virtues, and to promote the study of religion in freedom and fellowship.  We believe there are many paths to God, one for each individual. We believe God is the source of all creation; and divinity is expressed through compassion, empathy, forgiveness, freedom, generosity, honesty, humility, kindness, mercy, patience, and peace.

This is not about keeping money.  If it were, we’d not be hiring an attorney.  In fact, Shire Free Church: Monadnock’s board decided to go ahead and pay the full amount demanded by the city for 2014 in order to forestall any violent acts by the city agents and start our 2015 appeal without any liens on the property.  The state religion is a dangerous, aggressive religion and we will use their system to protect your right to choose a religion of peace instead of believing in the violent, morally-corrupt state.

Stay tuned here to the Free Keene blog or the Shire Free Church page on facebook for the latest.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman


NHCC Opposes Gambling Expansion

New Hampshire Council of Churches
New Hampshire Council of Churches
E-blast April 27, 2015
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NHCC Opposes Gambling Expansion

Greetings, Friends of NHCC:


     The New Hampshire Council of Churches has opposed the expansion of gambling in New Hampshire to include casinos and video lottery machines over a long period of time.  The issue is again before us as the House considers the casino bill on Wednesday of this week, the 29th of April.

     As we share in our policy statement:  "Our faith teaches that the role of government is to maintain order, preserve justice and promote the common good."  Slot machines and casino gambling have proven to be particularly addictive and can lead to excessive gambling and increased criminal activity.  See the full statement HERE.

     If you believe that the expansion of gambling in New Hampshire is not in the best interests of our NH community, please reach out to your representative today and urge them to defeat SB113 on Wednesday.  Every email and phone call makes a difference!





Clare J. Chapman

Executive Director

New Hampshire Council of Churches


New Hampshire Council of Churches 
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DNC - NH & IA Editorial Boards Weigh in on Indiana Right to Discriminate Law 

CC: Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina




Conservative showdown

Quad City Times // Editorial Board

Just last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence invited a handful of religious conservatives to a private signing of his Religious Freedoms bill, a vague appeal to religious exclusionists aligned with anti-gay initiatives. The bill flew through Indiana’s Republican-controlled legislature. Just five Republicans voted against it. …So the Indiana governor’s socially conservative tactic didn’t just backfire. It ignited a war between Indiana’s traditional conservatives and the tea party wing Pence helped bring to power.


Indiana needs to clarify or drop discriminatory law

Dubuque Telegraph Herald // Editorial Board

That Indiana is facing a firestorm of criticism and protest over last week's enactment of a so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act may not say as much about the Hoosier state as Americans' shifting attitudes over gay marriage and LGBT issues…There has been significant movement over the past few years regarding Americans` attitudes toward gay marriage and other LGBT issues. The pendulum has swiftly swung away from discrimination. Owners of businesses have no better reason for refusing to sell a gay couple flowers or a cake for their wedding than their ancestors did for refusing to serve blacks at lunch counters and hotels 50 (or fewer) years ago. Providing a product or service to a LGBT customer is not an endorsement of the customer`s lifestyle. The customer wants to buy flowers or photographs, not drag the business owner to church or a gay-pride parade.


New Indiana law is a step backward for civil rights

Iowa State Daily // Editorial

Indiana took a big step backward in civil rights on Thursday when Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. The new law will allow Indiana businesses to legally refuse services to people who are gay. This is the first bill to become law under a movement of states that have legislation moving through the state legislatures to “protect religious freedoms.”…Those who worry that the vague nature of the law’s language will create a gray area that facilitates discrimination have more than enough reason for concern, especially because the law itself is a nearly textbook example or dictionary definition of discrimination.


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Indiana makes N.H. look progressive

Nashua Telegraph // Editorial

The uproar in Indiana will probably put an end to talk about Mike Pence as a possible presidential candidate – he made a test-the-waters visit to New Hampshire in the fall – but more importantly, it should serve as a lesson to those who favor greater religious protections. The way to achieve it is not by discriminating against others. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with religious history should know that. 


Discrimination bill is indefensible

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript // Editorial

Big businesses have already threatened to pull their money and events out of the Hoosier state. Several states, including New York and Connecticut, have banned state-funded travel to Indiana in the wake of the bill’s signing. But there are a vocal few who have made their support of Gov. Pence and the bill quite clear: the majority of the perceived frontrunners for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush fired up the bandwagon, and was quickly joined on his ride by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, all of whom defended Gov. Pence in lockstep.These politicians need to be held accountable for their stance on this issue, and when voters and media members have their chance to question the potential nominees, we hope they won’t have forgotten this misstep. Discrimination under any guise is just plain wrong, and it’s hard to imagine electing someone for any position who feels otherwise.