By: Emily Conley
1. No Nike, No Jesus
Because it’s football season (or as I like to call it, “That Time of Year When All Anyone Talks About in the Break Room Is Fantasy Football,”) it just makes sense to lead with a story about RG3. Yes, he’s injured again. But while most people were focused on his wrapped up ankle during the press conference after the Jacksonville Jaguars’ win, others were more concerned about his shirt – see below.
RG3 Ankle wrapped up tight. Smiles and says he's ok. https://t.co/9q84qQGwGX — JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) September 14, 2014
In fact, between the time RG3 entered the room and when he spoke at the podium, he flipped it wrong-side out so that the message (K[no]w Jesus, K[no]w Peace) couldn’t be read.
The reason? Some at the press conference said he was asked by a uniform inspector to turn it around because it wasn’t Nike, and the NFL rules require him to rep only Nike apparel. Last year, RG3 was fined $10,000 for appearing in a press conference wearing Adidas.
Ok fine. But then, why did fellow player Ryan Kerrigan speak at the podium with his shirt right-side out?
Definitely not Nike.
An NFL spokesperson claimed that no one asked RG3 to turn his shirt around … he just decided to. It seems a little unlikely that after wearing the shirt in, he spontaneously turned it inside out before standing at the podium.
2. No Chick-fil-A for You
ADF attorneys sent Ventura Unified School District in California a letter Tuesday after it stopped a booster club from selling sandwiches donated by Chick-fil-A because of the restaurant’s “political stance on gay rights.”
You remember that time Dan Cathy stated stated he is “very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit," (and a spike in sales).
This particular Ventura Chick-Fil-A has donated $21,000 to area schools. And those donated lunches would have raised $1,600 for the football team.
“Because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want [Chick-Fil-A] on campus," Val Wyat, the school principal stated, and she supported by Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Little Arriaga: "We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission."
According to Lifesite News, tickets for meals will still be sold off-campus, when school is not in session.
3. IRS Delays Coming Clean
Secrecy builds mistrust. And there’s a lot of that surrounding the IRS now, and it doesn’t help that they stonewalled our request that the federal tax agency produce documents related to a legal settlement in which it apparently adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.
IRS wrote in a recent letter that it will not respond until Sept. 29. That’s well after the amount of time it is allowed by law, even though the information ADF is requesting is the same information the IRS has already provided to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
4. New Report Shows that Obamacare DOES Require Americans to Pay for Abortion
Get your surprised face ready: a non-partisan Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday demonstrates conclusively that Americans are paying for abortion through Obamacare. Shocking. Even though the administration promised it wouldn’t. Repeat – shocking.
ADF attorney Casey Mattox said: “We were told that we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it. Now we know one other thing that’s in it: corporate welfare for the administration’s abortion industry cronies. Instead of deceiving the American people, the administration needs to follow federal law and deliver on the transparency we were promised.”
The report also confirms that in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont and Hawaii every Obamacare plan requires an undisclosed abortion surcharge hidden in the premium. ADF represents the Bracy family, challenging this abortion surcharge mandate in Connecticut.
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Where the sanctity of human life and religious freedom are threatened, you can be sure that ADF will continue to provide a strong defense in courts nationwide.
The March for Life Education and Defense Fund has kept busy in the courts the past several years, standing up for its right to operate according to its convictions.
Today, the Supreme Court upheld U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rules that protect the conscience rights of religious and pro-life organizations.