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News You Should Know: Wrapping Up 2019

Michael Farris, Jr.
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News You Should Know: Wrapping Up 2019

As we close out 2019, we look at yet another situation in which a religious artist is being threatened by the government. Chelsey Nelson, a wedding photographer and blogger, wants to use her gifts and talents to celebrate marriages between a man and a woman, but a Louisville, KY, ordinance spells trouble for her. Also, CBS News promotes a baseless smear by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, The Wall Street Journal takes a deep look at the changing dynamic of the average American family, and Los Angeles high schoolers are about to get an unwelcome classmate. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.

ADF in the News

The Daily Caller: Photographers Shouldn’t Be Forced To Violate Their Religious Beliefs To Stay In Business

Most Americans would say they agree that everyone should have free speech, but do they actually believe it? ADF Senior Counsel Kate Anderson writes at The Daily Caller that few Americans are actually brave enough to stand up for the speech rights of everyone. Yet there are exceptions, Anderson says. Like Kentucky photographer Chelsey Nelson. Chelsey has a passion for wedding photography, and her Christian beliefs inform how she captures each couple’s special day. But a Louisville ordinance compels her to use her speech in ways that violate her conscience. Rather than let herself be bullied by the government, Chelsey has challenged the law. Anderson writes that Chelsey is not just fighting for her rights; she's fighting for the speech rights of all Americans by asserting that free speech is for everyone, not just ideas that are popular.

Religious Freedom

The Daily Signal: CBS Boosts Southern Poverty Law Center

CBS News apparently missed the memo that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a disgraced propaganda machine, says Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Writing for The Daily Signal, Perkins reminds readers of the very bad year the SPLC had in 2019. From former employees complaining that the "poverty palace" was off mission to key leaders leaving after allegations of racism and sexual misconduct emerged, the SPLC has filled the headlines this year. Yet CBS News still decided to run a story about how Fidelity Investments funds conservative organizations like FRC—labeling those organizations with the SPLC's "hate group" designation. Perkins says CBS ignored comments that the SPLC's designation is reckless, showing that CBS seems intent on protecting a discredited outfit guilty of the very problems it accuses others of perpetuating.

Marriage and the Family

The Wall Street Journal: How the Definition of an American Family Has Changed

How much has the "traditional American family" changed? Quite a bit, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports that fewer Americans are choosing marriage, opting for cohabitation instead. Divorce is also increasing, meaning that children in America today are far less likely to have parents who are married and stay married than ever before. In addition, the opioid crisis and financial difficulties are creating a rise of multi-generational households where more than one set of adults live in the same house. Not surprisingly, the shifting dynamics of the American household are already being felt in a variety of sectors, with industries from home building to baby products adjusting their strategies to the new reality.

Sanctity of Life

The Daily Caller: Planned Parenthood Targets Los Angeles High Schoolers Through On-Campus Health Centers

Los Angeles high schoolers are about to get a new classmate: Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant recently announced it plans to open 50 "Wellbeing Centers" in L.A. high schools, targeting minors in the public school system. The abortion giant says it will not provide abortions to high schoolers at the new locations, and instead plans to offer "testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), emergency contraception and birth control counseling and provision, well-person exams, pregnancy testing, and pregnancy options counseling." But Pro-life advocates say Planned Parenthood doesn't belong anywhere near a high school. As Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser reminds The Daily Caller, abortion is Planned Parenthood's main business, and the organization shows no signs of changing its “profit-driven business model."

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Michael Farris, Jr.
Michael Farris, Jr.
Legal Content Manager
Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Mountain West lover who is currently bogged down in the Deep South.