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Religious Freedom

religionThe First Amendment grants the freedom of religious belief and practice. We believe that religious freedom is broader than just the right to attend a house of worship. It also protects individuals and organizations from having to sacrifice their personal value system to government or cultural dictum. Religious liberty enables us practice our beliefs legally, peacefully and publicly without retaliation.

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Turley: Could The Arrest Of FBI Agent Undermine The Whitmer Kidnapping Case?

Turley: Could The Arrest Of FBI Agent Undermine The Whitmer Kidnapping Case? Authored by Jonathan Turley via jonathanturley.org (emphasis ours), The arrest of an FBI agent would always be newsworthy. Richard Trask of Kalamazoo has gone from making cases to being a case for prosecution. He  faces up to ten years for allegedly assaulting his wife with intent to do great bodily harm. However, Trask was also key to the arrest of men in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Those defendants — and some observers — have criticized the FBI for entrapping the men by pushing them into the conspiracy and facilitating their efforts.  The question is whether Trask’s arrest could undermine those cases.  The answer is yes. There are legitimate concerns over the role of the FBI in the planning and preparation for this alleged conspiracy. As a criminal defense attorney, I have long been a critic of the degree to which the FBI often pushes defendants to take actions to trigger criminal charges. However, it is very difficult to make a case for entrapment and the agents know that. In the Michigan case, six men are charged with a conspiracy that involved kidnapping Whitmer but news outlets like BuzzFeed News have raised serious concerns over how much of the conspiracy was directed and facilitated by the FBI. At every critical juncture, agents like Trask appear to push the effort along, even overcoming reluctance of the alleged conspirators. That includes calling meetings where the conspirators first met and structuring the planning stage for the crime. The FBI even paid for room and foods to keep the planning going. Reportedly, the FBI informant ultimately rose to second in command of the conspiracy. Courts look to two elements in entrapment cases. While the government can encourage criminal

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1,250 Clergy Members Warn Vaccine Passports Would Create “Medical Apartheid” In UK

1,250 Clergy Members Warn Vaccine Passports Would Create “Medical Apartheid” In UK Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News, 1,250 prominent clergy members in the UK have warned that the introduction of mandatory vaccine passports to attend church would create “medical apartheid” and would be “divisive, discriminatory, and destructive.” As we highlighted yesterday, the ‘mission creep’ of vaccine passports is already expanding, with vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi indicating that the program could be extended further to sporting and business events, music venues and festivals. When asked by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari whether the scheme could be further expanded to ban the unvaccinated from attending church, business minister Paul Scully responded, “We’re not ruling anything out.” Now 1,250 clergy members from various Christian denominations have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning that the “introduction of vaccine passports would constitute an unethical form of coercion and violation of the principle of informed consent.” Noting that many Christians don’t wish to take the vaccine due to “serious issues of conscience related to the ethics of vaccine manufacture or testing,” the letter also says the vaccine passports risk, “creating a two-tier society, a medical apartheid in which an underclass of people who decline vaccination are excluded from significant areas of public life.” “This scheme has the potential to bring about the end of liberal democracy as we know it and to create a surveillance state in which the government uses technology to control certain aspects of citizens’ lives. As such, this constitutes one of the most dangerous policy proposals ever to be made in the history of British politics,” warns the letter. With some nightclub owners refusing to enforce the policy if it becomes law, the backlash is growing against vaccine passports. Protesters in Greece, France and now Italy have all hit the streets

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