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Oral Arguments Set for Instant Racing Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the instant racing case on August 21 at 10 a.m. When a trial court was deciding whether or not new “instant racing” video machines at racetracks are legal, the Kentucky Family Foundation was barred from asking questions or presenting evidence. The Family Foundation challenged the trial […]

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SCOTUS, Same-Sex Marriage, and Implications for Christians

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law passed by Congress that barred recognition of same-sex marriages. They also ruled that the plaintiffs in the case of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, did not have the legal standing to bring that […]

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From Christianity Today: Study Reveals Casinos Ruin Cities

A recent post on ChristianityToday.com goes a long way towards debunking the myth that casinos offer economic salvation to floundering cities.  Among the facts: 1. Casinos are inwardly-focused by design. They are made so that customers go in and don’t come out. The idea that casinos boost nearby businesses is a myth. 2. Casinos primarily […]

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Kentucky Family Foundation Files Response Briefs in Instant Racing Case

Yesterday the Family Foundation of Kentucky filed its response briefs in the Kentucky Supreme Court “Instant Racing” case. When a trial court was deciding whether or not new “instant racing” video machines at racetracks are legal, the Kentucky Family Foundation was barred from asking questions or presenting evidence. The Family Foundation challenged the trial court’s […]

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Settlement Will Go Forward Over Sunrise’s Objections

A federal judge rejected Sunrise Children’s Homes bid to block a settlement agreement between the plaintiffs and the state of Kentucky that Sunrise alleges would single out Sunrise for undue scrutiny and place them at a competitive disadvantage with other child care providers. According to terms of the settlement, the commonwealth of Kentucky must ensure […]

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Chitwood Part of Panel Discussing Religious Freedom Act

KBC Executive Director-Treaser Paul Chitwood was among the panel members discussing the implications of the passage of the Religious Freedom Act in March of this year. See news coverage here: WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community The text of the law: Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right […]

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Christians and Gay Marriage

Even as other states greenlight gay marriage, Kentuckians largely oppose it. WFPL News, a public radio station in Louisville, recently hosted a discussion on gay marriage featuring Dr. Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard of Highlands Baptist Church in Louisville. Last Sunday, Dr. York also preached […]

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Ky. Horse Racing Commission Approves New ‘Instant Racing’ Games

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved four new “instant racing” games and forty machines for the parlor at Kentucky Downs. While the commission an Kentucky horse racing tracks insist the ‘instant racing’ games are perfectly legal forms of pari-mutuel wagering, the games bear an uncanny resemblance to slot machines, which are illegal in Kentucky. See […]

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ERLC President-Elect on CSPAN

(BAPTIST PRESS) In his first television appearance since being named president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore was forthright in his positions but stressed the importance of Christians being Kingdom-minded in approaching issues. Moore, who will officially begin June 1 with the SBC’s entity for moral and religious liberty […]

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Kentucky House, Senate Vote to Override Veto of HB 279

Tonight, the Kentucky House voted 79-14  and Senate voted 32-6  to override Gov. Steve Beshear’s veto of the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279). The bill is now law. The text of the law: Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated […]

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Steve Weaver: Baptists and Religious Liberty: A Call for Action

Steve Weaver, church historian and pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, recently posted the following on his blog: Baptists have historically defended the principle of religious liberty. Since Baptists have always believed in churches made up only of professing, baptized believers, they have always rejected the idea of a state church union which results […]

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Gov. Beshear Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279): What’s Next?

Despite strong support in both the House and Senate, Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279). Since the bill’s passage by the General Assembly, the American Civil Liberties Union and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) opponents of the bill have been urging Gov. Beshear to veto the bill, alleging that […]

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Sunrise Children’s Services: Americans United Release on Settlement Premature, Inaccurate

According to a recent story in the Courier-Journal, the commonwealth of Kentucky is nearing a settlement in a lawsuit alleging that taxpayer dollars were being used by Sunrise Children’s Services to proselytize children. Among the terms of the settlement is a provision singling out Sunrise Children’s Services, stating that “the commonwealth must provide documentation on […]

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ACLU: “Churchgoers will use HB 279 to get out of parking tickets.”

According to an article which appears on the Lexington Herald-Leader website, opponents of the Religious Freedom Act (HB 279) are putting forth a variety of arguments in attempt to derail the legislation, which has already cleared the House and Senate and now awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.  Among the more outlandish arguments: Derek Selznick of […]

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Catholic Conference of Kentucky Makes Strong Arguments in Favor of the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279)

In their March 12 letter to Gov. Steve Beshear urging him to sign the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279) into law, the leaders of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky put forth several strong arguments in support of the bill. Their first point is that the “strict scrutiny” standard is not new, and has been the […]

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Is the Religious Freedom Bill in Danger of Being Vetoed by Gov. Beshear?

House Bill 279 sailed through both the Kentucky House and Senate this session, but now may be in danger of being vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. Dr. Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, wrote a letter to Gov. Beshear this week urging him to sign the bill and protect religious liberty in […]

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Update on Alcohol-Related Issues

Are you concerned about the expansion of alcohol sales in Kentucky?  Check out this update from Don Cole, Executive Director of the Kentucky League on Alcohol and Gambling: SB 13 has been passed by the Senate. It is now in the House and will possibly come up for a vote on Friday. If the House […]

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New Organization Launching to Fight Predatory Gambling

A new organization aimed at opposing the expansion of gambling in Kentucky is launching next week. Stop Predatory Gambling will host a launch event on Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.  All supporters, lawmakers and media are invited to attend. Joy Bolton, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union, is […]

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Religious Freedom Act Passes the House, Headed to the Senate

The Religious Freedom Act (HB 279) passed the House this morning and is now headed to the Senate. If it passes the Senate, the act will restore the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” as a legal test the government must pass before restricting religious freedom, bringing Kentucky in line with federal judicial standards. Currently, Kentucky courts […]

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Stumbo is Betting On Expanded Gambling to Solve Pension Woes

UPDATE: The bill has been rejected by the Senate. Click here to read more. House leaders are betting on expanded gambling to solve problems with Kentucky’s pension system. House leaders are floating a new scheme that would rely on revenue from so-called “instant racing” – which are really just poorly-disguised slot machines – and online […]

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