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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Says Licenses Being Issued Without Her Authority - ABC News

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says marriage licenses are being issued in Rowan County without her authority and she wants her name and title removed.

Choking back tears this morning at a news conference before her return to work, a defiant Davis said she is faced with a "seemingly impossible choice ... my conscience or my freedom," referring to her opposition to same-sex marriages.

She added: "I'm no hero."

Despite her assertion that her deputies don't have her authority to issue marriage licenses, Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason said he will continue issuing them today.

Davis also told reporters this morning that she wants the licenses to indicate that they are being issued under federal authority.

She returned to work today nearly one week after being released from jail for failing to issue marriage licenses over her religious objection to same-sex marriage.

Davis filed an appeal Friday that asks for another delay in issuing the licenses. If the court does not respond before Davis returns to work, she will have to choose whether to allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail.

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On Eve of Papal Visit, Cuba Pardons Over 3 Thousand Prisoners - NBC News

The Cuban Council of State has pardoned 3,522 prisoners as a goodwill gesture on the eve of the papal visit to the island. Most are people who were found guilty of committing common felonies and not crimes of political nature.

According to the government, prisoners will be released in the next few days. They will include those over 60 years of age, others under 20 with no prior convictions, prisoners with good behavior, women, those with health issues and others who would be eligible for parole in 2016.

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Pope Francis Calls on Parishes to House Refugee Families, Says Vatican Will Do Same - NBC News

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are "fleeing death" from war or hunger, Pope Francis announced Sunday as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same.

Francis cited Mother Teresa, the European-born nun who cared for the poorest in India, while making his appeal in remarks to Catholic pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square.

"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbors to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope," Francis said.

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Office of Sen. Ernst Announces Tickets for Iowans to Watch Simulcast on West Lawn of Pope Address

The Office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released details regarding the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States Capitol. On September 24th, Pope Francis will make history as the first Pope to ever address a Joint Meeting of Congress.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has announced “The U.S. Congress will be hosting a ticketed jumbotron broadcast of the Pope’s address to Congress on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.”

Senator Ernst’s office has 200 tickets to view a simulcast of the address from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Please note these tickets are standing only and will be outdoors. The tickets are being distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Iowans should contact the office through the website by clicking here or by calling the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3254 for ticket inquires. The website contact page is the best way to request tickets. Iowans must indicate the number of tickets they are requesting.

Iowans who are unable to attend may also watch the address live online that morning at speaker.gov/pope.

Click here for additional information or click here to read additional frequently asked questions.


A Tiny Catholic College in the Middle of Nowhere Is Taking a Big Stand Against the Federal Government | TheBlaze.com

It’s a brand-new college with only 120 students — but it’s clear where its priorities lie.

This winter, Wyoming Catholic College’s board voted unanimously to reject government funding in a bid to protect religious freedom, the New York Times reported.

The college opened in Lander, a small town of 7,500, in 2007, and doesn’t even occupy its permanent campus yet, but that didn’t stop it from refusing federal dollars.

“[The refusal] allows us to practice our Catholic faith without qualifying it,” Kevin Roberts, the college’s president, told the Times. “It’s clear that this administration does not care about Catholic teaching.”

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Surprise! Obama slams Christians during prayer breakfast | Glenn Beck

You’d think if there was the president could show a little unity, it would be a prayer breakfast. Nope. He managed to slam Christians with his comments. It’s so, so bad.

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.

“Slamming Christians at his prayer breakfast,” Glenn said.

“Seriously when he wants to say something nice about Christians, it’s hollow and lifeless and emotionless. When he wants to bash them, he’s excited, he’s smiling, he’s laughing. It’s so clear about how he actually feels about these things. He can’t hide it anymore,” Stu said.

WATCH:

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Iowa Pastors Play Influential Role in 2016 Presidential Race - ABC News

Cary Gordon isn't a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn't stopped Jeb Bush's team from already reaching out as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign revs up in Iowa.

Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays and a voice that echoes far beyond the pulpit. Gordon backed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2012 GOP field, sending out text messages, tweets and a video announcement to deliver his message.

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The insane national freak-out over Indiana's religious freedom law

The moral panic that a fundamentalist Christian armed with a packet of instant yeast and a stand mixer can inspire is something to behold.

I am speaking, of course, about the national freak-out that has greeted the passage of Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is based on legislation signed nearly unanimously by a Clinton-era Congress. The law applies a "balancing test" in judicial proceedings, where states have to prove a compelling state interest before burdening the practice of a religious belief, and it comes in response to concerns that religious business owners, like bakers and florists and the like, will be forced to participate in same-sex marriages.

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Rahm Emanuel tries to lure firms from Indiana over law that Illinois already has - Washington Times

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in some interstate payback by attempting to lure Indiana companies over the state’s newly signed religious-freedom bill, but what he doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has a similar law.

In a Friday letter, Mr. Emanuel cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a reason to “look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century,” referring to Illinois.

Gov. Pence’s act is wrong. It’s wrong for the people of Indiana, wrong for the individuals who will face new discrimination, and wrong for a state seeking to grow its economy,” said the letter, a copy of which was posted on the Crain’s Chicago Business website.

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Protecting religious freedom for everyone, including 'gays'

A pro-family leader in Arkansas says evidently homosexual activists don't want residents in that state – including themselves – to have religious freedom.

On a 24-7 vote, the Arkansas Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill to protect the religious freedom of everyone in the state. The measure prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven. Governor Asa Hutchinson has stated he will sign the legislation should it reach his desk.

Jerry Cox of Arkansas Family Council tells OneNewsNow the most forceful opposition has come from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual activist group in the nation, whose chief officer is from Arkansas.

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