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Religious Liberty Act (HB 542)

Written Testimony for HB 542 as Amended, the Religious Liberty Act submitted to the NH House Judiciary Committee by Ian Huyett, Esq. on behalf of Cornerstone Action March 5, 2021 Cornerstone supports HB 542 as amended. Please note that, in addition to codifying the general Mack protections that were contained in the original HB 440, the amendment removes bill language that referred to “temporary …

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Civil Liberties Defense Act (HB 440)

Written Testimony for HB 440 as Amended, the Civil Liberties Defense Act submitted to the NH House Judiciary Committee by Ian Huyett, Esq. on behalf of Cornerstone Action February 26, 2021 The legislative findings in this proposed amendment explain, in a simple step-by-step manner, the need for the amendment and its modest scope. I hope that, if Committee members look at this proposed amendment, …

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MacDonald Says Constitution Applies in State of Emergency

On Friday, former Attorney General Gordon MacDonald was confirmed as Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court—the state’s highest judicial office. Thanks to the incisive questioning of Councilor Dave Wheeler during Thursday’s hearing, the confirmation came after MacDonald stated that constitutional rights are not suspended in periods of emergency.  Before casting his vote on Friday, Wheeler explained that MacDonald’s statements on the Constitution …

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Why do Sununu and MacDonald Need to Suspend Constitutional Rights?

The following article was originally posted in the NH Journal, January 14, 2021 At least on paper, Governor Chris Sununu is currently one of the most powerful executives in the United States. In litigation against the Governor’s COVID-19 orders, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has successfully argued that—in a time of emergency—Sununu has the power to suspend civil liberties, including fundamental constitutional rights. …

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court Has Just Revolutionized Religious Liberty

In a ruling on Tuesday, December 22, the New Hampshire Supreme Court handed down the greatest win for religious liberty in the state’s history. In a masterful opinion written by Justice James Bassett, the Supreme Court held—for the first time—that the New Hampshire Constitution provides serious protections for religious liberty. The Christmas-week ruling, State v. Mack, greatly shores up religious liberty in the Granite …

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Sacrificial Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Reflection

Demonstrating gratitude when times are tough is definitely a choice. But it is the right choice, because choosing to be thankful is precisely what allows a fresh wave of the creativity, grace, life, and peace of God’s presence to wash over us.

Justice Barrett’s Confirmation is a Triumph for the Church

On Monday, the church in America witnessed a rare triumph: an outspoken Christian confirmed to the Supreme Court. Christians who do not closely follow the Court might not appreciate just how extraordinary this fact is—and how fortunate we are to have such an inspiring Christian jurist on the bench. Yet we must also appreciate, and pray for, the difficult and volatile situation in which Justice Barrett now finds herself.

Happy Independence Day

America at 244: Overcoming Despair Through Faith and Action Today our nation celebrates its Independence, and our Director of Strategic Alliances, Neil Hubacker, reflects on its religious heritage. For many, this 244th marking of America’s birth may not feel like a celebration. The chaos, disease, division, injustice, and lawlessness in our nation seem to be reaching a fever pitch. It’s difficult to know who …

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Supreme Court Cases to Watch Next Week

In light of the recent Bostock decision that undermined women’s rights by redefining “sex” discrimination to include gender identity, we’ve been watching the Supreme Court docket carefully. Early next week, the Court should issue decisions on three cases the outcomes of which could be of vital importance to issues surrounding life, health, and religious and educational freedom in New Hampshire and throughout the country. …

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Conscientious Objections to Abortion: Every Person’s Right (SB 486)

Full text of testimony on SB 486-FN submitted to the Senate Commerce Committee by Shannon McGinley, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action. Cornerstone Action urges you to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on SB 486-FN. This bill is not about health care or parity. It’s about coercing people into helping to pay for others’ abortions, even when that violates sincerely-held religious beliefs. This is poor public policy that is wrong for New …

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