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Trump Picks Constitutionalist Brett Kavanaugh to Replace Justice Kennedy

On Monday night, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. How does Kavanaugh stack up as a conservative constitutionalist?

Some conservative voices, like the Daily Signal and Family Research Council, deem Kavanaugh a wise choice. Said FRC’s Tony Perkins, “Judge Kavanaugh has a long and praiseworthy history of judging as an originalist, and we look forward to having a justice with his philosophical approach on the Court.”

But there are other conservative voices that have some reservations. The American Family Association originally opposed Kavanaugh in favor of Judge Amy Coney Barrett but since Trump’s decision has opted to “allow the process to play out.” As AFA’s Bryan Fisher explains, “Kavanaugh has impeccable legal credentials but is undoubtedly an establishment guy. His commitment to precedent seems to make Roe immune to reversal for another generation, which may be why Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, for whom Roe is the Holy Grail, seem inclined to vote for him.”

While FACT doesn’t endorse candidates, FACT President David Fowler also expressed some concern but noted that being Catholic, Kavanaugh “might be a bit more constrained on religious liberty and abortion as the rest of the Catholics on the Court, other than Sotomayor. Maybe Alito and Thomas can keep him ‘catholic’ on those two issues.”

To judge for yourself, Alliance Defending Freedom has a thorough report card on Kavanaugh.

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English Doctor Loses Job Over Biological Understanding of Medicine

For claiming that sex is biologically determined at birth and thus choosing not to identify patients by their preferred gender or pronoun, British doctor David Mackereth, a 26-year veteran of the National Health Services, was fired.

The U.K’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said in an email that his refusal to identify patients by their preferred gender “could be considered harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act” and unlawful discrimination.

Said Mackereth about his views, “I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics and that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.”

The issue of which words to use goes deeper than semantics, said Dr. Michael Brown in a recent article for Charisma News. As Dr. Brown stated, “Males are different than females, which means that in some cases, males must be treated differently than females. To fail to recognize this is to be unscientific, irrational and liable to medical malpractice.”

Logically, it is ridiculous to treat humans as social constructs, particularly now that researchers at the Weizmann Institute have identified 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women.

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Maine’s Governor Vetoes Conversion Therapy Ban

Currently, thirteen states prohibit conversion therapy, which helps individuals who want to overcome same-sex attractions get the counseling help they need. Maine could have been the fourteenth state to succumb to the Left’s social engineering tactics, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the legislation.

In his veto letter, LePage wrote, “I am vetoing LD 912 because it is bad public policy . . . This is so broad that licensed professionals would be prohibited from counseling an individual even at the individual’s own request . . . I also have grave concerns that LD 912 can be interpreted as a threat to an individual’s religious liberty.”

Beyond these issues, FACT President David Fowler points out another key concern for LePage: “[LePage’s letter] highlights the stark hypocrisy of the Legislature by refusing to ban female genital mutilation but trying to ban conversation.”

Fortunately, LePage’s veto survived after the House failed by 15 votes to override it.

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Parents, Watch Out for Roku

With summer still in full swing, there are more hours for children to watch TV shows and movies online. And that means more of a risk of discovering some unsavory entertainment. Roku streaming service provides secret backdoor access to hardcore porn, according to Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“They are facilitating access to hardcore pornography channels—hundreds of private and hidden channels—and none of the other streaming companies allow this,” she says.

Currently, Roku is the only streaming service without parental controls, although parents can establish a PIN that must be entered to add new channels. However, it will not block programs on channels already added.

If you already have Roku or are concerned with parental controls for other streaming services, read this guide from National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

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Pennsylvania School District Shows LGBT Videos Without Parental Consent

Last April, students at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania were forced to watch four pro-LGBT videos selected by the student-led Gay-Straight Alliance as part of the district’s “Unity Week” and “Day of Silence” activities.

These videos were shown to students without parental permission and covered such topics as marriage equality and gender fluidity. When concerned parents found out about the indoctrinating videos, the East Penn School District refused to let them see the videos.

Said Superintendent Michael Schilde, “This was student work that needs to be protected from public scrutiny.”

Liberty Counsel, which is representing the parents, is threatening legal action unless the school district provides the videos to parents.

Two of the four videos have been identified and can be viewed. The first one is the BuzzFeed-produced “9 Questions video, and the other is the YouTube-produced “Show Your Pride” video.

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