Twin threats: Trump’s “religious freedom” executive order, like FADA, means freedom to discriminate

By Ken Burrows Amid the competing personal and political headlines of the early Trump presidency, one story that’s been comparatively quiet has been Trump’s executive order on “religious freedom.” A draft copy of the order was leaked in January, downplayed at the time by press secretary Sean Spicer as essentially a work in progress and said to be just one among several draft directives on a range of topics being considered by the president’s transition team. But it has not gone away. Indeed, in early March The Advocate, an LBGT-interest magazine and ...

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Balancing freedom and equality in a vibrant democracy

by Schuyler Foerster Sky is currently serving as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. We live in a world ridden by conflict—conflicts of ideas.  Rarely are these ideas about how, together, we might improve the quality of our lives.  Instead, they are all too often about how some of us can improve our lives at the expense of others, usually because we want to blame those “others” for whatever we think is absent in our own lives. “We the People,” was not about “some” of us.  (Actua...

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Support banning conversion therapy- CO House Bill 1156

For the third year in row, Citizens Project is supporting legislation in the Colorado Legislature that would prohibit "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ children by licensed mental health care providers. This harmful practice seek to change an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex. We urge you to contact your representative and let them know that you SUPPORT House Bill 1156. Two friends of Citizens Project have shared ...

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LGBT Lobby Day with One Colorado

On Monday, February 27th, Citizens Project participated in One Colorado's LGBT Lobby Day. Over 300 Coloradans turned out to meet with legislators in the House and Senate to discuss HB17-1122 which seeks to enable transgender people to more easily align their birth certificate with their identity, HB17-1156 which will prohibit conversion therapy from being performed on minors by licensed mental health providers, and HB17-1188 which would add sexual orientation and physical or mental disability to the list of bias-motivated harassment categories. 1156 is scheduled for ...

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Get Out the VOTE: 2017 Colorado Springs Municipal Election


Neil Gorsuch on church-state separation: The case for concern

by Ken Burrows Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, has promised to be a “faithful servant of the Constitution” and is known to be, like Scalia, a proponent of originalism. Originalists in this sense are said to be judges who interpret the words of the Constitution as they were understood at the time they were written—in other words, what did the drafters of the document originally intend in what they wrote? Gorsuch also has been quoted, in a talk before an ...

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PREACH Act: Misnamed and misguided on mixing politics and religion

By Ken Burrows Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced a bill in the House, H.R. 6086, that would permit houses of worship to endorse political candidates, something churches and other 501 (c)(3) nonprofits have technically been prohibited from doing for the past 60+ years. In a November 13th guest column in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Lamborn called his bill—titled the Protect Religious Expression Against Censorship and Harassment (PREACH) Act—necessary because “[church] leaders cannot state their personal opinions from the pulpit.”   Like ...

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Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Today is Colorado Gives Day, a day when your support of Citizens Project is amplified by the generosity of the Community First Foundation and FirstBank. By donating TODAY you are allowing us to take advantage of incentives that make your gift go even further toward our mission of promoting ...

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Election Season Recap

Election season is now over! For the past few months, Citizens Project has been hard at work in the community making sure everyone has a voice. We started off the season by writing postcards to 10,000 underrepresented voters. Each of the postcards would have a unique message to the recipient such as "Hey Neighbor, your vote matters!" We then proceeded to set up two separate voter forums: a ballot measure forum and a candidate forum. Each one had a great turn out and we really think they helped voters know what is on the ballot and who would represent them. ...

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Where do we stand? Where do we go?

    On election night, Stephen Colbert punctuated his tenuously-delivered monologue with a litany of things Americans might be able to agree on. Most were funny and unifying, but they lacked the zeal of certain, confident delivery, both on the part of the audience and Mr. Colbert. The unfunny reality is that perhaps the only thing all Americans have in common at this moment is the very discomfort that was palpable in that live election-night Colbert special: the discomfort of our own fear. Fear of the repealing of policies that advance equality for ...

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