LGBT Community Roundtable

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Religious prejudice torpedoes Navy chaplain

By Ken Burrows In March this year, a chaplain with a master’s degree from a Texas Christian University Divinity School and a theological history degree from Oxford University was refused an appointment as U.S. Navy Chaplain, despite the fact that a Navy Chaplain Advisory Board had initially approved the appointment. Why the rejection? A key factor appears to have been pressure from 22 U.S. Senators and 45 members of the U.S. House who claimed chaplain Jason Heap was not religious enough because he is a humanist. In that same month a U.S. District Court ordered ...

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No easy answer when it’s religion vs. health care

by Ken Burrrows In his October 2017 Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that religious freedom must specifically include “the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.” [emphasis in original] His memo went on to suggest that religious freedom should be virtually free of restraint or compromise, a sort of super right above all other rights. But other freedoms in America that are deeply cherished are subject to select limitations. Freedom of speech famously does ...

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2018 Legislative Priorities Preview Recap

Citizens Project invited partner organizations League of Women Voters of CO, Colorado Common Cause, and One Colorado to give a preview of their legislative priorities for the 2018 CO General Assembly session. Slides from the presentation can be found here: 2018 Colorado Legislative Session Priorities

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Immigration Community Conversation Recap

Thursday, February 15 Citizens Project partnered with Colorado Springs Councilmembers Richard Skorman and Yolanda Avila to hold a community conversation on immigration. The event was attended by over 100 community members and featured a panel of experts with different perspectives on immigration. Video of the event is below. Panelists from left to right are: Carlos Gutierrez- Deputy, El Paso County Sherriff’s Office Nayda Benitez- Founder of UNIDOS at UCCS Edwin Ruiz – South Regional Organizer, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Eric Pavri- Immigration Attorney, ...

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Know Your Vote: The Voter Education Challenge

Know Your Vote Rules Know Your Vote Rubric The goal of the Voter Education Challenge is to harness the creative power and knowledge of students in the Pikes Peak region to create nonpartisan educational resources that can be used by community and government organizations to educate the community on the role and rights of people as voters and the American system of government. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to March 31, 2018 To submit your resource, email knowyourvote@citizensproject.org Divisions and topics... Middle School (Grades 6-8) 1. Voter ...

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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Should government require a Colorado bakery to design cakes for gay weddings?

Citizens Project executive director Deb Walker wrote this piece for The Gazette on December 3, 2017: Deb Walker It's not about cake. It's also not about religious freedom. At its core, the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court is about whether businesses should be able to discriminate against people because of who they are and whether all people will be treated equally, as is promised by the Constitution. The outcome of this case will be critical to civil rights for all and could undermine ...

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“Religious liberty” according to Jeff Sessions means protecting some while harming others

by Ken Burrows Note: Be sure to read information on the Do No Harm Act at the end of this article, a bill that would prevent many of the negative consequences of Jeff Sessions’ guidance on religious liberty.\ On October 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on instruction from President Donald Trump, issued guidance on interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law by releasing a 25-page memorandum and appendix on the matter. This document, directed to “all administrative agencies and executive departments,” is, as expected, uniformly deferential ...

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Karma Hour!

Join Citizens Project on Tuesday, September 26th from 6 to 8 pm at Bristol Brewing Company in The Ivywild School! $1 from each pint will benefit Citizens Project! 

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Citizens Project: These are the values of the Pikes Peak region

This letter was published in the August 22, 2017 Gazette and August 23 Colorado Springs Independent in response to recent national and local hate speech. Our collective national attention has been consumed by the appalling behavior and rhetoric in Charlottesville, motivated by hatred and bigotry. We should not forget, though, that in our community we have recently brushed with the same dangerous ideology and behavior, which should have already been relegated to the shadows of history. On one recent night a synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic symbols and property ...

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