Capitol Bell | Georgia guts religious freedom bill | Conservative leaders back Senate Republicans’ stand on Supreme Court seat

Capitol Bell | Georgia guts religious freedom bill | Conservative leaders back Senate Republicans’ stand on Supreme Court seat

Mar. 18, 2016

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where many folks welcome Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision to declare formally that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians. What happens now is trickier, Olivia Enos writes. Senate Republicans take note of a memo from more than 100 conservative leaders praising their resistance to a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama. Plus: Ryan T. Anderson and Roger Severino chide Georgia state lawmakers for bowing to corporations and watering down a religious liberty bill.

Georgia guts religious freedom bill. On Wednesday night the Georgia legislature introduced new language to its religious freedom bill and passed the bill in mere hours. Haste makes waste. This new language significantly waters down a religious freedom bill that had real force even though it was already lacking in certain respects.

Conservative leaders back Senate Republicans’ stand on Supreme Court seat. Over 100 conservatives from 29 states and Washington, D.C., voiced their support for Senate Republicans in a memo commending them for their resistance to any Supreme Court nominee put forward by President Obama, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Kristiana Mork.

State Department finds ISIS guilty of genocide. What’s next. Now is the hardest part—determining what the U.S. must do next to prevent future genocide from occurring and to hold ISIS to account for their despicable acts of violence, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Olivia Enos.

What we’re reading: The ideology for which ISIS fights is like a contagion—it spreads until it is contained and stamped out. Unfortunately, this ideology has spread wide enough for ISIS to create human networks around the world—making them a global threat far from the “JV” status with which they were originally labeled by the Obama administration. Here is The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano’s analysis of the situation.

ONE MORE THING

Labeling ISIS’ atrocities as genocide was a good first step. Now we must go one step farther. Action is required to stem the tide of blood that ISIS has unleashed, and according to the Family Research Council’s Travis Weber, the U.S. is obligated by international law to do all it can.

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