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Satanic Temple to argue abortion is ritual in legal challenges to states that put up hurdles to procedure

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The Satanic Temple (TST) said its adherents should be permitted religious exceptions to perform religious abortion rituals in states that have put up barriers to the controversial procedure. Responding to a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft that would overturn Roe v. Wade, TST said it was committed to protecting “religious abortion access” for its members. “In states that outlaw abortion but grant exceptions for instances of incest and rape,” TST said in a statement, “members should be permitted a religious exception to perform TST’s religious abortion ritual.” 
FILE: The Baphomet statue is seen in the conversion room at the Satanic Temple where a “Hell House” is being held in Salem, Massachusett on October 8, 2019. 
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)”States that outlaw abortion and do not grant exceptions present more significant challenges, but TST has a number of plans that we will be undertaking quite soon,” TST said. “First, we will be suing the FDA to permit TST access to Mifepristone and Misoprostol for use under medical supervision as part of our religious abortion ritual.” TST said it is filing the lawsuit under Federal RFRA, adding that “unfettered access” to these drugs – which are taken to terminate a pregnancy – would be a considerable step toward enabling TST to perform its abortion ritual without government interference. The religious organization introduced the “Satanic Abortion Ritual” to argue for a religious exception under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a 1993 federal law which made it illegal for states to interfere in anyone’s religion without demonstrating a compelling interest. WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT HAS ‘NOT SEEN VIOLENCE’ AGAINST SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, AS PROTESTS ERUPT OUTSIDE HOMESTST’s argument was that if it regarded abortion as a religious ritual, then the state could not legally intervene or burden patients with prerequisites. The “ritual” argument came amid a series of lawsuits aimed at Missouri where women are, among other things, compelled to read “informed consent” booklets before going through with an abortion. One of their arguments was that subjecting its members to these requirements violated one of its central tenets: “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.” 
A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022 in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court overturning Roe v. Wade. 
(AP Photo/Anna Johnson)The abortion ritual, according to TST’s website, involves the recitation of two of its tenets and a personal affirmation that is “ceremoniously intertwined” with the abortion. “Because prerequisite procedures such as waiting periods, mandatory viewing of sonograms, and compulsory counseling contravene Satanists’ religious convictions, those who perform the religious abortion ritual are exempt from these requirements and can receive first-trimester abortions on demand in states that enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” TST says on its website.  Fox News has reached out to TST for further comment and will update this story accordingly. The leaked Supreme Court opinion draft that would overturn Roe v. Wade has ignited a firestorm across diverse faith communities. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOpponents of abortion view it as morally wrong, and in conservative Christian corners, the draft opinion has sparked hope. However. many members of minority faiths that don’t prohibit abortion fear their religious freedom will be infringed upon. Some faith leaders are preparing to support women who travel to more liberal states seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

US sanctions ISIS financial facilitators, in effort to 'expose and disrupt' extremist network

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The United States on Monday sanctioned five individuals participating in an ISIS network of financial facilitators operating across Indonesia, Syria and Turkey in an effort to “expose and disrupt” the network of “violent extremists.” The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of five Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financial facilitators operating across Indonesia, Syria and Turkey. The five individuals had played a “key role in facilitating the travel of extremists to Syria and other areas where ISIS operates.” PENTAGON: ‘NO QUESTION’ AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL MAKES IDENTIFYING TERROR THREATS MORE DIFFICULTThe Treasury Department said the network has also conducted financial transfers to support ISIS efforts in Syria-based displaced persons camps by collecting funds in Indonesia and Turkey, some of which were used to pay for smuggling children out of the camps and delivering them to ISIS foreign fighters as potential recruits.The designation comes amid the 16th meeting of the Counter ISIS Finance Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The U.S., Italy and Saudi Arabia co-lead the CIFG, which comprises nearly 70 countries and international organizations, and coordinates efforts against ISIS financial support networks worldwide.
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of the Treasury headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo
(REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo)Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that by designating them, the Biden administration aims “to expose and disrupt an international ISIS facilitation network that has financed ISIS recruitment, including of vulnerable children in Syria.”

McConnell, Grassley slam protests outside justices' homes, say lawbreakers 'must be held accountable'

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Top Senate Republicans Monday slammed left-wing activists for protesting outside the homes of justices who are expected to vote to end Roe v. Wade, even going so far as to call for demonstrators to be prosecuted.  Protestors organized by “Shut Down DC” went to the homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts over the weekend. The group is planning to send another group of demonstrators to Justice Samuel Alito’s home Monday night. “The harassment, intimidation, threats and destruction of property that we’ve seen since the unprecedented leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion are unacceptable, and no way to advocate for your viewpoint in a democracy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the court has been threatened,” Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News Digital. “Democrat leaders set a tone early on encouraging this behavior, and pro-abortion activists set out to intimidate the court mere minutes after the draft was leaked,” Grassley continued. “Peaceful protesting at the court is one thing, but threats and coercion to influence the outcome of a court decision will neither be fruitful, nor tolerated, and violators of the law must be held accountable.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks during testimony from Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
(Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)PELOSI LAUDS PROTESTERS USING ‘RIGHTEOUS ANGER’ TO ‘MARCH AND MOBILIZE,’ AS SUPREME COURT SET TO OVERTURN ROEThe law Grassley appeared to be referencing is 18 U.S. Code § 1507, which many Republicans cited over the weekend in alleging that the protests outside the justices’ homes are unlawful.The law says it is illegal to “picket or parade” outside a courthouse or a judge’s residence “with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty.”It’s not clear whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to start enforcing that law as it pertains to the protests outside of judges’ homes, or if it believes those protests violate the law. The department did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital Monday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Monday said he thinks the protests may be illegal. REPORTER CALLS FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST PRO-LIFERS, SAYS THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE ‘PEACE OR SAFETY’ UNTIL THEY’RE DEAD”Trying to scare federal judges into ruling a certain way is far outside the bounds of normal First Amendment speech or protest. It is an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs,” McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor. “It appears this may possibly be flat-out illegal. There is a federal law on the books that criminalizes ‘pickets or parades’ with ‘the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court office,’ at locations that include a judge’s ‘residence.’”McConnell added: “Last year, Attorney General Garland’s Justice Department was quick to treat the concerned parents of America like potential domestic terrorists. But curiously, I haven’t heard any announcement about how the DOJ may handle these intimidation tactics aimed at federal judges.”There is no room for mob action, intimidation, or any personal threats against a public official. Period. Whether it involves their home or otherwise it is out of line. — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill.Like Grassley, McConnell blamed Democrats for “the hysterical, potentially dangerous climate.” He said that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki “repeatedly appeared to endorse” rallies at judges’ homes as long as they don’t become violent.WHITE HOUSE CONDEMNS ‘ATTEMPTS TO INTIMIDATE’ DURING PRO-ABORTION PROTESTS AT CATHOLIC CHURCHESBut not all Democrats are so equivocal on the protests. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said last week showing up to a person’s home in that fashion is never acceptable. “There is no room for mob action, intimidation, or any personal threats against a public official. Period. Whether it involves their home or otherwise it is out of line,” Durbin said at a hearing. 
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listens as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I don’t care for people who do it to my home, and they have,” Durbin added. “It is demeaning and adolescent and not convincing at all when you’re trying to plead your case by doing something that outrageous.”The protests follow a story last week by Politico which published a draft Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The story said that there were enough justices who supported that result in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health to carry a majority. The Supreme Court is expected to release its final opinion in the Dobbs case before the end of its current term, which will be in late June or early July. Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Adam Sabes contributed to this report. 

White House says it has 'not seen violence' against Supreme Court justices, as protests erupt outside homes

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The White House said it has “not seen violence” against Supreme Court justices, and stressed that it “does not support” violence and vandalism at churches and conservative organizations, as demonstrations continue amid fallout from the release of a draft opinion signaling the overturn of Roe v. Wade.White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said the White House has “been clear” that President Biden’s position is that “we should not see protests that take the form of violence, that take the form of vandalism and that threatens anyone.”WHITE HOUSE WARNS PROTESTERS: JUSTICES ‘MUST BE ABLE’ TO DO JOBS WITHOUT ‘CONCERN’ FOR ‘PERSONAL SAFETY'”That has long been his position for his entire career and continues to be his position,” Psaki said.Psaki said, though, that they “have not seen violence or vandalism against Supreme Court justices.” “We have seen it at Catholic churches. That’s unacceptable. The president does not support that,” Psaki explained. “We have seen it at some conservative organizations. We don’t support that.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito addresses the audience during the “The Emergency Docket” lecture Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in the McCartan Courtroom at the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind. 
(Michael Caterina /South Bend Tribune via AP)She added: “We know the passion. We understand the passion. We understand the concern. But what the president’s position is, is that that should be peaceful—the protests.”Psaki, earlier in the day, stressed that Biden “strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest.””But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism,” Psaki tweeted. “Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”According to federal U.S. code 1507, any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” will be fined, or “imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
Protestors gather outside Supreme Court justices’ homes.
(Fox News)Pro-choice groups protested outside the homes of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend.The group “Ruth Sent Us,” which is named after late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, had called on abortion supporters to gather outside the homes of the “six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe” and “stand at or in a local Catholic Church” on Mother’s Day. Psaki said that the White House is “certainly not suggesting anyone break any laws,” and doubled down on the president’s position that “violence, threats and intimidation have no place in political discourse.” “Yes, we are a country that promotes democracy and we certainly allow for peaceful protest and a range of places in the country,” Psaki said. “None of it should violate the law, no one is suggesting that, and it should never resort to violence, to threats, to intimidation in any way, shape or form. But that is what our position is and the president’s position is.”PRESIDENT BIDEN ‘STRONGLY CONDEMNS’ MOLOTOV COCKTAIL ATTACK ON WISCONSIN ANTI-ABORTION GROUPMeanwhile, the group “Shut Down DC” is expected to stage a protest outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito on Monday evening. Alito authored the majority draft opinion, which was leaked to the public last week.”We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Samuel Alito writes in the document, labeled the “Opinion of the Court” for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”Should Roe v. Wade be overturned, abortions would be left for the states to decide. 
Abortion activists outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes.
(Fox News)Meanwhile, outside the nation’s capital, an arsonist threw at least one Molotov cocktail into an office of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), a pro-life activist group. Police are investigating the incident as arson and connected it to the aftermath from the leaked draft opinion. The president “strongly” condemned the attack and “political violence of any stripe.” MOTHER’S DAY PROTESTS BY PRO-ABORTION ACTIVISTS REVEAL THEIR ‘UTTER BROKENNESS,’ SAY FAITH LEADERS”The President has made clear throughout his time in public life that Americans have the fundamental right to express themselves under the Constitution, whatever their point of view,” the White House said in a statement. “But that expression must be peaceful and free of violence, vandalism, or attempts to intimidate.” 

DeSantis signs bill designating statewide Victims of Communism Day

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he is signing legislation designating Nov. 7 as Victims of Communism Day in his state.DeSantis coupled that with the announcement of $25 million in funding for renovations to Miami’s Freedom Tower, which was built in 1925 and once served as a Cuban Assistance Center for those who fled communism.DESANTIS SIGNS $1.2B TAX-BREAK PACKAGE TARGETING GAS, DIAPERS, KIDS’ CLOTHING”Honoring the people that have fallen victim to communist regimes and teaching our students about those atrocities is the best way to ensure that history does not repeat itself,” DeSantis said in a statement.”Through HB 395 and the funding announced today, we are guaranteeing that the history of those who fled communist regimes and their experiences are preserved and not forgotten by our students. While it’s fashionable in some circles to whitewash the history of communism, Florida will stand for truth and remain as a beachhead for freedom.”NYC POLITICIAN PULLS FUNDING FROM JEWISH MUSEUM OVER ALLEGED DESANTIS SNUBThe bill calls for Florida public schools to observe the holiday, and for high school students taking a U.S. government class starting in the 2023-24 school year to have at least 45 minutes of dedicated class instruction for the holiday. The instruction is to be on subjects including “Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Joseph Stalin and the Soviet System, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Revolution, Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge, and Nicolás Maduro and the Chavismo movement,” as well has the suffering people went through under those governments. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APPThe legislation responds to glorifications of far-left ideologies being celebrated by parts of the Democratic Party and in academia. Meanwhile, DeSantis said, those who escape from communist countries never want to go back to them after coming to the U.S.”There are probably more Marxists on college faculties in the United States than there are in all of Eastern Europe combined,” DeSantis said at a Monday news conference. “They don’t want to go back to communism.”

Biden says high-speed internet access is ‘not a luxury' but a ‘necessity' as admin rolls out new program

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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced a deal with more than a dozen U.S. internet service providers to give high-speed internet to Americans living in low-income areas, stressing that access is “not a luxury” but a “necessity.”Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others agreed to provide “high-speed” internet access for $30 per month. The Biden administration also announced Monday a federal subsidy for low-income households that will pay up to $30 for internet access, effectively making the plan free for qualifying households.BIDEN ADMIN REACHES DEAL TO PROVIDE ‘FREE’ INTERNET PLANS FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDSAmericans can apply for access to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) at a new government website that launched Monday.The president, during a White House Rose Garden event Monday afternoon, said internet is “pretty consequential.””High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer, it is a necessity,” Biden said. “That’s why the bipartisan infrastructure law included $65 billion to make sure we expand access to broadband internet in every region of the country – urban, suburban, rural, everywhere.”
President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an event at the White House, Oct. 4, 2021.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The president said the Affordable Connectivity Program will “change people’s lives.””I refuse to call it the ACP,” the president joked. “I am so tired of acronyms in Washington. I can’t stand it, cannot stand, but I’m going to have to learn it, aren’t I?”Biden said the program will provide “fast internet, good downloads, speeds with no caps and no extra fees for millions of American families.”The president also thanked Vice President Harris for “leading this effort” for the Biden administration.Harris said that the Biden administration, earlier this year, called on internet service providers to “take action to help folks get internet.” “The providers joining us today have answered that call,” Harris said, stressing that internet is “essential for success” in the 21st century.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Every person in our nation, no matter how much they earn, should be able to afford high-speed internet and a high-speed internet plan,” Harris said. “So that is why we are all here together today.”
Vice President Kamala Harris prepares to depart from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on June 14, 2021.
(Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)Biden, on Monday, thanked the internet service providers, calling the agreement a “big deal,” and saying it is a “great example of what we can achieve when the federal government and the private sector work together to solve serious problems.” Americans qualify for the program if their income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. They can also qualify if a member of their household uses any of a number of other federal programs, such as Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, or a veterans pension, according to the White House.The ACP plan allows for download speeds of 100 Megabits per second, but qualifies that those speeds will only be available where “the provider’s infrastructure is capable of it.””The Biden-Harris administration is grateful for the efforts of these companies, and encourages additional internet service providers to join this effort to close the digital divide by offering high-speed, low-cost plans,” the White House said in a statement.Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report. 

Ahead of Trump headlined fundraiser, House GOP reelection cmte. chair confident ‘we’ll have…resources we need’

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EXCLUSIVE – National Republican Congressional Committee chair Rep. Tom Emmer says he’s “always worried about the fundraising.”The NRCC hauled in a massive $40.9 million during the January-March first quarter of 2022 fundraising, which the House GOP reelection arm noted was its best first quarter of fundraising quarter ever.But the rival Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee topped the NRCC by roughly $11 million.HOUSE GOP REELECTION ARM BREAKS ANOTHER FUNDRAISING RECORD Emmer, the Minnesota Republican who’s steering the NRCC for a second straight election cycle, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday that “we’re doing what we need to. We’ve said from day one – ever since I started this job three years ago – we’re never going to have their [the DCCC’s] money. We’ve just got to have enough money.”And he spotlighted that “the entire Republican team has done an amazing job. We’ve got almost $100 million cash on hand. Compare that to two years ago when we were $41 million… Fundraising is race without a finish line. You’ve just got to keep pushing. I’m confident we’ll have the resources we need.”
Former President Donald Trump headlines a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraising dinner, in Tampa, Florida on Nov. 8, 2021
(National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC))Emmer was interviewed hours before former President Donald Trump was scheduled to headline the NRCC’s annual “Countdown to the Majority” fundraising dinner, which his being held this year in Dallas. It’s the second straight year the former president has headlined the NRCC’s fundraising event. Trump served as the main attraction at the last one – which was held in November in Tampa, Florida.HOUSE GOP REELECTION ARM ADDS MORE DEMOCRAT HELD SEATS TO MIDTERMS TARGET LISTEmmer said that the former president “has an amazing ability to help us raise money.” And he predicted that “this year’s dinner… will be every bit as productive as the one a year ago.”While the GOP lost the White House and the Senate majority in the 2020 election cycle, House Republicans defied expectations and took a big bite out of the House Democrats majority. And in November’s midterm elections the GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber to win back the majority.And following a 2020 cycle that saw a record number of female and diverse recruits, the NRCC has made even further gains this cycle. “Keep in mind we were really good last cycle in identifying the best candidates, in getting our messages to the voters,” Emmer said,. “We’re going to be even better than we were last cycle in making sure those messages get where they need to.”Monday’s fundraising dinner comes a week after news that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is likely to overturn the landmark nearly half century old Roe v. Wade ruling, which rocked the political world.WOULD OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE UPEND THIS YEAR’S MIDTERM ELECTIONS?Democrats face historical headwinds and a bruising political climate fueled by soaring inflation, rising crime, and a well-publicized southern border crisis, which are epitomized by President Biden’s flagging approval ratings. But party strategists see a silver lining in the seismic prospect of the loss of legalized abortion if Roe is overturned and the issue returns to state legislatures.And many Democrats on the ballot this year have quickly gone on the attack against Republicans, as they hope to alter the campaign conversation, energize their party’s base, and win back key female and suburban voters who helped the Democrats win back the House in 2018 but appeared to cross party lines in some 2020 congressional contests and again in GOP victories in elections in Virginia and New Jersey last November.DCCC chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney predicted last week that “the central choice in the 2022 elections will be about who will defend our freedom.”And the New York Democrat argued that “Democrats will fight like hell to protect them; Republicans will rip them away.”But Emmer insisted that “the number one issue is still inflation and it’s going to remain inflation.”
Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., March 9, 2022. 
( REUTERS/Mike Segar)Pointing to a new Reuters report where more than 20 female voters interviewed in the battleground state of Arizona said that inflation was still their top issue, Emmer stressed, “It’s going to be inflation, it’s going to be crime, it’s going to be the border, it’s going to be education. I don’t think the issues have changed.”And Emmer charged, “I know that Democrats would like to talk about anything but those issues.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEmmer argued that “polling that shows the Democrats’ support” for what he termed “absolutely no limits on abortion, that polling shows that’s incredibly unpopular,” which he insisted would “enhance the Republicans’ message.”Emmer noted that “we’ve had a game plan that we put in place. We’re going to stick to our game plan. If adjustments need to be made, we’ll make that accordingly.”