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  • 18-29 years old? Participate in a religious liberty video!

    04/09/2014 7:31:54 PM PDT · by counterculturedusa · 2 replies
    Counter Cultured ^ | 4/9/2014 | Anna Maria Hoffman
    Are you 18-29 years old? Do you care about the constant attacks on religious liberty in America? Then, participate in our new video project about religious liberty. To receive instructions, you must fill out everything present in the below submission form. Submission forms that contain false and inaccurate information or don't fulfill our requirements will not be considered. To fill out a submission form, please go to this link: http://www.counterculturedusa.com/23/post/2014/04/speak-out-about-religious-liberty-video-project.html This was originally posted on Counter Cultured's "Video Projects" tab.
  • Leftist Thought-Gangsters Strike Again

    04/08/2014 2:32:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4-8-2014 | David Limbaugh
    Let me see whether I have this right. Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla because it became public that he opposed same-sex marriage, the same position that President Barack Obama, darling of the LGBT community, held prior to his phony conversion. Why didn't the left demand that President Obama resign as president of the United States prior to the consummation of his "evolution" on the issue in favor of same-sex marriage? Was it because liberals knew he was never actually opposed to same-sex marriage and that his stated opposition was an opportunistic ruse to make...
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case

    04/07/2014 11:31:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 2:13 PM EDT | Jeri Clausing
    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. The justices left in place a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling last year that said Elane Photography violated New Mexico’s Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph the same-sex ceremony “in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.” …
  • The War Against God Is Gripping Our World

    04/05/2014 2:41:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Paw Creek Ministries ^ | April 5, 2014 | Pastor Joseph Chambers
    Excerpts: The clouds of war are gathering all over our world, but it’s not just a war of guns and missiles, it is war against God, the Creator Himself. The Holy Ghost warned us in the prophesies of David. He wrote,“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalms 2:1-3) From entertainment to the high courts of America, the blasphemous world is...
  • Ted Cruz: Religious liberties under attack

    04/02/2014 10:22:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2014 1:09 PM EDT | Philip Elliott and Alan Suderman
    Possible Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said Wednesday that religious Americans have a duty to take a stand against policies, such as President Barack Obama’s health care law, that could threaten their liberties. “As believers, we are called to action; not just sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel but to stand and speak no matter what the consequence,” the Texas senator told students at Liberty University. “Religious liberty has never been more under attack.” …
  • Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display

    03/31/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty. “The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” the general told lawmakers. “It is not true.” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) told me the Air Force seems to be the worst offender when it comes to attacks on religious liberty. If that’s true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man...
  • Hobby Lobby: Should Employers be Forced to Provide Abortifacients?

    03/31/2014 9:01:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the Hobby Lobby case, to decide whether a business that provides health-care insurance to its employees can be forced to include abortifacients in its coverage. Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate of providing abortifacients. Hobby Lobby is a family-owned arts and crafts store, run by Christians based out of Oklahoma. The family has devoted itself to Christian mission work, and Christian music is played over the loudspeakers in its stores. The owners are not Catholic, and aren’t even objecting to providing contraceptives, it...
  • Two versions of Obama-Pope Francis discussion: Agreements, but some divergences

    03/27/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 3/27/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    VATICAN CITY ― There were gaffes and there were laughs, but U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Rome clearly served its purpose, if the hope was to bask in the glow of the popular Pope Francis. The day began with a stiff handshake between Obama and the pope, but the mood quickly lightened when the president quipped, “His Holiness is probably the only person who has to undergo more protocol than me,” after observing the whimsically dressed Swiss Guards and row of tuxedoed papal attendants when he was on his way to the pontifical library. They shared a giggle when...
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • Citizens United and Hobby Lobby

    03/27/2014 7:21:37 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 13 replies
    I am not a lawyer or legal beagle nor have I even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, but would there not be some connection with the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United and the current Hobby Lobby case? And if so, why isn't this being discussed in the media and conservative talk radio? In Citizens United, the Supreme Court basically established corporations as individuals allowing them to contribute to political campaigns. If a corporation is regarded as an individual when it comes to political contributions, why would not a corporation be given religious freedom rights as an individual? The...
  • Back in the USSR?

    03/24/2014 7:51:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    How did our relations with Russia go so far wrong so quickly? The Obama administration hoped to have a “reset” of our bilateral ties by wiping the slate clean. In giving the Russians a reset, we were showing a willingness to let bygones be bygones. Or, in their case, let Putin’s 2008 invasion of neighboring Republic of Georgia be forgotten. It was exactly the wrong thing to do. But the trouble with our Russian relations goes further back. After the collapse of Communism and the largely peaceful dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, it seemed...
  • Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’

    03/23/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Cardinal Raymond Burke,head of the highest court at the Vatican, said in a recent interview. Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individuals, outside of his or her place of worship,“to act against his rightly-formed conscience,even in the most serious of moral questions.”… “It is true that the policies of the president of the United States of America have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.” “Now...
  • Cruz: ‘We Have Never Seen An Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith’

    03/19/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CBS - DC ^ | March 19, 2014 8:11 AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can’t deny. The Tea Party darling’s declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn’t gone unnoticed. “There is no liberty...
  • AIR FORCE: CHRISTIANS' RELIGIOUS SPEECH NOT LEGALLY PROTECTED RIGHT

    03/16/2014 7:01:44 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse. Last year Breitbart News broke the story of a campaign by anti-Christian extremists to suppress traditional Christian expression within the U.S. military. There were conflicting stories regarding the possible court martial of service members who share...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over religion bill

    03/07/2014 4:57:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 7:34 PM EST | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious-practices bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona’s Republican governor. A group that lobbies for the state’s influential Southern Baptist Convention is urging lawmakers to pass the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Others say that Mississippi, with its history of racial oppression, should avoid any law that could lead to discrimination against gay people and other groups. …
  • Analysis: 3 Reasons Religious Freedom Laws Are Nothing Like Jim Crow

    03/04/2014 6:50:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/04/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    In the debate over Arizona's S.B. 1062, a bill that would have modified the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, some opponents of the bill characterized the bill and others like it as "Jim Crow for gays." Those who used this analogy, though, either do not understand RFRA, do not understand Jim Crow, or both. The opponents claimed it would have allowed business owners to deny gays access to public accommodations. A Christian Post analysis of the bill concluded that was not true. In a letter sent to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) before she vetoed the bill, 11 law professors,...
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    03/04/2014 8:10:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    In Arizona has come a test of the motto conservative Christians like to invoke: "Hate the sin, love the sinner." Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the "religious freedom bill" passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law. Proponents asserted Senate Bill 1062 was written to protect the "free exercise of religion" for businesses and their employees. U.S. citizens already enjoy that protection under the First Amendment, but the bill's backers believed that further protections...
  • Supreme Court denies appeal from German family seeking asylum to home-school kids

    03/03/2014 8:23:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/3/14 | ap
    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a German family seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home-schooling. The justices rejected an appeal from Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who claim the German government is persecuting them because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
  • Let Authority of 'Hidden Law' Rule in Arizona

    02/28/2014 5:45:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we're living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated -- or else. Indeed, the rush to mandatory celebration is so intense, refusal is now considered tantamount to a crime. And, in some rare instances, an actual crime if the right constable or bureaucrat concludes that you have uttered "hate speech." Or, if you refuse to bake a gay couple a cake for their wedding. That was the...
  • Christian Leaders to Obama: Thanks for Standing Up for Religious Freedom Abroad; Please Protect

    02/27/2014 6:09:02 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2-27-14 | Napp Nazworth
    "Christian Leaders to Obama: Thanks for Standing Up for Religious Freedom Abroad; Please Protect Religious Freedom in US Too" Ten Christian leaders sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he called for expanding religious freedom abroad. They also urged him to pay greater attention to his own policies that are infringing upon the religious freedom of his own citizens. "As religious leaders we write to express our appreciation to you for lifting up the issue of international religious liberty in your recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast," they...
  • Governor Brewer’s Veto of SB 1062 Is a Vote for Slavery

    02/27/2014 11:06:06 AM PST · by connell · 19 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | February 27, 2014 | Christopher Cook
    SB 1062 is not about religious freedom, it's about forced labor.For the last few days, I, like many Americans, have been furious about SB 1062 . . . only I have been angry for a different reason than most. Opponents are angry because they think the bill is "mean" or that it allows discrimination against certain groups of people. Some people are even claiming that it somehow mandates discrimination. Supporters are angry because they don't like the idea that a private citizen can be forced to engage in a transaction that violates his or her religious beliefs. I am angry because I believe...
  • Governor Jan Brewer Should Sign the Religious Liberty Legislation

    02/25/2014 4:49:35 AM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    RedState ^ | February 25th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    It is sad that we, in the 21st century, are at this point in the United States of America. We should be willing to leave each other alone and have basic respect for one another. We should not wish to impose our views on others or force others to serve us against their will. Unfortunately, in the name of tolerance, a group of activists nationwide believes that if you do not worship at the altar of gay marriage, your business must be shut down — you must be punished. Sadly, they are also winning in court. This necessitates legislatures passing...
  • No, Arizona Bill Protecting Religious Freedom is Not “Jim Crow”

    02/23/2014 11:56:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Back when gay rights advocates were first pushing for gay marriage, they claimed that they only wanted equality and that no one would be compelled to participate in gay marriage events.They lied.As soon as gay marriage went on the books, and in some states where it wasn’t even on the books, religious bakeries and photographers were assaulted with demands that they participate in gay ceremonies, sued if they didn’t and ordered to take part in gay ceremonies or face fines… and even jail time.States have responded by trying to pass measures that will protect religious freedom and freedom of...
  • Arizona governor asked to nix bill angering gays

    02/21/2014 10:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2014 6:56 PM EST | Bob Christie and Terry Tang
    Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the state. The legislation allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, and all eyes are on Republican Gov. Jan Brewer as she decides whether to sign the bill. A decision is likely next week. The conservative governor is already feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill passed late Thursday. A prominent Phoenix group believes it would be...
  • Arizona Bill Targets Discrimination Against Religion

    02/20/2014 4:49:40 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 6 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/20/14 | LD Jackson
    Arizona has passed a bill that is aimed at expanding the rights of businesses to refuse service to homosexuals and others. The usual rhetoric applies. The liberals declare it will open the door to discrimination and the state's economy will be damaged. They have even went so far as to say it will allow people to get away with criminal activity by declaring it as an expression of faith. Like I said, the usual rhetoric applies. What can not be argued against is this. Homosexuals have declared a war on businesses that refuse them service. I'm not talking about refusing...
  • Oklahoma HB 2422 Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act

    02/18/2014 5:43:15 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/18/14 | LD Jackson
    The Religious Freedom Anti-Discrimination Act (HB 2422) passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a vote of 88-0 today. If you are from Oklahoma, and possibly even if you are not, you may ask what does HB 2422 do, exactly. It's simple, really. This legislation would require schools to treat expressions of faith by students the same as they treat any other expressions by students. Here is a better description of what the bill would do, along with comments from its author, State Representative John Bennett. The Okie Blaze - The bill would require school districts to adopt a “Model Religious...
  • Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'

    02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 2/14/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    CNSNews.com) – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government...
  • Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

    02/14/2014 5:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 14, 2014 - 1:59 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. …
  • United Nations Scolds Catholic Church On Human Rights

    02/11/2014 11:31:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Anti-Religion: Ignoring abhorrences such as China's one-child policy and atrocities condoned by Shariah law, a U.N. committee tells the Vatican to deal with abusive priests and change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. That the report issued by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child would mention the instances of abuse of children by priests in the United States is not surprising. What is surprising and unfortunate is that the U.N. would act as if the Catholic Church had done nothing about it and use the report as a springboard to attack the core doctrines of a...
  • Reagan on Religious Tolerance

    02/10/2014 7:48:08 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2-10-14 | Paul Kengor
    Every conservative by now should have noticed that February has become Ronald Reagan Month for Republicans. The man’s birthday was last week, February 6, the forerunner to Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), Washington’s birthday (February 22), and President’s Day (February 17). Throughout the nation, county and statewide Republican groups have been changing their longtime annual Lincoln Day dinners into Reagan Day dinners. I’m speaking on Reagan multiple times this month, including at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, where we’re releasing (pardon the plug) my new book that endeavors to answer the question “What is a Reagan conservative?” Thus, this...
  • Gen. Boykin to Congress: Religious Liberty Must Be Affirmed, Cherished in Military

    02/04/2014 7:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2014 - 5:06 PM | Penny Starr
    In a statement put into the record at a Jan. 29, 2014 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel, retired Lt. Gen. William “Gerry” Boykin, said religious liberty is a “core value of our nation,” and that religious beliefs “sustain” troops who face harm or death in the course of performing their duties. “In sum, religious freedom and expression is not something to be given begrudging accommodation,” Boykin, the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command, said on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC) as its executive vice president. “It is a core value...
  • Archbishop Lori welcomes Supreme Court injunction protecting Little Sisters

    01/28/2014 1:45:58 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/28/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Archbishop William E. Lori welcomed a Jan. 24 Supreme Court order that affirms an injunction blocking enforcement of a mandate requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance for their employees. The order affirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Dec. 31 order in the case. It temporarily blocks the federal government from requiring the sisters and their co-plaintiffs at Christian Brothers Services from having to meet that requirement of the Affordable Care Act. “This is certainly a preliminary victory, but I’d also say a significant victory,” said Archbishop Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc...
  • Obama Proclaims ‘Religious Freedom Day’ While Fighting 91 Religious Liberty Lawsuits

    01/19/2014 9:52:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2014 - 4:08 PM | Craig Bannister
    On Wednesday, Pres. Obama declared today “Religious Freedom Day”—even as his administration continues its court fights against those seeking religious liberty. While fighting 91 different lawsuits against his HHS mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives, Obama even vowed to “remain committed to promoting religious freedom” in his proclamation. …
  • HB744 Forces Gay Agenda on Hawaii Churches

    01/18/2014 11:01:01 PM PST · by kaehurowing · 26 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | January 17, 2014 | Hawaii Family Advocates
    HB744 will prevent discrimination on the basis “race, religion or sexual orientation” in any “…activity receiving state or county financial assistance or utilizing state or county facilities.” Activities that constitute discrimination include: exclusion “from participation in, be(ing) denied the benefits of, or be(ing) subjected to discrimination”. Using this broad language, any church or religious organization holding services at a state or county facility (such as a public school cafeteria or auditorium) could not deny services or benefits associated with their organization. This could include participation in services, membership to the religious organization or even the sanctioning of a same-sex marriage....
  • Obama Admin Tells Supreme Court: Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    01/14/2014 9:37:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | Matthew Clark
    If we wanted your religious beliefs on abortion-pill coverage, we’d give them to you appears to be the latest in an untenable string of arguments from the Obama DOJ over the HHS Mandate. On Friday, the DOJ filed its response to the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. Politico has the latest on the DOJ’s arguments: In arguments filed late Friday, Justice Department lawyers told the court that an employer’s religious beliefs aren’t a legitimate reason to deny something as important as preventive care to an employee who is entitled to it under the health law. “The connection is...
  • Who should we blame for gay ‘marriage’? It’s not who you think

    01/14/2014 9:30:26 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1-14-14 | Carissa Mulder
    Last November marked the twentieth anniversary of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At an event hosted by the Newseum and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, RFRA’s champions shared stories of how the statute came into being and the long odds it had to overcome. Though no one was resting on his or her laurels, there was a general sense of a job well-done. And then Douglas Laycock, one of the primary architects of RFRA, began to speak. He warned that millions of Americans view religious liberty as their enemy because they resent religion’s interference in their sex lives....
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian — it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • Catholic Bishops Declare Obama's 'Unjust and Illegal Mandate' 'A Violation of Personal Civil Rights'

    03/19/2012 12:41:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 18, 2012
    New York Archbishop at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican last month when he was installed as a cardinal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Editor's Note: The leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week issued a statement reiterating the conviction of the Catholic Church in the United States that President Barack Obama's mandate that all insurance plans--including those that are purchased by and provided by Catholics and Catholic institutions--must provide free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients is an "unjust and illegal mandate."The Administrative Committee of the conference, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, declared the mandate...
  • Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty

    02/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views
    CE.com ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty   PoliticsFebruary 23rd, 2012 Rebecca Ryskind Teti Bishops from the dioceses of Baltimore, Washington and Military Services were in Rome this month, making their requisite ad limina visit to Rome to pray at the tomb of St. Peter and renew their allegiance to his successor.It was a religious duty they were observing, but the Pope chose to speak to them not of prayer or sacraments, but about threats to religious liberty, the proper relations between Church and State and the role of the Catholic citizen in a secular nation.His appeal to all Catholics to defend...
  • Seeking Accommodation (Obama Administration vs. the Religious Freedom Restoration Act)

    01/08/2014 2:29:15 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 8, 2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    People forget it now, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the law that companies and nonprofit organizations are using to fight the Obama administration’s requirement that almost all employers cover contraception, sterilization, and drugs that may cause abortion in their insurance plans — was controversial among conservatives in its first years. The old debate over it should remind us of two truths that, while compatible, are in tension with each other: The principle for which conservatives are fighting in today’s cases is important, and it is not absolute.The story starts in the 1980s, when two drug counselors in...
  • Now is the time for Congress to delay 'onerous burden' of HHS mandate

    01/06/2014 9:28:26 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/4/13 | Archbishop Lori
    Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to the freedom of worship. This resonates with the rich tradition of religious liberty in our country, which has long allowed Catholics and other people of faith to live out their beliefs beyond the sanctuary, whether by healing the sick, educating the young or feeding and clothing the poor. But a mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) now jeopardizes...
  • Obama Versus the Nuns: Threatening to Take Away Their Religious Freedom

    01/03/2014 8:29:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - One of Obamacare's worst mandates that threatens to undermine our religious freedoms has run into a small, determined band of Catholic nuns. As key parts of President Obama's health care program went into effect Wednesday, a surprising Supreme Court order delayed a provision that will force religious groups to provide birth control procedures in their health insurance plans. In a David versus Goliath legal battle, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the stay late Tuesday in response to a plea from the Little Sisters of the Poor, a nonprofit order of nuns in Colorado who provide charitable services to low...
  • Congress Defends Religious Freedom for the Troops

    01/03/2014 6:10:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    It was a rare and welcome victory for religious freedom for our all-volunteer military. Congress approved—and President Obama the day after Christmas signed—the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This new law contains stronger language than ever before that assures our service members do not have to give up their own freedoms while protecting ours. This new law contains some of Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) provisions to assure better implementation of freedom guarantees. In the past, the Obama administration has largely ignored protections for service members. This law provides clear deadlines for the Defense Department to issue new regulations. Military...
  • Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops: ‘We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It’

    03/04/2012 12:44:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Pope Benedict XVI makes Archbishop Timothy Dolan a cardinal of the Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 2012 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration’s command—issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president’s health-care plan--that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings...
  • Religious Liberty Homily

    02/27/2012 8:08:12 AM PST · by mkmensinger · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-5-12 | Youtube
    Religious liberty homily
  • New Rule Excludes Religious Workers from Benefits Offered to Others. (Federal Hostile Secularism)

    02/17/2012 2:24:16 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As the recent battle for a proper understanding of religious liberty shows, our culture and many of our government leaders and organizations are becoming increasingly secularized and hostile to religion and religious practice.Yet another example of this is a recent rule change in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). According to this program, a person who has been engaged in Public Service employment for ten years, can have the remainder of their Student Loan form the government forgiven, presuming they have faithfully been paying it up till then.However, a recent rule change now excludes those who are involved in any...
  • Religious Freedom and Protecting Healthcare for Women and Children

    03/16/2012 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/16/12 | Msgr Charles Pope
    “These are the ones most grateful to you for the new well . . .” With that, the chieftain of this Islamic village in Ethiopia, not far from Meki, took me over to meet about twenty beaming young girls, all who looked to be about the age of my niece, Grace, seven or eight years old. I was in the village with a delegation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the acclaimed international assistance agency supported by the Catholic community of the United States.  We had just been enthusiastically welcomed to this small village to bless and start-up their new well,...
  • The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedom

    07/05/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedomBy: Msgr. Charles Pope It is the Fourth of July and a day to reflect on Liberty, on Freedom. And yet many today have concerns that their freedom is being eroded by increasing and over-reaching governmental intrusion.And, while as Catholics steeped in the moral vision of the Scriptures and Tradition we seek to balance individual rights and the common good, we do rightly have concerns that one of our most fundamental rights recognized in the very First Amendment is being threatened by an unprecedented mandate that...
  • Who is a Threat to Whom? More Attacks to Religious Freedom and the Real Purpose of the 1st Amdnt

    12/01/2011 3:36:47 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 1, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple of items have appeared in the news which, when juxtaposed, go a long way to show just who the real threat is in the Church/State debate of recent decades. I’d like to excerpt these stories and make some comments. But first, we do well to recall the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The part...