Tag: "religious freedom"

A Case for Catholic Education
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A Case for Catholic Education

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The National Catholic Educational Association paints a bleak picture for Catholic education in America. There are currently only 6,568 Catholic schools remaining in the USA. During 2014 an additional 88 schools closed or consolidated, while only 27 new schools opened. About 2 million students attend Catholic schools, of which 328,000 plus are non-Catholic. This is […]

An Uncomfortable Religion
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An Uncomfortable Religion

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the controversy surrounding Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. Debates on this issue ultimately boil down to a question of liberty v. justice. Christian business owners invoke their First Amendment right to exercise their conscience when it comes to whose patronage they […]

Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a <em>Forbidden God</em>?
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Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a Forbidden God?

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No matter what side of the debate you find yourself on, the heated discussion surrounding Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom restoration act is infuriating. For those who honestly condemn bigotry it appears to be a discriminatory power grab, one that is nothing less than downright disheartening. For those who welcome the measure, they see a […]

A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law
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A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

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This past week Indiana adopted a state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This law imposes a higher standard of review when the state or a local government passes laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion. However, the law has unfairly been characterized as legislation that would authorize, or even […]

Supreme Court Considers Landmark Case on Public Prayer
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Supreme Court Considers Landmark Case on Public Prayer

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The Supreme Court is hearing a landmark case whether public meetings may begin with prayer, but it could have wider implications on the foundational American principle of freedom of religion. The town of Greece, New York, opens its public meetings by allowing citizens to voluntarily deliver prayers. In February 2008, Americans United for Separation of […]

Catholic Bishops Say ENDA Could ‘Punish’ Traditional Religious Views
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Catholic Bishops Say ENDA Could ‘Punish’ Traditional Religious Views

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A bill to forbid “discrimination” against homosexuals and transgender employees could “punish” those who hold to traditional views about sexuality and biology, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) warns. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would penalize employers accused of discriminating against gay, bisexual, or transgender employees. But the Catholic bishops and other Christian critics […]

Government Shuts Down Catholic Services on Navy Base
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Government Shuts Down Catholic Services on Navy Base

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In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated […]

Religious Sisters File First Class-Action Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate
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Religious Sisters File First Class-Action Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate

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Today, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of Sisters dedicated to caring for the elderly poor (see video).  Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they […]

Mock ‘Marriage’ and the Death of Freedom
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Mock ‘Marriage’ and the Death of Freedom

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While poorly decided U.S. Supreme Court cases are a dime a dozen, prior to last Wednesday, two stood out among the most wretched and constitutionally groundless in American History. First was the 1857 Dred Scott decision. Among other things, it robbed African-Americans of both their U.S. citizenship and their dignity. Next came the 1973 ruling […]

Exchanging Liberty for Tyranny
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Exchanging Liberty for Tyranny

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“The only foundation for .  .  . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” Benjamin Rush Conservative Christians like myself love quotes like this, and the nice thing […]

Is Religious Freedom <em>Really</em> the Issue?
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Is Religious Freedom Really the Issue?

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Religious Freedom is an important issue.  But, it’s the WRONG defense in the fight over Obama’s mandate. And here is a perfect explanation why that is so, found in one of the comments in this YouTube clip: “…As you may know Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in blood transfusions.  Do you think a Jehovah Witness […]

Obama Mandate--Extermination of Religious Freedom
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Obama Mandate–Extermination of Religious Freedom

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The latest action from the Obama administration is but another sleight of hand designed to ignore the objections of those who have expressed concerns about providing insurance coverage to employees for birth control services while claiming that quite the opposite is true. On February 1, the Obama administration announced a “compromise” on the contraceptive mandate […]

Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama On Re-Election
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Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama On Re-Election

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Promises bishops will continue to work to defend life, marriage, religious freedom Urges President to work for most vulnerable, including unborn, poor, immigrants Asks for restoration of civility to the public order Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President Barack Obama, November 7, the day after […]

Viral Video: Mom of Seven Impacts the Nation
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Viral Video: Mom of Seven Impacts the Nation

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What can a homeschooling mother of seven children possibly do to touch our entire nation? Pray? Sure. Raise responsible, future citizens? Of course. Found a national organization and make a video with well over 2 million views that can impact the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election? It’s what Adriana Gonzalez of Florida did. Yet, […]

Dear "Pro-Choice" NYer, You Got What You Asked For
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Dear “Pro-Choice” NYer, You Got What You Asked For

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Dear “Pro-Choice” NYer, You wanted to do whatever you wanted to do with your body, and then claim you had a right to kill your own children when you conceived them because it was just so unfair for anyone to expect you to let a child ever use you against your will. You said you […]

Mayors Chicken Out of True Family Values
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Mayors Chicken Out of True Family Values

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A chicken, a big-city mayor and a duck walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “What is this, a joke?” Ba-da-bum. Unfortunately, last week’s brouhaha over remarks made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy is not a joke, nor is the bullying his company is experiencing at the hands of Boston Mayor Thomas […]

The Fortnight, The Pill, and the False Dichotomy
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The Fortnight, The Pill, and the False Dichotomy

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On the eve of the Fortnight for Freedom, there are those within the Catholic Church who are denying that the two-week observance has anything to do with the Church’s teaching on contraception and everything to do with upholding the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religious expression. That’s a false dichotomy and misattribution of the […]

Rallies Call for Standing Up for Religious Freedom
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Rallies Call for Standing Up for Religious Freedom

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When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it won’t only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our children’s generation. The beliefs and values that once served as the […]