HHS’s About-Face on Religious Liberty By John Stonestreet & G. Shane Morris According to the records, in Fiscal Year 2018 the U.S. Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office received over a thousand complaints, alleging conscience violations or religious discrimination. That’s significantly more than in any year recorded under the previous presidential administration. One complaint …Continue reading "From Forcing Nuns to Freeing Nurses"
Editor’s note. The following includes information sent out in a release by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Last month the Obama Administration asked the United States Supreme Court to take up the case of Hobby Lobby, a chain of more than 500 arts and crafts stores. Today Hobby Lobby asked the court to review …Continue reading "Hobby Lobby joins Obama Administration in asking Supreme Court to Take Its Appeal"
By Ernest Ohlhoff, director NRLC Outreach Editor’s note. The following is based on material provided by EWTN. EWTN Global Catholic Network is available in over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories, making it the largest religious media network in the world. Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the U.S. District Court …Continue reading "Judge dismisses EWTN Lawsuit against HHS Mandate: Network Vows to Continue to Oppose “unjust rules”"
By Dave Andrusko “The Obama administration’s latest revision of its contraceptive policy was welcomed by some religious people as a breakthrough, even a ‘miracle.’ Upon reflection, it seems less like the parting of the Red Sea than a parlor trick.” — Columnist Michael Gerson in Wednesday’s Washington Post. As you read here last Friday, the …Continue reading "Latest Obama “accommodation” falls flat"
By Dave Andrusko Another day, another court decision regarding the Obama Administration’s ultra-controversial HHS mandate which requires employers to purchase health insurance for their employees that includes coverage for items and procedures that they have moral or religious objections to. Yesterday a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted …Continue reading "Appeals Court panel temporarily blocks HHS mandate"
By Dave Andrusko U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton yesterday denied a request by the privately held retail chain Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of ObamaCare that mandate insurance coverage for contraceptives the company’s Christian owners said would violate their freedom beliefs. “We disagree with this decision and we will immediately appeal …Continue reading "Federal Judges refuses request for preliminary injunction against ObamaCare mandate"
By Dave Andrusko Even though busy chortling that pro-abortion President Barack Obama has been re-elected, the usual suspects understand that there is no chance the Pro-Life Movement will downshift. With the 40th anniversary of Roe around the corner, pro-lifers are gearing up to do more of what we have done in the past, only better, …Continue reading "Pro-Lifers refused to be intimidated into silence; USCCB vows “robust” defense of religious liberty"
By Dave Andrusko When last we saw Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), he was delivering a powerfully pro-life speech that culminated the Democratic National Convention. It was a “teachable moment,” which is why so many pro-abortion bloggers ripped the Cardinal for his tour de force. By …Continue reading "“Let Freedom Ring,” Cardinal Dolan says, as he warns of threats against religious liberties"
By Dave Andrusko It is the nature of time-specific campaigns that once they are over, it’s easy for the wider public to subconsciously think, “Well, that’s that.” A piece in HuffingtonPost.com last week, written by the Director of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, makes it clear in the opening two sentences that …Continue reading "”Fortnight for Freedom” just the beginning"
By Dave Andrusko Kudos to National Review Online for including a link to a speech pro-life Mitt Romney recently delivered in Ohio and to the Family Research Council for transcribing the relevant section. Once you read his remarks, I hope you’ll continue to read the rest of this blog item: Gov. Romney is not getting …Continue reading "Mitt Romney’s Passionate Defense of Religious Liberty"
By Dave Andrusko While the Friday decision by a federal judge was only a first step and limited to a single company, it’s very encouraging nonetheless that Colorado District Judge John Kane halted enforcement of Obama’s mandate against a family-owned business while a lawsuit challenging the mandate is pursued in court. The mandate which has …Continue reading "Decision by Federal Judge big victory for religious liberty"
By Dave Andrusko When it comes to public policy issues, sometimes still waters run deep. Or, put another way, an issue can burn red-hot–in the sense of getting enormous attention–and then seem to retreat. But, in fact, if people are seriously upset, public visibility has little to do with whether resistance is more quietly mounting. …Continue reading "Obama Mandate awakens appreciation of the importance of religious liberty"