Obama Mandate awakens appreciation of the importance of 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. …

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Church leaders release open letter on religious liberty

By Adriane Dorr In the aftermath of the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) contentious mandate regarding religious organizations’ coverage of contraceptive services, more than 20 religious leaders have signed their names to a letter — drafted by LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and released June 21 — in support …

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Knights of Columbus Head Says there is “a new hostility to the role of religious institutions in American life at a time when government is expanding its reach in extraordinary ways”

By Dave Andrusko Although it is all faith traditions that Obama’s mandate has in its cross-hairs, it is the Catholic Church which has been most vocal in warning about  the threat to religious liberties posed by the requirement that all religious institutions–universities, hospitals, and charities–pay for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception. Here are …

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USCCB statement “brings a new level of candor” to the way bishops speak about religious liberty

By Dave Andrusko I learned just before posting National Right to Life News Today for Thursday that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)  had issued a very, very important statement. Having a little more time to digest what the document says, here are some additional points of interest to pro-lifers. The twelve-page document, …

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Opposing the Obama Threat to Religious Liberty: It’s Time to Fish or Cut Bait

By Ernest Ohlhoff, Outreach Director Events in 2012 may well determine the future of the pro-life movement for decades to come.  If that sounds extreme, please read on. During the past thirty-four years I have been part of or have witnessed much of the pro-life movement’s history.  While we have not reached our ultimate goal …

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U.S. Bishops Issue Call to Action to Defend Religious Liberty

By Dave Andrusko In a twelve page document, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights. Developed by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, “Our First, Most Cherished …

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