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Stanford Inaugurates Nation’s Only Legal Clinic for Religious Freedom (3679)

‘One of a kind’ program will train law students to litigate religious-freedom cases.

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Stanford Law School.

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STANFORD, Calif. — Religious-freedom debates have shaped the American experiment in ordered liberty since its foundation and still fire the passions of its citizens.

Capitol Hill and state legislatures often draw much of the heat during partisan contests over issues like prayer in public schools, immigration or the federal contraception mandate. But the nation’s courts are often the places where religious plaintiffs find relief in their quest for legal accommodation for beliefs and practices that challenge community standards or government regulations.

Mindful of the need to train a new generation of lawyers capable of effectively litigating a broad array of First Amendment and...READ MORE

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Justin Bieber's Mother Adds Her Voice to the Pro-Life 'Crescendo' (10712)

The mother of the pop-music star is executive producer of a new movie.

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A scene from 'Crescendo'

– MovietoMovement.com

LOS ANGELES — The producers behind the new award-winning short film Crescendo hope that their film has the same kind of life-altering effect as movies such as October Baby and Bella.

Created by the same team that put together Bella, the debut of Crescendo Feb. 28 also features a video testimony by Pattie Mallette, the mother of pop-music teen favorite Justin Bieber, as a fundraising appeal for crisis-pregnancy centers nationwide.

Producers Eduardo Verástegui, Jason Jones and Leo Severino plan to debut the 15-minute film, and Mallette’s appeal to raise funds for crisis-pregnancy centers around the country, at individual- and organization-hosted showings. Their goal is to release the...READ MORE

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Changes to March for Life Focus on Engaging Culture (2119)

Exciting new features have been aimed at young people and cultural renewal, according to the March for Life's new president, Jeanne Monahan.

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Student participants at the March for Life 2012.

– Catholic News Agency

WASHINGTON — When hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the nation’s capital next week for the March for Life this year, they will be met with exciting changes aimed at young people and cultural renewal, said the event’s leader.

“I think it’s really a spiritual battle,” Jeanne Monahan, March for Life's president, told Catholic News Agency on Jan. 15. “This march does have a huge impact on actually saving lives.”

Forty years after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion throughout America, the March for Life is looking forward to continuing this impact with Monahan, who took over as head of the organization last year.

“The rally will have a really different...READ MORE

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‘Religious Freedom Day’ Prompts Renewed Opposition to Mandate (1960)

Advocates for religious liberty criticize President Obama’s failure to acknowledge the religious-liberty threat posed by the federal contraception mandate.

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– WIkipedia

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s designation of a national Religious Freedom Day is leading to calls for his administration to show greater respect for the conscience rights of Americans.

“If it is not to be an empty promise,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “religious freedom must also include acting on one’s deepest religious beliefs when one is feeding the poor, caring for the sick, educating the young or running a business.”

Duncan welcomed the president’s proclamation but expressed regret over its failure to acknowledge the threats to religious freedom posed by the controversial contraception mandate.

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‘Civil Disobedience’ Would Expose HHS Mandate ‘Tyranny’ (7947)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli advises citizens to risk jail, if necessary, to protest against the contraceptive and abortifacient health insurance mandate.

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Martin Luther King, Jr in a holding cell in Birmingham, Ala., in October 1967.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Citizens should defy the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, even to the point of going to jail, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a recent radio interview.

Cuccinelli, a Catholic who is running this year for governor of Virginia, told conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace that civil disobedience would expose the “tyranny” behind the federal law that would compel religiously affiliated organizations and private businesses to cover contraception, abortifacients and sterilization in their employee health-insurance plans.

“My local bishop said he told a group, ‘Well, you know, I told a group I’m ready to go to jail,’ and I told him, ‘Bishop,...READ MORE

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U.S. Asked to Intervene for Christian Citizen Jailed in Iran (1718)

Pastor Saeed Abedini angered the Iranian government by helping start house churches after converting from Islam to Christianity.

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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — A U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith could face execution if the government is not pressured to release him, warned an international religious-freedom advocacy group.

“As more individuals and governments around the world take notice of Pastor Saeed’s case, the pressure on Iran to release him and stop violating religious liberty will increase,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice.

In a Jan. 14 post on the law center’s website, Sekulow explained that immediate action is essential, “as the Iranian regime is clearly bent on rushing through a sham trial that leaves counsel unprepared and in...READ MORE

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What the BBC Won't Tell You About the Paris Rally in Defense of Marriage and Much More! (4638)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What the B. B. C. Won’t Tell You About Paris Rally in Defense of Marriage. Follow the link by blogger Deacon Nick Donnelly to read more.

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Evangelizing Young Adults - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, First Things/On The Square

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury – Fr. Charles Klamut, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Friendship: What Fellowship can Light have with Darkness? – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

Timeless Fashion Advice from St. Francis de Sales – Anabelle Hazard, Ignitum Today

On Downton Abbey and Being Catholic - Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

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More Than 1,000 English Priests Write Letter Defending Marriage (2298)

The U.K.’s same-sex ‘marriage’ plan would ‘severely restrict the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage,’ the letter warns.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron

– Wikipedia

LONDON — More than 1,000 priests signed a letter to a British daily newspaper urging local lawmakers “not to be afraid to reject” a proposed measure that would allow for same-sex “marriage” in the country.

“Legislation for same-sex 'marriage,' should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences,” warned the letter, which was published Jan. 12.

The move would “severely restrict” Catholics’ ability to “teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship,” the priests said.

In December, the Conservative government announced plans to introduce legislation allowing for same-sex “marriage” before 2015. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said...READ MORE

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