Religious Freedom

April 4, 2014

Obama Urged to Create Envoy for Religious Minorities After Papal Meeting

Of special concern to Rep. Frank Wolf, who wrote the March 27 letter appealing to the president, were those in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

March 27, 2014

Pope Francis, President Obama Discuss Religious Freedom, Life Issues and Immigration Reform

The 52-minute meeting also touched upon human trafficking and conflict resolution.

March 14, 2014

Case of German Home-School Family Cause for Celebration and Concern

American home-schooling groups are happy that the Romeike family avoided deportation, but worry the U.S. government’s handling of the situation sends a mixed message on home-schoolers’ rights.

March 5, 2014

Ukrainian Priest Discusses His Homeland and the Perils of the Russian Presence in Crimea

A Register interview with Father Yuriy Sakvuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

January 14, 2014

‘USA Today’ to Obama: Leave the Little Sisters Alone

The daily newspaper’s editors call the administration’s effort ‘a political loser.’

December 19, 2013

‘Extreme’ Judicial Appointee Confirmed to Key Court Position

The confirmation of Judge Cornelia 'Nina' Pillard to the federal appellate court draws concern over her record on abortion and religious freedom.

October 18, 2013

National Organization for Marriage Sues IRS for Disclosure of Tax Returns

The lawyer for the organization says the measure is ‘in order to discover who committed these felonies against us and then hopefully get them prosecuted as a deterrent to future abuse by IRS officials.’

October 16, 2013

Government Allows Contract Priest to Celebrate Mass on Naval Base

One day after a lawsuit was filed in federal court challenging the suspension of Sunday Mass at the base, Justice Department attorneys said the priest could return.

October 11, 2013

Bill Introduced to Reveal Abortion Charges in Insurance Exchanges

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and co-sponsored by 70 other members of the House.

October 11, 2013

Long Islanders Gather for Massive Rosary Rally for Freedom

Hundreds turn out to pray the Rosary and rally for religious liberty threatened by the HHS mandate.

August 30, 2013

Bishop Morlino Highlights Link Between Religious Liberty and Natural Law

‘Catholics don’t observe the natural law because we’re Catholic; Catholics observe the natural law because it is true,’ the shepherd of Madison, Wis., said.

August 20, 2013

Catholic League Petition Demands End to HHS Mandate

The organization’s president, Bill Donohue, argues the Obama administration must scrap the HHS mandate now that repeated fixes have failed.

August 12, 2013

Charles LiMandri: Lawyer on the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

The counselor who defended the Proposition 8 petition drive and the Mount Soledad Cross case in court takes the helm of his own firm.

July 25, 2013

Lawyer Brothers Sue to Overturn HHS’ Contraception Mandate

Michael and Shaun Willis are the latest to file a lawsuit alleging the federal government has violated their constitutional right to religious freedom.

July 25, 2013

Robert George to Head U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

The July 23 appointment highlights the Catholic scholar’s striking influence on Washington policy debates, spanning global human rights as well as marriage and pro-life advocacy.

July 16, 2013

Proposition 8 Still Applies in California, Backers Say

A legal brief filed by Alliance Defending Freedom alleges that state officials acted incorrectly in response to the recent Supreme Court decision.

July 9, 2013

U.S. Bishops: Concerns Remain Over Final Contraception Mandate

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York explains in a July 3 statement that, based on a preliminary analysis of the mandate, there’s no reason for the Church to stop fighting for religious freedom.

July 3, 2013

Faith Groups Unite to Stress Need for HHS Mandate Exemptions

Archbishop Lori and more than 100 other religious leaders and scholars from a variety of faith traditions signed an open letter emphasizing the risks to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.

June 28, 2013

Hobby Lobby Moves Forward in Seeking Mandate Reprieve

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted en banc consideration of Hobby Lobby’s appeal and reversed a lower district court’s ruling from last December.

June 25, 2013

Catholics, Baptists Come Together Over Conscience-Rights Bill

Archbishop William Lori and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve freedom of religion and conscience.

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