Persecution abroad moves us to guard freedom here, and Executive jihad on traditional sexual morality

As heartrending reports trickle out from the Middle East and elsewhere of persecution turned to pogram, our sorrow and sympathy blend with relief that we Christians in the West are the lucky ones, the ones who live out of harm’s way. (Here are five things we can do right now to help our persecuted brothers and […]

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A victory! Hobby Lobby decision Q&A

In a dramatic end to its session, the U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions this morning, including the highly-awaited Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., whose oral argument and decision were joined with Sebelius v. Conestoga Wood Specialties. The owners (Evangelical Christians and Mennonites, respectively) of both closely held for-profit corporations had challenged the Affordable Care […]

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Cardinal hails Supreme Court decision affirming freedom of speech for pro-life Americans

Score one for the good guys and for the First Amendment. In an opinion handed down yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech and unanimously overturned a Massachusetts law that effectively barred pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion clinics, saying that the law imposed “serious burdens” on those who wish to speak with […]

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More Christian martyrs now than under Roman Empire

Pope Francis said on Friday that religious persecution is more widespread now than it was 1,700 years ago. “Nowadays, persecution of Christians is stronger than it was in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs than in that time,” Zenit reported the pontiff as saying. “This is happening 1,700 years after the […]

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Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

(posted by Jessica) Jason Adkins’ recent Faith in the Public Square commentary in the Catholic Spirit… From June 21 to July 4, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. […]

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Pope Francis: Confronting attacks on religious freedom is evangelization

“(E)vangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel and of man’s concrete life, both personal and social.” -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World) (2013) Since the HHS mandate was promulgated, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops has steadily […]

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Jaw-dropping assertions in Third Circuit led to Conestoga Supreme Court appeal

It’s more fun to say “Hobby Lobby,” but the companion case Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius merits attention too. Joined with the Hobby Lobby case for oral agument at the Supreme Court (which took place last Tuesday), Conestoga is on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held that for-profit secular corporations cannot […]

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“Congress plainly wrote RFRA to include corporations” – amicus brief of 15 original enactors

“No government bureaucrat admits that he is against religious liberty, but almost every government bureaucrat thinks his own program is so important that no religious exception can be tolerated.” – leg. history cited in brief in support of Hobby Lobby by 15 senators and representatives, enactors of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This morning, the Supreme Court will hear […]

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First they redefined the words “marriage,” “tolerance,” and “hate.” Next up: “rehabilitation”

Protests and death threats against their children forced a family bakery on Oregon to close after owner Aaron Klein declined to bake a cake for a same-sex couple last January because of his Christian faith. His refusal to make a wedding cake for the lesbian couple triggered a state investigation after they also filed a discrimination […]

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Supreme Court to hear Hobby Lobby arguments; amicus briefs in support filed 2-1 against government

Oral arguments are scheduled in the Supreme Court for March 25 in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, whose arguments have been consolidated. Devout Christians David Green and his family started Hobby Lobby over 40 years ago, and it is one of the country’s largest arts and crafts retailers. Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, saying […]

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