Tag: religious liberty

Bishops urge U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine ‘sex’ in civil rights law

Bishops urge U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine ‘sex’ in civil rights law

| Julie Asher | October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine “sex” in civil rights law, arguing this would change the definition of “a fundamental element of humanity that is the basis of the family and would threaten religious liberty.”

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Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding

Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arizona’s Catholic bishops praised the state Supreme Court’s Sept. 16 decision upholding the refusal by two Christian artists to create custom wedding invitations for same-sex couples based on their religious belief in marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers

Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers

| August 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Aug. 21 welcomed a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations.

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‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

| Pablo Kay | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country.

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Conscientious objection is part of religious freedom, commission says

Conscientious objection is part of religious freedom, commission says

| Cindy Wooden | April 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Full recognition of religious freedom must include recognition of the right of believers to conscientiously object to participating in activities that violate their religious beliefs and religiously inspired moral values, said the International Theological Commission.

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Faith leaders urge Trump, other U.S leaders to uphold religious liberty

Faith leaders urge Trump, other U.S leaders to uphold religious liberty

| April 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than 140 religious leaders, including the chairmen of three U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees, called on President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders to uphold principles of religious freedom following a series of attacks on people of faith, clergy and houses of worship.

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Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

| Kurt Jensen | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Religious freedom is widely misunderstood, prone to being used only for political purposes and is identified by the public mostly with the Republican politicians. And its enshrinement in law requires constant vigilance on all sides.

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Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

| Steve Larkin | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington.

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Religious liberty and constructive freedom

Religious liberty and constructive freedom

| Jason Adkins | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Almost 40 years ago, in June 1979, Pope John Paul II traveled to his homeland of Poland, and within nine days ignited a human rights revolution that continues to shape the Church and the world today.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

Supreme Court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

| Carol Zimmermann | June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.

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Supreme Court to hear case on free speech and crisis pregnancy centers

Supreme Court to hear case on free speech and crisis pregnancy centers

| Carol Zimmermann | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

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Congress urged to let houses of worship seek FEMA aid after disasters

Congress urged to let houses of worship seek FEMA aid after disasters

| September 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lawmakers in Washington were urged to approve a bill introduced in Congress to ensure the fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters “by enabling them to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

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