Fortnight for Freedom

US State Department recognizes ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:57 pm .- Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State.

Spanish court throws out 'hate crime' complaint against archbishop

Aug 10, 2017 - 06:37 am .- A Spanish state prosecutor has dismissed a ‘hate crime’ complaint against the Archbishop of Granada after an LGBT activist group claimed he had preached hate against transgender people in a homily.

Catholic group fighting HHS mandate disappointed exemption still unissued

Aug 1, 2017 - 09:02 pm .- After the US Department of Justice did not drop its appeal of a contraceptive mandate lawsuit by the Catholic Benefits Association on Monday, the group expressed its disappointment.

Former Senator Sam Brownback tapped for religious freedom ambassador

Jul 27, 2017 - 02:45 pm .- Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas (R) on Wednesday was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Could a California bill make Catholic conduct codes illegal?

Jul 21, 2017 - 06:02 pm .- Pro-abortion groups are lobbying for a California law that Catholic leaders warn would open employers like Catholic schools to lawsuits for asking teachers to follow their codes of conduct.

Court sides with NY archdiocese in major religious liberty decision

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:00 pm .- A federal court ruled Friday that the Archdiocese of New York had the right not to hire a diocesan school principal in a First Amendment religious freedom decision.

Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

Jul 14, 2017 - 10:32 pm .- Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Supreme Court rules in favor of church in crucial First Amendment case

Jun 26, 2017 - 05:32 pm .- In one of the biggest religious cases of the term, the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a church-owned playground can be eligible for a public benefit program.

US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 22, 2017 - 03:08 am .- The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.

US bishops vote to make religious freedom committee permanent

Jun 15, 2017 - 07:57 pm .- The U.S. bishops voted on Thursday to make their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty a permanent committee of the national bishops’ conference.

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