Fortnight for Freedom

Supreme Court protects Pennsylvania charities from HHS mandate

Jun 30, 2015 - 06:30 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order protecting a group of Pennsylvania religious institutions from being required by the federal contraception mandate to violate their faith.

Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Jun 26, 2015 - 06:00 am .- A new bill protecting the religious liberty traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation?  The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that no sexual relations should take place outside this bond. “In a climate of increasing intolerance, these protections are very much needed,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a letter to the bill’s sponsors.

Modern martyrs should inspire US Christians, archbishop says

Jun 22, 2015 - 10:11 pm .- The plight of persecuted religious believers overseas should inspire American Catholics and others to continue their defense of religious freedom at home, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said.

Her husband has been jailed and tortured in Iran - but her faith hasn't wavered

Jun 4, 2015 - 12:21 pm .- The wife of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress to work for his release, while voicing the consolation they have found in their Christian faith.

Florist asks court to overturn mandatory gay marriage support

Jun 4, 2015 - 06:24 am .- A florist has appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court to review court rulings that could cause her financial ruin because she declined to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony.

How the Supreme Court's hijab decision helps faith in the workplace

Jun 3, 2015 - 10:17 pm .- Many religious believers will benefit from the Supreme Court’s Monday decision that a clothing store wrongly discriminated against a prospective employee whose Muslim beliefs required her to wear a hijab, one legal expert has said.

How a baker in Northern Ireland is standing up for faith in the workplace

Jun 2, 2015 - 06:04 am .- After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners have decided to appeal the decision, hoping to promote the place of faith in the public square.

Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American's religious freedom fight

May 29, 2015 - 09:03 pm .- A Native American tribe leader has been threatened with time in prison for his religious use of eagle feathers, and his case is currently before federal court.

Judges shoot down Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate

May 21, 2015 - 10:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

International Criminal Court should step up against ISIS, report advises

May 4, 2015 - 08:52 pm .- The atrocities committed by the Islamic State require a strong global response, including action by the International Criminal Court, said a prominent religious freedom report April 30.

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