Fortnight for Freedom

Religious freedom nominee's record prompts worry

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:10 pm .- The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home.

Critics: global religious freedom report falls short of action needed

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:44 pm .- As the U.S. State Department releases its annual global religious freedom report, observers say that the government must take more action to fight persecution and secure religious liberty around the world.

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:28 pm .- While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate resources must be given for the position to be effective.

Religious liberty 'fundamental' to human dignity, bishops affirm

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:55 pm .- In a recent interview with CNA, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization.

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Jul 17, 2014 - 06:06 pm .- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said.

Senate rejects bill to end employer conscience protections

Jul 16, 2014 - 09:36 pm .- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that opponents warned would have stripped conscience protections for businesses, drawing a response of cautious relief.

Senate bill would strip conscience protections, bishops warn

Jul 16, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would deny conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage.

Bishop: Hobby Lobby case shows need to fight secularism

Jul 15, 2014 - 06:02 pm .- Despite the recent Hobby Lobby court victory, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. stressed the need for Catholics to continue to evangelize and fight against the prevailing culture of secularism.

US House reapproves religious freedom commission

Jul 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm .- The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, with commission supporters urging more attention to religious persecution.

Hobby Lobby ruling aids Michigan woman's lawsuit

Jul 11, 2014 - 10:28 pm .- Following the Hobby Lobby decision upholding religious freedom, a woman business owner has secured a court injunction against the HHS mandate requiring coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

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