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Could doctors be forced to perform sex reassignment surgeries?

Aug 24, 2016 - 08:03 pm .- Following the federal government stating that doctors cannot decline performing sex reassignment surgeries, a group of states, doctors, and hospitals are suing in the name of medical ethics.

Challenge to Maryland Ten Commandments statue dropped

Aug 19, 2016 - 12:17 am .- A monument of the Ten Commandments outside a Maryland courthouse is safe, after a lawsuit against it was dropped this week.

Critics find a lot to doubt about Hillary Clinton's pro-religious freedom claims

Aug 17, 2016 - 05:43 pm .- Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has claimed to be a defender of religious freedom. But does it match the facts?

California religious colleges dodge a bullet. But what's next?

Aug 16, 2016 - 04:49 pm .- A bill that threatened to defund California religious colleges that do not accept same-sex marriage and gender ideology has been amended, but the danger could return.  

Pittsburgh diocese: Government is violating Supreme Court mandate order

Aug 13, 2016 - 03:18 pm .- Despite a Supreme Court order seeming to protect its religious freedom, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says the federal government continues to exert strong pressure to force contraceptives into its health care plans.

The deadly danger of global blasphemy laws

Aug 10, 2016 - 03:10 pm .- Among the biggest threats to religious freedom worldwide are blasphemy laws, the State Department said in its annual religious freedom report, released Wednesday.

This California bill could hurt poor students at religious schools

Aug 8, 2016 - 06:07 pm .- Religious students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be most affected by a California bill threatening state-backed student grants to schools that disagree with same-sex marriage and gender ideology.  

Little Sisters, big courage: Nuns' religious freedom stand wins award

Aug 3, 2016 - 09:29 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have received the Knights of Columbus’ highest honor for their fight for religious liberty and their continued service to the elderly poor.  

Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:07 am .- Leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show efforts to arrange a meeting with a key NGO working to end religious liberty protections.

NBA 'unreasonable' in moving All Star game from North Carolina

Jul 22, 2016 - 02:49 pm .- The National Basketball Association’s decision to pull its all-star game from Charlotte, North Carolina over the state’s bathroom bill has drawn criticism from those who say the decision is hypocritical.

Where are the values at the Republican National Convention?

Jul 21, 2016 - 04:58 pm .- As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws to a close, some Catholics are concerned about a perceived lack of priority given to pro-life, marriage, and religious freedom issues in the GOP.

US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:44 am .- Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage.

Will new 'civil rights' silence churches? In Iowa, the fear is real.

Jul 9, 2016 - 06:44 am .- An Iowa church fears the state civil rights commission could penalize it for preaching and following its views on homosexuality and transgender issues – including penalties for single-sex bathrooms.  

Court rules Christian Mingle must allow LGBT couples

Jul 6, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A California court ruled last week that ChristianMingle and it’s affiliate faith-based dating websites must allow LGBT singles to search and be matched with people of the same gender.

Saints, martyrs and the cross โ€“ Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

Jul 6, 2016 - 12:42 am .- As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral.

Why one bishop thinks you should be a 'footnote' for Christ

Jul 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm .- On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.

The story behind the Catholic Church in the United States

Jul 4, 2016 - 12:22 pm .- Both the Catholic Church and the tradition of religious freedom can trace their roots in the United States to the earliest days of the founding of Maryland, says a new documentary premiering on EWTN over the Fourth of July Weekend.  

ACLU targets grants for pro-life groups that aid migrants

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:01 am .- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.

'An ominous sign' โ€“ Supreme Court refuses to hear Washington pharmacy case

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:11 am .- The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a conscience rights case raised by pro-life pharmacy owners came with a stark warning from the three dissenting justices who voiced concerns about the future of religious liberty in the U.S.

California leaders are threatening Catholic colleges. Again.

Jun 28, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A bill that strips longstanding legal protections for religious colleges and universities is underway in the California legislature – and some say it will imperil Catholic education unless changes are made.

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