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Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Jul 2, 2013 - 05:18 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

Jul 1, 2013 - 05:57 pm .- A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.

Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

Jun 28, 2013 - 05:31 pm .- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned.

HHS mandate for religious groups finalized with few changes

Jun 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm .- The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it applies to religious employers.

Hobby Lobby moves forward in seeking mandate reprieve

Jun 28, 2013 - 08:48 am .- A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block up to millions of dollars in fines while it continues its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate.

Religious freedom erosion threatens all rights, panel says

Jun 24, 2013 - 05:28 pm .- Federal lawmakers, archdiocesan representatives and leaders of companies and non-profit organizations came together at a Philadelphia forum to publicly support religious liberty from governmental threats.

Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Jun 14, 2013 - 05:15 pm .- Members of the U.S. House's Congressional Values Action Team gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats to religious freedom posed by the recent health care overhaul.

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Jun 11, 2013 - 05:34 pm .- The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

Contraception funding charges inaccurate, NY archdiocese says

May 31, 2013 - 04:03 am .- Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes towards insurance coverage of contraception and abortion are involuntary and do not excuse the federal contraception mandate.

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

May 30, 2013 - 06:12 pm .- True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

Hobby Lobby lawyer encouraged by latest hearing

May 24, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case's hearing before a federal appeals court.

Second Fortnight for Freedom to highlight marriage, mandate

May 14, 2013 - 04:10 am .- The U.S. bishops' conference has announced a second Fortnight for Freedom, scheduled for the two weeks leading up to Interdependence Day, to raise awareness and support for the right to religious liberty.

HHS appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to Bible publisher

May 7, 2013 - 05:00 pm .- An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction.

Cardinal Dolan honored by evangelicals for leadership

Apr 24, 2013 - 04:06 am .- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of Christians for his leadership in standing up for religious freedom.

Knights of Columbus call for end to HHS mandate

Apr 9, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- The Knights of Columbus filed formal comments with the U.S. government on Monday, calling for an end to the Health and Human Services mandate and “a new course” that would not require Americans to cover medical services to which they have religious and moral objections.

Fight against HHS mandate draws thanks from bishops

Apr 8, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- The U.S. bishops have thanked organizations and entities for their courage in fighting a federal contraception mandate that forces employers to pay for services that violate their religious beliefs.

Americans encouraged to join mounting opposition to mandate

Apr 2, 2013 - 05:10 pm .- With six days remaining to file public comments on the federal contraception mandate, one Catholic leader is calling on Americans to join more than 140,000 concerned citizens in speaking out against the regulation.

Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Apr 1, 2013 - 05:02 pm .- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.

Pro-life Democrats call for broad HHS mandate exemptions

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:02 am .- For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements that they provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases.

EWTN vows no compromise after HHS lawsuit dismissal

Mar 26, 2013 - 12:23 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Network is “extremely disappointed” by a Monday court ruling that dismissed as “unripe” its lawsuit against a federal mandate that could require the organization to violate Catholic teaching.

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