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The fix that wasn't: law professor says Indiana legislature demoted religious freedom

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- A Notre Dame law professor says religious liberty in Indiana was set back by the state legislature’s hasty reaction to strong criticism of a law intended to strengthen religious freedom protections.

Is Indiana that controversial? Poll finds Americans support religious freedom laws

Mar 31, 2015 - 07:58 pm .- Indiana’s passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week has created havoc and been met with loud opposition from gay rights activists. But a poll this month found that most Americans agree with such religious freedom laws.  

A grave problem – NJ ban on religious headstone sales could violate constitution

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert.

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Mar 20, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class.

Catholic-owned company wins 'final victory' against HHS mandate

Mar 17, 2015 - 02:51 pm .- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.

CNA exclusive poll: Americans agree – protect religious liberty

Mar 12, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Religious freedom battles continue to take place in courtrooms around the country, but in the court of public opinion, religious liberty wins easily.

Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:21 am .- With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them.

Touchdown! Notre Dame scores big on HHS mandate at Supreme Court

Mar 9, 2015 - 12:21 pm .- In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

A global problem: Anti-Christian harassment around the world

Mar 3, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group.

Faith vs. Fashion – Muslim woman spars with Abercrombie in major court case

Feb 26, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring?

How threats to religious freedom could harm unaccompanied minors

Feb 24, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Catholic and Evangelical humanitarian agencies are among the U.S. groups responding to the massive influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America, but a new federal rule could require them to refer the children for abortion or lose their grants.

New religious freedom official: the time for action is now

Feb 23, 2015 - 07:05 pm .- The new U.S. religious freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in on Feb. 20.  

Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

Feb 13, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty.

Catholic Benefits Association appoints first-ever CEO

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:07 pm .- When hospitals are struggling financially, they bring in Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. to turn around their fortunes.

Could two new laws suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

Feb 7, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs.  

NASCAR, Obama, religious freedom: This year's DC prayer breakfast

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:16 pm .- Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast brought together representatives of varied faith backgrounds in the nation’s capital to pray and hear testimonies on the importance of faith.

The irony in anti-discrimination – why Catholic bishops won't back ENDA

Feb 5, 2015 - 04:16 am .- Even with religious freedom provisions added, LGBT discrimination laws are unlikely to draw support from Catholic bishops because they could in fact lead to discrimination against religious groups, analysts explained.  

EWTN to appeals court: religious freedom at stake in HHS mandate case

Feb 4, 2015 - 02:20 pm .- A federal appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether the EWTN Global Catholic Network should be required to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of its religious convictions.

Appeals court to hear EWTN contraception mandate case Feb. 4

Feb 3, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in a case brought by EWTN Global Catholic Network against the federal contraception mandate.

Assisted living centers defeat HHS mandate in court

Jan 29, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- A federal court has permanently barred the Obama administration from enforcing the federal contraception mandate against the group of Evangelical-owned senior citizen and assisted living centers.  

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