Fortnight for Freedom

Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution on Knights of Columbus

Jan 17, 2019 - 05:45 pm .- The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office.

Religious liberty innate to every human person, Trump says

Jan 16, 2019 - 09:17 pm .- Religious freeom is innate and must be protected, US president Donald Trump said in his proclamation for Religious Freedom Day, which is observed Wednesday.

Judges block Little Sisters' religious exemption from contraception mandate

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:00 pm .- Judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions against a Trump administration rule that would allow the Little Sisters of the Poor and similar groups to claim a religious exemption against the Department of Health and Human Services so-called Contraception Mandate.

Little Sisters back in court to defend HHS mandate exemption

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:19 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate.

As Belgium bans kosher and halal food prep, religious freedom fears grow

Jan 8, 2019 - 10:19 pm .- Jews and Muslims in Belgium could face difficulty finding food prepared according to their religious rules, as new animal slaughter regulations banning kosher or halal slaughter began to take effect Jan. 1.

Christian cake baker's second lawsuit can go forward, federal judge says

Jan 7, 2019 - 11:40 pm .- A Colorado baker who already won a U.S. Supreme Court case may proceed with a second lawsuit claiming the state of Colorado is again wrongly prosecuting him, this time for declining to bake a cake celebrating a “gender transition,” a federal court ruled Friday.  

Meet the Jesuit who survived the KGB

Dec 26, 2018 - 05:10 pm .- When Pope Francis visited a former KGB building in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 23, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius was the only bishop to accompany him. More than 2,000 people were executed there, and 300 hundred priests were held prisoner - including Tamkevicius.

Pennsylvania AG files challenge to new federal religious freedom rules

Dec 15, 2018 - 04:01 am .- New rules are set to ensure strong religious exemptions to federal mandates requiring employer health care plans to provide birth control coverage, but Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s legal challenge could derail them.

Australian PM promises bill to protect against religious discrimination

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:51 pm .- Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next year introduce a bill to protect against discrimination based on religious belief or activity.

Pakistani province announces plan to protect religious minorities

Dec 13, 2018 - 05:40 pm .- A Pakistani official announced this week a new “Minorities Empowerment Package” and the creation of a task force to ensure the rights of religious minorities in the province of Punjab.