Fortnight for Freedom

Baker argues for cake and conscience at Supreme Court

Dec 5, 2017 - 10:35 pm .- A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court arguments, say lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips.

What big companies oppose a small business' case for religious freedom?

Dec 1, 2017 - 10:00 pm .- A small Colorado bakery’s religious freedom lawsuit has drawn opposition from 37 large companies, including Apple, Amazon, and Citigroup, a development which the bakery’s attorney says should be a cause of concern for all Americans.

Little Sisters face new lawsuit over their HHS mandate exemption

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:47 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor are returning to court to defend their exemption from the federal contraception mandate, after two states filed lawsuits challenging the exemption.

Europe must be built on responsible freedom, EU religious freedom envoy says

Nov 17, 2017 - 04:00 am .- The European Union’s special envoy for religious freedom has called for “responsible freedom,” in the wake of the Vatican-based (Re)Thinking Europe conference, held Oct. 27 – 29 in the Vatican.

Wealthy foundation aims to redefine religious freedom—and Christianity, too

Nov 6, 2017 - 11:15 pm .- One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and LGBT issues within American Christianity and other religious groups.

For opposing gay marriage, she’s facing death threats and million-dollar lawsuits

Nov 3, 2017 - 09:04 am .- When Barronelle Stutzman took a stand for her Christian beliefs four-and-a-half years ago, she never imagined that she would eventually be appealing to the US Supreme Court to defend her decision.

Notre Dame to cut birth control coverage for faculty, students

Nov 1, 2017 - 10:55 pm .- The University of Notre Dame has announced to its employees and students that it plans to end birth control coverage in 2018, following broad religious exemptions recently added to the federal contraceptive mandate.

Religious freedom, not secularism, key to Europe’s future, Vatican official says

Oct 29, 2017 - 04:30 am .- In 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked about his faith during a magazine interview.  As Blair began to offer an answer, he was interrupted, cut off by Alastair Campbell, the prime minister’s director of strategy and communications.

How can Saudi Arabia counter violent extremism? Religious freedom, expert says

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:00 pm .- Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has suggested a turn towards moderate Islam, especially among younger Saudis who want to “destroy” extremist thoughts, but one expert suggests religious freedom is the best path for Saudi Arabia.

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Oct 17, 2017 - 03:45 am .- A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

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