Category Archives: Religious Liberty
The U.S. Bishops have asked dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Let us join our voices together for peace and religious liberty with a special prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.
The Obama Admininstration announced late Tuesday night (July 22, 2014) the ability for non-profit organizations to “opt out” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contraception mandate with the simple act of a “letter” to the Federal government.
This action is in no doubt a response to the recent Supreme Court ruling protecting Hobby Lobby.
We need to stay tuned and vigilant about protecting our religious liberties at every level of government. We have high doubts it will be as simple as a “letter” to preserver conscience protections for people of faith.
Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to closely held corporations. Hobby Lobby is not required to provide contraception coverage.
Catholic Advocate was one of the early groups raising concerns about the religious liberty and abortion funding in the health care law signed by President Obama. Today’s ruling at the Supreme Court is a positive step in protecting our First Amendment liberties.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld voluntary prayers at government meetings.
In a 5-4 rulling announced today, the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway is a victory for religious freedom.
Friday afternoon, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals – the second most influential court in America after the Supreme Court – ruled 2-1 in favor of two Catholic business owners challenging the Obamacare mandate requiring them to provide their 400 employees with health insurance that includes contraception.
According to a statement from Judge Janice Brown, “The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan.”
Judge Brown also expressed that “it is clear the government has failed to demonstrate how such a right – whether described as noninterference, privacy, or autonomy – can extend to the compelled subsidization of a woman’s procreative practices.”
Religious organizations have praised the rulling, but it is expected the Supreme Court will take up an appeal of this case and make a final ruling on the constitutionality of the mandate.
The Obama administration is trying to pull the wool over our eyes…again.
Yesterday they released the final ruling on the HHS mandate, claiming to take into account the public feedback received during the comment period. Frankly, I don’t know what feedback they considered – but it definitely was not from concerned people of faith.
The administration’s “compromise” still does not protect religious liberty and still requires individuals to pay for products and services against their beliefs. It’s ridiculous! If a religious organization notifies its insurance company that it opposes the mandate coverage, the insurance company will provide that coverage to the organization’s employees anyway – it will just be paid for by the premiums paid by other plan participants, not the organization itself.
We can’t decide if the Obama administration thinks we’re stupid or just plain doesn’t care. Either way, this final ruling is a slap in the face to every single faithful American!
If you, too, are angry and sick and tired of having your rights trampled upon, please join us and thousands of faithful Americans in praying for our rights by joining the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty.
President Obama took his attack on religion to the international stage earlier this week, telling a crowd in Northern Ireland for the G 8 Summit that parochial education leads to divided communities.
His timing could not be more perfect, because today marks the beginning of the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops’ second annual Fortnight for Freedom.
You may recall last year during this period, Catholic Advocate launched the first ever virtual vigil. This year I’m proud to announce we’re doing it again, and with your help it will be even bigger and better.
Will you take a moment right now to sign up for the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty?
Over the next 14 days, we’ll engage you in a variety of activities to promote religious liberty in America. From calling your members of Congress and supporting our efforts with a financial gift, to reflecting on carefully selected prayers, we hope you’ll participate in some way each day.
I’m excited to report that already today, three members of Congress—Rep. Diane Black (TN-06), Joe Pitts (PA-16), and Chris Smith (NJ-4)—held a forum to speak out against the Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom. Over the next two weeks, dozens more events like this will occur throughout the country.
This is an inspiring time to be a person of faith, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunity to join with thousands of Americans in support of religious liberty for all. Please follow this link to sign up for the Virtual Vigil and start keeping watch today.
Today Catholic Advocate is leading the charge to contact members of Congress about HR 940, legislation that would fix the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that requires all employers to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of religious or moral objection by enacting conscience protections.
We can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for Congress to pass this legislation. The Obama administration continues to push its secular agenda and has no qualms about destroying our religious freedom in the process. Last month, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, telegraphed to an audience at Harvard the Administration’s decision about supposed “accommodations” to the mandate hours before the comment period ended. This was a slap in the face to not only people of faith, but anyone who exercises their voice in the public square. This is our chance to level the playing field and deliver a huge victory for religious liberty.
So will you take a moment right now to contact your members of Congress and demand they support HR 940?
We’ve done all the legwork for you; all you have to do is follow this link, enter your zip code to locate your members, and hit send! Of course we welcome you to edit the letter we’ve prepared for you, if you’d like.
As Americans of faith, we have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to preserve religious liberty, not only for us, but for generations to come. This is our chance, and there’s no room for compromise. We must enact conscience protections before the Obama administration completely tramples our religious liberty.
Please follow this link right now to tell your members of Congress to support HR 940.
Time is short. Your elected officials need to hear from you today, so please do not delay.
The 60-day comment period for the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate came to a close on Monday.
But the Obama administration announced that the free contraception mandate will go into effect in August before the deadline! HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday, “As of Aug. 1, 2013, every employee who doesn’t work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package.”
According to Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, “in our Catholic tradition, the right to religious freedom proceeds from the inherent dignity of each human person.” This is why Catholic Advocate has done so much over the past three years to alert people of faith to the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty and lobby Congress to pass conscience protection legislation. So today I want to take a moment to highlight some of the formal comments issued by Catholic organizations. I believe you’ll not only find these comments interesting, but a source of hope that we haven’t lost this battle yet. (more…)
The Obama Administration continues to push its secular agenda and has no qualms about destroying our religious freedom in the process. We cannot stand for this. More importantly, we cannot compromise.
The latest HHS mandate announcement is a veiled attempt by the Obama administration to silence us. The religious entities able to “opt-out” are still a minority of those affected. Our government should not be picking winners and losers when it comes to preserving our most cherished religious liberties.
Americans of all faiths must stand united and say no — to the HHS mandate and its new “compromises”, to the Obama Administration’s anti-faith agenda, and to the culture that accepts trampling upon the Constitution.
People of faith must unite. We cannot give in; we must stand strong.
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