Latest News About «Religious freedom»:

    For more than 150 years, we Little Sisters of the Poor have served the elderly poor across the nation, starting with our first US house in Brooklyn. This is our calling as a Roman Catholic order. So we’re grateful to God — and to the US Supreme Court — for this week’s decision saving us from having to pay for contraceptives against our beliefs or face crippling fines. The decision means we can continue our services in New York and...
    The Supreme Court bolstered its standing as a defender of religious liberty with two decisions Wednesday vindicating that ideal. One of them, Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, presents a particularly poignant story that fortunately has a happy ending. For seven years, the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns that runs homes for the elderly poor all over the world, have found themselves fighting in the courts against the government’s efforts...
              U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty on Wednesday commented on the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States’ rulings for religious freedom. Hagerty said this in a press release that he posted on his campaign’s website. “Today’s rulings are major victories for our religious freedom, and I applaud the Supreme Court for making the right decisions today,” Hagerty said in the press release.  “As a pro-life Christian conservative, I proudly stand with religious groups like...
    Wednesday’s headline news from the Supreme Court was less than it seemed, because the justices never should have had to rule on the point they decided on — and they dodged the central issue for at least the second time. The court simply ruled, 7-2, that the Trump administration could add a broad religious-freedom exemption to the Obama administration’s order that employer health plans must include “free” contraceptives. That’s a no-brainer: One president gets to make different decisions from another....
    The Little Sisters of the Poor have been called the world’s most tenacious nuns for good reason, battling for the past eight years in court to reject government coercion and protect their freedom of conscience. Wednesday’s victory at the Supreme Court is a major win for people of faith, as a 7-2 decision upheld a 2018 agency regulation allowing the group of nuns and other religious non-profit entities to refuse to provide contraception in their employee health plans. In a separate ruling,...
    The Little Sisters of the Poor won another victory Wednesday in their years-long battle to assert their First Amendment right to religious freedom against the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. In a 7-2 decision, the Court upheld a Trump administration regulation protecting religious liberty, sending the Little Sisters’ case back down to the lower courts for further adjudication. The fight goes back seven years, to the implementation of Obamacare in 2013, when the Obama administration required religious groups to provide contraceptives...
    The Navy updated its coronavirus restrictions after chaplains and a religious liberty law firm complained last week alleging that service members were being unlawfully prohibited from attending indoor religious services. Capt. Sarah Self-Kyler, director of Fleet Public Affairs, told Fox News the temporary measures have been in place since late March to protect the health and safety of sailors and their families, noting that conditions still prohibit Sailors from attending off-base indoor religious services, and remain necessary given existing medical information about the...
    (CNN)A newly appointed religious freedom adviser at the United States agency responsible for foreign aid has a long history of making inflammatory and anti-Islam remarks, including calling for an armed revolution if the Tea Party did not win at the ballot box.Tea Party activist Mark Kevin Lloyd, who served as a Trump campaign staffer in 2016, was recently appointed as an adviser to the US Agency for International Development where his role calls for advancing religious freedom abroad as a...
    The redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen said this week that he is prepared to suffer arrest and trials under Hong Kong’s draconian new National Security Law. “If right and proper words were considered against their law, I will endure all the suing, trials, and arrests. Numerous predecessors have endured similarly,” the 88-year-old cardinal said in a video posted on Facebook. “Perhaps they are truly insane. Who knows? Let them be then,” the cardinal said. “Isn’t there a saying: ‘Those whom God...
    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)  warned that the Chinese Community Party may be perpetrating genocide against the country’s Muslim populations, and urged the U.S. to investigate whether the actions meet the legal definition for genocide, the commission announced in a statement Tuesday. The statement follows an investigation by the Associated Press that found that the Chinese government is committing “demographic genocide” against Uighur Muslims through forced abortions, birth control, mass detentions and imprisonment. An ethnic Uyghur...
    The U.S. Supreme Court determined in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue on Tuesday that restricting public scholarships from being used to pay religious school tuition was a violation of the First Amendment freedom of religion. Curiously, four of the five justices in the majority — all of them Republican appointees — authored their own opinions. Chief Justice John Roberts, who had sided with the Court’s liberal minority on social issues in every decision handed down thus far this month, wrote...
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states may provide tax credits to those donating to scholarship funds for religious schools. The Court ruled, 5-4, in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, with the majority opinion delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in support of a Montana tax-credit scholarship program, in which donors of funds receive tax credits for their contributions to private scholarship organizations that provide funds toward religious school tuition. Kendra Espinoza sought a parochial education for her...
    U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe handed down a preliminary injunction on Friday against New York officials for violating the First Amendment by shutting down religious services while encouraging Black Lives Matter protests. Earlier this month, two Catholic priests and three Orthodox Jews came together in a lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, alleging that Democrats were violating their religious liberty under the First Amendment...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Governor Greg Abbott in Dallas Sunday to discuss the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting will take place with the Governor’s medical team at the UT Southwestern campus. Before that, the Vice President will speak at the Celebrate Freedom event at the First Baptist Church Dallas. Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, said Friday he invited the Vice President one year ago. “It’s one of...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law expanding the religious freedom for students in public schools that was criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The Student Religious Liberties Act, introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Ginter in March 2019, passed with a near-unanimous vote and was signed Friday. FLAVORTOWN: THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION TO RENAME COLUMBUS, OHIO, AFTER GUY FIERIS FICTIONAL FOOD UTOPIA “We were seeing increased pressure on our schools from groups biased against Ohio students’ religious freedoms, Ginter said...
    The Catholic Church in the United States is celebrating Religious Freedom Week, highlighting Tuesday the defense of houses of worship. The U.S. bishops have chosen a specific area of religious liberty for each day of Religious Freedom Week, beginning with Monday’s theme of religious freedom in healthcare, and followed by Tuesday’s topic of churches, mosques, and synagogues and the right to worship. “Pray that people of all faiths would be free to worship without fear of attacks and harassment,” the...
    The Justice Department urged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to relax coronavirus rules for religious gatherings shortly before the Friday evening ouster of US Attorney Geoffrey Berman — and the letter was sent despite Berman’s refusal to sign it, The Post has learned. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Post from Justice Department and City Hall sources, compared the mayor’s orders “to break up numerous gatherings of the Jewish community” with his “support for and...
    The Catholic Church in the United States kicked off Religious Freedom Week on Monday, June 22, the feast of the English martyrs Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, both executed by King Henry VIII. The U.S. bishops have highlighted a specific area of religious liberty for each day of Religious Freedom Week, beginning with Monday’s theme of religious freedom in health care, which includes the right to act in conscience and not be forced into cooperating with immoral actions. “Pray...
    The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia county that allegedly violated the constitutional rights of a Muslim organization when the county invoked zoning regulations that prevented the organization from building an Islamic cemetery, a statement released Friday said. Stafford County, Virginia is being accused of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) when the county enacted zoning regulations after learning that the All Muslim Association of America, a non-profit, would be using the property...
    The U.S. Senate voted to confirm a judge appointed by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals Thursday. Judge Justin Walker has clerked for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, interned for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and worked as a speechwriter for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Walker, a pick that Senate Democrats opposed, won praise from pro-life organizations for his stances on religious freedom. The U.S. Senate confirmed a judge appointed by President Donald Trump,...
    Leaders of persecuted Christian communities expressed their gratitude for an international religious freedom executive order that President Trump signed in June, according to the National Catholic Register. Bishops of churches in the Middle East and Africa applauded the the Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom, especially since it comes at a time of rampant persecution of an already dwindling religious minority in the region, the National Catholic Register reported. The order asserts that the U.S. will make the enforcement of...
    The Chinese Communist Party is already implementing “the future of what oppression’s going to look like” with intense surveillance of ethnic minorities, according to Sam Brownback, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. “It’s going to be cameras and identification. It’s going to be social credit systems. It’s going to be oppression, particularly if you want to practice your faith,” Brownback said when announcing the release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report Wednesday. “These are the things that is [sic] the virtual...
    President Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom Tuesday as Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory slammed the president and first ladys visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine amid the protests taking place across the country. The executive order has not been publicly released but a senior administration official told Fox News it was meant to protect “people of faith around the world.” White House aide Kellyanne Conway confirmed to reporters that Trump signed the order Tuesday afternoon. “This executive...
    President Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order to promote religious freedom overseas. Trump is scheduled to sign the order after a visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC. A senior administration official told The Post the document will move to implement the Trump administration’s advocacy for religious minorities abroad. “The president was clear when he called upon ‘the nations of the world to end religious persecution,” the official said. “This executive order fully...
    President Trump laid a wreath at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington to set the stage for an order promoting religious freedom Tuesday as protesters, Democrats and clergy members accused him of exploiting symbols of faith for political gain amid nationwide protests. Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump stood quietly in front of a statue of the late pope before entering the shrine in the northeast section of the capital. After the visit, Mr. Trump plans...