Posts Tagged ‘religious liberty’

Hobby Lobby and Church/State ‘Separation’–the True Meaning

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

By Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published at on July 1, 2014.

I am relieved that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is not the train-wreck I feared. Some closely-held family businesses will be able to obtain religious exemptions from covering abortifacients in their government-mandated health care plans. But before we get too excited (and I must confess, I am somewhat excited!) let’s review what the separation of Church and State is coming to mean in our country. Read more…


June 24th, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

The Supreme Court is expected to release their decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods cases THIS WEEK or EARLY NEXT! SO here are some instructions and requests for this week. Read more…

As we prepare for the SCOTUS decision…

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Helen Alvare

We expect the Supreme Court to rule upon the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases in a few weeks. You already know how important the ruling is for the future of the law of religious freedom under the First Amendment of our Constitution. Read more…

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

.- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Read more…

Supreme Court rules: Government does not get to write our prayers

May 12th, 2014 Comments off

from Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

There is no such thing as an anti-religion heckler’s veto. That’s what last week’s landmark ruling from the Supreme Court meant. The Court said that just because you are offended by someone else’s faith does not give you the right to silence them or dictate how they profess their views. Read more…

More resources for you

May 9th, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

Sorry to distract you from the joys of Winter turning into Spring beauty! But I found a few articles relevant to our work on the meaning of women’s freedom and the role of birth control, and I wanted to share them with you. Read more…

Looking ahead to SCOTUS decision

May 3rd, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

We’re gearing up for a decision from SCOTUS on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, which we expect to come in late June. As that week gets closer, I will for sure give you materials for thinking about how to talk about the outcome, whatever it is. You’ll need them for the short run and the longer run, as I’m seeing that Mandate supporters intend to campaign for office all over the country on the simplistic idea that support for religious freedom, in this case, equals disdain for women. Read more…

Can a group sue to rewrite history? No? Guess again.

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

from Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

What does defending the 9/11 steel beam cross display and protecting certain tax exemptions for ministers have in common?

It seems like not much. But dig deeper and you will find that the outcome in each of these cases will affect your freedom and mine. Read more…

On birth control women do not speak with one voice

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

An important religious freedom case in the US Supreme Court last week had women’s groups of opposing persuasions standing outside in the sleet, brandishing banners and addressing anyone who would listen.

Part of President Obama’s health reform orders all employers except traditional religious congregations to include in their employee health insurance plans coverage of the full cost of contraceptives, including those which can cause an early abortion – or pay a fine, or restructure their business in a such way that they could be, technically, disconnected from the content of health insurance. Read more…

Media and other wrap up from this week!

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare, March 28, 2014

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What a week! Tuesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on the HHS Mandate give us reasons for both hope and concern. I summarized these at our blog (and Zenit, a Rome based international news service, shared the blog post with their readers worldwide). Agence France Press also covered us. Read more…