“Joy to the World” almost axed
South Sutter Charter School pointed to words like “Savior” and “heaven”

  A school in Northern California has reversed course after initially declaring “Joy to the World” unacceptable for a student piano performance. The Benzel family reached out to Pacific Justice Institute after their 13-year-old daughter Brooklyn’s musical choice was rejected

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2019-12-04T17:49:22-08:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |2 Comments

California Supreme Court smacks down Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit
Says abortions are medically necessary

From the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit website The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by a Catholic missionary organization to decisions by state health regulators and an appeals court that voluntary abortions are “medically necessary” procedures

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Trump rule protecting health workers stopped by federal judge
Doctors, nurses must perform abortions, gender trans surgeries

Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights: "The rule was issued to give 'enforcement tools' for conscience laws that were already in place," (Photo from LifeSiteNews) A federal judge in New York overturned the Trump administration’s

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2019-11-06T20:18:52-08:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Ben Sasse upbraids California on conscience rights
Some healthcare workers don't want to perform abortions

Senator Sasse: "California doesn't seem to understand the First Amendment." (Photo from LifeNews) U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement today as a federal judge in San Francisco heard oral arguments in California's lawsuit against the Trump

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2019-11-05T16:30:50-08:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |5 Comments

Ninth Circuit: No exception for Little Sisters of the Poor
California-based federal appeals court rules 2-1 that Trump administration exemptions from birth control mandate for religious groups violates Affordable Care Act

A federal court in California on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to except religious organizations from the Obamacare requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees as part of their health insurance coverage. A panel of the

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2019-10-23T12:54:42-08:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |10 Comments

Significant win for Christian videographers
Couple can sue over Minnesota same-sex marriage video law

A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by a Minnesota couple challenging a state law requiring that their video production company film same-sex weddings, which they say violates their Christian beliefs. In a 2-1 decision, the 8th

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2019-08-27T14:58:13-08:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |17 Comments

U.S. Labor Department broadens religious safeguards in federal contracting
ACLU expresses outrage

The Labor Department on Wednesday announced a new rule to grant the “broadest protection permitted by law” to religious organizations contracting with the federal government. The proposed rule to clarify civil rights protections for religious groups will be added

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2019-08-16T05:22:14-08:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |1 Comment

Facebook bans St. Augustine quote
Says saint's homily violates hate speech standards, particularly the phrase ‘men are hopeless creatures’

A decision by Facebook to ban a peace-loving quote by St. Augustine of Hippo, a Catholic theologian and philosopher from the 5th century, has one Catholic writer scratching his head.  Noticing that two priest-friends had been censored by the

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2019-07-18T09:48:50-08:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |4 Comments

Archbishop Charles Chaput defends civic involvement of faithful Christians
"Moral sloth that masquerades as tolerance"

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia defended the civic involvement of faithful Christians in a powerful July 9 address to the Alliance Defending Freedom summit. “We can never accept a separation of our religious faith and moral convictions from our

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2019-07-11T21:09:11-08:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |16 Comments

SB 360, threat to seal of confession, is shelved
Bill was withdrawn the day before key hearing

In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amidst a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups,

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2019-07-09T14:43:13-08:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |5 Comments