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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2019-08-27T14:58:13-07:00August 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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2019-08-16T05:22:14-07:00August 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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2019-07-18T09:48:50-07:00July 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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2019-07-11T21:09:11-07:00July 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Bill was withdrawn the day before key hearing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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2019-07-09T14:43:13-07:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |5 Comments

Vatican reaffirms inviolability of confidentiality of confession

As California is currently embroiled in a battle over whether to punish priests for not breaking the seal of confession in cases when child abuse is revealed, the Vatican has issued a statement reaffirming the “inviolability” of the confidentiality

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2019-07-01T09:20:09-07:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |0 Comments

Bakersfield police and fire vehicles will soon display “In God we Trust” decals

Although the issue proved to be divisive, the Bakersfield City Council voted to approve adding “In God We Trust” decals to city police and fire vehicles at a meeting Wednesday evening. The issue was debated for about two hours in

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2019-06-07T16:00:37-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |6 Comments

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra forces Little Sisters back to court

The Little Sisters of the Poor are expected back in court Thursday to ask for protection against a lawsuit seeking to end the religious order’s exemption from the HHS contraception mandate. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General

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2019-06-05T16:00:14-07:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |11 Comments