Kamala Harris silent on Knights of Columbus invitation

The following comes from a Dec. 27 story in the Washington Examiner. Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hasn't responded to an invitation to plunge into a pool of ice water to raise money for the D.C. Special

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2018-12-28T14:38:54-07:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Anti-Catholic bigotry on Senate Judiciary Committee?

A judicial nominee faced questions from Senators this month about whether membership in the Knights of Columbus might impede his ability to judge federal cases fairly. The Knights of Columbus say that no candidate for public office should have to

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2018-12-23T09:45:48-07:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: |39 Comments

Court blocks Trump Administration birth control coverage rules

A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s health

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2018-12-13T18:03:12-07:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |24 Comments

A slap in the face to millions of Catholics?

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called the Vatican’s pact with China over the selection of bishops “preposterous” in a sharp critique of the Sino-Vatican agreement published Monday. The September agreement is “a slap in the face to millions of

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2018-12-11T15:04:18-07:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom, World|Tags: , |17 Comments

New conscience exemptions issued for contraceptive mandate

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the HHS contraception mandate. Under the new rules, organizations and individuals objecting to the controversial mandate’s

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2018-11-08T08:36:09-07:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |1 Comment

San Rafael church won’t be forced to pay “special tax”

In a case that could benefit churches statewide, the Pacific Justice Institute convinced the Marin County Superior Court to declare a voter-approved local property tax unconstitutional as applied to a local church. On October 9, PJI attorney Ray Hacke represented

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2018-10-22T07:58:56-07:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Department of Justice creates Religious Liberty Task Force

The announcement of a Religious Liberty Task Force being created at the Department of Justice drew praise from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who said that religious freedom is vital to the common good of the U.S. “As Americans we

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Federal appeals court upholds ban on prayer at Chino school board meetings

A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that Chino Valley school board meetings may not include prayers, proselytizing or the citing of Christian Scripture. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 injunction against the religious practices, which

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2018-07-28T10:59:15-07:00July 29th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |4 Comments