Well heeled foundation spends millions to thwart religious freedom, push LGBT agenda

New York based Arcus Foundation gives millions for projects aimed at restricting legal protections for religious freedom, promote LGBT advocacy

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and LGBT issues within American Christianity and other religious groups.   The New York-based Arcus Foundation was founded by billionaire heir Jon Stryker in 2000. Arcus is a partner of the U.S. State Department’s Global Equality Fund, which engages in … [Read more...]

Christians didn’t start the war on religious liberty

Archbishop Chaput answers Rome's foes of Catholic-Evangelical alliance

The following comes from a July 18 story in Catholic Philly. History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the … [Read more...]

The big deal in signing a little form

What some see as "hair-splitting," the Little Sisters of the Poor view as a violation of their faith

The following comes from a July 27 Aletaia article by John Burger:   The Little Sisters of the Poor claim that the federal government has given them the “impossible choice of either violating the law or violating the faith.”   The federal government is saying, in response, “Don’t worry. All you have to do is sign a form or write a letter stating your … [Read more...]

Where do we go from here?

U.S. bishops weigh in on Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

The following comes from a June 27 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena: Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision. Though it is also unclear how the ruling will … [Read more...]


An unfortunate weasel word used by the bishops

The following comes from an April 2 posting on the website of First Things, written by the editor, R.R. Reno. It follows an April 1 statement by the Indiana bishops saying,  “We urge all people of good will to show mutual respect for one another so that the necessary dialogue and discernment can take place to ensure that no one in Indiana will face discrimination whether it is … [Read more...]

Florist’s response to gay accuser

Consistency of Baptist woman's faith shouldn't surprise anyone

The following comes from a March 3 Baptist Press article by Diana Chandler RICHLAND, Washington -- A Southern Baptist florist does not regret her nine-year friendship with a homosexual man who won a lawsuit against her after she refused to design floral arrangements for his gay wedding, she told Baptist Press. "If Rob [Robert Ingersoll] walked in the store today, I … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops ask Congress to protect pro-life doctors

Bishop McElroy cites Santa Clara and Loyola cases

The following comes from a Nov. 20 story on the Catholic News Agency site. The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act. “We want to underscore the increasingly urgent need for Congress to protect rights of conscience with regard to the taking of innocent … [Read more...]

Churches should not be punished

Bishops Cordileone, Lori, Wenski and Malone eloquent and forceful

The following comes from a July 17 statement by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard Malone contained in a release by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Washington Post reported July 8 that the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups were no longer supporting the Employment … [Read more...]

Lack of access is not why women don’t contracept

  The following excerpts come from the brief filed Jan. 28 on behalf of the Beverly LaHaye Foundation in support of the Hobby Lobby case against contraception coverage mandated by Obamacare. ….A. The [Government's] Report Does Not Support the Government’s Assertion that Increased Use of Contraceptives Will Promote Women’s Health. ….At the risk of stating the … [Read more...]

Another disaster from the courts

The following comes from an August 27 story by Hadley Arkes on TheCatholicThing.com. Another week, and another disaster for the cause of religious freedom litigating in the courts.  This past week the Supreme Court in New Mexico sustained the penalties meted out to Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin in Albuquerque when they declined to take photographs for the “wedding” of two … [Read more...]