Bishops' New Religious Freedom Chairman
Sees Government Playing God
WASHINGTON D.C., September 30, 2011 -- Emerging threats to religious freedom have inspired the U.S. bishops to establish a new committee for its protection. Its chairman sees government taking God's place as the source of the “first freedom.”


HHS's Contraceptive Mandate
Violates Conscience Rights
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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2011 -- In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidelines requiring almost all private health plans to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. On August 3, HHS published an interim final rule that references these guidelines, and allows HRSA to implement a very narrow and inadequate religious exemption. This action poses an unprecedented threat to the religious freedom of individuals and institutions. Until now, no federal law has required private health plans to cover these services.

US Bishops' Spokesperson Rips
Health and Human Services
for Interfering in Religion
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011-- U.S. bishops' spokesperson Sr. Mary Ann Walsh blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for interfering in the work of religious hospitals that want to opt out of providing free contraceptives.

Pope: Defend and Promote Right to Freedom
Message to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2011 (VIS) - Today was made public the Pope's message to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the members of that institution at the closure of their seventeenth plenary assembly held in Rome from 29 April to 3 May on the theme: "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom".


Bishop Lori Addresses
Increasing Threat to Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2011-- Americans must be on guard against the government’s tendency to treat Christians’ right to stand for the truth as a “carveout” granted or taken away by legislators at will, said Bishop William Lori of the diocese of Bridgeport on Wednesday.

Illinois Court Protects Pharmacists’
Rights of Conscience
SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2011-- Life Legal Defense Foundation reports that the Illinois Circuit Court for Sangamon County issued a ruling on Tuesday which held that pharmacists with conscientious objections to dispensing emergency contraceptives cannot be forced to do so.

Proposed Rulemaking Threatens
Faith-Based Participation in Fed Housing Programs

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)——The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) not to adopt a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories for which discrimination in HUD programs is prohibited.

Interracial Marriage Bans Were About Eugenics,
Not Redefining Marriage
Claimed "Fundamental Right to Marry" is Bogus

People defending the reality of marriage often have difficulty responding to claims that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is similar to the bans on interracial marriage that were in place in some U.S. states as lated as 1967.  From the cases overturning those bans, those advocating for the redefinition of marriage alsofalsely claim that the courts established a fundamental right to marriage that applies to same-sex couples. What is going on is another attempt to confuse people about the redefinition of marriage, trying to claim discrimination against same-sex couples is similar to discrimination against interracial couples seeking marriage. This is a scurulous distortion and cover up of one of the most ugly eras in American history.

UC Davis Rescinds Anti-Christian Policy
DAVIS, CA,  February 17, 2011— The University of California at Davis agreed Wednesday to either revise or eliminate its problematic definition of religious discrimination that characterized Christians as oppressors of non-Christians. The definition was the subject of a letter sent to UC-Davis by an Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney on behalf of more than 25 concerned students that same day.

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Bishop Vasa to doctors:
Faith trumps supposed medical norms
KANSAS CITY, Kansas, February 16, 2011 – Medical professionals are called to follow Christ courageously in their practice even where it might seem ridiculous to mainstream medicine, said Bishop Robert Vasa in a homily at a White Mass in Kansas City on Saturday.

University Policy: Stop Christian Oppression
Its Beliefs Amount to Religious Discrimination
DAVIS, CA, February 16, 2011 -- The Alliance Defense Fund has challenged the University of California at Davis' policy that defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians. The action was taken in a letter written on behalf of more than 25 students who object to a policy. Intolerance toward Christians is increasing in education, even at the elementary school level, particularly on issues related to marriage, family, and human sexuality.

EU Ministers Balk at Condemning
Anti-Christian Violence
BRUSSELS, February 15, 2011  – The Council of Europe has done it and so has the EU Parliament, but the EU’s Foreign Ministers have balked at a call to condemn by name the escalating violence and discrimination against Christians in the Middle East. At a meeting on January 31, EU’s 27 Foreign Ministers rejected a draft resolution condemning atrocities against Christian minorities in Egypt and Iraq out of fears of “political incorrectness.”

Asia Bibi, Catholic condemned to death, Death Penalty

Asia Bibi in Isolation Cell
LAHORE, PAKISTAN, January 27, 2011 – Asia Bibi, the Christian woman condemned to death accused of blasphemy and imprisoned in Sheikhpura jail for over a year and a half has been moved into an isolation cell. This was reported to Fides by Asia's husband, Ashiq Masih, who has just visited her. After receiving so many threats, and given the danger that Asia may be killed at any moment, the prison authorities in agreement with the government have finally decided to elevate security levels for her protection.

Bloody Christmas Between the Nile and the Indus
Anti Christian Attacks on the Rampage
Grand Imam Criticizes Pope for Defending Christians
ROME, January 7, 2011 – Islamist violence is increasingly taking aim at Christians and their defenders. The latest deadly attacks in Baghdad, Alexandria, and Lahore. The "rational" proposal of the pope to Muslims continues to go unheeded.

500 Muslim Scholars Call for Catholic Woman's Blood
Pakistani Governor Murdered
ISLAMABAD, January 5, 2011 -- The governor of the state of Punjab, Pakistan, was murdered by an Islamic extremist yesterday for denouncing the government’s blasphemy law. In November a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to be executed under the law for having defended her faith from insults by Muslims in the same state.

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