Category Archive for: liberty

House passes Equality Act despite religious freedom concerns

The House of Representatives passed the controversial Equality Act last Friday, amid heated opposition from those who argue it would pose serious threats to critical constitutional freedoms. “This bill undermines human dignity by threatening the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen,” said Kristen Waggoner, senior vice…Read More

White House Unveils Rules to Protect Health Workers’ Religious Beliefs

The Trump administration will require hospitals and health organizations to do more to shield medical workers with moral or religious objections to medical procedures such as abortion, assisted suicide or sterilization. A rule released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services significantly broadens the agency’s enforcement ability and strengthens protections for health care…Read More

Judge: Catholic Agency Must Adopt to Same-sex Couples

A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia. The Catholic agency’s leadership testified in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that doing…Read More

Supreme Court Protects Calif. Pregnancy Centers’ Free Speech

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 protecting a pregnancy center’s right to serve women and children according to their religious mission. In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the pregnancy centers pushed back against a 2015 California law that targeted pro-life clinics, forcing them to advertise messaging regarding abortion…Read More

Poll: Oklahoma Voters Support Education Choice

According to a new statewide survey of 502 likely Oklahoma voters commissioned by OCPA and conducted by Cor Strategies (margin of error: plus/minus 4.37 percent), Oklahomans support the idea of letting tax dollars follow the child to the school of their parents’ choice. Any poll, of course, is only a snapshot of public opinion at the…Read More

Court Orders End to Abortion-Pill Mandate for Christian Universities

A federal district court issued an order Tuesday that permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate against four Christian universities in Oklahoma represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The order also declares that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or…Read More