Posts Tagged:religious freedom

Dobbs v. Jackson: What did Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Barrett say?

As the wait begins for a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, close attention will be paid to the comments and questions of three conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court that some observers view as possible swing votes: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy…Read More

HHS’ internal memo rolls back Trump-era religious liberty protections

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is considering revoking authority the former Trump administration delegated for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to prevent violations of religious liberty – prompting concerns about conscience protections under Secretary Xavier Becerra. A draft memo obtained by Fox News targets two actions related to the First Amendment from…Read More

Explicit School Materials Get Parents’ Attention

Oklahoma schools—in both rural and suburban districts—are providing students with sexually explicit materials and undermining parental rights in other ways, according to parents who have spoken out publicly at recent school board meetings. The response from school officials has been mixed. “If we had more accountability, didn’t have this type of material available, weren’t focused…Read More

Biden’s vaccine mandate temporarily halted by federal court

A federal appeals court has halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger businesses, marking a temporary victory for the Right’s resistance to the measure. A three-judge panel issued the ruling Saturday, saying petitioners offered significant cause to believe there are “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the federal order. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who…Read More

New York Times: Abortions Dropped by Half After Texas Heartbeat Law

The New York Times published a report that Texas has reduced abortions by half since the passage of the state’s Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. “In September, after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, the number of legal abortions performed there dropped 50 percent from…Read More

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

In addition to a major abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider cases on vocal prayer at executions and state tuition assistance for religious schools, and could decide take up other religious freedom cases. Although the court usually decides death penalty cases on the “emergency docket” – reserved for urgent petitions outside the…Read More

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Military Diocese Discusses Taliban Invasion

The Taliban’s reign in Afghanistan has raised many questions regarding the safety of women, children and religious minorities. A Catholic priest who is still living in the region has reported the situation on the ground to be chaotic and changing. There are also reports that known Christians have received threatening phone calls. Head of the…Read More

Archbishop Cordileone: Social Media Being Weaponized Against Religious Freedom

The archbishop of San Francisco has warned of the use of social media to promote a “new kind of fundamentalism” hostile to religious freedom in an Aug. 12 op-ed. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, together with Jim Daly, the president of the Christian group Focus on the Family, authored an op-ed in The Wall…Read More