Religious Expression

'Anti-Catholic Bigotry' Concerns as
Judicial Nominee Questioned about Faith
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2017 -- A Catholic nominee to a federal circuit court faced hostile questions about her faith from U.S. senators on Wednesday, prompting outrage from Catholic leaders.


Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ["Ahok"] on trial for blasphemyIndonesian Christian Governor
On Trial for Blasphemy
JAKARTA, December 7, 2016  -- The Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ["Ahok"] will be taken to trial on December 13 by the North Jakarta District Court for the case of alleged blasphemy against him, and that last month caused mass demonstrations by his opponents and supporters in Indonesia. 



US Bishops Throw Support Behind
Conscience Protections on Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2016 -- Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage.


Beware 'Polite Persecution'
Archbishop Warns
WASHINGTON, DC, June 22, 2016 -- With relics of two English martyrs currently touring the U.S., the Archbishop of Baltimore implored Catholics to follow their example by defending religious freedom. 


Ahead of Supreme Court Marriage Decision
States Act to Protect Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2015 -- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’


How the Supreme Court's
Hijab Decision

Helps Faith in the Workplace
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 3, 2015 -- Many religious believers will benefit from the Supreme Court’s Monday decision that a clothing store wrongly discriminated against a prospective employee whose Muslim beliefs required her to wear a hijab, one legal expert has said.


As Storm Brews,
San Francisco Archbishop Strikes Back
At School Guideline Critics
SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2015 -- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense.


The Irony in Anti-discrimination –
Why Catholic Bishops
Won't Back ENDA Even with religious freedom provisions added, LGBT discrimination laws are unlikely to draw support from Catholic bishops because they could in fact lead to discrimination against religious groups, analysts explained.


Husband of Condemned
Sudanese Woman
Reiterates Commitment
-- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution.


Lawyer: Colo. Baker
Forced to Choose
Between Faith, Work
-- A commission’s ruling that Colorado baker Jack Phillips must bake same-sex “wedding” cakes forces him to choose between violating his conscience and supporting his family, the baker’s lawyer said.


PROVIDE FEEDBACK
TO MOZILLA

-- Critics slammed Web browser Firefox's announcement that CEO Brendan Eich resigned in wake of controversy surrounding his support of traditional marriage, calling the move intolerant of free speech. 


Vatican: UN Oversteps Its
Boundaries in Report Conclusions
-- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the U.N. child protection committee for its tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children.


SCOTUS

Supreme Court Term Touches on
Prolifer Rights, Prayer,
and Religious Liberty

-- The 2013-2014 Supreme Court term, which began Oct. 7, will address several prominent issues in the public square, including freedom of speech for pro-life demonstrations, prayer in legislative settings, and religious freedom.




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