The U.S. Supreme Court's Monday decision allowing owners of closely held for-profit corporations with certain religious convictions to opt-out of parts of the "Obamacare" birth-control mandate was a win for religious freedom, some Christian leaders have said.
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, said in a statement that the decision "shows that religious freedom continues to be the lifeblood of a country founded on the inalienable rights afforded to us by our Creator."
"Religious groups and business owners should not have to violate their faith in order to follow the law. It's not the role of government to define what we believe or what our faith includes," said Daly. more >>
An effort to repeal a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance in Houston, Texas, that purportedly would allow men to use women's bathrooms has until Thursday to garner enough signatures to be considered or put to a vote on the November ballot.
In May, after an 11-hour meeting, the Houston City Council approved an "Equal Rights Ordinance" by a vote of 11 to 6. The ERO amends Chapters 2, 15 and 17 of Houston's Code of Ordinances, prohibiting discrimination in public facilities and private employment on the basis of "protected characteristics."
Critics of ERO have claimed that it will have several unintended consequences, such as allowing transgendered men to use women's bathrooms. more >>
In a landmark religious freedom case the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties, stating that corporations can refuse to provide certain drugs that may abort a fetus on the basis of religious objection.
In a five to four decision, the highest court in the land ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to privately owned businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties.
The decision was narrowed to only the contraceptive mandate and is not necessarily applicable to all insurance mandates, like blood transfusions or vaccinations. more >>
Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a pro-life youth activist organization, expects scores to attend a rally planned in front of a Hobby Lobby store in Southern California to celebrate religious freedom on Monday morning as the Supreme Court is expected to announce the HHS Mandate decision.
The court's decision regarding the constitutionality of the Obama Administration forcing Hobby Lobby to pay for abortion-inducing drugs under the Obamacare HHS mandate is scheduled to be released on Monday at 7:00 a.m. PST. The rally and vigil is planned for a Hobby Lobby store in the city of Anaheim Hills.
"As we gather at Hobby Lobby today, we celebrate religious freedom, the First Amendment, and the rights of Americans to do business according to their consciences, free from government interference or harassment," says Kristina Garza from Survivors. Observers say this is the most important religious freedom and First Amendment case to be decided by the Supreme Court in decades. more >>
A South Carolina school board is considering a return to a prayer policy similar to Town of Greece, New York after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers at public meetings.
Pickens County School Board's policy committee met last week to discuss a change back from the non-sectarian prayer policy to one mirroring Greece's.
A petition demanding that personnel in the United States Armed Forces respect the religious freedom of their cadets garnered over 100,000 signatures and was sent to the Air Force Academy in Colorado earlier this week.
Organized by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, the petition calls for restoring "military religious freedom" and asks supporters to "speak up for the Air Force cadets."
The petition, created in light of reports of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, was delivered to the military installation on Wednesday and addressed to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson. more >>