Saddleback Church, the California evangelical megachurch headed by Pastor Rick Warren, will be holding a "Compassion Weekend" as part of its effort to help Rwandan orphans whose parents died from HIV-AIDS.
Set to coincide with World AIDS Day, Compassion Weekend will take place this coming Saturday and Sunday and is part of the goal to give all Rwandan orphans a home by 2015. Kay Warren, founder of Saddleback Church's HIV&AIDS Initiative, said in a statement that it could be done, especially with the Church helping the endeavor.
"This is a very audacious goal – to help a country be the first to empty their orphanages, helping 3,000 children become part of permanent families, but we know with God all things are possible," said Warren. more >>
Another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (2010), or "Obamacare," can continue, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. Liberty University, a private Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, sued over the law's requirements that certain employers provide health insurance and that most individuals carry health insurance on religious freedom grounds.
Liberty University is represented by Liberty Counsel, which was also founded by Falwell.
"I am very pleased with the high court's ruling. Today's ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare. Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over," said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law. "Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience." more >>
A federal judge has ruled against a Christian business' request for an injunction against having to adhere to the "preventive services" mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Judge Joe Heaton of the United States District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled Monday that Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. did not have a "clear and unequivocal" right to an injunction against the controversial HHS mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act.
"The court is not unsympathetic to plaintiffs' circumstances and recognizes that the ACA's substantial expansion of employer obligations results in concerns and issues not previously confronted by companies or their owners," said Heaton. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), told Roman Catholic leaders on Tuesday that despite President Barack Obama's re-election last week, the fight to repeal provisions of Obamacare is not over.
"The only thing we're certainly not prepared to do is give in. We're not violating our consciences. I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation," Dolan said after the meeting.
For the past year, the USCCB, backed by the Vatican, has been protesting the HHS Mandate in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, which requires religious employers to provide insurance coverage for employees that includes birth control and contraceptives. As those go against Roman Catholic values, bishops have claimed that the religious freedom of Catholic business owners is being imposed upon. more >>
A U.S. district judge in Michigan ruled against a key provision of Obamacare on Wednesday by stating that a business run by a Catholic family does not have to include contraception in its health coverage for employees.
District Judge Robert Cleland temporary blocked the government from enforcing the HHS Mandate on the religious owners of Weingartz Supply Company, which sells outdoor power equipment and employs approximately 170 people, Reuters reported. The ruling comes as a relief to the family, headed by Daniel Weingartz, who have said that enforcing the mandate would conflict with their Roman Catholic values, which are opposed to all forms of contraceptives and birth control.
"The harm in delaying the implementation of a statute that may later be deemed constitutional must yield to the risk presented here of substantially infringing the sincere exercise of religious beliefs," Cleland explained in his 29-page opinion. more >>
A Democratic precinct committeeman has said that Obamacare forces pro-life health care workers into "slavery" because the federal mandate forces them to choose between their morals and their career.
"Slaves do not have a right to refuse to do work that violates their religion," said Woodrow Wilcox, who is also a delegate to the state convention of Democrats. "Under Obamacare, the Obama administration is threatening pro-life health care workers with punishment if they do not participate in abortion, euthanasia, or other objectionable services because of their religious beliefs."
Wilcox's remarks came during a "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally held Oct. 20 in Crown Point, Ind., just one of several such rallies simultaneously held across the nation. more >>