The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns in the midst of a lawsuit against Obamacare's birth control mandate, are encouraged and optimistic following the United States Supreme Court's decision to vacate lower court rulings.
The high court unanimously decided on Monday to send the case brought by Little Sisters and 36 other religious non-profits (Zubik v. Burwell) against the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act mandate back to appeals courts, and also vacated an appeals court judgement that ruled that the Little Sisters had to allow the federal government to provide its employees birth control and abortifacients through the organization's health plan.
As the Supreme Court called on the courts and administration to "arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners' religious exercise," Little Sisters of the Poor's U.S. director of communications Sister Constance Veit told The Christian Post Tuesday that the court's decision affirms the fact that God has always been there to protect the sisters, no matter what sociopolitical conditions faced them. more >>
Lots of bad news out there lately. But not today. Today we'll talk about a big win for religious freedom.
On May 15th, the Supreme Court handed a big victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian organizations that refused to go along with the HHS contraceptive mandate.
Not that you would know this if all you had to go on was the reaction of the mainstream media. When they weren't downplaying the impact of the court's three-page ruling remanding the cases to the lower courts, they were all-but-ignoring the story. more >>
A Tennessee sheriff who's being sued by an atheist organization for posting an Easter Sunday message on the department's Facebook page says he might file a counter lawsuit against the group.
The New Jersey-based American Atheists filed a complaint against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson earlier this month on behalf of an unnamed local woman.
Sheriff Watson told the Cleveland Daily Banner in an interview last Friday that he "will 'seriously consider' moving ahead with a counter lawsuit against the plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against him." more >>
WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., argued Tuesday morning that the Obama administration has displayed a "total misunderstanding of faith" in its demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious non-profits be complicit in providing birth control and abortifacients to employees.
In a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Ryan praised the United States Supreme Court's unanimous decision on Monday to send the Little Sisters' case (Zubik v. Burwell) against the Department of Health and Human Services Obamacare mandate back to lower courts and vacate a lower court ruling, which had forced the Catholic order of nuns to allow the federal government to provide their employees birth control and abortion-inducing drugs through the organization's health plan.
Ryan stressed that religious liberty is one of the fundamental keys to happiness and any attempt by the government to restrict religious freedom should be strongly contested. more >>
Experts believe that if the Obama administration successfully forces public schools across the country to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the opposite biological sex, it could lead to an increase in the number of students who are homeschooled or attend private schools.
Last Friday, the departments of Education and Justice sent a directive to all public school districts in the United States telling them that they must allow transgender students into bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that are consistent with their gender identity. If school districts refuse, they could be at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding.
A number of conservative states and school districts have already indicated that they won't obey the edict and will contest in court if the federal government tries to enforce it. Meanwhile, other school districts will obey the order and let biological boys into girls bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, and vice versa. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>