The Supreme Court Unanimously Finds That Speech Is Created Equal

No biggie. Just another 9-0 decision that bolsters religious liberty.

No biggie. Just another 9-0 decision that bolsters religious liberty.

In other words, the government can’t decide that one type of speech is more worth protecting than any other. Once again, just like back in 2012 in the Hosanna-Tabor case, the Supreme Court has come out unanimously in a decision favoring a little church’s rights. In this case, it’s right to free speech.

Representing the plaintiffs in Reed vs. Gilbert, Alliance Defending Freedom scored a victory in this eight year long ordeal. Because in Gilbert, Arizona, see, somebody decided that some folks’ speech rights were more equal than others. Roll tape. [Read more…]

Yet Again, The Supreme Court Hammers Away At The HHS Mandate

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The Beckett Fund For Religious Liberty shares the news,

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, for the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the contraceptive mandate. It ordered a lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministries in Michigan the freedom to follow their faith. [Read more…]

If The World Is Trying To Distract You, Then It’s Probably Holy Week

I’m with her (and with the Carmelites).

Oh, look at the calendar! It IS Holy Week.

So right when you’d really like to settle your gaze on Jesus, meditate over the mystery of the Incarnation, sing praises that your sins have been forgiven, and that death has been conquered for all time, the cacophony of the crowd rises to a fever pitch trying to make you forget all that “repent and believe the gospel” stuff Jesus proclaimed, and instead worry about all the stuff that is as far flung from the Good News as Pluto is from Mercury. [Read more…]

The Obama Administration Issues Revision #8 To The HHS Mandate

Of course, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has the scoop. This is what  Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had to say on this development. [Read more…]

Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Wood SCOTUS Arguments Recap & Transcript

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. arguing in Hobby Lobby case (drawn by Art Lien)

Over at the SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Denniston called it “one hearing, two dramas.”

The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support. [Read more…]

9 Things You Need To Know About Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case…

Which we should be hearing about sometime tomorrow, when the oral arguments are delivered. Infographic courtesy of the hard working folks of The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty.

Say a little prayer for a just, constitutional, result.

Archbishop Lori To Congress: Let Our People Go

Archbishop William Lori took to the pages of The Baltimore Sun yesterday in an effort to let the peoples’ representatives in the House and Senate, see, hear, and act now to stymie Caesar. Take a look.

Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is “a fundamental human right” and warned against the impulse to “relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.” The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to the freedom of worship. [Read more…]

The HHS Mandate Loses Again

This time to a couple of private, religious universities in the state of Texas, and a seminary in Pennsylvania. Good news from the front, via The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Washington, D.C. – Today a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the federal mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices violates federal civil rights laws, and issued an injunction against the mandate. Religious plaintiffs have now won injunctions in 9 out of 12 such cases involving non-profit entities challenging the mandate. [Read more…]

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Files Lawsuit Against The Unconstitutional HHS Mandate

This just in from the Alliance Defending Freedom,

DENVER — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration on behalf of the Colorado-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections. [Read more…]

Helen Alvaré Speaks Her Mind On The HHS Mandate

A few days before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court decided to hear arguments in a couple of cases regarding religious liberty and the HHS Mandate. The biggest surprise to me was how this news garnered scant attention.

In an effort to move that needle a bit, Helen Alvaré has a piece up in USA Today entitled, Obamacare attacks religion, but hurts women. Take a look, [Read more…]