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    5 Things You Need to Know About the Supreme Court's Marriage Cases

    Next week the Supreme Court will decide two cases dealing with the definition of marriage. One concerns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for the purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman. President Clinton signed DOMA into law after Congress … More

    Congress: Obamacare Assaults Religious Freedom

    Obamacare’s threats to religious freedom were denounced on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. “All we’re asking is to take us back to where our Founding Fathers had us from the beginning,” said Representative Diane Black (R–TN). “[P]eople came here to be able to practice their deeply … More

    One Thing All Faiths Agree On: Religious Liberty

    A Jew, a Catholic, and a Protestant—but also a Muslim, a Mormon, a Sikh, and an Orthodox Christian—walk into, not a bar, but a religious freedom conference where they all sit on a panel entitled “Many Faiths, One America.” And here’s the punchline: they all agree. Not, of course, on … More

    Indonesia Continues to Disappoint on Religious Freedom

    The United States Commission on Individual Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has again rated Indonesia as a Tier 2 country. The Tier 2 designation indicates that “violations engaged in or tolerated by the government are particularly severe.” It means that the country is on the threshold of joining Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, … More

    Religious Liberty May Be Threatened for U.S. Military

    Recent events involving perceived restrictions on religious liberty within the Army, Air Force, and the Pentagon have many concerned about the military’s stance toward people of faith. These concerns have even prompted Members of Congress to send a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, seeking answers and clarifications around … More

    Senate Chaplain Barry Black: If There's One Place Prayer Is Needed, It's Capitol Hill (VIDEO)

    People of faith should serve an essential role in the secular world. The political sphere needs contact with the transcendent insights of religion. That’s according to Rev. Barry Black, Ph.D, a retired two-star admiral and 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, at an event hosted by Heritage President Jim … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Thankful for Religious Freedom on National Day of Prayer

    Millions of people of faith in America will participate today in the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. Although the National Day of Prayer was not established by congressional legislation until 1952 under President Harry Truman, days of prayer have been regularly called for since the 1775 Continental Congress. Religious … More

    Americans Continue to Oppose Obamacare’s HHS Mandate

    On Monday, hundreds of thousands of public comments flooded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as individuals and groups expressed concern with the Obama Administration’s continued trampling on a fundamental freedom. Many public comments expressed continued opposition to the coercive HHS mandate that requires almost all employers to … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Stop Our Freedom to Debate

    There’s a heated debate going on in this country about marriage—and at times, it’s less than civil. Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow, Ryan Anderson, faced a verbal firing squad on Piers Morgan Live this week, as Morgan and guest host Suze Orman told him that he was one of the … More

    Marriage: Children, Freedom, and a Crucial Debate

    Those pressing the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 essentially argue that marriage as we’ve always known it is not constitutional. But redefining marriage would make marriage about the desires of adults rather than the well-being of children. That was the … More