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    Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

    Religious liberty doesn’t stop at the church doors. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nonpartisan public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religions, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making the case that legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages creates hazards for … More

    Portman: Right on the Court, Wrong on Marriage

    Senator Rob Portman (R–OH) announced this morning that he now supports the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. He was clear, however, that the Supreme Court should not impose this redefinition. Americans and their elected officials have constitutional authority to make marriage policy. When Americans hear the case for … More

    U.S. House to Hear from Wife of American Citizen Imprisoned in Iran

    On Friday, the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the persecution of religious minorities in Iran. It will feature Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of a Christian pastor currently jailed in Iran. Nagmeh’s husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is an American citizen who was sentenced to eight years in prison … More

    Why Marriage Matters for America and Conservatism

    Some former officials in the Republican Party are urging the Supreme Court to redefine marriage for the nation. But support for marriage as the union of a man and a woman is essential to American—and conservative—principles. Indeed, nothing could be less conservative than urging an activist court to redefine an … More

    Rick Warren: Religious Freedom Ensures Other Freedoms

    Pastor Rick Warren stressed the importance of religious liberty to sustaining other basic freedoms during an interview at Georgetown University on February 12. Warren, the founder and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, highlighted how religious liberty is not only fundamental to what it means to be American—it … More

    Congressmen: Obama Admin Can’t "Pick and Choose" Who Gets Religious Freedom

    On February 19, nine U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives joined a “friend of the court” brief in Hobby Lobby’s 10th Circuit Court appeal over the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, highlighting the Obama Administration’s refusal to recognize business owners’ religious freedom. The congressional brief explains that the federal government “may not … More

    Morning Bell: George Washington's Example on Religious Liberty

    Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.” But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds … More

    New York Hospital Agrees to Respect Rights of Pro-Life Nurses

    Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has agreed to additional policy and procedure changes to protect the conscience rights of pro-life nurses and other employees as a result of a federal investigation. In 2009, the hospital allegedly forced a Catholic pro-life nurse to assist in an abortion in violation of … More

    Catholic Bishops Recognize Failures in Obama Admin's "Accommodation"

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement Thursday expressing concern with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent proposed update to the anti-conscience mandate in Obamacare. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, explained: [The proposal] appears to offer second-class status to our first-class … More

    Boy Scouts of America: The Badge of Intolerance?

    Recent events involving the Boy Scouts of America have once again raised concerns about attempts to shove people and groups with traditional viewpoints on issues such as marriage, family, and sexuality out of the public square. As recently as July 2012, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed its long-standing membership policy regarding … More