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    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

    China’s Egregious Human Rights Record

    Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a renowned human rights advocate and former prisoner in China, told Congress the … 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

    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

    Making the Case for Marriage

    As the Supreme Court prepares to hear cases involving California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in late March, a new report by Heritage’s Ryan T. Anderson helps focus on the central issues in the ongoing marriage debate. Anderson writes: Marriage exists to bring a man and … 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