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    A Win for Religious Freedom in Illinois

    On Tuesday, the state of Illinois declined to appeal a recent loss in the Illinois Court of Appeals, which ruled in late September that the state cannot force pharmacists and pharmacies to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. The Illinois Attorney General’s decision marks the … More

    Not-So-Safe Harbor: Court Allows Archdiocese's HHS Mandate Challenge to Proceed

    For the first time, a federal court has permitted a Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate challenge by a religious nonprofit organization to go forward. A federal district court rejected the federal government’s motion to dismiss the Archdiocese of New York’s challenge to the HHS anti-conscience mandate. The U.S. District … More

    How Conservatives Reach Out to Hispanics: Heritage Libertad Radio

    How can conservatives connect with Hispanics? What exactly is religious liberty? These are just two of the many questions answered in this month’s installment of The Heritage Libertad podcast. We’ve asked Brittney Morrett of the Libre Initiative and Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund to join us. The English version … More

    Americans Recognize Obamacare's Religious Liberty Problem

    Americans see the problem with the religious liberty violation at the leading edge of Obamacare implementation, according to a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports this week. The poll shows that by a margin of 46–41, likely American voters support a religious exemption for churches, religious organizations, and businesses from … More

    International Religious Freedom: President Obama Misses an Opportunity

    President Obama missed a key opportunity to advance robust religious liberty in prepared remarks delivered in Burma recently. This is especially disappointing given that Burma has a long track record of persecution against religious minorities; the plight of Muslims in its west is just the latest and most visible manifestation. … More

    HHS Anti-Conscience Mandate: Challengers Get Federal Appellate Court Victory

    A family-owned business with religious objections to the conscience-crushing Obamacare mandate got a temporary reprieve last week. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an order for a preliminary injunction in O’Brien v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The order temporarily blocks the … More

    United Nations Declares Contraception Access a "Human Right"

    In the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) recent State of World Population report, access to contraception is described as a “universal human right.” While the report has no legal force, it declares that cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception are an infringement on women’s rights. While access to contraceptives … More

    Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Special-Needs Scholarship Program

    Last Tuesday, Oklahoma’s special-needs students received a pre-Thanksgiving win. The state’s Supreme Court ruled that two school districts that had challenged the legality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program—a voucher program for special-needs students—were out of line in bringing the lawsuit. The school districts had challenged the scholarship program … More

    Judge Grants Injunction Against HHS Mandate for Bible Publisher

    Late last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction temporarily halting enforcement of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., as the lawsuit continues. This is the third such injunction issued against the mandate to date and the … More

    Giving Thanks for Religious Liberty: Faith in Action Helps Those in Need

    Americans will gather around Thanksgiving tables this week to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the blessings of family, friends, and fundamental freedoms like religious liberty. For Peter, his gratitude this holiday is simple: “I’m thankful for shelter and food.” Earlier this fall, Peter stood outside the … More