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  • Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment

    04/05/2012 8:10:09 PM PDT · by sreastman · 10 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/5/2012 | Liberty Counsel
    Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment Faith Issues/Liberty Counsel Hallmark Management Company has settled with Daniel and Sharon Dixon, after firing and evicting them from a property management position for having a piece of artwork hanging in their office that contained a Scripture reference. Liberty Counsel successfully represented the Dixons in the case of Dixon v. Hallmark Companies and will be awarded $76,250. Daniel and Sharon Dixon were the employees and tenants of a government-subsidized facility, Thornwood Terrace Apartments, in Lake City, Florida. In 2007, a regional manager for Hallmark asked Sharon if the words on the...
  • The Pope Told You So [Ecumenical]

    04/17/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The Pope Told You So Media & CultureApril 17th, 2012 Rev. George W. Rutler Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself?A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran  Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom by interfering with the hiring of ministerial personnel. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Administration’s argument...
  • FReep this poll!!! Cardinal Timothy Dolan: TIME magazine 100 poll

    04/04/2012 1:16:27 AM PDT · by koinonia · 16 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | TIME Staff
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan Age: 62 Occupation: Prince of the Catholic Church The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to Election Day is the newly birettaed Archbishop of New York. Affable, jolly and theatrical, Dolan deploys these genial weapons as the Catholic Church's point man in the battle against the Obama Administration's policies on contraception and abortion. The President barely won the Catholic vote in 2008; without an accommodation, Dolan could turn away enough voters to tilt a close election — all with a smile.
  • Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble

    03/28/2012 8:43:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble PoliticsMarch 28th, 2012 Keith Koffler The Obamacare health insurance mandate appears to be teetering on the edge of being struck down by the Supreme Court, as the only potential swing justices – Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts – expressed deep skepticism that the government’s power to compel commerce could be limited once it can force you to purchase insurance.Kennedy appeared deeply skeptical until the end, when he gave proponents of the mandate some hope by suggesting health care may be a unique case.Here’s a concise analysis by Lyle Denniston, author of SCOTUSblog: If Justice...
  • Stand Up For Religious Freedom Nationwide Rallies Friday

    03/20/2012 1:08:53 PM PDT · by Nora · 3 replies
    Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate ^ | 3/10?/12 | Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate
    In addition to the 15 Catholic bishops scheduled to speak at Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom locations, countless other influential speakers from all walks of life will also be addressing rallies throughout the country this Friday, March 23. The speakers at the more than 130 Rally sites represent a wide array of backgrounds and professions, including members of Congress, physicians, college presidents, pastors, radio hosts, law professors, heads of organizations, publishers, religious sisters, pregnancy resource directors, and rabbis
  • Santorum To Scarborough: Yeah, You're Pigeonholing Me On Religious Freedom, Contraception!

    03/19/2012 6:57:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A rather testy exchange on today's Morning Joe, with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski going at it with Rick Santorum. A full five minutes of Santorum's segment were devoted to questioning him on his views on contraception and religious freedom. At the end, seemingly to Scarborough's surprise, Santorum said that "yeah, sure" he thought Scarborough, like the MSM at large, was attempting to pigeonhole him on the matter. View the video here.
  • No Compromise

    03/15/2012 5:57:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/14/2012 | George Weigel
    In May 1953, the Polish government ordered the implementation of a decree giving the state the authority to appoint and remove Catholic priests and bishops throughout the country: The Catholic Church was to become a subsidiary of the Polish state; its clergy would act as agents of state power; and its educational and charitable activities would be approved (or rejected) by a state intent on bringing the most important institution in Polish civil society to heel. The bishops of Poland, who had tried for years to find a modus vivendi with the Communist regime, now drew the line. Meeting in...
  • Religious Freedom Is Social Justice

    03/12/2012 5:35:39 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/12/12 | George Weigel
    In his March 12 column, Washington Post writer E. J. Dionne Jr. attempts some fraternal intimidation of the Catholic bishops of the United States prior to the meeting of the bishops’ conference administrative committee on Tuesday and Wednesday. The argument, such as it is, doubtless reflects certain currents of thought within the Church in the United States — those currents that are deeply uncomfortable with the bishops’ emphasis in recent years on a robust assertion of Catholic identity. But that is about as much as can be said for it; as a matter of theological or political reasoning, its pluperfect...
  • HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

    03/08/2012 1:30:08 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Baltimore, Md., Mar 8, 2012 / 12:34 am (CNA).- The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.“Because the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot in conscience directly provide or collaborate in the provision of services that conflict with Church teaching, we find ourselves in the irreconcilable situation of being forced to either stop serving and employing people of all faiths in our ministry – so that we will fall...
  • Dolan: White House invoked support of “enlightened” Catholics in refusing to budge on mandate

    03/08/2012 2:13:03 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    March 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) White House staff members have told U.S. bishops that the administration will not consider further revision of the mandate forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, and that the religious leaders should listen to “enlightened” Catholics who accept the president’s terms, reports Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In a letter sent to fellow Bishops last week, the New York archbishop revealed some of what had transpired in a recent meeting involving staff members from the White House and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “Our staff members asked directly whether the...
  • US tags Vatican as a money laundering concern

    03/07/2012 1:36:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is for the first time citing Vatican City as a potential hub for money laundering. The State Department's annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released Wednesday identifies the Holy See as one of 68 countries or jurisdictions "of concern" for money laundering or other financial crimes.
  • Limbaugh vs. Party of Subsidized Sin

    03/06/2012 5:28:34 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 5, 2012 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    Babbling incessantly about a fictitious "war on women," Barack Obama and his band of hubristic hedonists play the victim even as they rape the freedom and conscience rights of the religious. Obamacare's decree that the religious pay for the promiscuity of their employees and students represents the greatest government-directed assault on religious liberty in the history of America. The audacity of the president's secularist hope -- which is nothing more than a totalitarian power grab against the Catholic Church and other denominations -- is despicable. The GOP should apologize for nothing in this battle of the culture war and take...
  • The Left, Not Social Conservatives, Threatens Religious Liberty

    03/02/2012 4:54:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 136+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Now hear this: No Republicans on the national political scene, including Rick Santorum, threaten our religious liberty. Many Democrats, including President Obama and Senate Democrats, do. And they've struck again with the Senate's defeat of the Blunt amendment. President Obama, who seems to spend as much time community organizing as he does attending to his executive duties, doubtlessly conspired with his crack opposition research trolls and the liberal media to shoehorn the contraception issue into the 2012 presidential campaign. What do I mean about Obama's spending time community organizing? Well, he is using the office of the presidency to intimidate...
  • The Way Freedom of Religion Should Work

    02/27/2012 9:42:37 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2-27-12 | Joseph Farah
    Barack Obama has a curious idea about the way freedom of religion is supposed to work. He mandates that everyone should be forced to provide services and funding that a significant percentage of the population finds morally objectionable. Then he backpedals and suggests that some institutions, such as the Catholic Church, be exempted from those requirements. That approach has nothing to do with the notion of freedom of religion as the Founding Fathers viewed it when they specifically safeguarded it in the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is supposed to be a personal matter of conscience. It is an individual...
  • Santorum at Ave Maria - a small voice resonates

    02/21/2012 12:38:25 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 19 replies
    Ave Maria Living ^ | 2/21/2012 | staff
    It’s normal to wonder if anyone is paying attention. As humans, our lives don’t seem to have meaning absent our communications and interactions with others. And as Christians, the influence our own lives has on others is of great import; our salvation in some way depends on whether we are channels for and bearers of His love. This goal is summed up in the lyrics of the alma mater song for Ave Maria’s law school, the Ave Maria project (in its many forms) serves as a “beacon in darkness, voice for all to hear.” Of course we typically toil away...
  • Priest Arrested For Praying In Front Of The White House

    02/19/2012 2:28:15 PM PST · by usamericanfreedom.com · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Click on the link to watch the video of the arrest captured by a citizen journalist.
  • Mr. President, Talk is Cheap

    02/17/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan
    Rick Santorum ^ | 2-17-12 | Rick Santorum
    When it comes to America’s first freedom, religious freedom, the Obama Administration has strong rhetoric – but its policies, regulations, and actions reveal a very different agenda. President Barack Obama recently issued a national proclamation commemorating Religious Freedom Day. With his words, he honored the aspiration of countless settlers who came to America “to practice their beliefs free from prejudice and persecution.” Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president, with his words, praised his “strengthened White House faith-based initiative” that has “partnered with Catholic Charities to help Americans who are struggling with poverty.” However, the President’s lofty words...
  • Evangelicals & Catholics Together: In Defense of Religious Freedom (vs. Islam, Secularism)

    02/17/2012 12:49:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | March 2012 | Evangelicals and Catholics Together
    Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We...
  • Obama's anti-religious implosion

    02/12/2012 4:35:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 2-12-2012 | J. Matt Barber
    Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews — Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up. They've picked it up. From running up trillions in debt and deficit, to the vast expansion of the size and scope of federal bureaucracy, Mr. Obama has done more in three years to supplant our 236 year-old Constitutional Republic with a Euro-style socialist autocracy — than a lesser Marxist could have...
  • WSJ Almost Uniquely Raises Self-Insurance Issue in 'Immaculate Contraception' Editorial

    02/11/2012 8:01:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    News Busters ^ | 2-11-12 | Tony Blumer
    Yesterday's announcement by President Obama (headlined at the White House's website as "Remarks by the President on Preventive Care") of planned revisions to an ObamaCare-driven rule which, in the President's words, "if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company -– not the hospital, not the charity -– will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles." Showing just how out of touch the establishment press is with reality, an...