Posts Tagged ‘Religious Liberty’

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao Comments 0

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Chinese Christians receiving government assistance have been told to replace Christ with Mao or risk losing their welfare payments. Compliance includes replacing all religious symbols in their homes with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Christians in several provinces have had visits from government officials and had their religious images replaced. The policy Read more

Teaching maths, history and economics is ministry in a Catholic school Comments 0

Monday, July 13th, 2020

The question of religious schools’ right to hire and fire teachers has been decided by the US Supreme Court. The Court found in favor of two Catholic schools in California, ruling that a “ministerial exception” to government interference applies to teachers in religious schools. The justices ruled in a 7-2 decision that teachers at Catholic Read more

Major victory for religious liberty – the merits of the case Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

A major victory for religious liberty has followed a federal court case. The victory occurred in the decision in Soos v. Cuomo. Federal district Judge Gary L. Sharpe has removed religious gatherings from the virtual ghetto in which Governor Cuomo, his Attorney General and New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio had placed them under Cuomo’s Read more

Suit challenges religious liberty of Catholic hospitals over assisted suicide Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

A Colorado man with cancer along with his doctor have filed a suit challenging religious liberty last month against a health system run by the Catholic Church. The suit alleges that hospital policy barring doctors from participating in assisted suicide violates state law. Cornelius “Neil” Mahoney, 64, was told July 16 that his cancer was Read more

With religious liberty under sustained attack, what hope have Christians got? Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Religious liberty

It has been shocking, but not surprising, to arrive in Australia in time to watch religious liberty emerge as a progressive point of attack in the nation’s federal election. Shocking, because religious liberty is a fundamental principle of liberal democracy. Not surprising, alas, because progressives throughout Western liberal democracies have turned “religious liberty” into a Read more

Pope Francis’ somewhat different take on religious liberty Comments 0

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Well, that was interesting. At the official “religious freedom” event during his U.S. visit, Pope Francis never mentioned the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaigns, nor their battles over alleged religious discrimination on Obamacare provisions and conscience protection issues. The bishops have certainly made this a priority. Here was Archbishop William E. Lori last June Read more

Brunei moves to introduce national Sharia code Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Sultan of Brunei says his country will begin enforcing a tough Islamic penal code in six months’ time. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said authorities had been considering the new Sharia Penal Code for years and it will be enforced in ‘phases’. Punishments under the Hudud code may include stoning for adultery, amputation for theft and Read more

Discrimination against Christians rises across Europe Comments 1

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Intolerance and discrimination against Christians is increasing across the European continent, a conference of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has been told. “In Europe, we have identified 14 laws that are likely to negatively affect the religious liberty of Christians in 15 countries,” said Massimo Introvigne, of the Italian foreign affairs ministry. Read more

Lawsuits continue against Obama’s health care law Comments 0

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

A decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the core of President Obama’s health care law has given new impetus to legal challenges by church groups. The court did not address the religious liberty issue regarding a Health and Human Services mandate that requires religious employers to pay for contraception, abortifacients and sterilisation Read more

Roman Catholic hierarchy split on lawsuit against Obama Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2012

This week 43 Catholic institutions, including the Archdioceses of New York and Washington DC as well as Notre Dame University, sued the Obama administration over its mandate requiring employers to provide contraception in their health insurance plans. The move not only escalated an unusual fight between church and state but also threatened to cause splits Read more