43 Catholic Entities Sue Over the Contraceptives Mandate

It is a highly significant development, even if much of the news media chose to ignore or down play it: on May 21, 43 Catholic entities filed lawsuits against the federal government’s contraceptives mandate. There were 12 separate lawsuits, each filed in a different federal court–Washington DC, New York state, two courts in Pennsylvania, two […]

Needy government gobbles up civil society

Yet again–four out of four–President Obama’s proposed budget includes a reduction in the charitable giving incentive, decreasing the tax benefit that wealthier taxpayers can get for making charitable contributions. Of course, givers should give from a cheerful heart and because of a passion for a cause, and not just because their accountants assure them of […]

Religious freedom concerns on Obama contraceptive mandate grows

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President Obama’s February 10th press conference and other actions by his administration satisfied the conscience concerns of some religious leaders and organizations but only increased the concerns of many others. In an “interim final rule” issued last summer, the administration had decided to carve out only a very narrow exemption to its requirement that all […]

Supreme Court unanimous decision favors religious institutions against federal encroachment

The US Supreme Court today handed down a unanimous decision upholding the freedom of religious organizations to decide who will be their leaders and teachers. The case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was about the validity of the “ministerial exception”–a concept created by lower federal courts in response to […]

Mixed Messages: Religious Hiring and the Supreme Court

Stanley Carlson-Thies, Executive Director of the Insitutional Religious Freedom Alliance, reports that Wednesday, October 5, was oral argument day at the Supreme Court for the blockbuster religious freedom case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. Earlier, on Monday, the court refused to hear the Spencer v World Vision case out of the Ninth […]

The role of faith-based schools in School Choice debate; April 1, Boalt Hall

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May Superman Pray? Government exists to serve the people, many of whom are religious believers, and it is required to respect their exercise of their religion. So where do faith-based schools fit in the ongoing debate concerning School Choice? Such matters will be on the agenda on April 1st, 2011, at an important conference to […]

Defense of Marriage, the President, and Faith-Based Organizations

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On February 23, the Obama administration gave notice that it would no longer defend in court the federal Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA was adopted by Congress in 1996 with very large majorities and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. But President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have declared that DOMA is unconstitutional–that […]