Free exercise (1st Amendment)

Biden Says He Would Rescind Exemption for Little Sisters of the Poor

By John McCormimack, National Review, July 9, 2020 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement Wednesday evening in which he said he is “disappointed in today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision” in the case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania. “I will... read more

Supreme Court Upholds Right of Christian Schools to Hire Christian Teachers

Micaiah Bilger, July 8, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court handed down another victory for religious freedom Wednesday when it ruled that the government should not interfere in religious school decisions about who teaches their religion classes. Washington Examiner reports the court ruled 7-2 in... read more

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

By Christine Rouselle, Catholic News Agency, May 27, 2020 An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service,... read more

New Pixar kids’ film centers on gay main character coming ‘out’ to parents

One review summarizes the film: 'As he frantically tries to hide the evidence of his relationship from his mom … he quickly learns that maybe there's nothing to hide after all.' By Martin Burger, LifeSte News, May 26, 2020 Pixar featured its first homosexual main character in a new short... read more

Coronavirus Relief Bill Hurts Catholic Schools, Leaders Charge

By Paula Katinas, The Tablet, May 26, 2020 A bill called the HEROES Act is meant to help the nation recover from the pandemic, but education advocates said it hurts non-public schools. A new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed on May 15 by the House of Representatives is called the... read more

Why Young Christians Get “Weird”

By John Horvat II, The Catholic Thing, My23, 2020 Many liberal writers have trouble explaining the attraction that young people have for religion, especially in its more traditional forms. This attraction is not supposed to exist. It short circuits the logic of their preferred narratives. Young... read more

Trump Calls for Reopening of Houses of Worship

Trump Says Places of Worship Are Essential Services; President calls on governors to let churches reopen, threatens to ‘override’ any who don’t By Gordon Lubold and Catherine Lucey, WSJ, May 22, 2020 WASHINGTON—President Trump called on governors to reopen the nation’s places of... read more

Next Time, There Will Be No Excuses

By Joseph Pearce, Crisis, May 22, 2020 It’s beginning to look as though the pandemic that has hit the world like a global tsunami might be finally waning. In its wake, we find ourselves picking up the pieces of broken religious practices following an unprecedented time in history in which the... read more

Labor Department issues new religious freedom guidelines

CNA Staff, Catholic News Agency, May 19, 2020 The Department of Labor (USDOL) issued new protections for federal employees and faith-based grant recipients last week, with religious freedom groups praising the move. Labor Secretary Scalia On Friday, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia issued a... read more

Hundreds of California pastors plan to defy ban on religious gatherings starting May 31

'The clergy of this state are convinced that they must reopen their ministries,' the pastors state. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, May 11, 2020 Hundreds of pastors in California have announced plans to defy Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive orders deeming religious gatherings... read more

Samaritan’s Purse gets booted from Central Park day after NYC councilman’s vile message

'Hate has no place in our beautiful city' By Chris Enloe, The Blaze, May 3, 2020 Samaritan's Purse, which had been operating a field hospital in Central Park, has been effectively booted from the city. The Christian-based humanitarian relief organization, run by Franklin Graham,... read more
Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan (left) with her "wife."

Michigan attorney general using secretive ‘hate crime unit’ to harass pro-marriage group