Free exercise (1st Amendment)

Trump Officials Reflect on Four Years of Pro-Life Battles

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. , C-Fam, December 17, 2020 Three women of the Trump administration gave an exclusive insider view of the battle for life in U.S. foreign policy during a panel organized by the Center for Family and Human Rights [publisher of the Friday Fax]. [E]ven countries with... read more

HHS issues final rule protecting faith-based adoption agencies

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, January 8, 2021 The Trump administration finalized a rule this week allowing faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding regardless of their views on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, the old rule “discriminated against faith-based providers... read more

President Trump’s Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

By Donald J. Trump, the White House, Issued on: December 28, 2020 Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty. Before the Magna... read more

Federal appeals court blocks Governor Cuomo’s restrictions on size of religious gatherings

Catholic News Agency, December 28, 2020 Handing an important religious freedom victory to houses of worship in New York, the federal Second Circuit court ordered that the 10 and 25-person caps to worship had to be suspended while the case is pending. The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is a... read more

Operation Rescue Pro-Life Group Names President Donald Trump Its 2020 “Person of the Year”

By Cheryl Sullenger,,December 22, 2020 Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Person of the Year Malachi Award is President Donald J. Trump. The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work... read more

Justice Department sues Vermont medical center over abortion

By Wilson Ring, AP, December 17, 2020 The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the University of Vermont Medical Center alleging it forces staff members who object to abortion on religious grounds to participate in abortion procedures. The Vermont lawsuit alleges... read more

Bishop Chairmen Commend Administration for Enforcing Conscience Laws on Abortion

USCCB Public Afairs Office, December 17, 2020 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announced yesterday that it is taking corrective action against the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) and the State of California for violating... read more

Biden’s OMB Nominee Heads Think Tank with History of Anti-Religious Freedom Advocacy

Neera Tanden was a strong backer of federally mandated contraception coverage, seeing it as a way to advance her vision of reproductive health, to overcome pro-abortion rights defeats, and to marginalize critics of abortion. Neera Tanden, Joe Biden's nominee for director of the Office of... read more
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Trump eases rules for religious social service providers

By Collin Binkley, Crux, December 15, 2020 The Trump administration on Monday moved to loosen Obama-era restrictions on religious organizations that receive federal money to provide social services. In new rules coordinated across nine federal agencies, the administration said it was... read more

Justices side with religious challenges to health limits in Colorado, New Jersey

By John Kruzel, The Hill, December 15, 2020 The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with religious groups in Colorado and New Jersey that sought carve-outs from their state's COVID-19 limits, the latest in a series of recent orders favoring religious challengers to health restrictions. The... read more

Cardinal sues Democrat DC mayor over “discriminatory” COVID-19 restrictions

‘Under both the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the District’s arbitrary, unscientific, and discriminatory treatment of religious worship is illegal,’ the lawsuit stated. By Lianne Laurence, LifeSite News, December 12, 2020 With Christmas less than two weeks... read more
Sister Deidre Byrne addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention on Aug. 26.

Full Text: Sister Dede Byrne’s Speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention