Religious Freedom

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

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, LifeNews.com,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

If Georgia gets two Democrat senators, the Hyde Amendment will die

If the two Senate seats in Georgia go to Democrats, it will end the Hyde Amendment for the first time in 43 years. By Fr. Jim Hewes, LifeSite News, December 22, 2020 The Hyde Amendment was implemented in 1977 (passed in the House of Representatives with a 312–93 vote), which meant that... 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

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

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gavin Newsom’s Lockdown Ban on Church Worship Services

By Steven Ertelt, December 3, 2020 Churches in California received a major victory today when the Supreme Court struck down California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services. The unsigned decision follow quickly on the heels of a major ruling at Thanksgiving striking down a New... read more

Supreme Court Blocks Andrew Cuomo’s Lockdown Orders Limiting Churches to 10 People

By Steven Ertelt, WSJ, November 26, 2020 In a huge late-night victory for the religious liberty of Christians and Americans of faith nationwide, the Supreme Court prohibited Governor Andrew Cuomo from enforcing his lockdown order limiting the number of people who can attend church or synagogue... read more

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