U.S. House of Representatives Introduces Resolutions of Disapproval to Protect Religious Freedom in Nation’s Capital

April 14, 2015 WASHINGTON – Today the Archdiocese of Washington, along with a large and growing coalition of religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations within the District of Columbia, welcomes the introduction of two resolutions of disapproval in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and theHuman[…]

Interview With a Christian

New York Times By Ross Douthat April 4, 2015 AFTER watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an imaginary — but representative — member of the press. Here is our conversation: Happy Easter! Thank you. O.K., enough pleasantries. You’re a semi-reasonable Christian.[…]

The New Intolerance

The Wall Street Journal March 30, 2015 Indiana isn’t targeting gays. Liberals are targeting religion. In the increasingly bitter battle between religious liberty and the liberal political agenda, religion is losing. Witness the media and political wrath raining down upon Indiana because the state dared to pass an allegedly anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The[…]

Ind. to ‘clarify’ new law decried as anti-gay

Washington Post By Sandhya Somashekhar and Mark Berman March 30, 2015 Republican lawmakers in Indiana promised Monday to amend a religious liberties bill that critics have labeled as anti-gay, bowing to protests that have rapidly spread to several other states considering similar measures. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) said the legislature would act as[…]

UVA Law Prof Who Supports Gay Marriage Explains Why He Supports Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

The Weekly Standard By JOHN MCCORMACK March 29, 2015 Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University of Virginia Law School, writes in an email: The issue with respect to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) is whether people should be allowed to practice their religion, even when their acts would otherwise be illegal, if they are[…]

How Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Could Fail

National Journal By Sam Baker March 29, 2015 The debate over same-sex marriage isn’t actually over yet, but opponents are already turning their attention to state non-discrimination laws. New state laws opening the door to discrimination against same-sex couples are here to stay—but that doesn’t mean they’ll work. Even if (and likely when) the Supreme[…]

Gov. Pence defends religious freedom bill amid continued criticism

Washington Post By Josh Hicks and Sarah Halzack March 29, 2015 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Sunday defended the religious freedom bill that he signed last week, saying the growing outrage over the legislation stems from “a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding.” Critics of the new law say it gives businesses a license[…]

D.C. City Council Violates Catholic Schools’ Right to Free Exercise of Religion

First Things by Michael Root March 26, 2015 One might think that the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, would be particularly vigilant in defending the freedoms fundamental to American life. Unfortunately, the District’s City Council has now seen fit to intervene into the life of religious institutions and insist that such institutions handle some[…]

Who has the final word on the District: Congress or the D.C. Council?

Washington Post Letters to the Editor March 25, 2015 The March 25 editorial “Politics over principles” missed the mark by focusing on federalism rather than liberty. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act are direct assaults on the Catholic Church’s freedom of religion — the very first right set forth in[…]