Tag Archives: religious liberty

Hugh Hewitt: Court Packing Is a Threat to Core American Freedoms

For the good of the country, Joe Biden must clearly and definitively answer the court-packing question

The Supreme Court is now at center stage with the start of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The court is also now at the center of the presidential election as many Democrats demand that—if their party controls the White House and Senate after the election—the court be expanded to establish a liberal majority.

“Court packing” is now a major issue in the presidential campaign because neither Joe Biden nor Kamala Harris—his running mate—will say what they think about demands by their party’s radical wing to expand the court.

Court-packing is a threat to the Supreme Court and thus to every American freedom, especially religious liberty, and the Second Amendment and property rights, and the separation of powers fundamental to our republic’s durability.

The Biden-Harris ticket should publicly condemn the idea—and condemn it now.

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Mohler: A Supreme Court Case to Watch

Can religious foster care and adoption agencies remain in their ministry while continuing to hold to their convictions?

That’s going to be decided in the case before the Supreme Court known as Fulton v. Philadelphia and the implications for the future of religious liberty are massive.

The city had told Catholic Social Services that, unless they stopped discriminating on the basis of the entire LGBTQ array of issues, they could not continue to provide those services in the city.

Essentially, the agencies were told they could remain Catholic, or they could remain in the ministry of adoption and foster care. But they couldn’t do both.

The Supreme Court is revisiting its own precedent on the issue— that’s the 1990 Smith decision and it’s going to be hard to overestimate how important this case is for the future of religious liberty.

And, to make the point clear, oral arguments are going to be held at the Supreme Court the day after the upcoming presidential election—as if Supreme Court has told us, “By the way, take note!”

Judges matter. Elections matter.

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Owen Strachan: A Republican Agenda for the Future

The recent unveiling of the Republican agenda for a second term gave much encouragement to many who need it. Defeat COVID; create jobs; disentangle from China; provide school choice; teach American exceptionalism unapologetically; defend the police as an institution; oppose human trafficking—these and other measures offer sanity, flourishing, and hope to an embattled country.

No agenda can cover every issue. Two outstanding issues need platforming, however: religious liberty and abortion. The Trump administration has taken stands on both of these momentous matters and to good effect. In days ahead, though, supporters of religious liberty and the unerasable humanity of the unborn need more support, not less.

Religious liberty, after all, is for this gloriously free society the first freedom. Among other righteous ends, it enables a diverse coalition of many voices to speak on behalf of the unborn until the murderous abomination of abortion is a distant memory.

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Bari Weiss NYT Resignation and Institutional Free Speech Under Threat: Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson with David French

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with David French, senior editor at The Dispatch, about Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan’s resignation from the NYT and NY Post. He also talks about his latest article: The Case for Religious Liberty Is More Compelling than the Case for Christian Power.

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Albert Mohler: A Big Win for Religious Liberty

The Little Sisters of the Poor just won a big case at the Supreme Court, but the win goes far beyond the famous order of Catholic nuns. This decision is a big win for religious liberty and for moral conscience.

In a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court ruled that employers who have sincere religious or conscience beliefs against birth control cannot be forced to pay for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The majority decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, came nine years after groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor protested that the Obama Administration was forcing a violation of religious conscience through its rules on the Affordable Care Act. The Court upheld a policy correction made by the Trump Administration that restored religious liberty and included the right of conscience for employers.

It took both the Trump Administration and the Supreme Court to set this straight.

Keep that in mind as you vote in November.

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