Religious Liberty

Pope Francis and ‘soft power’ diplomacy

Sheila Liaugminas | 16 January 2015
He doesn’t soft-peddle his approach.

Supreme Court rules on prayer before public meetings

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 May 2014
In a split decision, the majority upheld the tradition of the US since its founding.

Big Government vs. Little Sisters: a breach too far

Sheila Liaugminas | 04 March 2014
With over ninety lawsuits in courts for over two years contesting the government’s violation of the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, this one may be emblematic.

Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 January 2014
Sir Thomas More said he was the king’s good servant, but God’s first. This modern day version isn’t far off.

Little Sisters vs. big government

Sheila Liaugminas | 10 January 2014
As they say in politics, the optics are bad in this one.

Justice Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve surprise ruling

Sheila Liaugminas | 07 January 2014
She ruled against Obamacare’s HHS mandate. Then she was dancing in Times Square.

HHS mandate, the other Obamacare problem

Sheila Liaugminas | 15 November 2013
The general public and the media are finally dealing with the reality of Obamacare. Great numbers of Americans have a nearly two year jump on that process.

Obama declares Religious Freedom Day

Sheila Liaugminas | 17 January 2013
In another twist on news that doesn’t square with other news, and words by the president that don’t match actions by the president…

Obamacare HHS mandate gets judicial correction

Sheila Liaugminas | 20 December 2012
It was always wrong. But because it was issued by executive fiat, its violation of law had to go through the process of being tried, and there are many lawsuits standing against it.

Justices order Obamacare back to court

Sheila Liaugminas | 27 November 2012
Had President Obama lost the election, it would have been eliminated and replaced by new healthcare reform. But his win doesn’t assure that his signature legislation will survive intact.

Election 2012, finally

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 November 2012
The presidential candidates are making their closing arguments, racing around the States, and especially the swing states possibly still in play, along with their top surrogates. Church leaders are making their final appeals, turning out pastoral statements and letters to reach all the citizens in their dioceses and parishes, with the help of priests and ministers.

God and Israel and the Democrats

Sheila Liaugminas | 10 September 2012
That floor fiasco over the party platform was reported as the Democrats ‘booing God.’ Which is only partially true.

What August 1st meant

Sheila Liaugminas | 07 August 2012
The HHS mandate went into effect. Religious institutions have a year ‘to figure out how they’re going to violate their consciences’, as NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan put it. Other employers have to do it now. And on the same day, Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was held across America. How are they connected?

Movie theater violence: we’ve seen this before

Sheila Liaugminas | 23 July 2012
Columbine, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, Tucson, Aurora…and shooting sprees outside the US just as stunningly random and horrible and evil…each and all leave us speechless.

Independence Day 2012

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 July 2012
What will Independence Day 2013 look like in America?

The bogus birth control controversy

Sheila Liaugminas | 28 February 2012
President Obama’s mandate requiring free access to contraception with virtually no employer exemption is at core a consitutional threat to religious liberty, not a heated debate about contraception and Church teaching. However, it quickly turned into that.

Celebrating the ‘American Experiment’

Sheila Liaugminas | 03 July 2011
The nation celebrates its founding, a birthday, historical beginnings of liberty and self-determination and all that. But mainly it’s picnics and barbeques and fireworks.

Religious liberty not guaranteed

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 December 2010
For years we’ve seen signs that the constitutionally protected freedom of religion is under new and real threats. The temptation may have been to think ‘Yeah….but’…and not really believe it could become in America what it is in oppressive countries. If so, think again. (After all, remember…the Constitution was intended and worded to protect life. Look where that went.)

Illinois lame duckers

Sheila Liaugminas | 01 December 2010
They’re trying to get out of town or at least the General Assembly by Thursday, so state reps returned to the floor Wednesday night to race through remaining business. One of those bills was the controversial civil unions legislation. Apparently, all the fervor expressed in an outpouring of citizen appeals to legislators didn’t match the force exerted by party heavyweights on those legislators once it came time to vote.

Serious threat to religious freedom?

Sheila Liaugminas | 05 July 2010
It’s being passed off as a matter of semantics. That’s what they all say, when ‘they’ have subversive motives. Like changing the way we think about things and eventually the way we behave by simply changing the langauge that describes and defines it.

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