Religious Liberty

Pope Francis and ‘soft power’ diplomacy
Sheila Liaugminas | Jan 16 2015 | comment  
He doesn’t soft-peddle his approach.

Supreme Court rules on prayer before public meetings
Sheila Liaugminas | May 6 2014 | comment  
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 | Mar 4 2014 | comment  
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 | Jan 14 2014 | comment  
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 | Jan 10 2014 | comment  
As they say in politics, the optics are bad in this one.

Justice Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve surprise ruling
Sheila Liaugminas | Jan 7 2014 | comment  
She ruled against Obamacare’s HHS mandate. Then she was dancing in Times Square.

HHS mandate, the other Obamacare problem
Sheila Liaugminas | Nov 15 2013 | comment  
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 | Jan 17 2013 | comment  
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 | Dec 20 2012 | comment  
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 | Nov 27 2012 | comment  
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 | Nov 6 2012 | comment  
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 | Sep 10 2012 | comment  
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 | Aug 7 2012 | comment  
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 | Jul 23 2012 | comment  
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 | Jul 6 2012 | comment  
What will Independence Day 2013 look like in America?

The bogus birth control controversy
Sheila Liaugminas | Feb 28 2012 | comment  
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 | Jul 3 2011 | comment  
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 | Dec 9 2010 | comment  
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 | Dec 1 2010 | comment  
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 | Jul 5 2010 | comment  
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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