Fortnight for Freedom 2017

Fortnight for Freedom is back for 2017, running from today until Independence Day. This project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is for everyone. Religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.¬†–Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium Watch for Fortnight for Freedom (F4F) posts on Leaven’s… Read More Fortnight for Freedom 2017

Supreme Court, minus Scalia, takes on religious liberty

If I could see the Supreme Court Justices today for one minute, all I’d say to them is this: leave the nuns alone, already. The president’s not listening. Maybe the court will. The fuss over Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate may have been off the front pages for awhile, but the Little Sisters of the Poor are… Read More Supreme Court, minus Scalia, takes on religious liberty

On (not) keeping religion out of politics

Freedom of religion vs. freedom of worship: what’s the difference? If one’s respect for life is grounded in faith in God, is that respect somehow inappropriate for the public square? Is freedom to bear public witness to one’s faith at risk? Perhaps the plaintiffs in New Hampshire’s buffer zone suit could offer some insight into… Read More On (not) keeping religion out of politics

He Said It: Eric Metaxas on religion in public life

Excerpts from convocation address by Eric Metaxas to students at University of the South, 2/10/15: “…we must remember that the voices of faith in history have sometimes been the only voices on the right side of an issue — when everyone was saying shut up and move along. Remember that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa… Read More He Said It: Eric Metaxas on religion in public life

Buffer zone repeal tabled after tie vote

An attempt to repeal New Hampshire’s buffer zone law failed on a 12-12 vote Thursday in the New Hampshire Senate. Republicans Jerry Little of Weare and Nancy Stiles of Hampton joined the Senate’s ten Democrats in opposing the repeal measure, HB 403. Immediately after the vote, Senators tabled the bill on a voice vote. No… Read More Buffer zone repeal tabled after tie vote

Will the Senate throw a Hobby Lobby tantrum?

The New Hampshire Senate will vote Thursday on a measure designed to shame employers who choose not to play any role in providing contraception to employees. [Note: on March 5, the Senate voted to table the bill.]¬†Senators David Pierce (D-Lebanon) and Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) want to make sure the world knows how displeased they… Read More Will the Senate throw a Hobby Lobby tantrum?