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 Facebook and Twitter feeds during the next two weeks.
From the Leaven for the Loaf archives:
The Supreme Court’s marriage decision came down during F4F 2015, leaving more religious liberty questions than before
F4F 2016: SCOTUS refuses to hear conscientious objection claims from pharmacists
F4F 2014: In wake of Hobby Lobby decision, religious leaders call for protection of Religious Freedom Restoration Act
On (not) keeping religion out of politics
F4F 2013: Bishop Joseph Libasci open F4F in New Hampshire
Thank-you to the American Catholic bishops for producing this three-minute video, in which three women explain how lack of federal protection for conscience rights (including protection from the HHS mandate) is affecting them. The Health Care Conscience Rights Act is coming up in the U.S. House as H.R. 940, and in the Senate as S. 1204. Let’s get those calls and emails going.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Je2LQGqRA [link broken as of 11/2015]
Last year, I wrote about Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week campaign of prayer and education to highlight the religious freedom threats posed by the “Affordable” Care Act in general and the HHS mandate in particular. The event was initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Americans of all faiths participated in observances around the country.
The HHS mandate has not been repealed. Since last year, businesses of all sizes have challenged the mandate in court, with mixed results. The bishops have called for another Fortnight, appropriately ending on Independence Day, July 4. There’s a Facebook event page with more information.
Expect more on this project in the coming weeks on Leaven.