Religious Liberty

Religious freedom is our “First Freedom,” the most cherished guarantee in the Bill of Rights. The expansive understanding of religious liberty that has been the hallmark of American political culture for two centuries is now at risk, however. There are those who would define down our First Amendment right of “free exercise” of religion to mean nothing more than the ability to worship in private. This dangerous and unconstitutional development is taking on the force of law, the most high profile example being the new “contraceptive mandate” issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It would require religious organizations to provide contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacients as part of their employee health care plans.

2013 FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM:

VISIT OUR 2013 FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM WEBPAGE

TAKE ACTION:

Send e-mail to Congress in support of conscience protection legislation (The entire Kansas delegation has cosponsored this legislation, please thank them and encourage them to work for a vote.)

2012 KANSAS RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM:

WATCH THE STATEWIDE RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

PICTURES FROM THE RALLY (click & scroll down)

STAY INFORMED:

2012 Statement: Kansas Bishops on Religious Freedom, Conscience and the Sanctity of Human Life

Current Threats to Religious Liberty

Twelve Things Everyone Should Know About the Contraceptive Mandate

Kansas Catholic Conference Rally for Religious Freedom flyer

Excellent Legal Analysis of HHS Contraceptive Mandate

USCCBLOG: Amish, Ok. Catholics, No.

Feb. 13: “Six More Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate”

US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Feb. 10 statement on revised policy

US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ conscience protection info page

Archbishop Naumann’s letter read in parishes on February 5, 2012

Bishop Jackels’ homily from January 22, 2012

Letter from 28 US senators to Secretary Sebelius quoting Kansas Catholic Bishops

LETTERS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, KANSAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION:

Kansas Bishops’ Letter to Secretary Sebelius on HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Conference letter to Senator Roberts thanking him for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Conference letter to Senator Moran thanking him for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Conference letter to Representative Huelskamp thanking him for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Conference letter to Representative Pompeo thanking him for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Conference letter to Representative Jenkins thanking her for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Conference letter to Representative Yoder thanking him for cosponsoring conscience protection legislation

Commentary:

Leaders: “UNACCEPTABLE”

KCC Executive Director: Unprecedented Assault on Religious Freedom Has Already Backfired

KCC Executive Director: “First Freedom” At Risk



Articles:

Letter from Kansas Faith Leaders on Religious Freedom Legislation

A joint letter from twelve Kansas faith leaders was released today, urging legislators to approve religious freedom legislation.  Archbishop Joseph Naumann, and Bishops John Brungardt and Edward Weisenburger, were among those who signed. View the letter here. Read More >>

The Truth About the Kansas Religious Freedom Bill

On February 12, 2014, the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, the Religious Freedom Act of 2014.  Since that time, opponents of the bill have undertaken a campaign of distortion to discredit not only the bill but the very concept of religious freedom.  They have found willing accomplices in the local and national media.  […] Read More >>

Governor Signs Landmark Religious Freedom Legislation

April 11, 2013 | , , | Posted in The Issues

Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation that will help protect religious individuals and institutions from government coercion that would force them to violate their religious beliefs.  It is believed to be one of the strongest such laws in the country. To see how your state representative and state senator voted, click here. Read More >>

Legislature Sends Religious Freedom Bill to Governor

March 25, 2013 | , , | Posted in The Issues

Today the Kansas Legislature sent to the governor a bill that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs.  The final House vote was 109-12 and the Senate vote was 34-4. Governor Brownback is expected to sign the bill. Read More >>

Kansas Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill

March 22, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

Yesterday the Kansas Senate passed legislation that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs by a margin of 34-4.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the bill when it was heard in committee.  Because the bill was amended, it must be voted on by the House again before it […] Read More >>

Kansas House Passes Religious Freedom Bill

March 1, 2013 | Posted in The Issues

Today the Kansas House of Representatives passed legislation that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs by a margin of 109-14.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the bill when it was heard in committee.  Now the bill moves to the Senate. This is how they voted: Yeas: Alcala, […] Read More >>

Kansas Catholic Conference Testifies on behalf of Religious Freedom

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the bill. Read More >>