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:

Catholic Bishops Correct False Claim Made in Vice Presidential Debate

October 15, 2012 | , | Posted in The Issues

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement after Vice President Biden incorrectly claimed that Catholic social services organizations would not be affected by the HHS “contraceptive mandate.  Click here to read. Read More >>

Huge Crowd Rallies in Topeka for Religious Freedom

WATCH THE RALLY HERE VIEW PICTURES FROM THE RALLY — CLICK AND SCROLL DOWN Kansas’ four Catholic bishops hosted a historic statewide rally for religious freedom at the State Capitol Building in Topeka today. A record crowd of thousands endured intense heat that surpassed triple digits and listened to remarks from keynote speaker Cathy Ruse, […] Read More >>

Catholic Institutions Launch Legal Defense Against Contraceptive Mandate

Today, 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions filed lawsuits in 12 different federal courts across the country in a historic legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s “Contraception Mandate.”  The Mandate requires religious organizations nationwide to pay for employee health plans that cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to the employee, […] Read More >>

Kansas Catholic Bishops to Host Statewide Rally for Religious Freedom

What:  Statewide Rally for Religious Freedom When:  2:00 – 3:30 PM, 29 June 2012 Where:  South Steps of the State Capitol Building in Topeka Who:  The Catholic Bishops of Kansas are inviting all people who care about religious liberty to attend. Why:  The federal government has taken the unprecedented step of requiring religious individuals and […] Read More >>

Kansas House Passes Two Critical Conscience Protection Bills

Today the Kansas House overwhelmingly passed a religious freedom bill 91-33 and a health care conscience protection bill 95-29.  They now await action by the Kansas Senate. Religious Freedom Preservation Act — H Sub for SB 142 Yeas: Alford, Arpke, Aurand, Billinger, Boman, Bowers, Brookens, Brown, Bruchman, Brunk, Burgess, Calloway, Carlson, Cassidy, Collins, Colloton, Crum, […] Read More >>

Kansas Legislative Committee Passes Religious Freedom Bill

The Kansas House Judiciary Committee has re-approved legislation that would help protect people of faith in Kansas from being coerced by state or local government into activities that violate their religious beliefs.  This top priority bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. Read More >>

KS House Judiciary Committee Approves Health Care Conscience Bill

The House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would protect health care institutions and personnel from discrimination if they decline to participate in abortion.  The bill now awaits action in the full House. Read More >>