It’s time for a grand compromise on religious freedom and contraceptives
(RNS) — While they can still negotiate from a position of power, the proponents of religious liberty should offer to negotiate a grand compromise on reproductive rights.
Keep kids with parents at border — and remember how we got here
(RNS) — If the executive order survives the courts, it will undoubtedly be more compassionate than previous policies, which enticed parents and other adults attempting illegal crossings to subject children to the dangers of the desert, the division of families and even death.
US Catholic bishops committee dismayed over Trump’s new direction on Cuba
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops want President Trump to consider ‘ordinary Cubans’ as he scales back on what he calls a one-sided deal with the island nation.
U.S. government cancels 9/11-era registry for foreigners
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. government is canceling an inactive registry program for visitors from countries where extremist groups are operating, a plan similar to aMuslim registry considered by President-elect Donald Trump.
World Relief scrambling to settle more refugees in US
(RNS) The Obama administration has raised the ceiling on the number of refugees that Americans will welcome in the coming year.
Texas judge blocks Obama transgender bathroom rules
WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas has sided with school districts opposing the Obama administration’s directive on transgender bathrooms, temporarily blocking the directive just before on the first day of school in Texas Monday.
White House adds gender and religious diversity to advisory board
WASHINGTON (RNS) New members include a transgender woman and representatives of Sikh and Baha’i organizations.
Name radical Islamic ideology for what it is, but give reformers a chance (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Here at last is bipartisanship — on the question of Islam being part of the problem. But the critique is not being paired with serious acknowledgement, much less practical encouragement, of those working to make Islam part of the solution.
Justices to take up Abercrombie & Fitch headscarf case
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court agreed to rule on a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim girl who claimed she was not hired as a “model” by Abercrombie & Fitch because of her black headscarf.
Administration, nuns battle over contraception mandate at Supreme Court
(RNS) The Obama administration and faith-based foes of a rule that employer health insurance policies provide free birth control coverage continued back and forth legal filings on Friday (Jan 3.), though with an odd twist: The Justice department says an order of nuns is exempt from the mandate, while the nuns’ lawyers say they are not.
Catholic bishops oppose Violence Against Women Act over lesbian provisions
(RNS) Key U.S. Catholic bishops are objecting to portions of the Violence Against Women Act, which they say attempt to subvert traditional views of gender and marriage, and fail to protect the religious freedom of aid workers.
White House expands religious exemptions to contraception mandate
(RNS) The Obama administration on Friday unveiled new rules on its controversial contraception mandate designed to provide greater flexibility for religiously affiliated organizations though not for privately owned businesses.
Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?
(RNS) The Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Wednesday — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings from conservatives. By David Gibson.
Catholic hospitals reject Obama’s birth control compromise
(RNS) In a blow to the Obama administration and a boon for the Catholic bishops, the influential Catholic Health Association that supported health care reform has rejected the White House’s proposals that were aimed at addressing faith-based objections to the controversial contraception mandate. By David Gibson.
Religious leaders ask HHS to broaden birth control exemption
(RNS) A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid the controversial policy mandating that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. By David Gibson.