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September 24, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / AMY HUNTOON
Along Independence Mall, a monument to "Religious Liberty" is regaining its grandeur. The marble statue, damaged by vandals a year ago, is being repaired by Robert and Judith Pringle of New York City for the National Museum of American Jewish History. The sculpture was moved to the museum grounds near the mall two years ago from Fairmount Park. It was created for the 1876 Centennial by Sir Moses Ezekiel.
NEWS
December 2, 2010
Jennifer A. Marshall is correct in asserting that the constitutional framework of our country protects religious liberty ("Founders a model to all on freedom of religion," Sunday). However, she fails to offer any indication of just how much our Founding Fathers valued religion beyond its free exercise. Further, she uses unsubstantiated vagueness when she writes, "The Founders frequently stated that a free society could not survive without virtue and religion. " Where is such a statement?
NEWS
January 7, 1987
Your Dec. 20 editorial "Is this that old-time religion?" denies the right of conscience to Bible-believing Christians. Judge Hill, in the Greeneville, Tenn., case, honored the constitutional protection of religious liberty. Our country has honored conscientious objectors in war. The Inquirer is so blinded by its intolerant liberalism that it does not know where freedom begins or appreciate its roots. The old-time religion gave the country the concept that God is the author of liberty.
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November 25, 2011
WHOSE conscience is it? With a bogus appeal to "religious liberty," U.S. Catholic bishops reportedly have President Obama on the verge of diluting a proposed government regulation that health insurance cover contraception without co-pays. Members of his party are alarmed at this prospect, and they should be: Caving would be nothing less than government enforcement of religious doctrine, not to mention an unfair denial of equal treatment to millions of Americans based on where they work or go to college.
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February 13, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A number of Catholics attending Sunday Mass in the Philadelphia area said they backed their church's stance against President Obama's contraceptive mandate - even in its revised form - but how strongly they felt seemed to depend on their age. "It's against the Catholic [teachings]," Barbara Kashon, 66, said of birth control while leaving St. Patrick's Church off Rittenhouse Square. "I've grown up that way. " But her daughter, Kim Kashon, in her 30s, who was holding her own child in her arms, looked at her mother with astonishment and said: "Really?
NEWS
February 23, 2010
IN VIEW OF the recent report from the Pew Research Center finding that religious freedom is restricted in 70 percent of the world, we join our voices to those urging President Obama to appoint an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. As a student of history, the president knows that in 1787 Benjamin Franklin's words calling for prayer on the floor of the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia saved our fledgling nation from disaster and delighted John Adams.
NEWS
September 26, 2010
Christian Sahner is a Rhodes scholar and doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern history at Princeton Bennett Graham worked for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and is now an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Virginia As our nation grapples with the ground zero mosque and the thwarted Quran burning, Americans have an opportunity to reflect on one of our most treasured first principles, religious freedom. But as we debate the scope of the First Amendment in Manhattan and Florida, it is worth remembering that some of the gravest threats to religious freedom happen far from our shores.
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April 4, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Christians worldwide looked beyond global strife yesterday, as Pope John Paul II wished the world a "blessed Easter" and made a fervent, impromptu appeal for peace, justice, religious liberty and the solidarity of all mankind. The pontiff spoke from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City to 150,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and a broadcast audience of 1 billion people in 46 countries. John Paul's impassioned appeal for peace followed an Easter Mass, which was moved inside the basilica because of rain, and his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" message.
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October 4, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A statue depicting religious liberty was vandalized Thursday night on the grounds of the Museum of American Jewish History in the first block of North Fifth Street near Independence Mall, police said yesterday. A witness told police that a man scaled the 10-foot-high base of the work and then climbed to the top of the 12-foot statue, where he used a hammer to break stars depicting the original American colonies off the cap of a female figure. Police said the vandal also used the hammer to knock the head off a serpent near the feet of the female figure and then poured a "syrup-type liquid" on the sculpture before fleeing.
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February 12, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A number of Catholics attending Sunday Mass in the Philadelphia area said they backed their church's stance against President Obama's contraceptive mandate - even in its revised form - but how strongly they felt seemed to depend on their age. "It's against the Catholic [teachings]," Barbara Kashon, 66, said of birth control while leaving St. Patrick's Church off Rittenhouse Square. "I've grown up that way. " But her daughter, Kim Kashon, in her 30s, who was holding her own child in her arms, looked at her mother with astonishment and said: "Really?
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NEWS
February 5, 2013
America's Big Religious War ended on Friday. Or at least it ought to. A little more than a year ago, the Obama administration set off a bitter and unnecessary clash with the Roman Catholic Church over rules mandating broad contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services' announcement of new regulations is a clear statement that President Obama never wanted this fight. The decision ought to be taken by the nation's Catholic bishops as a victory, because it is. Many in their ranks, including some of the country's most prominent prelates, are inclined to do just that - even if the most conservative bishops seem to want to keep the battle raging.
NEWS
November 30, 2012
ALDOUS HUXLEY once made this chilling observation: "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. " I thought of this in the days after the election, as the Left and the Right started arguing about what this country will look like in four more years. Those of us who did not vote for Barack Obama fear that the 2.0 version of his administration will permanently move us from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.
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June 3, 2012 | By Joe Watkins
Last month, Catholic archdioceses and institutions across the nation filed lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services for its overreaching mandate announced earlier this year. The mandate would force church-affiliated hospitals, agencies, and universities to pay for services that violate their faith (such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs) as part of the health insurance they provide employees. If these groups do not comply, they will incur large penalties that may ultimately force many to close.
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May 25, 2012 | Christine Flowers
Finally, my church spoke truth to power, and fired a legal — and most likely lethal — shot against an oppressive, unconstitutional requirement that Catholics be forced to subsidize sin. True, not everyone thinks that artificial birth control is sinful, and that would include about the 98% of Catholic women who use it. But it's one thing to say that you as an individual disagree with a fundamental church principle, and quite another...
NEWS
March 11, 2012
Alan Milstein practices law in Moorestown, N.J., and teaches bioethics at Temple University Republicans are trying to make the point that the current debate about contraceptives is about religious liberty, not about access. Indeed, on Meet The Press recently, Newt Gingrich said Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student maligned by Rush Limbaugh, has always had full access to contraceptives, just not through the medical insurance policy she and other students purchased through their university.
NEWS
February 25, 2012
Protect the church I applaud Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's defense of our religious liberty. Not only the Catholic religion is threatened by this dictatorial and insulting federal mandate that religious institutions provide health insurance coverage that includes birth control, but all other religions as well. Religious freedom was a first concern of the framers of our Constitution. Thus, it protected it with the First Amendment, for which this administration has no regard. I have lived under many presidents.
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February 13, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A number of Catholics attending Sunday Mass in the Philadelphia area said they backed their church's stance against President Obama's contraceptive mandate - even in its revised form - but how strongly they felt seemed to depend on their age. "It's against the Catholic [teachings]," Barbara Kashon, 66, said of birth control while leaving St. Patrick's Church off Rittenhouse Square. "I've grown up that way. " But her daughter, Kim Kashon, in her 30s, who was holding her own child in her arms, looked at her mother with astonishment and said: "Really?
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Erica Werner, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - It's not like he wasn't warned. As President Obama considered a decision on birth control that would turn into an unexpected political nightmare, he heard it from inside and outside his White House: He risked a fierce backlash if he required religious employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception in violation of their beliefs. Over the course of months, Catholic groups and officials spoke with White House aides, sent letters and wrote opinion columns.
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February 12, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A number of Catholics attending Sunday Mass in the Philadelphia area said they backed their church's stance against President Obama's contraceptive mandate - even in its revised form - but how strongly they felt seemed to depend on their age. "It's against the Catholic [teachings]," Barbara Kashon, 66, said of birth control while leaving St. Patrick's Church off Rittenhouse Square. "I've grown up that way. " But her daughter, Kim Kashon, in her 30s, who was holding her own child in her arms, looked at her mother with astonishment and said: "Really?
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