Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Hooray! Colorado Baker wins Supreme Court Decision

Good news (for once) from the Supreme Court, which decided (7-2) in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple  in 2012. If you read the CNA-EWTN story about this (see here)

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump and Religious Liberty

As faithful readers of this blog know, I long refused to support Donald Trump for fear he was at heart a liberal Democrat.  How wrong I was:   The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it will form

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Religious Freedom: The First Freedom

    As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government.  I hope ever to see

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Fortnight For Freedom: Hobby Lobby

    Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, go here to read the decision, rested upon the Court’s interpretation of this section of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993: a) In general Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of

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Fortnight For Freedom 2014

The American Catholic will again be participation in the Fortnight For Freedom-June 21-July 4 with special blog posts on the subject of freedom. Here is the announcement of the Fortnight from the USCCB: WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United

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AZ “Anti-Gay” Bill Vetoed

As I expected, Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed SB 1062. Though it has been described in the media as a bill that establishes a “right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers”, this is quite false. The aim

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Pennsylvania Bishops Speak Out

On All Saints Day, the bishops of Pennsylania released a statement on the upcoming elections.  Here is the text: Each year on this day the Catholic Church celebrates “All Saints Day.”  This solemnity remembers those who have fulfilled their earthly

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In Defense of Mother Russia

I haven’t heard much about the ongoing dispute between the Russian government and the Western media over the fate of the faux “punk rock band” ***** Riot in the American Catholic media. But this is a dispute in which I

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Lincoln and the Liberty of Catholic Americans

Something for the weekend.  Lincoln and Liberty Too.  Perhaps the most effective campaign song in the history of our nation, it resonates strongly in me this year when our Catholic Church is engaged in a fight for our religious liberty.  Our

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The Anti-Catholic Party

Cardinal Dolan yesterday released this statement regarding Obama’s announcement that he had “evolved” and now, as he did in 1996 when first asked about it, supports gay marriage:   May 9, 2012 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference

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Our Most Cherished Freedom

Judging from this statement on religious liberty issued yesterday, the Bishops understand that the stakes are very high indeed this year:   A Statement on Religious Liberty   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

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140 Rallies Around Country Against HHS Mandate

  We will need a lot more of this before we prevail in this struggle to preserve religious liberty: The Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, which is being coordinated by the Illinois-based Pro-Life Action League; and includes multiple pro-life,

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An American Issue

Note how the Bishops in the above video indicate what a unique threat to the Catholic Church in America the Obama administration poses.  They recognize that the goal of the current administration is to strip the Bishops, through fostering a

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Obama’s Latest Fig Leaf is Not Acceptable

Update III:  The USCCB Pro-Life Director Richard Doerflinger and Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey agree with me that this “accommodation” or “compromise” is unacceptable.  Sadly Sr. Keehan of the the Catholic Health Associate found this “satisfactory”.  It looks like

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Pope Benedict: Religious Freedom Under Threat in America

  Pope Benedict, judging from this address on January 19 to American bishops in Rome, apparently understands the high stakes in the outcome of this year’s election, even if many American Catholics do not: Dear Brother Bishops, I greet all

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Vatican Weighs in On Middle East Christian Crisis

The Vatican  released a working paper during Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to Cyprus to prepare the way for a crisis summit of Middle East bishops in Rome. What I take away from this- along with the Holy See’s call for

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