After much protestation
from religious communities
, the Obama administration has compromised on its controversial contraceptive law
. Non-profit organizations (such as hospitals) that are affiliated with religious institutions will not be required to provide contraceptives--but insurance companies will
. But some Catholics still aren't satisfied
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey defends his appointment of Sohail Mohammed to the state bench.
Sohail Mohammed is New Jersey's first Indian-born Superior Court Judge.
"After Christie nominated Mohammed in January for the judgeship, the former federal prosecutor found himself accused of cozying up to Islamic radicals. Mohammed’s confirmation hearing before the state Senate included two hours of grilling, including inquires about Sharia, jihad and Hamas." [more inside]
James Madison is more responsible than any other single American for one of the nation's greatest characteristics -- religious freedom
The Mammoth Cheese of Cheshire
was the most unusual gift ever given to a President of the United States. In the aftermath of the "Revolution of 1800"
, the eccentric
Baptist preacher John Leland
decided to celebrate the presidency of Thomas Jefferson by convincing the predominantly Baptist farmers of Cheshire, Massachusetts
to create a giant 1,235-pound block of cheese as a monument to small-"r" republicanism and religious freedom. [more inside]
Nhat Hanh back in Vietnam
for the second time since his exile in 1973. He will lead three requiem masses
"to offer prayers and healing energy to those who suffered unjustly as victims of war."
Freedom from annoyance vs. freedom of religious expression
A municipal bylaw restricting when Jehovah's Witnesses can go door-to-door protects residents' right to privacy and does not violate the group's right to religious freedom and expression, a lawyer argued Tuesday.
The City of Blainville, which believes many of its residents don't want Jehovah's Witnesses at their door on weekends and in the evening, is appealing a lower-court ruling that declared its bylaw unconstitutional. But the three justices cautioned Mr. Paquin that it's dangerous to distinguish between someone's right to religious freedom and their right to express their religious beliefs.