Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be releasing a new documentary in September that touches on the recent Supreme Court ruling involving Hobby Lobby and a corporation's right to refuse to provide birth control for employees based on religious beliefs.
The new documentary, "One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty," is being produced by Santorum's EchoLight Studios and will be released on September 1st. The production company told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that the film will use the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case as one example of how religious freedom in the U.S. is being trumped by big government and political correctness.
The film also highlights other recent court cases to prove their point regarding religious freedom, including the court case involving Texas cheerleaders and their Bible verse banners, cases related to the U.S. military, and cases involving business owners refusing to provide their services for same-sex weddings. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and atheist activist Dan Barker also speak in the documentary. more >>
The European Court of Human Rights upheld on Tuesday a 2010 ban on full-face veils in France, ruling against a 24-year-old French woman who argued that the ban violates her freedom of religion and expression.
"While the Court was aware that the disputed ban mainly affected certain Muslim women, it nevertheless noted that there was no restriction on the freedom to wear in public any item of clothing which did not have the effect of concealing the face and that the ban was not expressly based on the religious connotation of the clothing in question but solely on the fact that it concealed the face," ECHR explained in its decision.
The devout Muslim woman, who wasn't named, petitioned that she wanted to be allowed to wear the burqa and niqab in accordance with her religious beliefs and personal convictions. She first took her case to the European Court in 2011, and has insisted that no family member has pressured her to wear the niqab. more >>
Hobby Lobby co-founders David and Barbara Green praised God and thanked the Supreme Court for its ruling in favor of religious freedom. The high court ruled on Monday that the company can refuse to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs based on their religious belief.
"The Supreme Court re-affirmed what our family has always believed – that America is a country founded on and sustained by religious liberty. It's been a long journey, but an important one for our family and for those who wish to be guided in all areas of life, including their businesses, by faith and conscience," Barbara Green said in a video message posted on The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty website.
"We are truly thankful for a decision that allows us to continue operating our family business according to our principles," Green continued. "One of those principles is gratitude, and we are deeply grateful to our employees, to our customers, to the many individuals from all walks of life who have shown their support through word, action and prayer. We thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued grace to shine on our nation." more >>
Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge who ruled that it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.
"In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville argued.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the case regarding the Mt. Soledad cross war memorial in San Diego, California, and sent the case back to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that the case's appeals process must be fully exhausted before it can be addressed by the higher court. A U.S. district judge had ruled against the cross back in December, but issued a stay in his ruling, so those defending the cross may appeal it.
The Mount Soledad Memorial Association then petitioned the Supreme Court, asking if they could circumvent an appeal in the 9th Circuit and receive a Supreme Court ruling to settle the constitutionality of the cross once and for all. more >>
The woman known as the "nightmare nanny" has finally agreed to leave the home where she has been squatting since March. Diane Stretton is speaking out and telling her side of the story, in which she claims that the family she was hired to work for mistreated her and she was in the right by staying in the home.
"I didn't get lunch breaks; I didn't get coffee breaks; I didn't get any holidays," Stretton told Los Angeles' KNX radio. "Basically, I was working 24/7. They were the ones trying to exploit me, as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country that they could just exploit and work 24/7."
Stretton was initially hired to be a live-in nanny for Marcella Bracamonte, who claims that she fired Stretton a few months after she began working for her. However, Stretton claims that she quit. Later, a California judge issued a ruling siding with Stretton, which essentially gave her permission to remain at the residence. Police said that they could not force Stretton out without an eviction notice, which a judge refused to give. more >>