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Catholic Education Daily: “Religious organizations have the right of autonomy over their internal governance, the right to be treated the same as all other religious groups and denominations by the government, and the right to be free from government meddling and intrusion in their operations and beliefs,” wrote attorneys for the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the Newman Society and faithful Catholic colleges.
Cardinal Newman Society: “Dr. Howell asked friends for their advice, and one of them suggested that he contact Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Once ADF got involved and contacted the University, Dr. Howell was reinstated to teach during the next school year.”
Newman Society, Catholic colleges challenge federal labor board in possible landmark case | Newman Society
Newman Society: “The amicus brief was authored by expert attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom: Gregory Baylor, Heather Gebelin Hacker and Kevin Theriot, whose extensive work on religious freedom issues has included valuable assistance to The Cardinal Newman Society and religious schools and colleges. The full brief is posted online by the Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.”
First Amendment freedoms threatened by IRS proposal, say Newman Society, religious groups | Cardinal Newman Society
Cardinal Newman Society: “The Cardinal Newman Society, Focus on the Family and other religious organizations joined this week with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to withdraw a proposal that would ‘create very serious constitutional burdens on the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech’ of Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofits.”
Cardinal Newman Society: Authors Kevin Theriot and Jeremy Tedesco are senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has played a key role in court battles to halt the HHS mandate and has worked closely with The Cardinal Newman Society to advise Catholic school and college leaders on protecting their religious freedom.
Aleteia: That includes The Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic organization which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education. The Society has been outspoken in opposition to the HHS mandate on behalf of faithful Catholic schools and colleges. It consults regularly with legal experts for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Becket Fund and has joined with Catholic educators to file complaints with the Obama administration and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as well as an amicus brief in the lawsuit filed by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.
Catholic Colleges Tell Obama Administration: HHS Mandate Continues to Violate Religious Freedom | Cardinal Newman Society
Cardinal Newman Society: The joint comment, prepared by the expert attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), is posted online here. The comment asks the Obama administration to exempt all organizations with “a religious or moral objection from being forced to provide, offer, pay for or in any way participate in a health insurance plan that covers or specifically triggers coverage of‘contraceptives’ (including abortifacients… ), sterilization, and related education and counseling. Religious freedom requires no less.”
Cardinal Newman Society: The bishops of the State of Washington issued a warning to Catholics about the untold ramifications of changing the definition of marriage, including a direct threat to faithful Catholic education . . .
LifeSiteNews: The Cardinal Newman Society is sending to Georgetown University President John DiGioia the names of more than 26,000 people who joined an open letter urging Georgetown to cancel an invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at a diploma ceremony this Friday.
NC Register: The University of Dallas, for example, provides links on its politics department’s Web pages to 58 national or international lobby groups and think tanks offering internships, such as the American Conservative Union and the Alliance Defense Fund, and some targeting specific issues such as National Right to Life. As well, there are links to Republican members of Congress. Democratic politicians are named, but not linked.
Patrick J. Reilly at the Washington Times: What has the liberal media all flustered is Mr. Santorum’s frank criticism of America’s colleges and their frequent hostility toward traditional religious values. What goes on today at most colleges is offensive and destructive from a moral perspective.
Patrick J. Reilly at the Washington Times: Many religious liberty analysts agree that HHS has overstepped its authority. Attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund have written that the HHS exemption “violates the right to religious freedom protected throughout federal law,” including under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First and 14th amendments to the Constitution.
Washington Examiner: A coalition of groups have challenged the HHS rule in federal court. Kevin Theriot and Matthew S. Bowman of ADF argue in their suit that “no federal rule has defined being ‘religious’ as narrowly and discriminatorily as the [HHS] mandate appears to do, and no regulation has ever so directly proposed to violate plain statutory and constitutional religious freedoms.” | The article incorrectly mentions a lawsuit. ADF submitted this letter to HHS on behalf of several organizations and colleges.
LifeSiteNews.com: A small Catholic college in Philadelphia has revised its policies to end employment discrimination based on “sexual orientation [or] gender identity” after its firing of an openly gay dissident priest set off a controversy, reports the Cardinal Newman Society. While the cleric said he felt “vindicated” by the change, the school says the change simply reflects recent changes in city non-discrimination rules.
LifeSiteNews: Following the filing of the complaint, the Cardinal Newman Society commissioned and released a legal memo in July from Alliance Defense Fund attorney Dale Schowengerdt which demonstrated that CUA’s dorm decision was not a form of discrimination. The memo argued, “As long as a college does not subject either men or women to particular disadvantages or unequal burdens, there is no sex discrimination. Moreover, a religious school’s right to maintain separate living quarters for men and women is protected by the Constitution and federal law.”
No choice for Catholic colleges: Obama wants to force faith institutions to provide birth-control services
Patrick J. Reilley at Washington Times: Writing on their behalf, attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) argued that “federal law simply prohibits the federal government from violating the religious and moral beliefs” of any individual or institution. “No federal rule has defined being ‘religious’ as narrowly and discriminatorily as the [HHS] mandate appears to do, and no regulation has ever so directly proposed to violate plain statutory and constitutional religious freedoms,” wrote ADF’s Kevin Theriot and Matthew S. Bowman.
Matt Bowman at LifeNews.com: On Thursday September 29, 2011, the Alliance Defense Fund submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pointing out the illegal character of HHS’s proposal to mandate that the vast majority of religious entities, individuals, and insurance plans must cover abortifacients, contraceptive and sterilizing drugs, devices and information. ADF submitted its comments on behalf of The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement Catholic Higher Education and multiple Catholic Colleges and Universities.
LifeNews.com: The appeal was organized by The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, a division of The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), and authored by attorneys Kevin Theriot and Matthew Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund. Joining the Center and 18 colleges in the letter were the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop Curry, who signed in his individual capacity, is chairman of the Committee for Catholic Education at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
LifeSiteNews.com: A letter signed by 18 Catholic Colleges and Universities was sent to the Department of Health and Human Services today objecting to the Obama Administration’s health care mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization, contraception, and abortificients. The letter, which was authored by attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), appeals to the administration to rewrite the mandate’s religious exemption, which the ADF argues is so narrow that it could be construed to exclude Catholic institutions of higher education. | Similar reports at Catholic Culture and Catholic News Service
Christian Newswire: The appeal was organized by The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, a division of The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), and authored by attorneys Kevin Theriot and Matthew Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund.