Sunday, November 4, 2012

Religious Liberty - #4355 - VIDEO: Texas Woman Forced to Cover Up 'Vote the Bible' T-Shirt at Polls - Fox (2) Bible Publishers Not Religious Enough for Religious Exemptions - Townhall (3) Separation of Church and Home - Townhall (4) VIDEO: Religious Liberty in 10 Seconds - ( 62,886 views) Hot Air

Texas Woman Forced to Cover up 'Vote the Bible' T-Shirt at Polls - Fox - A Texas woman claims she was told that her "Vote the Bible" T-shirt may be offensive and was forced to cover up when she went to vote early at the City Hall in Taylor County, Texas last week, MyFoxAustin.com reported. Attorney Jonathan Seinz, the president of Texas Values, says Kay Hill was ‘targeted because of her religious beliefs.’ He says he's prepared to defend Hill because he believes she was asked to give up her religious freedom in order to vote. "This is obviously a religious free expression and no one should be put in a position having to choose religious freedom over deciding to vote," he said. Read more......

Bible Publishers Not Religious Enough for Religious Exemptions - Townhall - The fact that Tyndale House Publishers, based in Carol Stream, IL has needed to take a stand in court against ObamaCare’s abortion pill mandate should itself shock most Americans. The publisher simply believes that devout Christians in America are exercising religion when they publish the Bible and give the proceeds to religious charity. But even this idea is now disputed. The president’s agencies have written rules that render evangelistic publishing of the Bible to be, well, not really religious. To the people who drafted the ObamaCare rule, and its defenders, religion is little more than a target of derision and marginalization. Tyndale House is a Bible publisher, but the administration believes it shouldn’t qualify for an exemption because it initially earns a profit on its published materials…before directing 97 percent of that profit to non-profit religious charities and causes.  Read more.....

Separation of Church and Home - Townhall - In a new low by those suffering from the belief that all things religious are like asbestos in the ceiling tiles of society, a senior living complex has denied an elderly widow the freedom to pray and talk about her faith in a common area. Why? Because the complex accepts U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds. This is a wrongheaded view of “separation of church and state” on steroids. ........ Christmas parties become winter parties, Christmas break becomes winter break, and Easter becomes spring holiday. And at Osborne Apartments in Minneapolis—a private apartment complex which accepts HUD funds—religious expression becomes a no-no. Ruth Sweats found this out the hard way when she tried to read the Bible, pray, and have a private conversation about her faith with another resident in the commons area at the complex.  Read more........

Religious Liberty in 10 Seconds - Hot Air - 62,886 views -  Want to know how ridiculous the HHS contraception mandate is, especially on Catholic employes and particularly on religious organizations like Catholic hospitals, charities, and schools? Via Kathryn Jean Lopez, the Archdiocese of St. Louis explains it in sixteen seconds:Actually, this argument works beyond the issue of religious-organization exemption as well, as I’ve repeatedly argued. Why should we force any employer to directly subsidize birth control? What role does an employer have in the bedroom, anyway? The intrusion on what should be a free-market choice makes even less sense when (a) the comprehensive long-term study by the Center for Disease Control shows access plays no significant part in unwanted pregnancies — indeed, it’s not even mentioned as an issue in its 20-year study — and (b) taxpayers already subsidize contraception for Medicaid recipients through Title X? This has always been a cure in search of a disease. It’s bad enough on a policy level, but the imposition of this mandate on religious organizations is especially offensive — and insidious. The HHS religious exemption only accounts for “places of worship” and organizations that solely consist of members of the same faith and service only the same community. This represents an attempt by the Obama administration to regulate the definition of religious expression in order to curtail it. This goes far beyond the issue of contraception — it’s an attack on a core principle of liberty itself. Voters should remember that next Tuesday.

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