The bishop of Peoria, Illinois, is urging Catholics in his diocese to approach Tuesday's elections as a matter of life or death. Indeed, he suggests, their eternal lives may depend on it.
"For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life," wrote Bishop Daniel R. Jenky in a letter to be read during all Masses in the diocese this weekend.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative legal advocacy group, announced that it had filed suit against several federal officials and departments, including Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her Department of Health and Human Services, on behalf of Grote Industries, an Indiana-based auto industry lighting manufacturer.
Champions of traditional values are making a strong push in several states against the efforts of gay activists to legalize same-sex "marriage."
Planned Parenthood has won a temporary victory in its efforts to block a Texas law that would defund abortion providers in the state's women's health program. In August a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the law, which prohibits the state from contracting under the Texas Women's Health Program with organizations that “perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions”
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a state supreme court ruling that denies the voters of Oklahoma their right to decide on a pro-life personhood initiative in that state.
Ruth Sweats, a woman at a senior citizens housing complex in Minneapolis, was forbidden to talk about her faith because the apartment received funds from the federal government.
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has been attacked by both Democrats and members of his own Republican Party for saying that a child conceived because of rape is still a gift from God.
Over the past couple of years higher education institutions across the nation have been targeting student Christian groups that require their leaders to embrace the tenets of biblical Christianity. In mid-October Tufts University in Massachusetts became the latest example of that secular intolerance when the school's student government banned Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the school's chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, because of the group's requirement that its leaders embrace the “basic biblical truths of Christianity.”
On October 23, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago blocked Indiana's defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, affirming a lower court's preliminary injunction against the state law as a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against it makes its way through the courts. In its ruling, the three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit said that the suit, filed jointly by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, would likely succeed on the argument that the funding ban violates a federal statute that allows patients in state Medicaid programs to choose their healthcare providers.
Cheerleaders at a Texas high school have been awarded an injunction by a district judge, allowing them to continue displaying Bible verses on banners during school football games. Officials with the school district of Kountze, Texas, had forced the cheerleaders to stop using the banners — which bear Bible verses like “If God be for us who can be against us" — after the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) warned the district that the banners may prompt a First Amendment lawsuit. As it has done in dozens of cases, the godless busybodies had convinced the officials that the students were violating the First Amendment's supposed requirement of separation of church and state.