little-sistersEarlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government’s mandate to provide contraceptives for employees. The district court ruled the Little Sisters cannot receive a full exemption from the law’s contraception rules because they “do not substantially burden plaintiffs’ religious exercise or violate the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights.”

The nuns disagree. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith,” says Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor. “And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives.”

“For over 175 years, we have served the neediest in society with love and dignity,” added Sr. Maguire. “All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.”

The court held that participating in the government’s contraception delivery scheme is “as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax for, or registering to vote” and that although the Sisters sincerely believe that participating in the scheme “make[s] them complicit in the overall delivery scheme,” the court “ultimately rejects the merits of this claim,” because the court believes the scheme relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity.”

“It is a national embarrassment that the world’s most powerful government insists that, instead of providing contraceptives through its own existing exchanges and programs, it must crush the Little Sisters’ faith and force them to participate,” says Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor. “Untold millions of people have managed to get contraceptives without involving nuns, and there is no reason the government cannot run its programs without hijacking the Little Sisters and their health plan.”

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters’ lawsuit, vows they will keep fighting, “even if that means having to go all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Acton University 2014 Flash Drive Bundle

Acton University 2014 Flash Drive Bundle

Own all 107 of the lectures from Acton University 2014 on a USB flash drive with this inexpensive bundle.  Valued at $ 105.93, these lectures were recorded live at Acton University 2014 sessions.  The drive itself comes with lectures numbered, including the lecturer and course title in the file name.

Includes plenary lectures from:

Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute and author of Defending the Free Market
Makoto Fujimura,
Artist and Public Intellectual
Andy Crouch, Executive Editor, Christianity Today
Ross Douthat,
Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times

Includes lectures from the following popular speakers:

Jordan Ballor, author of Ecumenical Babel and Get Your Hands Dirty
Anthony Bradley, author of Keep Your Head Up and Liberating Black Theology
Victor Claar, author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution
Jonathan Witt, lead writer for the PovertyCure initiative
Kishore Jayabalan, director of Istituto Acton
Charlie Self, author of Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship
Michael Butler, author of Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Perspective on Environmentalism
Vincent Bacote, Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College
John Armstrong, author of The Unity Factor: One Lord, One Church, One Mission
...and more!

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