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Respect for Rights of Conscience & Religious Liberty

U.S. Bishops continue fight to protect respect for rights of conscience, religious liberty
 
Religious freedom is our first American freedom. It is a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It’s a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person—people of any faith or no faith at all. It’s not a Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue—it’s an American issue, a civil rights issue. (-from the USCCB's First American Freedom website)
 
The video below was released by the U.S. Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for religious liberty.  "The Right to Religious Freedom" explores the foundations of Church teaching on religious liberty, including the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council document, Dignitatis Humanae.  
 

 WATCH: "The Right to Religious Freedom"

 
The links below provide access to resources and information on this subject as well as opportunities to take action on the issue:
 
HHS Mandate
Articles & Resources from the USCCB (Catholic News Service, Feb. 22)
HHS mandate myths debunked (Catholic News Service, Feb. 22)
HHS Mandate Lawsuit filed by the Michigan Catholic Conference
Michigan Catholic Conference files suit against federal government over HHS mandate (News releases, resource links & video commentary) (May 21, 2012)
 
Conscience Protection
News from the USCCB
Open Letter to All Americans for Conscience Protection (USCCB, July 2, 2013)
 
Religious Liberty
Resources from the USCCB
Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty (USCCB, Dec. 6, 2012) (Details | Pledge to Fast)
USCCB website dedicated to religious liberty: First American Freedom (launched November 2012)
"An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good" (Address by USCCB President Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the International Religious Freedom symposium in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 2012)
MCC Applauds Michigan House for Opposing HHS Mandate, Standing for Religious Liberty (Feb. 15)
Promoting Religious Liberty through Advocacy (Focus Essay, Feb. 2012)
 
 
Photo credit: CNS Image, Religious Liberty, Mike Crupi