Mar 212016

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is opposing SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow churches and wedding venders to decline participation in same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Chamber’s opposition, like that of Monsanto and others, focuses on the wedding vendor provisions in the resolution.  The NCAA has also expressed serious concerns with the proposal. […]

 March 21, 2016  Posted by at 2:43 pm Missouri General Assembly, Religious Liberty No Responses »
Mar 212016
Missouri Senate Stalls this Week While Pro-life and Other Bills Languish

The Missouri Senate this week has been in slow motion following the filibuster last week of SJR 39. Meanwhile, pro-life legislation prohibiting the donation of fetal tissue and addressing the disposition of fetal remains has yet to be debated fully by the MO Senate. Also remaining to be debated is a bill that would outlaw abortion solely on the […]

 March 21, 2016  Posted by at 2:42 pm Missouri General Assembly, Religious Liberty No Responses »
Mar 042016
MCC Opposes Signage Requirement for Churches

This week the MCC voiced opposition to HB 1764, a bill that would require churches to post signs on their premises regarding concealed weapons. Currently under Missouri law, concealed carry permits do not authorize persons to carry a concealed firearm into a police office, a polling place, a corrections institute, a courthouse, a bar, an airport, […]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 3:56 pm Missouri General Assembly, Religious Liberty No Responses »
Feb 262016
MCC Supports Religious Liberty Amendment

The Missouri Catholic Conference testified this week in support of SJR 39, which is sponsored by Senator Bob Onder(R-Chesterfield).  This proposed constitutional amendment would protect the right of Churches to practice their faith according to their beliefs. The proposal would also ensure that businesses, such as photography companies, are not forced to directly participate in a […]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 2:54 pm Religious Liberty No Responses »
Jan 082016
General Assembly Convenes for 2016 Session

Wednesday the Missouri General Assembly convened for its 2016 session. House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Popular Bluff) set out some legislative priorities in an address to the Missouri House. See this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article for more on Richardson’s address. The new President Pro Tem of the Senate, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), skipped the customary opening speech and just told Senators to […]

Sep 252015

Bucking the trend set by other federal circuit courts, a unanimous panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week in favor of religious organizations Heartland Christian College and CNS Ministries in their challenge to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The court ruled that compelling participation in the mandate by threat of severe financial […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 2:26 pm Life Ethics, Marriage, News, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized No Responses »
May 292015
Protect Religious Freedom Around the Globe! Contact Congress

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Congress to pass legislation (H.R. 1150) that sets out U.S. responses to the increasing persecution of religious minorities in other countries such as Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and Myanmar (Burma). The legislation includes provisions expanding foreign assistance and counter-terrorism efforts and reauthorizes the U.S. Commission on […]

 May 29, 2015  Posted by at 9:58 am News, Religious Liberty No Responses »
Jan 032014
Justice Sotomayor Grants Injunction for Little Sisters of the Poor

On Tuesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor granted a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the HHS mandate as it applies to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order that provides healthcare to the elderly poor in thirty different homes throughout the United States. The mandate, which goes into effect January 1st, would […]

 January 3, 2014  Posted by at 1:53 pm News, Religious Liberty No Responses »
Jun 212013
The Fortnight for Freedom Begins

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have called upon Catholics nationwide to participate in the Fortnight for Freedom to pray for religious liberty, and for the sanctity of life and marriage. The Fortnight runs from June 21st until July 4th and is an opportunity for prayer and fasting to ask for divine intervention […]

 June 21, 2013  Posted by at 3:24 pm Church Concerns, News, Religious Liberty 2 Responses »