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First permanent injunction issued against mandate

Religious Liberty | A federal judge rules Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violates the religious freedom of four Catholic groups
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/17/13, 10:10 am

NEW YORK—A federal judge in Brooklyn issued the first permanent injunction against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate on Friday, in a ruling published on Monday. Judge Brian Cogan ruled that the mandate violated the religious freedom of four Catholic schools and health systems in New York City.

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Groups seeks Satanic statue next to Oklahoma Ten Commandments

Religious Liberty
by Sarah Padbury
Posted 12/12/13, 04:35 pm

The New York-based Satanic Temple wants to place a shrine to Satan next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The offer comes four years after Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled legislature approved the privately funded, biblically based monument, which was placed on the Capitol’s lawn last summer. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union believes the Ten Commandments monument is unconstitutional and has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.

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Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare's contraceptive mandate

Religious Liberty | The high court will consolidate cases involving evangelical retailer Hobby Lobby and Mennonite cabinetmaker Conestoga Wood Specialties
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 11/26/13, 02:56 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to rule on the element of Obamacare that pro-life Americans find most objectionable: The contraceptive mandate. Under the healthcare law, businesses must provide health insurance plans for employees that include coverage of contraceptives, including abortifacients like Plan B and Ella. The case involves fundamental questions of religious liberty and may set an important precedent for how the government handles religious protections.

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