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22 May

Court Upholds Conscience Rights of Business Owner

Five years after Hands On Originals t-shirt company was sued for declining to print t-shirts for the Lexington homosexual “Pride Festival,” the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that no one should be forced to engage in speech they disagree with – including small business owners.  “Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living,” said Concerned Women for America legal counsel.

Initially, the city’s Human Rights Commission found Blaine “guilty” of breaking the town’s “fairness” ordinance and sentenced him to “diversity training.”  At the time, the Commission’s Executive Director said it’s time for Christians in the marketplace “to leave their religion at home.”  However, Blaine believed, “I don’t leave my faith at the door when I walk into my business.”

“Americans should always have the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom not to express ideas that would violate their conscience,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel.  “Protecting Blaine’s freedom affirms everyone’s freedom, no matter the nature of their beliefs or convictions.  The government shouldn’t be able to force citizens to create speech that conflicts with their deepest convictions, and the court’s decision rightly affirms that.”
(, 5/16/17;, 5/16/17)

“Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living.”  Mario Diaz, legal counsel for Concerned Women for America

Save the Date:

  • June 21
    Opening of 2017 Fortnight for Freedom.
    Joy of the Gospel” at St. Bernard’s Church, Levittown
    Meditating on illuminations of sacred scriptures.
    Preview of St. John’s Bible at 6:00pm in Peach Room.
    “Visio Divina-Seeing the Word” and Benediction 
    at 7:00pm in the church.
  • June 28
    Fortnight  Religious Freedom Rally
    keynote speaker, Bishop John O. Barres
    Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville
    6:00pm Rosary
    7:00pm Program

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Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

Fortnight 2016 Diocese poster flyer

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Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”

America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.

For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…

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Religious Freedom Resources

Educational resources for parish members who work to support Religious Freedoms.

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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion

WorldMeetingofFamiliesBarbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right

Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

In Service to the Church

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Pope blesses boy as he leaves audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanPope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion
Mission Statement


America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion
  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party
  • To invite and include other faith communities
  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.
  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Phone 631-896-8331

National Religious Freedom Day

Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.