The Religious Worker visa program is an invaluable tool to help the American religious community support itself.
More than three-quarters of the world’s people lives in countries in which governments or societies significantly restrict religious practice.
Indeed, the federal government’s position runs directly counter to global trends that we ought to welcome.
David Green of family-owned Hobby Lobby made the decision that he could not offer in employee healthcare plans the four forms of contraception that destroy an embryo, which to him was tantamount to an abortion.
Announcing its federal lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim public school official forced to choose between his faith and his job, the federal government issued a statement that “No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living.”
It may surprise many people to know that there is a Cuban Council of Churches, and that there is a thriving, growing faith community in Cuba.
Religious freedom is a shield against tyranny.
This attack campaign has included one of the highest officials in the White House going to the blogosphere to call out Hobby Lobby by name for daring, as a “for-profit corporation,” to assert its First Amendment rights.
We must start, not by condemning unawareness, but by providing opportunities for people to learn the truth.
As it often is the first right taken away, religious freedom serves as the proverbial canary in the coal mine, warning us that denial of other liberties almost surely will follow.