#FlashbackFriday: Wednesday was a remarkable day for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Even after 7 years and 2 trips to #SCOTUS, the Little Sisters (and I) know we live in a world where #SCOTUS will protect their religious exemption & their mission of caring for the elderly poor. Image
Because we couldn’t physically gather at #SCOTUS this year, @BECKETlaw and @WomenReligious hosted a virtual rally that featured members of Congress, faith leaders, and non-profit organizations. Check out these highlights ⬇️ (2/6)
Catholic nuns (not Little Sisters) led thousands in a rosary in front of a rainy #SCOTUS. It was inspiring to witness these selfless women pray for our nation, joined virtually by even more nuns! Little Sisters of the Poor from CA➡️MD prayed from #sociallydistant chapels. (3/6) Image
(In case you're curious, the Sisters outside the court were Nashville Dominicans, Sisters of Life, and Religious Sisters of Mercy. Find out more about them on @WomenReligious's website. And yes, even while praying, they were following CDC guidelines!) (4/6)
Argument started right at 10AM, live-streamed by @cspan and various networks. Mother Loraine and Sister Constance of the Little Sisters of the Poor (safely and following CDC guidelines) listened to the argument with me. #LetThemServe (5/6)
Mother delivered a post-argument statement after hearing various Justices make clear that they know their sincere beliefs matter, and should be protected. Now we wait. #LetThemServe #ProtectOurCare (6/6) becketlaw.org/media/mother-l…

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Jul 27, 2021
In the Mississippi abortion case at the Supreme Court, @BECKETlaw just filed a #SCOTUS brief explaining how the Court’s abortion rights framework has generated many First Amendment conflicts. becketnewsite.s3.amazonaws.com/Becket-Amicus-…
Over the past decade, the Court has faced many First Amendment cases concerning abortion: pharmacist cases, contraceptive mandate cases, sidewalk counselor cases, and pregnancy center cases, to name just four types of cases.
It doesn’t have to be that way—other countries like France, England, and Germany—have experienced much less of this kind of abortion v. religious liberty conflict.
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Sep 25, 2020
.@TheJusticeDept just came out swinging in defense of Archbishop Cordileone & against San Francisco’s draconian ban on religious gathering. San Fran limits indoor worship to ONE PERSON AT A TIME, no matter how big the building--plainly unconstitutional: 1/ justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
The Archbishop has been saying mass and using creative, and lawful, ways to get his Catholic faithful the sacraments. He wrote this piece last week: 2/ washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/…
Today, DOJ wrote a letter to the City and one line sums it up: "No government in this free country can attack religion by transforming a house of worship arbitrarily into a place for solitary confinement." 3/
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Sep 19, 2020
.@AdeleScalia inspired me. Justice Ginsburg was more than a seat on #SCOTUS. Let’s tweet accordingly (thread)
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She had a remarkable legal career. A gifted advocate and legal strategist at the ACLU, she then served on the DC Circuit and spent nearly three decades on SCOTUS. She was a trailblazer in a generation in which few women would become lawyers, much less make it to #SCOTUS. (2/5)
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San Francisco Archbishop Calls on Mayor to End 'Excessive Limits' on Outdoor Mass ncregister.com/daily-news/san… #NCRegister
“Particularly for us as Catholics, attending the Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in person is the source and the summit of our faith, and we have shown we can celebrate the Mass safely,”
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#BREAKING: A federal judge in NY has ruled that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have violated the Constitution by discriminating against religious groups, striking down #COVID lockdown orders that prevented outdoor and indoor religious activities.
In a case brought by Catholics & Orthodox Jews, Judge Gary Sharpe said @MayorNYC and @NYGovCuomo treated mass protests better than religious assemblies, which “sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment” but religious groups were not. (2/x)
Citing “simultaneous pro-protest/anti-religious gathering messages,” Judge Sharpe ruled that the orders violate the #FirstAmendment because they don’t apply equally to religious assemblies and secular assemblies. (3/x)
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A thoughtful call to action from @ChristMedicus’s Louis Brown on the murder of George Floyd and #BlackLivesMatter: A New Birth for American Civil Rights thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/06/65397/ via @PublicDiscourse
“...we are called not only to pray but also to act for justice, because faith without works is dead. Faith communities provide leadership by coming together in a sustained way to atone for the sins of our country, including racism...”
“In the United States, such a healing process has never really taken place. Neither a person nor a country can “just move on” from deep woundedness. People and nations need healing to be fully free, functioning, and healthy....”
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