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Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case

A Message from the Executive Director
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

It has not even been a week since the Little Sisters had their day in Court. However, the Supreme Court took a very unusual step and asked both parties to submit additional information.

As our own Mark Rienzi said: “This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court understood the Sisters’ concern that the government’s current scheme forces them to violate their religion.” You can read the press release that went out moments ago here.

I am sure you have seen the press coverage of the case. Last Wednesday, just as the Little Sisters walked out of the Supreme Court, the sun hit our eyes. It was a bright day and the light reflected off the white marble steps. We were all blinded for a moment before we heard the cheers from the hundreds of nuns and supporters who had been standing there for hours chanting, singing and cheering us on. The photo of the Sisters walking down those stairs is so epic, that naturally, it made CNN’s photos of the week.

The Sisters’ case has been ubiquitous on television and in print media, including some strongly-worded editorials siding with us. USA Today’s editorial: “The administration’s position was constitutionally suspect and politically foolish [….] NY Daily News: “A nation founded on the principle that government will keep its hands off religion cannot be a nation whose government commands Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs.”

I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, we continue to fight for the Sisters to #LetThemServe.

Thanks for being there with us!

Kristina Arriaga
Executive Director

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Supreme Knight’s Statement on Genocide Finding

Following Secretary of State John Kerry’s finding of genocide being committed by ISIS against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson released this statement:

Today’s announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry is correct and truly historic. For one of the few times in our history, the United States has designated an ongoing situation as genocide, and the State Department is to be commended for having the courage to say so. By joining its voice to that of the House of Representatives, the American people, and the international community, the United States today makes clear to ISIS that its attempt to stamp out religious minorities must cease. The United States and the world are united on this, and simply will not look the other way. The Knights of Columbus is pleased to have been able to work with the State Department in providing a nearly 300-page report filled with compelling evidence that genocide was occurring against Christians as well as other religious minorities. We thank Secretary Kerry for seriously considering the evidence, and commend the State Department staff for working closely with us in this endeavor.

Following this declaration, America must continue to focus on those being killed in this genocide, and our country, and the international community, must make sure the slaughter ends and that these innocent people are protected. There is much work still to be done, but this represents an important step forward.

For more information on the Knights of Columbus’ efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East or to make donations to the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, please visit christiansatrisk.org. Donations can also be sent to Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966. The memo portion should indicate that the check is for “Christian Refugee Relief.”

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100 Million Americans Exempt from HHS Mandate, But Little Sisters Are Not. Why?

A Message from the Executive Director
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dear Friends,

We are only 14 days away. Will you help me help the Little Sisters of the Poor?

Their situation is unfair: One out of every three Americans does not have an insurance plan subject to the HHS mandate. Large corporations like Visa and Exxon are exempted. Our own military’s family plan does not have to comply. The government does not provide these services in its own program for disabled Americans. However, HHS lawyers continue to work hard to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to subject themselves to the mandate and therefore provide services such as the week after pill.

In only 14 days the Supreme Court will hear the Little Sisters’ case and the government will have to explain to the Court why it has exempted over 100 million Americans, but it still refuses to exempt the Sisters.

As I explained on Fox, exempting corporations and millions of others for convenience and commercial reasons but not exempting the Sisters because they have religious objections is not the American way.

Everyone in our small staff at Becket is working on this case. Weekends have pretty much disappeared, but we are determined to serve the Sisters. Besides, we have always won our cases before the Supreme Court—we want to make sure to win for them.

Please keep us all in your prayers on Wednesday, March 23.

Kristina Arriaga
Executive Director

P.S. The Sisters have been through a lot, but they are strong. What can I say about the Sisters’ faith and strength?! If you have a couple of minutes, please watch Sister Cornelia talk about her mission.