Religious Liberty

//Religious Liberty

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1791


The Iowa Catholic Conference supports initiatives that protect religious liberty and the legitimate exercise of the freedom of conscience. As we enter the public square, we ask that government recognize our First Amendment right to live out our teachings and be a good neighbor to society.

If we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile.

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304, 2018

Family, Community and Religious Freedom

The 5th annual Iowa Religious Freedom Day will be marked at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend this non-partisan event to learn [...]

1906, 2017

Freedom for mission and space to do good

  The USCCB has announced the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission, which will be celebrated from June 21-July 4. The bishops ask Catholics to pray for the prudential judgment of our nation’s leaders as [...]

204, 2017

Religious diversity strengthens religious freedom

Download the event flier here. Sixty-five students, two years, fifteen faith communities, one freedom. This may be one way to summarize the numbers behind an eye-opening experience for dozens of Drake University students who set [...]

1804, 2016

Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

The only way to insure respectful and flourishing human communities is to respect a notion of the human person that integrates all aspects of their humanity. This year's "Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom" will [...]

2202, 2016

Iowa parents and the bigotry of ‘Blaine’

Blaine Amendments are state constitutional provisions that attempt to ban public funding for any education options but the government’s education system. More than 150 years after a wave of anti-Catholic bigotry swept the country, parents [...]

1407, 2014

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

The U.S. bishops' partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The "Protect [...]

1606, 2014

Fortnight for Freedom

The Diocese of Des Moines is participating in the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a national effort to advance a movement for life, marriage and religious liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. In Des Moines, [...]