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The Mayflower and the enduring hope of freedom

Pilgrims John Carver, William Bradford and Miles Standish at prayer during their voyage to North America in the 1844 painting by Robert Walter Weir, Embarcation of the Pilgrims.(Photo: Architect of the Capitol)The summer of 1620 saw months of frustrating delays to the sailing of the Mayflower, but as they finally set sail from Plymouth on... Read more

Rehman Chishti resigns as freedom of religion special envoy over PM’s Brext plans

Rehman Chishti(Photo: Channel 5)Rehman Chishti, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), has resigned over Boris Johnson's plans to override the Brexit deal and ignore international law. In his letter of resignation, Mr Chishti said he was "committed to delivering Brexit" but could not support the Internal Market Bill in... Read more

Department of Education Implements Trump Order Protecting Religious Freedom on College Campuses

Department of Education Implements Trump Order Protecting Religious Freedom on College Campuses On Wednesday, the Department of Education issued the final rule on the Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry regulation which protects the religious freedoms of faith-based groups on college campuses, The Christian Post reports.In the new regulation, the department ensures the equal treatment and constitutional... Read more

Trump Campaign Adds Religious Freedom, Protection of Unborn Lives to Second Term Agenda

Trump Campaign Adds Religious Freedom, Protection of Unborn Lives to Second Term Agenda As President Trump seeks to run for a possible second term, his campaign recently added the protection of unborn lives and the defense of religious freedom to its agenda entitled Fighting For You.In late August, the campaign put out a press release... Read more

Abby Johnson Responds to Journalist Who Said Her Abortion Smelled Like Freedom

Abby Johnson Responds to Journalist Who Said Her Abortion Smelled Like Freedom Several abortion supporters fired back against former Planned Parenthood executive Abby Johnson after she made remarks in a speech at the Republican National Convention that abortion has a smell.A writer for Cosmopolitan who had an abortion as a 23-year-old told Johnson her abortion... Read more

Second Night of the RNC Highlights Faith, Freedom and Justice

Second Night of the RNC Highlights Faith, Freedom and Justice Speakers during the second night of the Republican National Convention commended President Trumps contributions to religious freedom, criminal justice reform and economic growth.According to CBN News, faith was the primary focus during the opening of Tuesday nights event under the theme, Land of Opportunity.Eric Trump,... Read more

Iranian Christian wins top award for animation about religious freedom

Maral KaraeeAn Iranian Christian who made an animation highlighting the importance of religious freedom has scooped a top prize for her work.  "District 18", by Maral Karaee, won the Grand Prize in the Animation category of the Short Film Competition run by Empower Women Media and the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation. The animation tells... Read more

Forgiveness: The Truest Sense of Freedom – Encouragement Café – August 6

Forgiveness: The Truest Sense of FreedomBy Lara SadowskiSo watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying I repent, you must forgive them.  Luke 17:3-4To say that... Read more

Freedom and Favor – Girlfriends in God – August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020Freedom and FavorGwen SmithTodays TruthThe eyes of every-one in the synagogue were fastened on him. (Luke 4:18, NIV)Friend to FriendLong, long ago, royalty would send letters and packages with trusted servants, often having sealed their personal communications with wax and a signet ring. Before our current American postal system was in place, the Pony... Read more

Religious freedom roundtable calls for charges to be dropped against pastor

Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya(Photo: CSW)Human rights campaigners have called on the Attorney General of Nepal to drop all charges against a pastor accused of trying to convert others to the Christian faith. Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya, who leads Abundant Harvest Church in Pokhara, was first arrested on 23 March after a video was uploaded to... Read more

USCIRF provides an update on religious freedom in Yemen – Mission Network News

Yemen (MNN) It’s a humanitarian disaster, says Isaac Six of Open Doors. Hes talking about Yemen, where civil war has reigned for years, leading to widespread terrorism and starvation. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released a country update for Yemen, detailing religious freedom violations in the country. The Houthis, a... Read more

Do We Have Freedom or Responsibility to Wear Face Masks during COVID-19?

3. Are Your Actions Considerate of the Most Vulnerable in Our Communities? Matthew 25:40 says, And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.Over the past months we have found that certain groups are more... Read more

Religious freedom concerns surface in South Korea – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Last month, North Korea demanded that South Korea stop all cross-border balloon launches. Two weeks later, South Korea officially banned all attempts to send material into North Korea. See our full coverage here. Voice of the Martyrs Korea is the only group sending Bibles not political flyers across the border, but... Read more

Guilt that Leads to Freedom – Daughters of Promise – July 14

GUILT THAT LEADS TO FREEDOMWhat then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. Roman 7:7The law is really my friend. Its true. Without an awareness of Gods moral plumb line, I wouldnt know what sin is. Without sin,... Read more

FARMS: Stepping out of poverty and pursuing freedom from shame – Mission Network News

South East Asia (MNN) The saving power of the Gospel means freedom. But often, physical circumstances provide challenges on this side of heaven. In rural South East Asia, poverty can combine with shame to provide constant struggles for new believers. FARMS International strengthens the local Church by helping Christians achieve sustainable business goals to leave... Read more

Scotland’s hate crime Bill ‘threatens gospel freedom’

(Photo: Unsplash/EmranYousof)Concerns have been raised over the free speech of Christians in Scotland as the Scottish Parliament considers broadening hate crime laws.  The existing law covers race but the Justice Committee is considering extending the law to include religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.  Nigel Kenny, the Christian Institute's Scotland Officer, fears that the Hate Crime... Read more

EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

A worker adjusts the European Union flag at Farmleigh House in Dublin, April 30, 2004.REUTERS/Yves HermanThe European Union has renewed the function of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU after coming under pressure. "The forthcoming appointment shows our determination to ensure the rights of ALL faiths and... Read more

The State, freedom of conscience and civil disobedience

(Photo: Unsplash/Ricardo Frantz)The state and the Church have a history in our country. The relationship status might read "it's complicated". It ranges from the conversion and Christianization of the state to the deepest antipathy of the State and its persecution of the Church. Even when Christian, the Church has had to challenge the state. Becket... Read more

From Drug Lord to Pastor: How a New York Man Found Freedom Behind Bars

From Drug Lord to Pastor: How a New York Man Found Freedom Behind Bars Herman Mendoza had it allmoney, success, mistresses, and a beautiful home in the Poconos. But the kingdom he had built came toppling down when he was arrested for selling drugs, forcing him to his knees where he eventually accepted... Read more

How to Walk in Freedom in Americas Troubling Landscape

Many Americans may be wondering this 4th of July, what does freedom looks like in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions, racial unrest, and more?For Christians living in uncertain times, we can to look to God for wisdom in how to freely live. Like Daniel 2:21 explains, He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and... Read more

How to Live the Bible Freedom and Transformation – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-tenth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Mel is the author of... Read more

Tangible Steps to Freedom

Motivation is what gets you to start, and habit is what keeps you going. Jim RyunThese words summarize the path Ive taken to healing from my addictions: alcohol, promiscuity, and living a generally hedonistic lifestyle. I remember what first led me to my addictions–pain, boredom, sometimes just an empty feeling that brings you to a... Read more

U.S. State Department examines religious freedom around the world – Mission Network News

United States (MNN) The U.S. Department of State has released the 2019 International Report on Religious Freedom, detailing the condition of religious freedom in every country around the world. Isaac Six of Open Doors USA says,In some sense, it’s probably the best resource if you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of religious freedom conditions globally.... Read more

President Trumps Executive Order Allocates $50M for Global Religious Freedom

President Trumps Executive Order Allocates $50M for Global Religious Freedom President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week that earmarks $50 million for religious freedom programs around the world.CBN News reports that under the order, named Advancing International Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will create action plans for countries to help eliminate... Read more

USCIRF applauds new executive order on religious freedom – Mission Network News

United States (MNN) — On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom that was applauded by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). There’s a lot of substance to this, says Isaac Six of Open Doors USA. It really does prioritize religious freedom, and in sort of a new way.... Read more

Trump Executive Order Provides $50 Million to Advance Religious Freedom Worldwide

Trump Executive Order Provides $50 Million to Advance Religious Freedom Worldwide Calling it a moral and national security imperative, President Trump issued an executive order Tuesday providing $50 million to promote religious freedom around the world and to pressure countries that are the worst violators to change their policies.The order provides at least... Read more

Trump makes religious freedom a ‘national security imperative’

Donald Trump addressing the 2020 March for Life(Photo: ABCNews)President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday instructing the U.S. State Department to prioritize international religious freedom in its implementation of foreign policy and budget $50 million per year toward the advancement of religious freedom.The new order on "advancing international religious freedom" contains a number of instructions... Read more