U.S. Department of Defense to Implement Guidelines to Protect Service Members’ Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of Defense to Implement Guidelines to Protect Service Members' Religious Freedom The U.S. Department of Defense says new guidelines will be put into place to protect religious liberty rights for military service members.According to CBN News, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper began looking into the issue after hearing that some military... Read more

Education Department Issues New Rule on Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry

The Story: The U.S. Department of Education has issued the Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry Final Rule to help ensure that public institutions uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that private institutions adhere to their stated institutional policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom. The Background: The... Read more

Study: Most Teenagers Still Take After Their Parents’ Religious Beliefs | RELEVANT

A new study from Pew shines a light on just how faith is passed down over generations in America today. The big takeaway: teenagers still take after their parents’ religious beliefs, for the most part. That’s especially true of Catholics and evangelicals. 81 percent of teenagers raised by Catholic parents and 80 percent of teenagers... 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

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

Chinese Hospitals Conduct Forced Abortions on Religious, Ethnic Minorities

Chinese Hospitals Conduct Forced Abortions on Religious, Ethnic Minorities Several reports have revealed that hospitals in Xinjiang, China forced families exceeding the designated number of children allowed under the Communist regime to have abortions.Hasiyet Abdulla, a Uyghur obstetrician who currently lives in Turkey, spent over 15 years working in several Xinjiang hospitals, as well as... Read more

Number of students choosing Religious Studies GCSE continues to fall

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)The number of secondary school students opting for the Religious Studies GCSE in England and Wales has continued to fall, according to latest figures.  In England, entries for the full course fell to 225,719, slightly down from 227,913 in 2019. In Wales, entries fell by a similar amount in the last year, from... Read more

Cardi B claims only ‘fake religious people’ would be offended by WAP lyrics

Cardi B paired up with Megan Thee Stallion for her R-rated song WAPCardi B has gone on the defensive after taking a lot of flak for her new No. 1 track, WAP.  The song, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was praised by critics for being "sex... Read more

California Religious Schools File Lawsuit against Governor Newsom’s School Closure Order

California Religious Schools File Lawsuit against Governor Newsom's School Closure Order On Monday, a lawsuit was filed by multiple religious schools that have taken issue with California Governor Gavin Newsoms recent school closure order.According to The Christian Post, the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, aims to obtain... Read more

Pew: White Christians Are the Only Religious Demographic Supporting Trump Over Biden in 2020 | RELEVANT Magazine

There’s been a lot of ink spilled on the white Christian vote that catapulted President Donald Trump to victory in 2016, so don’t be surprised if all eyes are on that demographic for the next few months. Early polls of white evangelicals have shown signs of slipping a little from the 81 percent who... Read more

Remixed Religiosity in Our (Still Very) Religious Culture

Since the Enlightenment, it’s often been said that a decrease in religious adherence is coupled with a decrease in superstition. Where religions fade, reason, science, and progress take root. In recent years, however, such theses have been taken to task. As religions and their creeds are maligned in secular society, so too are all institutions... 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

Billie Eilish says she was a ‘super religious’ kid but now she’s ‘neutral’ on God

Billie Eilish(Photo: CBS)Recording artist Billie Eilish may have grown up "super religious" but now she's not committed to one particular belief.  In fact, the "Bad Guy" singer says she's now "neutral" on God.  The 18-year-old spoke about her religious views in an episode of "Me & Dad radio", her new podcast on Apple Music in... Read more

John Lewis and CT Vivian belonged to a long tradition of religious leaders in the civil rights struggle

(Photo: Unsplash/James Eades) Vivian, an early adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died July 17 at the age of 95. News of his passing was followed just hours later by that of Lewis, 80, an ordained Baptist minister and towering figure in the civil rights struggle. That both men were people of the... Read more

Billie Eilish Opened Up to Her Dad About Why She’s Not ‘Super Religious’ Anymore | RELEVANT Magazine

Over on Apple Music, Billie Eilish hosts a podcast calledme & my dad, where she sits down for a conversation with Patrick O’Connell, an actor who’s appeared inIron ManandThe West Wingand, yes, is her father. In their most recent episode, the subject moved to faith. “I don’t know if any of you know I... Read more

Man Shares His Harrowing Experience as a Religious Minority in the Chinese Prison System

Man Shares His Harrowing Experience as a Religious Minority in the Chinese Prison System A man from China recently offered a personal account of how he and other believers are being forced to renounce their faith or, if they refuse, be imprisoned.A man under the pseudonym Li Geng told persecution watchdog Bitter Winter... 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

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

Burning of Churches, Defacement of Religious Statues Is Rooted in ‘Hatred of God,’ Eric Metaxas Asserts

Burning of Churches, Defacement of Religious Statues Is Rooted in 'Hatred of God,' Eric Metaxas Asserts Conservative radio host and best-selling author Eric Metaxas said in a recent interview that he believes attacks on churches and religious statues are aimed at God and not a result of civil unrest.As Christian Headlines previously reported,... Read more

Trusting Religious Traditions – Daughters of Promise – July 15

TRUSTING RELIGIOUS TRADITIONSWe know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from. John 9:34The Pharisees are reaching hard for evidence to discount the blind mans miracle. They name-drop the name of Moses, using him as a means to dismiss the miracle standing in front... Read more

The Supreme Courts 15-Case Winning Streak on Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court closed out its most recent term last week with three significant victories for religious libertycontinuing a ten year series of wins for religious freedom. Religious freedom is on a massive, decade-long winning streak at the Supreme Court, says Luke Goodrich, a religious liberty lawyer at Becket. This 15-case winning streak hits every... Read more

Pence Touts Supreme Court Wins: The ‘Obama-Biden Assault on Religious Liberty Is Over’

Pence Touts Supreme Court Wins: The 'Obama-Biden Assault on Religious Liberty Is Over' The White House is using two new Supreme Court decisions favoring religious liberty to draw a distinction with the previous administration, implying if Democrat Joe Biden is elected, people of faith will have their freedoms assaulted.The Supreme Court handed down... Read more

Biden Pledges to End Trump’s Religious Protections against Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate

Biden Pledges to End Trump's Religious Protections against Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate Former vice president Joe Biden on Wednesday criticized the Supreme Court for upholding Trumps religious liberty protections against the Obama-era abortion/contraceptive mandate and pledged to overturn them if elected president.The presumptive Democratic nominee released a statement saying he was disappointed in the high... Read more

US Supreme Court upholds religious exemptions from birth control coverage

Sr. Loraine Marie Clare, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2016 shortly after oral arguments in a case where the Catholic order has questioned the constitutionality of several mandates in Obamacare.ReutersThe US Supreme Court has upheld a Trump administration rule... 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

Supreme Court Delivers Two More Victories for Religious Liberty

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court delivered two more victoriesone narrow and one broadfor religious liberty. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on two important cases involving religious liberty The first case was Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Catholic group Little... Read more

Religious nationalism a barrier to the Gospel in the former Soviet Union – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Im already a Christian. This is the response Christians in partnership with Slavic Gospel Associationoften hear when they share the Gospel with families in the former Soviet Union. Eric Mock says many Russians consider themselves to be Christians, especially as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest denomination in the country. They... Read more

Supreme Court: Religious Liberty Is Winningand the Pro-Life Cause Is Losing

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court signaled a pattern of preventing restrictions on both religious liberty and also abortion. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on important cases involving restrictions on abortion and on religious liberty. The abortion case was June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. In 2014,... Read more