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Religious persecution increases worldwide – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — The Pew Research Center says the religious persecution of Christians is growing around the world, especially at the hands of dictators. Read a full report here. This study shows 40% of the world struggles to worship God freely. Meanwhile, anothernew study shows that religion drives prejudices between people more than race or... Read more

Russell Moore to Receive Religious Freedom Institute Defender of Religious Freedom Award

Russell Moore to Receive Religious Freedom Institute Defender of Religious Freedom Award Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, was chosen by the Religious Freedom Institute to receive the Defender of Religious Freedom Award, The Christian Post reports. The award will be presented on November 21,... Read more

Alito Warns: Religious Liberty ‘Is in Danger of Becoming a Second-Class Right’

Alito Warns: Religious Liberty 'Is in Danger of Becoming a Second-Class Right' U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday delivered an unusually blunt warning about the future of religious liberty and free speech in the United States, saying both were in danger if the justices dont step in and protect them.Alitos comments came during... Read more

TGC Q&A: Whats the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Russell Moore: Kristen, you and I worked together a lot on religious freedom issues, and one of the things that I’ve noticed is that most people aren’t attorneys. And even if they are,... Read more

Recent agreement moves Sudan closer to religious freedom – Mission Network News

Sudan (MNN) — After a two-day meeting, Christian and Muslim leaders in Sudan signed an agreement promoting peace and religious freedom. Its the first of its kind and a significant step forward. If we look [casually] at this agreement, we say, Well, thats nice, these leaders have agreed on religious freedom. But, when you look... Read more

Supreme Court Appears Poised to Side with Religious Liberty in LGBT Adoption Case

Supreme Court Appears Poised to Side with Religious Liberty in LGBT Adoption Case The U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready this week to side with a Catholic foster care agency in a major religious liberty case involving Philadelphias attempt to force the agency to place children in same-sex homes.The court heard oral arguments Wednesday, with conservative... Read more

Religious Terms Replaced or Removed from Christian Books to Avoid China’s Internet Censorship

Religious Terms Replaced or Removed from Christian Books to Avoid China's Internet Censorship Two government-sanctioned Christian organizations are seeking alternative ways to sell their religious books online due to censorship established by the Chinese Communist Party.According to ChinaAid, The Christian Council of China a human rights Christian group for Chinese citizens and the Committee of... Read more

Poll: White Evangelicals Are Religious Outliers on Every Major Voting Issue | RELEVANT

Statistically speaking, if you’re a religious American, the coronavirus pandemic is probably one of your top concerns as you consider how to cast your vote for the next President. That is of course, unless you’re a white evangelical. A new study from PRRI found that not only are white evangelicals outliers when it comes to... Read more

Ben Carson’s HUD Investigates Religious Discrimination Complaint Made by Elderly Apartment Resident

Ben Carson's HUD Investigates Religious Discrimination Complaint Made by Elderly Apartment Resident The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is investigating a complaint made by an elderly resident of an apartment complex in Oklahoma after management allegedly demanded the removal of Bibles and religious decorations from a Christmas tree.CBN News reports that Dr. Ben... Read more

Republicans Accuse Left of ‘Religious Bigotry’ for Attacking Amy Coney Barretts Faith

Republicans Accuse Left of 'Religious Bigotry' for Attacking Amy Coney Barretts Faith Republican senators during the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Monday defended Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barretts Catholic faith and said she had been a victim of religious bigotry in recent days.The comments from GOP Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.),... Read more

President Xis religious purge meets little global resistance – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Chinas war on religion continues without much opposition. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Catholic Church to task last week during a trip to Rome, but will anything change? The good news is that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is speaking out on behalf of Chinese Christians who are being persecuted,... Read more

‘Fight for the Truth, Don’t Back Down’: Jim Caviezel Urges Christians to Fight for Their Religious Freedom

'Fight for the Truth, Don't Back Down': Jim Caviezel Urges Christians to Fight for Their Religious Freedom In a recent interview with LifeSite News, Actor Jim Caviezel told Christians they need to fight for the truth if they still want to freely practice religion, The Western Journal reports. But not the type of fighting with... Read more

Pew: Atheists and Agnostics Far More Likely to Be on Political Left Than Religious People

Pew: Atheists and Agnostics Far More Likely to Be on Political Left Than Religious People Atheists and agnostics in the United States and many countries around the world are far more likely than religious individuals to identify with the political left, according to a new Pew Research Center report.The Pew Fact Tank report, released Sept.... Read more

Religious illiteracy and ‘faith phobia’ have weakened Government’s relationship with faith-based charities – report

(Photo: Unsplash/Joel Muniz)A report from Danny Kruger MP has called on the Government to pursue a "new deal with faith communities" that embraces their religious values instead of disregarding them. The Conservative MP for Devizes, who is also a Christian, makes the call in his report, "Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social... Read more

Tribunal reserves decision in sacked Christian teacher’s religious freedom case

Kristie Higgs was dismissed after sharing two Facebook posts(Photo: Christian Legal Centre)An employment tribunal has reserved its judgement in the case of a Christian teacher sacked after sharing Facebook posts critical of teaching young children about LGBT relationships.  Kristie Higgs, 44, challenged her sacking in a four-day hearing at the tribunal in Bristol last week.... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Shows How to Fight for Religious Freedom in a Pandemic

The Story: A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., provides a model for how churches should fight for religious liberty during the pandemic. The Background: Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), an 850-member church led by TGC Council Emeritus member Mark Dever, has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel E. Bowser... Read more

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