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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

Supreme Court: Religious Schools Are Eligible for Taxpayer Funds | RELEVANT Magazine

The Supreme Court handed a win to conservatives on Tuesday, ruling that a Montana law that blocked religious schools from a taxpayer-funded scholarship violated the U.S. Constitution. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the conservative members of the Court in a decision that will allow parents to use state tax credits to send their... Read more

‘Victory for Religious Liberty’: Supreme Court Upholds Montana School Choice Program

'Victory for Religious Liberty': Supreme Court Upholds Montana School Choice Program The U.S. Supreme Court handed supporters of school choice and private religious schools a major victory Tuesday, ruling that a Montana tax credit scholarship program does not violate the federal constitution if the money is used by parents for religious schooling.At issue... Read more

London ‘more religious than the rest of the country’, says new report

(Photo: Unsplash/Alev Takil)London is more religious than the rest of the country, according to a new report published by the think tank Theos. The report 'Religious London' released this week, shows that Londoners are significantly more religious than people living elsewhere in Britain, and the capital's Christians are far more ethnically diverse. The polling, conducted... Read more

Ohio Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Students’ ‘Religious Expression’ at School, in Homework

Ohio Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Students' 'Religious Expression' at School, in Homework A bill that protects the religious expression of public school students throughout the school day and even with homework and other assignments was signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week.The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, which passed the... Read more

What Does the LGBT-Discrimination Decision Mean For Religious Employers?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. What are the rulings real-world implications for those who maintain traditional, biblical views about human sexuality? How will it affect churches, schools, camps,... Read more

Survey: Most Americans Aren’t Comfortable Going Back to Religious Services

Survey: Most Americans Aren't Comfortable Going Back to Religious Services (RNS) A new study examining Americans response to COVID-19 shows that with the exception of white evangelicals, a majority of Americans are not comfortable returning to in-person religious services.The results of the survey suggest that despite political pressure to reopen houses of worship... Read more

Religious Conservatives Look to the Next Supreme Court Rulings on Religious Liberty

Religious Conservatives Look to the Next Supreme Court Rulings on Religious Liberty (RNS) Religious conservatives lost the culture war over gay and transgender rights in the workplace this week.In a 6-3 ruling Monday (June 15), the Supreme Court said the rights of gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination. The ruling... Read more

Religious Liberty Is a ‘Bogus Term’ Used to Allow LGBT Discrimination, Says Congressman Sean Maloney

Religious Liberty Is a 'Bogus Term' Used to Allow LGBT Discrimination, Says Congressman Sean Maloney In a recent interview, New Yorks first openly gay congressman, Sean Maloney, referred to religious liberty as a bogus term to discriminate those in the LGBTQ community.Maloney made denounced religious liberty in a Monday interview with MSNBC in... Read more

68 Percent Say Gov’t Should Not Be Involved in Church’s ‘Internal Religious Disputes’

68 Percent Say Gov't Should Not Be Involved in Church's 'Internal Religious Disputes' A majority of Americans believe the government should stay out of a faith-based organizations internal religious disputes, according to a new survey that showed widespread support for the religious liberty of churches protected by the First Amendment.The poll, conducted as... Read more

LIKE US, PETER GOT PUSHED AROUND BY RELIGIOUS FOLKS: A Study in 1 Peter | Pastor Mark Driscoll

17 Jun LIKE US, PETER GOT PUSHED AROUND BY RELIGIOUS FOLKS: A Study in 1 Peter Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll When I was a kid, we lived in a neighborhood that had some mean dogs. If you rode your bike near their house, the mean dogs would sprint at you... Read more

Supreme Court’s LGBT Decision Could Pose ‘Grave Threat to Religious Liberty,’ Christian Leaders Say

Supreme Court's LGBT Decision Could Pose 'Grave Threat to Religious Liberty,' Christian Leaders Say Christian leaders and legal experts alike warned Monday that religious liberty is in danger after the Supreme Court ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.The case... 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

Situation for religious minorities has ‘deteriorated’ during Covid-19

Pakistani Christians protest for greater protection after suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore in March 2015.ReutersParliamentarians and human rights groups have written to the Government warning that the situation for religious minorities around the world has "deteriorated" during the Covid-19 crisis. The letter, sent to Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad, says that new trends "closely... 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

Pastor wins religious discrimination case over gay comments

Rev George HargreavesThe pastor who penned Sinitta's hit song "So Macho" has won a religious discrimination case at employment tribunal. Rev George Hargreaves claimed he was shunned at work after an exchange with a colleague about homosexuality. When his colleague, Elizabeth Akano, commented that "people are born gay", Rev Hargreaves told her that "paedophiles make the same... 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

9 Problems with Religious Legalism and Why Its Like Quarantine Hell | Pastor Mark Driscoll

03 Jun 9 Problems with Religious Legalism and Why Its Like Quarantine Hell Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Mark 2:27 The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. God is better to most people than they are to themselves. According to reports, people are working more hours and... 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

Religious leaders join condemnation of Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kongers are fearful of their future under Beijing control(Photo: Unsplash/Han Min T)The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Church of England bishops are among the religious leaders to have added their names to an international letter signed by hundreds of leaders around the world condemning Beijing's new national security law in Hong... Read more

Open Doors ‘very concerned’ by threat to religious liberty in Hong Kong

Voters queue to vote at a polling station during district council local elections in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)The head of a human rights group that monitors Christian persecution worldwide has expressed concern over new security legislation the People's Republic of China over the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.China this week passed... Read more

Religious Conflict in America Is as Old as America

Watching todays news, you might get the impression that religious conflict is more acute in America than ever before. Religious belief does infuse almost every political controversy, including the ones about abortion, homosexuality, immigration, and the presidency of Donald Trump. But we should remember that America itself was born in religious conflict, conflict often more... Read more

New Surveys Find That Religious Schooling Has a Lifelong Effect

The Story: Two recent surveys reveal how educating students at religious schools can have positive effects for them later in life. The Background: A survey conducted by the University of Notre Dames sociology department looked at comparative life outcomes for adults aged 24 to 42 who were educated in one of six school segments or... Read more

French Council of State Rules Ban on Religious Gatherings Is Unlawful

French Council of State Rules Ban on Religious Gatherings Is Unlawful A ban on religious gatherings in France is unlawful, according to Frances supreme court for administrative justice.The French Council of State ruled Monday that the general and absolute prohibition [on religious gatherings] is disproportionate because the government is allowing secular gatherings of... Read more