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ACLU Sues Four Federal Agencies For Plans On How They’ll Implement Trump’s “Religious Liberty” Order

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its ‘religious freedom’ executive order. Show More Summary

Egypt calls on Israel to stop violence at occupied East Jerusalem shrine

Egypt called on Israel Wednesday to stop violence at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning against the consequences of conflict escalation at the Muslim shrine. Israel should respect the freedom of worship, the religious sanctities and the rights of the Palestinians to practice their religious rituals freely and safely, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. […]

A Prayer for the Real Victims

Last week, United States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III told a group of Christian religious liberty lawyers that they are under siege. Bemoaning the ways “Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith...Show More Summary

Here's the best Washington Post headline of the morning

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

"Stun-gun-wielding rabbi kidnappers fail to convince court they were just practicing their faith." The story describes the religious freedom defense of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and a group of rabbis who were "caught up in a government sting"...Show More Summary

Alliance Defending Freedom: We’re Not Haters And It’s Fake News That We Back Criminalizing Homosexuality

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow: Alliance Defending Freedom invited Attorney General Jeff Sessions to a conference on religious freedom last week. In an apparent attempt to link President Trump’s attorney general to...Show More Summary

Hawaii Mandates Contraception Education, Conservative Christians Sue

5 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Pregnancy-care centers by law have to tell clients about access to birth control and abortion. Pro-life groups say that tramples on their religious freedom.

U.S. archbishop rips Vatican-approved magazine’s ‘willfully ignorant’ attack on conservative Catholics

'An exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom.'

Russia Orders Disbanding of Jehovah's Witnesses

"Religious freedom in Russia is over," a spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses lamented Monday after the country's highest court rejected an appeal against an order banning the group. The ruling means that the religious organization will be forced to close almost 400 local chapters and hand all its "Kingdom Halls" to...

Colbert to ‘Hate Group’ Helping Christian Baker: ‘Let Your Hate Flag Fly!’

Yet another media mogul has slammed religious freedom group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as an “anti-LGBTQ hate group” as it defends a Christian baker who refused to sell a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. This time, it was late-night...Show More Summary

HRC Applauds Reintroduction of the Do No Harm Act

Yesterday, Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Do No Harm Act, which would clarify that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is intended to protect religious freedom without allowing...Show More Summary

Benham Brothers Claim Discrimination Against Gay People Doesn’t Exist

6 days agoLGBT / Gay :

It’s all an encroachment on their religious freedom, of course.

-Is ‘Freedom of Religion’ Merely Code For Hate and Anti-LGBT Rights?

Is ‘Freedom of Religion’ merely code for hate and anti-LGBT rights? Are organizations which support religious liberties really ‘hate groups’? Are folks who want to live according to traditional Biblical beliefs nothing more than bigots and haters? No! Certainly not. This week I saw more articles than I can number that agreed with the ABC […]

Anti-Gay Washington State Florist Appeals ‘Religious Freedom’ Case to SCOTUS, Wants to Join Anti-Gay Baker

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

As promised, Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her allegiance to Jesus has appealed her case to the U.S. Supreme Court, KUOW reports: Attorneys for Arlene’s...Show More Summary

Sessions to Far-Right Group: 'Religious Freedom' Guidance Coming Soon

Jeff Sessions's closed-door speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom, now published on a conservative site, promises guidance that many fear will allow discrimination.

Tensions mount as Al-Aqsa remains closed

Palestinians have denounced the closure, which follows a deadly shooting attack, as a violation of religious freedoms.

Sessions Thanks Anti-LGBTQ Group For Its ‘Important Work’ On Religious Liberty

Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center deemed a hate group.

Jeff Sessions Thanks Anti-LGBTQ Group For Its 'Important Work' On Religious Liberty

Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

-ABC News: ADF (Which Defends Religious Liberty) is a ‘Hate Group’?

ABC News recently referred to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as a ‘hate group.’ The ADF is actually one of the most successful legal groups defending Christians and religious liberty. Here’s the story from Townhall: Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding a retraction and apology from ABC News after reporters smeared one of the nation’s most […]

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