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Mississippi Governor Receives Religious Liberty Award

The conservative group Family Research Council (FRC) awarded Phil Bryant, the current governor of Mississippi, their first-ever Samuel Adams Religious Freedom Award for protecting religious liberties in his state. Mississippi Gov. @PhilBryantMS...Show More Summary

The Importance of emphasizing religious freedom on Memorial Day

It is said that North America is 10-15 years behind Europe. What we see dramatically unfolding in Europe is a potential forecast of what we are to face, if unchanged.

A Big Win for Women Who Seek Care at Catholic Hospitals in Illinois

Illinois passes a bill to protect women at religious hospitals that routinely deny care. We’ve been fighting for nearly 100 years to protect religious freedom. Religious freedom, however, doesn't give people the right to use their beliefs to discriminate against and harm others. Show More Summary

Teaching with Primary Sources: Religious Freedom and U.S.-Vietnamese Relations

Lauren TurekIn her two most recent posts for this blog, Emily Suzanne Clark spurred vigorous and productive discussions about teaching with primary sources. [1] Much like Emily, I assign many primary sources in my classes, as I agree with her that they "illuminate conflict and show moments of creative tension in American history. Show More Summary

Letters Between George Washington and a Synagogue Have Religious Freedom Lessons for Today

Anticipating President Washington's visit to Newport, the synagogue's warden, Moses Seixas, sent a welcoming letter to the new country's president.

Dispense Contraception or Pay U.S. $1000

A few days ago, I described a pending House bill that would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.   Now, I find out that my a bunch of Democrat U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would require pharmacists to dispense contraception–even...Show More Summary

Religious Freedom Fiesta ‘Watchmen on the Wall’ Is Happening Now in Washington, DC

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In Washington, D.C. this week and have some time on your hands? How about hate group Family Research Council’s (FRC) annual Watchmen on the Wall National Briefing, a who’s who of anti-everything religious right activists. FRC head honcho Tony Perkins… Read The post Religious Freedom Fiesta ‘Watchmen on the Wall’ Is Happening Now in Washington, DC appeared first on Towleroad.

Republicans Strike Again: Energy and Water Bill Killed Over LGBT Protections

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

An energy and water bill was killed in the House on Thursday as the result of an ongoing battle in Congress over LGBT rights and so-called “religious freedom.” Openly gay New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney successfully added an amendment… Read The post Republicans Strike Again: Energy and Water Bill Killed Over LGBT Protections appeared first on Towleroad.

ISIS' Genocide Against Christian Escalates in Iraq, Syria; Religious Freedom Group Demands UN Take Action

The fight to protect Christians and other religious minorities from genocide at the hands of the ISIS has intensified, with the U.N. being called to take immediate action, the American Center for Law and Justice has confirmed.

“Those countries that have the most economic freedom also have the most religious freedom

A new Cato podcast with Jay Richards and Caleb Brown explores the relationship between economic and religious liberty. Related: Ilya Shapiro and Michael McConnell on the Supreme Court’s punt in the Little Sisters of the Poor case (Zubik v. Show More Summary

LGBT Activists Push Dallas to Sever Ties With Robert Jeffress' Over Religious Freedom Stance

LGBT activists are calling on the city of Dallas to sever a partnership with prominent Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress and First Baptist Dallas after he asserted last Monday that businesses that oppose religious freedom bills are a greater "threat" than the Islamic State.

In Switzerland, Muslim schoolchildren who refuse to shake their teacher’s hand may be fined $5,000

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

In Switzerland, the humble handshake between a teacher and children at the beginning and end of the day — a tradition throughout much of the country — has become an unlikely battleground in a public debate about religious freedom and sexual equality. Now, one Swiss canton has added a financial element to the controversy, warning families of […]

Robert Jeffress Asks: What Parent Wants Hairy-Legged Men Showering With Their Daughters?

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says big corporations that are boycotting states that ban men from going into womens' bathrooms are a greater threat to religious freedom in America than the Islamic State terror group.

We Are Not Losing

Am article appeared late yesterday: Rep. Joseph Kennedy III [D-Mass.] has proposed a bill that would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to prevent government employees or federal contractors from making claims of religious...Show More Summary

Society's Most Vulnerable Hurt Most by Gov't Crackdowns on Religious Freedom, Ryan Anderson Says

The poor, the dying and the orphaned are hurt the most when governments infringe upon the religious liberties of churches and other faith-based institutions, Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson and other religious freedom experts explained Monday night.

Bill to Gut Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Democrats were instrumental in passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Now, many–if not most–are implacable opponents, believing it interferes with gay rights. But another burr under the liberal saddle is the use of the law...Show More Summary

Christianity Burgeoning in China

Although the Chinese Communist Party is officially atheist, the country's constitution allows "freedom of religious belief," and the practice of formal religion has expanded in China, in fits and starts, for decades. The number of Chinese...Show More Summary

After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam

ERFURT, Germany (AP) — Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country. Senior members of Alternative for Germany cut short a meeting Monday […]

Obama Heads to Vietnam, Japan; Is Religious Freedom on Agenda?

Barack Obama departed Saturday afternoon for his first trip to Vietnam and Japan. As a goodwill gesture, Vietnam's Communist government released a Catholic priest from prison, but the president's agenda might press for the release of more political prisoners while making no mention of a new highly restrictive religion law being enacted in that country.

In the Battle Between LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom, Both Can Win

Why we needn’t fear the worst-case scenario. L ast summer, even before the Supreme Court decision legitimizing same-sex marriage, conservative Christians were already anxious about the consequences for religious freedom. It is not an irrational fear. Show More Summary

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