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The Assault on Religious Freedom is ‘Undeniable’

If it seems to you that attacks on Americans’ religious freedoms continue to grow, you’re right.  A comprehensive new report details the attacks – and documents a 133-percent increase since 2011. The report is titled “Undeniable.” It’s...Show More Summary

When Beliefs and Identities Clash in Court

The Supreme Court may not be the right place to settle the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which pits marriage equality against religious freedom.

Australia's Turnbull defends 'religious freedom' amid gay marriage poll

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a strong supporter of gay marriage, defended the right of a church to refuse to marry a young couple who had posted support for same-sex unions on social media.

Egyptian President Meets with U.S. Council of Churches, Commits to Promoting Religious Freedom

Egyptian President stresses importance of pluralism and religious freedom in meeting with U.S. church group.

Saudi Arabia’s Neighbor Defends Religious Freedom of Individuals

New 5-point declaration builds upon Marrakesh and Jakarta efforts by Muslim leaders. The cause of religious freedom received a significant boost from the Muslim world today. The island Kingdom of Bahrain—connected by bridge to SaudiShow More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 12: The Climate Fight Among Deniers; Wind Builders Testing Battery Energy Storage; Navajo Nation Grows Solar

The Climate Fight Among Deniers Fighting Climate Change in a Red State Ryan F, Mandelbaum, September 8, 2017 (GizModo) “…Georgia’s right wing government that recently attempted to pass an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bill, its Paris...Show More Summary

The gutless Mr. Franken

(Scott Johnson) The Alliance Defending Freedom is a Christian legal rights group devoted to the cause of religious freedom. My friend Jordan Lorence is one of the many fine ADF attorneys representing clients in important cases around the country. Show More Summary

Trump Backs Baker Who Refused Cake To Gay Couple

Jack Phillips claims it would violate his freedom of speech and religious freedom to make a cake for a gay couple.

Church of Satan: Pro-Life Laws Violate Our Religious Freedom to Get Abortions

The Satanic Temple is challenging Missouri state abortion regulations in court this fall, arguing that laws requiring that women be provided information about their unborn babies violate their religious freedom. The Fader reports the Satanic Temple spokesperson Jex Blackmore announced the lawsuit Friday, another step in a long battle between the group and pro-life leaders […]

China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to "block extremism" and tackle what it sees as internal threats. The...Show More Summary

Trump Administration Won't Support Gay Marriage Rights in Wedding Cake Supreme Court Case

Jack Phillips claims it would violate his freedom of speech and religious freedom to make a cake for a gay couple.

Anti-LGBTQ hate group submits pro-discrimination arguments to Supreme Court

This coming year, the Supreme Court will determine whether a religious baker has the right to refuse a same-sex couple a wedding cake. On Thursday, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBTQ hate group, submitted its first brief defending the discriminatory actions of its client, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver. ADF’s arguments haven’t […]

Florida public school requires students to transcribe Bible verses and ignores religious bullying: complaint

last monthNews : The Raw Story

A religious parent has asked a Florida public school to stop promoting Christianity and looking the other way when non-observant students are bullied. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Washington County Schools earlier this month pointing to “serious constitutional...

LOOP: Court filings defy Trump’s promises on religious freedom

JUDICIARY // President Trump held a press conference with religious leaders back in May in which he said: “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore.” But three months later, lawyers for the Justice Department are delaying or undercutting what Trump had promised. http://cvote.it/2wp6aBT JUDICIARY // Senate Democrats continue to block votes [...]

China fires back at US religious freedom report, questions America's moral authority on subject

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Though the United States has a time-honored tradition, from the three-fifths compromise to drone warfare, of passing moral judgment on other nations without any firm moral ground to stand on, many of the accusations in the report are well-substantiated. [ more › ]

Pro-Abortion Groups Say Christian Medical Professionals Should be Forced to Participate in Abortions

In early August, an international group of abortion advocates met in Uruguay to discuss the potential removal of conscience protections for healthcare providers with regard to abortion. Religious freedom is an obstacle to women’s health, according to conference organizer International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). Show More Summary

Qatar welcomes Saudi 'political' decision to open border for hajj

The Qatari foreign minister on Thursday welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to reopen the two countries' border to Muslim pilgrims -- while lashing out at Riyadh's "politicisation" of religious freedoms. "Regardless of the manner in which...Show More Summary

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