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TX governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermonsAUSTIN (BP) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation Sunday (May 21) that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the sermons of religious leaders.
In a ceremony choreographed to highlight the bill's benefactors Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signed the bill surrounded by Houston area clergy during the May 21 worship service at Grace Church, Woodlands, Texas. Read More
'I will pray for you,' draws personnel warning
A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him. Read More
Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states
Five states in the U.S. have passed laws protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs, and at least two other states are considering similar legislation. Read More
ANALYSIS: Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizingNASHVILLE (BP) -- Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States.
Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. And they want churches to be free to practice their faith, which includes discussing politics without any government intervention.
But few want their preacher's advice on which candidate to vote for. Read More
Trump order to enforce 'robust protections' for religious libertyWASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates commended President Trump's new executive order to protect faith beliefs and practice, but some said it fell short of what is needed.
Trump's order -- issued today (May 4) on National Day of Prayer in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden -- says:
-- The administration's policy will be to enforce vigorously the "robust protections for religious freedom" in federal law. Read More
USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate. Read More
Court's hypothetical questions may prove telling
A series of hypothetical questions from across the U.S. Supreme Court's philosophical divide has buoyed advocates of increased freedom for churches to participate in government programs that have a secular purpose. Read More
Supreme Court arguments buoy church's supporters
The constitutionality of a state's refusal to include a daycare center in a playground resurfacing program was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today (April 19). Read More
Reprimand of Air Force colonel sparks protestSAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Liberty Institute is seeking justice for U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid, a flight surgeon the institute said was reprimanded in 2016 for his Christian religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.
The U.S. Air Force originally cleared Madrid in 2014 of charges that he made unsubstantiated derogatory comments against homosexuality to an openly gay airman prior to the airman's court martial for unrelated criminal offenses. But when Madrid was placed under the command of Maj. Gen. John E. McCoy two years after the case was closed, McCoy accused Madrid of having lied during the ... Read More
Gorsuch defends religious liberty ruling in hearingsWASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch steadfastly refused to provide judge-like commentary on such issues as abortion and assisted suicide in his confirmation hearings but was not reluctant to explain his ruling in a vital religious liberty case.
President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court answered questions about his role in supporting the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby Tuesday (March 21) as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Gorsuch responded to questions about the religious liberty case from both Democrats and Republicans during 10 hours of questioning by the 20 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More