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  • Court's hypothetical questions may prove telling

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (4 days ago)

    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

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (5 days ago)

    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 protest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (21 days ago)

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    SAN 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 hearings

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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

  • Wyo. judge censured for gay marriage opposition

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (one month ago)

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (BP) -- Proponents of religious liberty have expressed mixed opinions on the Wyoming Supreme Court's censure of a judge for saying her religious beliefs would prevent her from performing same-sex weddings. Read More

  • Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The persecution of Christians in China has increased, and is expected to continue to do so, as a result of a dramatic policy change by the communist government, according to the human rights organization China Aid.

    In its annual report released March 2, China Aid said Beijing's shift in how it seeks to manage religion and the adoption of that new policy by government agencies resulted in expanded persecution of individual Christians and greater oppression of unregistered house churches in 2016. Conditions for Christians in the world's most populous country are expected to deteriorate further this year, the non-profit organization reported. Read More

  • ERLC, LifeWay release religious liberty curriculum

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have combined efforts to produce a small group study on religious liberty at a time when the fundamental freedom appears to be both threatened and misunderstood in the United States.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and LifeWay Christian Resources announced the release of the study -– "Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom" -- Tuesday (March 7). The six-week study is available for purchase through LifeWay. Read More

  • Ky. religious expression bill clears final hurdle

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017 (one month ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Students would be able to express religious and political viewpoints in public schools and on college campuses without interference from administrators under a bill that cleared its final legislature hurdle Monday (March 6) and was headed to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to be signed into law.

    State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, said he decided to sponsor Senate Bill 17 after a Johnson County elementary schools removed biblical references from a presentation of "Charlie Brown's Christmas Carol" in 2015. Read More

  • Attack on religious liberty focus of NRB panel

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Three clients of Alliance Defending Freedom described their battles for religious liberty March 2 at National Religious Broadcasters' convention, Proclaim 17, in Orlando. A wedding cinematographer, preschool director, and former fire chief shared about their legal efforts in a public policy session sponsored by ADF at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

    Their cases and others likely will determine the future of religious freedom in America, ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley told the audience. Read More

  • Christian bakers continue court fight

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 03, 2017 (one month ago)

    SALEM, Ore. (BP) -- Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein took their religious liberty fight to court March 2 after they were penalized for refusing business for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony.

    First Liberty Institute defended the Kleins before a three-judge panel in the Oregon Court of Appeals, promoting the couple's constitutional rights to religious freedom, free speech and due process in a court session webcast online. Read More