Fortnight for Freedom

Church's fear of 'civil rights' prosecution justified, Iowa court says

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:13 pm .- A church’s lawsuit may go forward because it reasonably feared that Iowa’s strict anti-discrimination law would create legal penalties for its preaching and for having single-sex bathrooms and showers, an Iowa court has ruled.

Massachusetts law could forbid churches to preach on transgenderism

Oct 13, 2016 - 05:43 pm .- Four churches and their pastors are challenging a Massachusetts law which they say could regulate their speech regarding gender identity.  

Why religious leaders asked Obama to condemn his civil rights chair's rhetoric

Oct 12, 2016 - 11:36 pm .- A coalition of religious and civic leaders has denounced a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which said appeals to religious freedom are usually just discrimination-in-disguise.

One fewer Christian-owned bakery after religious freedom fight

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:23 pm .- A Christian couple has closed their Oregon bakery, which faced heavy fines after they declined to make a cake for a same-sex “wedding” ceremony.

Americans, religious liberty and discrimination: a look beyond the numbers

Sep 30, 2016 - 06:28 am .- More Americans are siding against the religious freedom of employers when it may conflict with a “nondiscrimination” policy like access to birth control coverage, new Pew Research numbers show.

Religious Christmas carols to be allowed in veterans' hospitals

Sep 23, 2016 - 12:56 pm .- New clarifications about Department of Veterans Affairs rules have resolved a dispute about religious Christmas carols, gifts and displays in veterans’ hospitals, a chaplains’ group has said.  

Use 'moral authority' to push for change in Vietnam, advocates tell the US

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:04 pm .- If the U.S. uses its moral authority' to pressure Vietnam on human rights issues, the southeast Asian country will change for the better, religious freedom advocates maintained at a conference on Monday.

Archbishop Lori slams 'reckless' comments by civil rights chair

Sep 14, 2016 - 09:32 pm .- After the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called current appeals to religious freedom “hypocrisy,” one archbishop rebuked his statement as “reckless” and ignorant.

US Bishops to government: End legal standoff with the Little Sisters

Sep 12, 2016 - 08:50 pm .- The United States government has an opportunity to end its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and the administration must “seize that opportunity,” legal experts are maintaining.

Legal counsel: Religious freedom never justifies abuse

Sep 2, 2016 - 10:39 pm .- An Indiana woman who allegedly beat her 7-year-old with a coat hanger is citing religious freedom as her defense against felony abuse charges, saying her disciplinary tactics were inspired by her Evangelical Christian faith.

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