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Why there's no freedom without religious liberty

Apr 28, 2016 - 04:16 pm .- It is perhaps not surprising that an American priest, Fr. John Courtney Murray, was one of the key contributors to Dignitatis Humanae, the most important document in modern times on the Catholic Church and religious freedom.

At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

Apr 28, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations.

At the Supreme Court, Catholic bishops speak up for a Lutheran playground

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 am .- The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief.

This counseling student says he was expelled for his Christian beliefs

Apr 25, 2016 - 05:06 pm .- A former counseling student says that he was pushed out of a university after saying that he would refer same-sex couples to another counselor, due to his Christian beliefs.

Americans agree: Obama administration unfair to Little Sisters of the Poor

Apr 19, 2016 - 06:35 am .- A new survey says most Americans think the Obama administration’s federal contraception mandate is unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups defending themselves before the U.S. Supreme Court.

How to fight extremism? Unite for religious liberty, rabbi says

Apr 18, 2016 - 07:14 pm .- Facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and government crackdowns on religious practice, European religious communities must stand together, insisted one religious leader this week.

Little Sisters lay out alternatives to HHS mandate before Supreme Court

Apr 13, 2016 - 03:26 pm .- Asked whether there are ways for the government to provide contraceptive coverage that do not require them to violate their consciences, the Little Sisters of the Poor are saying “yes.”

Why one bishop thinks religious freedom laws matter

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:19 am .- Mississippi’s new religious freedom law helps protect Catholic education and social services like adoption, said the Catholic Bishop of Jackson.

Sweden can't send Christian convert back to Iran

Apr 9, 2016 - 03:52 pm .- Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account.

Centuries of religious freedom at risk with Virginia veto, Catholic bishops warn

Apr 3, 2016 - 04:26 pm .- The veto of a religious freedom bill means faith-based groups that support marriage as a union of a man and a woman won’t have needed protections, the state’s Catholic bishops said.

Carolina controversy: bathroom bills raise questions of safety, privacy

Apr 1, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- The overturn of a Charlotte, North Carolina ordinance allowing biological males to enter women’s restrooms helps offer important protections against sexual predators, said family advocacy groups this week.

Georgia bishops: religious freedom bill veto a chance for more debate

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:35 am .- Following the Georgia governor’s recent veto of a religious liberty bill, the state’s Catholic bishops are calling for further debate and dialogue on the issue.

A hopeful sign? New development in the Little Sisters' court case

Mar 29, 2016 - 04:42 pm .- The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for parties in the Little Sisters’ case to submit alternative means, if possible, of ensuring contraceptive coverage while maintaining religious freedom.

Closing of Canada’s religious freedom office could spell trouble for human rights

Mar 29, 2016 - 06:44 am .- Canada’s decision to defund its Office of Religious Freedom will harm the country’s ability to defend religious minorities and human rights in general, said religious freedom advocates and other supporters of the office.  

Horrific Easter bombing seen as a crossroad for Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 04:56 pm .- Religious freedom advocates have condemned the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 70, while insisting upon reform within the country to prevent future such attacks.

Let them serve: Hundreds outside court back Little Sisters

Mar 23, 2016 - 04:56 pm .- Hundreds of people – many of them women – joined religious sisters outside of the Supreme Court on Wednesday chanting “Let them Serve! Let them Serve!”

Divided Supreme Court hears Little Sisters’ case

Mar 23, 2016 - 02:29 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious charities should be free to carry out their ministries without having to violate their religious beliefs, plaintiffs argued at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. 

When religious liberty collides with the sexual revolution

Mar 22, 2016 - 06:47 am .- At the heart of many of today’s most pressing U.S. religious liberty concerns is the fallout from the sexual revolution decades ago, said one author on the subject at a recent conference.

India's refusal to grant religious freedom visas a 'missed opportunity'

Mar 20, 2016 - 04:53 pm .- India is making a mistake in refusing to issue visas to a U.S. international religious freedom organization, said religious liberty advocates and experts specializing in the South Asian country.

Pro-Sikh court ruling strengthens religious exemptions in Army

Mar 15, 2016 - 10:48 pm .- A federal court has sided with a Sikh soldier working to secure a religious exemption for his beard and headwear under U.S. Army regulations. The ruling affirms that religious groups cannot be targeted because of their faith, experts said.  

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