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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.  

Don't stop believing: Missouri religious liberty bill beats filibuster

Mar 10, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- A constitutional amendment to strengthen religious freedom protections will likely go to voters after the Missouri Senate ended a 39-hour filibuster by the proposal’s foes.

Court affirms Church's right to hire and fire ministers

Mar 8, 2016 - 12:50 am .- A Missouri court ruling in favor of a Catholic diocese protects the right of religious institutions to fire ministerial employees who do not live consistently with their religious beliefs.  

EWTN disappointed but hopeful after latest HHS mandate ruling

Feb 18, 2016 - 02:36 pm .- In a 2-1 decision delivered Feb. 18, a federal court ruled against the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in its challenge to the federal contraception mandate.

Visa, Chevron, and Pepsi are exempt from the HHS mandate – but the Little Sisters aren't

Feb 18, 2016 - 06:22 am .- While Catholic nuns are required to obey health care regulations that they say violate the teachings of their faith, large corporations like ExxonMobil are exempt, a new website says.

Did a Massachusetts court ruling essentially ban Catholic schools?

Feb 15, 2016 - 04:45 am .- A Massachusetts court ruling against a Catholic school may have set a dangerous precedent that interferes with religious schools’ ability to hire staff consistent with their mission, critics said.  

A tale of Satanists and political maneuvering in Arizona

Feb 9, 2016 - 04:07 pm .- Even though the Satanists lost, they won.

Amid religious freedom concerns, relief over Indiana bill's failure

Feb 8, 2016 - 03:23 pm .- An Indiana anti-discrimination bill failed in the state senate because it would have proved disastrous for religious freedom, one legal expert has said.

This LGBT advocate changed his mind about Christian bakers

Feb 3, 2016 - 03:47 pm .- Peter Tatchell is a passionate human rights campaigner who outwardly voices his support of same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.

Could it soon be illegal for doctors to believe in male and female?

Feb 3, 2016 - 03:44 am .- A current proposal by a federal agency has raised concerns that doctors may be punished for believing that there are only two genders, rooted in biological sex.  

New scorecard to track Congress' action on global religious freedom

Feb 2, 2016 - 06:56 pm .- Religious liberty advocates hope a new congressional scorecard will embolden members of Congress to promote freedom for embattled religious minorities worldwide.

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