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Supreme Court declines to hear religious freedom photography case

Apr 8, 2014 - 04:13 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on a case involving a small Christian-owned photography business that declined on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006.

Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

Mar 26, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Women supporting employers challenging the government's contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women's equality that supports fertility and women's role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Mar 4, 2014 - 04:54 pm .- Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of foreign policy, serious concerns remain on a global scale.

Critics say Ariz. bill veto swarmed by misleading rhetoric

Feb 27, 2014 - 04:40 pm .- The Arizona Catholic Conference has lamented the veto of Arizona religious freedom bill S.B. 1062, noting the “extremely intense, if not misleading rhetoric” surrounding the bill.

Kan. religious freedom bill dies after being labeled 'segregation'

Feb 21, 2014 - 02:00 am .- A Kansas bill to protect the conscience rights of those who morally object to “gay marriage” stalled in the legislature after opponents portrayed it as a discrimination law akin to the Jim Crow laws of the early 20th century.

Christians are most persecuted group on earth, legislators told

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- Experts testifying before U.S. lawmakers warned that many Christians around the world are facing serious persecution that often goes unreported and undeterred.

Obama highlights religious freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

Feb 7, 2014 - 12:01 am .- Speaking at an annual prayer breakfast in the nation’s capital, U.S. President Barack Obama stressed the need for religious freedom in order to respect human dignity and foster global stability.

Hobby Lobby draws wide breadth of support in mandate case

Jan 29, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- Hundreds of individuals and groups from a broad range of religious and political backgrounds have filed briefs supporting the owners of Hobby Lobby in their religious freedom case at the Supreme Court.

US military expands accommodations for religious attire

Jan 27, 2014 - 04:18 pm .- New rules from the Pentagon seek to broaden religious attire protections for members of the armed services, though some critics say that the policy does not go far enough.

Defense of conscience critical to pro-life movement, scholar says

Jan 27, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- Prevailing attitudes toward abortion within the medical community show the need to safeguard conscience rights while working to protect life, said Princeton law professor Robert P. George.

Scholars say abortion is a public, not private matter

Jan 25, 2014 - 03:29 pm .- Scholars from across a wide field of inquiry discussed the framing of abortion as a private matter, challenging that the issue affects all of society, rather than just a woman and her child.

New Supreme Court injunction benefits Little Sisters

Jan 24, 2014 - 04:31 pm .- A new injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the contraception mandate while the group’s case works its way through the court system.

USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

Jan 14, 2014 - 04:34 am .- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.

Christian baker files religious freedom appeal in marriage ruling

Jan 8, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- A Christian baker in Colorado is appealing a judge's ruling that he must violate his religious beliefs and bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

Jan 3, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say.  

Columnist: US should counter anti-Christian persecution

Jan 3, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Americans should not resign themselves to “a Middle East without Christians” but should work to expand their traditions of religious freedom overseas, says Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

Little Sisters granted mandate relief by Justice Sotomayor

Jan 2, 2014 - 05:15 pm .- A group of religious sisters that cares for the elderly poor in the U.S. was among several religious organizations to gain protection from the federal contraception mandate shortly before it took effect on Jan. 1.

Lesbian feminist: suspending Duck Dynasty star is 'fascist'

Dec 20, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- Camille Paglia, a feminist, lesbian professor, harshly criticized the suspension of Phil Robertson for his statements supporting the traditional Christian view of sexuality, saying such condemnation rejects the freedom of speech.

Duck Dynasty suspension over gay comments sparks criticism

Dec 19, 2013 - 05:44 pm .- The recent suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson over comments made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats. 

'Extreme' judicial appointee confirmed to key court position

Dec 19, 2013 - 12:08 am .- The confirmation of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted concerns from critics worried about her “radical” views on abortion and religious freedom.

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