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Federal court reaffirms tax exempt clergy housing allowances

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:02 pm .- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld tax-free housing allowances for clergy, a decision welcomed by pastors, religious organizations, and others who say the allowances make their ministries affordable and strengthen limits on the ability of government policy to interfere with clergy.

Critics question ‘Equality Act’ exclusion of religious freedom

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:08 pm .- Federal legislation purporting to guarantee equality explicitly rejects religious freedom protections and would open the gates to anti-discrimination lawsuits against religious believers and institutions who disagree with the bill’s broad view of LGBT discrimination, critics said.

Colorado baker asks for true tolerance, and an end to the spotlight

Mar 12, 2019 - 08:20 pm .- A Colorado baker who became the focus of legal battles over religious freedom and same-sex marriage hopes his time in the spotlight is over after a Supreme Court victory last year and a resolution to a subsequent case.

Colorado and Masterpiece Cakeshop end legal battle

Mar 6, 2019 - 12:38 am .- On Tuesday both Colorado and Masterpiece Cakeshop agreed to drop their ongoing litigation, ending a more than six-year-long legal battle.  

Supreme Court rejects church funding case

Mar 4, 2019 - 11:30 pm .- Although all nine justices voted against hearing the case, three of the justices--Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch--issued comments saying the court would have to consider the issue at some point in the near future.

Brownback says Pakistan willing to improve religious freedom record

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:17 am .- The U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom has applauded Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for showing a willingness to improve in the area of religious liberty, while recognizing that significant steps forward are still needed.

California bill would remove reporting exemption for priests in confessional

Feb 21, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- A state senator in California introduced a bill Wednesday which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession in suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Clergy are already mandatory reporters in the state of California, but there is a legal exemption for material disclosed in the confessional.

Emergency declaration raises new questions about Texas border chapel

Feb 18, 2019 - 08:00 pm .- President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border has again raised the possibility of a barrier being constructed through La Lomita Historical Park, blocking access to an historic chapel on the site.

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

Feb 14, 2019 - 07:45 pm .- William Barr was confirmed as United States attorney general on Thursday by a 54-45 vote in the Senate.

Texas chapel fenced off from border wall funding

Feb 14, 2019 - 07:00 pm .- The Consolidated Appropriations Act would provide $1.3 billion in funding for the construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border but contains a list of five specific places where these funds cannot be used to build a wall, the third of which is the site of La Lomita Chapel.