Fortnight for Freedom

Iceland's possible circumcision ban raises religious liberty questions

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:23 pm .- An Icelandic bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons has given rise to opposition from various religious groups, including Christians as well as Jews and Muslims.

Senator: Extreme EEOC nominee puts religious liberty at risk

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:28 am .- The Trump administration’s re-nomination of Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission puts religious liberty and marriage in danger and should be withdrawn, one U.S. Senator said this week.

Canadian Catholics won’t be bullied into supporting abortion, bishop says

Feb 9, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- A Canadian bishop announced that the Diocese of London, Ontario, would protest new requirements for government grants that require organizations to profess the government’s view on topics like abortion rights and gender identity.

What New York’s non-discrimination order could mean for religious liberty

Feb 9, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed an executive order that bans the state from doing business with companies that “promote or tolerate” discrimination, a move that has some religious liberty advocates crying foul.

Cardinal Marx: Bill banning circumcision in Iceland a threat to religious freedom

Feb 8, 2018 - 07:00 am .- A new bill proposed in Iceland that would make circumcision punishable by up to six years in prison is a “dangerous attack” on religious freedom, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said.

Ambassador Brownback: 'Religious freedom is the most important foreign relations topic today'

Feb 6, 2018 - 10:46 pm .- In his first public appearance as US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback spoke to Muslim, Jewish, and Christians leaders gathered to discuss their shared commitment to promoting peace and protecting religious minorities in the Muslim world.

Catholic bishops join with rabbis, imams in Canadian religious liberty fight

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:01 am .- Interreligious leaders from across Canada came together Thursday to sign a statement urging the national government to respect their freedom of conscience by changing controversial new requirements to qualify for federal funding of youth summer jobs.

Gov. Brownback confirmed as international religious freedom ambassador

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:03 pm .- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) was narrowly confirmed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Thursday. The Senate voted 49-49, along party lines, and the tie was broken by Vice President Mike Pence.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:21 pm .- A new division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work to ensure the protection of religious freedom and conscience rights for Americans, government officials announced Thursday.?

Trump issues statement promoting religious liberty

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:15 pm .- US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 16, 2018, as “religious freedom day.” This date was chosen as it is the 223rd anniversary of Virginia’s enactment of the Statute for Religious Freedom.