Fortnight for Freedom

A look at 25 years of RFRA

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:14 am .- Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA.

Florist case reopens before Washington Supreme Court

Nov 14, 2018 - 05:28 pm .- Attorneys representing florist Barronelle Stutzman filed their opening brief with the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the court re-hears the case after its previous ruling was reversed.

U.S bishops welcome new HHS mandate exemptions

Nov 9, 2018 - 11:00 pm .- The USCCB has welcomed the Trump administration’s new rules providing enhanced consciene protections against the HHS contraceptive mandate.

Trump administration announces new conscience exemptions for contraceptive mandate

Nov 7, 2018 - 11:30 pm .- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the HHS contraception mandate.

Trump administration to revise exemptions to contraception mandate

Oct 31, 2018 - 09:29 pm .- The Trump administration is modifying religious exemptions and accommodations against mandatory employer health care coverage of contraception, after federal judges blocked the administrations rules in December.

Anti-religious freedom grants target Georgia, Florida, N.M., Texas

Oct 30, 2018 - 09:19 pm .- Four states, including Texas and Florida, are in the crosshairs of an anti-religious freedom funders’ network that coordinated the successful effort to recognize gay marriage in law.

European court upholds conviction of woman accused of insulting Muhammed

Oct 27, 2018 - 01:00 am .- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week upheld a conviction against an Austrian woman who called the Islamic prophet Muhammed a “pedophile.”

Masterpiece Cakeshop case drew $500k in grants from religious freedom foes

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:00 am .- Some opponents of broad religious freedom protections have spent over $500,000 on advocacy and public relations campaigns related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision, a CNA analysis of recent foundation grantmaking has found.

American pastor released in Turkey after years in detention

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:00 pm .- A Turkish court has released Pastor Andrew Brunson after two years’ detention, leaving him free to return to the United States. The court declared him free to leave on Oct. 12.

China criticized for repression of Muslim ethnic group

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:01 am .- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 21 joined voices from Pakistan and around the world in denouncing Chinese repression against a Muslim minority, as China continues to put pressure on almost all religions within its borders.