Fortnight for Freedom

Beijing bans online evangelization amid religious crackdown

Sep 12, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- The Chinese government has increased measures to suppress religious belief and practice. New regulations, published on the government’s legal information website on Sept. 10, make it illegal for religious services, prayer, or preaching to be broadcast online.

EU report highlights religious freedom threats across the globe

Sep 7, 2018 - 10:06 pm .- An annual report released by a special group within the European Union warned of serious religious freedom violations in some parts of the world. It highlighted the importance of protecting this freedom, particularly in developing countries.  

Appeals court upholds Baptist church autonomy in picking pastor

Sep 6, 2018 - 04:30 pm .- In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, a federal appeals court ruled that a historic black Baptist church in Pittsburgh has the right to pick its pastor without government involvement.

After religious liberty win, judge orders payment to Catholic Benefits Association

Aug 21, 2018 - 09:56 pm .- A federal judge has ordered that $718,000 in compensation be paid to the Catholic Benefits Association after its successful religious freedom legal fight against mandated health care coverage that would have violated Catholic beliefs.

Muslim woman who declined handshake wins labor case in Sweden

Aug 16, 2018 - 06:17 pm .- A labor court in Sweden has sided with a Muslim woman whose job interview was cut short when she refused a handshake for religious reasons.

Colorado baker back in court for declining gender transition cake

Aug 15, 2018 - 07:04 pm .- Less than three months after winning a Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is finding himself at the center of yet another cake and faith-based battle.

Chinese region sought to demolish mosque amid crackdown on religion

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:01 pm .- Officials in an autonomous region of northwest mainland China intended to demolish a mosque on Friday, but were met by hundreds of protesters. The move comes amid a nation-wide effort to clamp down on free religious expression.

Kicked off Iowa campus over leadership standards, Christian group sues

Aug 8, 2018 - 04:46 pm .- A Christian student group is suing the University of Iowa after being kicked off campus because it requires its leaders to be Christians.

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups' hiring freedom

Aug 7, 2018 - 04:15 pm .- A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the right of religious organizations to make hiring decisions based on adherence to Church teaching on sexuality.

Controversial Israeli law excludes non-Jews, Latin Patriarchate says

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:06 pm .- A recently-adopted Israeli law that strongly affirmed the country’s link with the Jewish people and avoided mention of non-Jews wrongly excluded the non-Jewish population, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has said.