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Indiana bill would make religious services 'essential' during declared emergencies

The Indiana legislature on Thursday sent a bill to the governor which would classify religious services as essential during declared... Read more

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California’s limit on home religious gatherings too strict, US Supreme Court says

California’s coronavirus restrictions on home-based religious gatherings like Bible studies, worship and prayer meetings were more strict than the constitution... Read more

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London police express regret over upset due to halting Good Friday service at Polish parish

The Archbishop of Southwark and representatives of the Metropolitan Police visited London's Christ the King Polish parish on Sunday, expressing... Read more

Emilee Carpenter

Christian photographer claims New York law silences her free speech

A Christian photographer is suing the state of New York, claiming that a state nondiscrimination law violates her free speech... Read more

Indianapolis archdiocese: Government can’t interfere in Catholic schools' mission

Catholic schools must be free to uphold the Church’s teachings, lawyers for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said after a federal... Read more

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Canada job program grants saw spike in rejection rates under abortion litmus test

Rejection rates spiked after a Canadian government job grant program’s 2018 rules required groups to affirm abortion rights, and rejections... Read more

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Report analyzes religious groups' risks of internet 'de-platforming', calls for action

Religious groups that speak on controversial topics are at risk of being removed from social media platforms and need to... Read more

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Court allows professor to challenge university’s transgender pronoun mandate

A federal appeals court has allowed a philosophy professor to sue a public university in Ohio after he faced disciplinary... Read more

After China retaliates with sanctions, U.S. religious freedom advocates say they won’t be silenced

After China announced retaliatory sanctions against U.S. human rights advocates this weekend, advocates responded they would not be silent about... Read more

Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

After Supreme Court victory, Colorado baker in court for declining gender transition cake

Jack Phillips, a Christian cake baker, was again in court for declining to make a cake that expresses messages contrary... Read more

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Federal court: University of Iowa officials personally liable for mistreating Christian group

University of Iowa officials who wrongly de-recognized a Christian student group for objecting to same-sex relationships can be held personally... Read more

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What the Equality Act could mean for Catholics

Legal experts on Monday explained how the Equality Act could threaten the integrity of Catholic parishes, charities, and schools.  Read more

Peruvian bishops ask for loosening of church restrictions

The Peruvian Bishops’ Conference has asked President Francisco Sagasti to correct “excessive limitations” on church attendance put in place by... Read more

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ACLU gets $15 million LGBT grant from billionaire foe of Christian morals and religious freedom

The American Civil Liberties Union has received a major donation from a billionaire heir whose LGBT activism includes both funding... Read more

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Mass. Supreme Court calls into question religious exemption for Christian colleges

A social work professor at a Christian college in Massachusetts is not a “ministerial employee” and the college cannot claim... Read more

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Wash. court okays bisexual lawyer’s discrimination suit against Christian homeless mission

American conflicts over religious freedom continue, as the Washington Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that blocked a bisexual lawyer’s... Read more

Swiss voters narrowly back ban on burqa, niqab as religious leaders voice concern

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to religious facial coverings in public nationwide. Though the move will affect a... Read more

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Supreme Court allows religious speech violation lawsuit to continue

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that government officials can be held personally liable for religious freedom violations.  Read more

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Despite denials, HHS nominee Xavier Becerra sued to take away nuns' religious freedom rights

Xavier Becerra, US president Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, did indeed sue to take away the religious exemptions for... Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Bishops voice concern over treatment of religion in Irish reopening plan

As Ireland marks the first anniversary of the novel coronavirus arriving, local Catholic bishops are calling for the government to... Read more