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Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative.

US bishops file brief supporting web designer who objects to gay marriage

Jun 21, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The U.S. bishops are coming to the aid of a Colorado web designer, a Christian who fears prosecution under state... Read more

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Appeals court: Foster parents can share religious views with children

Mar 7, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit recently ruled in favor of a Christian couple in New Jersey... Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative.

US Supreme Court to hear case of web designer who objects to gay marriage

Feb 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the case of a Colorado web designer who fears prosecution under state... Read more

Boston City Hall

Supreme Court hears Boston free speech case involving Christian organization

Jan 19, 2022

By Kate Olivera

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving the city of Boston’s refusal to raise a... Read more

American flag and Church.

New committee aims to build up political candidates who support religious liberty for all

Jan 19, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Religious Freedom Institute on Tuesday launched a committee to support political candidates who defend the free exercise of religion... Read more

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Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship

Oct 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Kansas City-area Baptist megachurch has reached a $150,000 settlement with the county over coronavirus restrictions, with the church claiming... Read more

Brief argues Virginia court was right to uphold teacher's rights over pronoun policy

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

Tanner Cross, a Virginia Elementary School teacher, filed a brief in the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday in response to... Read more

June 4 rally in support of Tanner Cross, Loudoun County, Virginia

Court reinstates Virginia teacher suspended over transgender pronoun policy

Jun 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

A county court on Tuesday ruled that a Virginia teacher suspended for opposing a school transgender pronoun policy must be... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Catholic group denied permit for St. Pio chapel sues Michigan town

Jun 4, 2021

A Catholic organization is suing a Michigan township after it was denied permission to build a chapel and prayer trail... Read more

The flag of California.

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions

Jan 25, 2021

An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring... Read more

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

Jan 21, 2021

A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from... Read more

Chike Uzuegbunam outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom.

Supreme Court debates whether college's free speech violation merits symbolic damages

Jan 13, 2021

A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to... Read more

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Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky

Dec 18, 2020

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order... Read more

Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Dec 16, 2020

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than... Read more

US cabinet departments adopt rule protecting organizations' religious freedom rights

Dec 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Nine federal agencies announced Monday a new rule aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated organizations.  Read more

US Supreme Court urged to protect KY religious schools from shutdown

Dec 7, 2020

An order shuttering in-person education until Jan. 4 in Kentucky amid rising COVID-19 cases amounts to religious discrimination, the US... Read more

Treat churches like businesses during lockdowns, Americans say

Nov 18, 2020

As some states and cities reinstate restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a survey has found that... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Federal judges decline to block New York worship restrictions

Oct 12, 2020

Two federal judges on Friday declined to block new restrictions on public worship in New York City, which both Catholic... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Senators support DC church's suit against discriminatory coronavirus restrictions

Oct 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its... Read more

The Colorado State Capitol.

Judge upholds Colorado's coronavirus limits on religious gatherings

Oct 1, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an injunction sought by a Protestant ministry against Colorado's coronavirus health orders, which limit... Read more