religious freedom

The Latest

Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan the most dangerous place to be Christian, advocacy group says

Jan 19, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Afghanistan has unseated North Korea for the dubious distinction of the most dangerous country in the world for Christians, according... 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

Nurse Mary Onuoha holds the cross on her necklace.

Catholic nurse unfairly dismissed over cross necklace, UK tribunal rules

Jan 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The verdict was hailed as a ‘landmark ruling.’ Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

European court rejects 'gay cake' case as inadmissible; ruling in favor of Christian bakery stands

Jan 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by a Northern Irish gay rights activist, who claims... Read more

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, pictured in 2015.

Nigerian bishop: Christian persecution is “more intense now than ever”

Dec 16, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Nigerian Catholic bishop has challenged the United States Secretary of State to justify his decision to remove Nigeria from... Read more

null

Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson... Read more

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Victoria anti-discrimination bill 'unfairly targets' religious organizations, archbishop says

Dec 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic leaders in Australia expressed concern this week about a new set of laws passed in the state of Victoria... Read more

Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services.

City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement

Nov 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more

Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian and florist from Washington state who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex marriage.

Washington florist who declined to serve same-sex wedding will pay settlement, retire

Nov 18, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Christian florist who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony and subsequently spent... Read more

Williams Memorial Chapel at the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri.

Christian college argues against co-ed housing requirement in appellate court

Nov 18, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Attorneys representing a Christian college in Missouri delivered oral arguments Nov. 17 in federal court, seeking to preserve the school’s... Read more

Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Catholic teenager suspended for saying there are only two genders sues school district

Nov 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic teenager who was reportedly suspended for saying there are only two genders is suing his New Hampshire public... Read more

Flag and cross.

Support for religious freedom up among Americans; majority consider worship ‘essential,’ survey says

Nov 17, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The survey found that among the various demographic groups they surveyed, the people most likely to rate religious activities as... Read more

The lethal injection room at California's San Quentin State Prison.

US Supreme Court hears case of inmate requesting pastor at execution

Nov 9, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a man seeking to pray with his pastor... Read more

Dana Moore, pastor of Second Baptist Church Corpus Christi

US Supreme Court to hear case of death row inmate requesting pastor's touch at execution

Nov 8, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Ramirez v. Collier on Tuesday, Nov. 9, almost two months after the... Read more

null

No Supreme Court hearing for Catholic hospital sued for declining transgender surgery

Nov 2, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that declined to perform a hysterectomy... Read more

Sisterhood of Saint Mary with bishops from the Anglican Church of North America's Diocese of the Living Word.

In win for Anglican nuns, Supreme Court orders new scrutiny for New York mandatory abortion coverage

Nov 1, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Foes of mandatory coverage of abortion in New York State insurance law will have another hearing after the U.S. Supreme... Read more

null

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

null

​​Bible, Quran apps removed from Apple app store for China, legal pressure cited

Oct 18, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Under pressure from Chinese law, a digital Bible company has removed its app from Apple’s app store offerings in China... Read more

null

Judge again blocks New York medical worker vaccine mandate without religious exemption

Oct 14, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

Medical workers in New York can seek religious exemptions from a state COVID-19 vaccine mandate while a lawsuit challenging the... Read more