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Court dismisses Catholic school teacher’s employment discrimination claim

May 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

A federal district court dismissed the employment discrimination claim of a New Jersey Catholic school teacher last week, ruling that... Read more

Wealthy corporations back Equality Act stripped of religious freedom protections

May 4, 2021

Federal LGBT legislation that excludes important religious freedom protections has the backing of over 400 American corporations with trillions of... Read more

Sri Lanka's government proposes burqa ban

Apr 29, 2021

Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in... Read more

Catholic dioceses appeal to Supreme Court for protection against New York’s abortion coverage mandate

Apr 27, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The dioceses of Albany and Ogdensburg and other Catholic and Christian ministries last week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to... Read more

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Biden administration weakens protections for women’s shelters

Apr 23, 2021

One legal group says that the Biden administration is putting women at risk in removing options for federally-funded women’s shelters... Read more

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Montana governor signs law clarifying religious freedom protections

Apr 23, 2021

Montana’s governor on Thursday signed a law holding the state to a high burden of proof when it violates someone’s... Read more

Quebec court upholds much of law barring religious symbols for public employees

Apr 21, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A Canadian court upheld this week part of a Quebec law that bans government employees from wearing religious symbols at... Read more

Oct. 15, 2020: Demonstrators in Manhattan protest the treatment of Orthodox Jewish communities during COVID-19

Report: some countries used pandemic to target religious minorities

Apr 21, 2021

Some countries used the COVID-19 pandemic to target religious minorities last year, a federal commission revealed on Wednesday. Read more

Connecticut legislature considers ending religious exemptions for vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

The Connecticut House of Representatives has advanced a bill to end the religious exemption from childhood vaccine requirements, beginning in... Read more

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Africa seeing ‘dramatic increase in jihadist groups,’ says global religious freedom report

Apr 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Aid to the Church in Need says groups have spread ‘within an alarmingly short timeframe’ Read more

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

Apr 12, 2021

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

Apr 12, 2021

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

DS Andy Wadey of the Metropolitan Police addresses parishioners at Christ the King parish, Balham, south London, April 11, 2021. Credit: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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

Apr 12, 2021

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

Apr 8, 2021

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

Apr 7, 2021

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

Mar 31, 2021

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

Mar 31, 2021

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

Professor Nicholas Meriwether

Court allows professor to challenge university’s transgender pronoun mandate

Mar 30, 2021

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

Mar 30, 2021

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

Mar 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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