Freedom of religion

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A map of Nigeria.

Biden administration criticized for omitting Nigeria from religious persecution watchlist

Jun 28, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, told CNA that the report demonstrates a... Read more

Religious sisters show their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016, in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS mandate.

Supreme Court overturns ‘Chevron’ doctrine with big implications for religious liberty

Jun 28, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The decision returns the authority to interpret law to the courts. Read more

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

Colorado baker returns to court after activist sues over ‘gender transition’ cake

Jun 20, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Philips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who was sued for... Read more

Bryan and Rebecca Gantt, two foster parents in Vermont, had their licenses revoked for refusing to embrace gender ideology.

Foster parents sue Vermont after state revokes license for rejecting gender ideology

Jun 12, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Vermont requires foster parents to affirm that they would support a child in his or her self-asserted gender identity and... Read more

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Colorado discriminated against Catholic preschools, judge finds

Jun 5, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the state’s decision to exclude Catholic preschools was unconstitutional. Read more

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U.S. religious freedom watchdog’s new appointments include three Catholics

May 20, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The USCIRF is a government organization that reviews violations of religious freedom around the world and makes policy recommendations.  Read more

Classroom in a Catholic school.

Court backs Catholic school sued by teacher in same-sex union who was denied rehire

May 8, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The ruling affirmed that religious schools can hold employees to the moral teachings of the Church. Read more

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Here are the countries that rank worst in the world in religious freedom 

May 1, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Among the countries topping USCIRF’s list of the world’s most egregious religious freedom violators are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, and India. Read more

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Bishops: New Biden HHS Obamacare rule advances ‘ideological view of sex’

Apr 30, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The change means that any insurer or physician receiving federal financial assistance must cover or provide sex-reassignment surgeries and therapies. Read more

Anglican nuns from Sisterhood of Saint Mary (photographed with bishops from the Anglican Church of North America's Diocese of the Living Word) are among those suing the state of New York for requiring that they cover abortion in their health plans.

Catholic and Anglican nuns defend religious freedom in New York’s highest court

Apr 17, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The lawsuit is over a New York Department of Financial Services regulation that could require faith-based organizations to cover “medically... Read more

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New Idaho law aims to protect against forced use of incorrect pronouns, names

Apr 10, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The new law covers government employees and students at public schools. Read more

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Religious broadcasters ask Supreme Court to strike down ‘discriminatory’ fees

Apr 8, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The suit argues that the Copyright Royalty Board is subjecting religious broadcasters to a discriminatory royalty fee that violates U.S.... Read more

Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, speaks at a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at The Grass Wagon on Jan. 13, 2024 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Iowa governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Apr 3, 2024

By Daniel Payne

More than half of U.S. states have passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) since the federal government passed its version... Read more

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Court rules that religious schools’ tax-exempt status does not make them subject to Title IX 

Apr 3, 2024

By Daniel Payne

A lower court had previously ruled against the school, arguing that the school’s tax-exempt status in and of itself constituted... Read more

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Governors in West Virginia, Utah, Idaho sign religious freedom bills

Mar 28, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The new laws protect student organizations at public universities and protects religious rights for faith-based adoption centers and foster care... Read more

Father Dominic Pinto, of the Diocese of Lucknow in India, (cathedral school of Lucknow pictured above) was arrested for violation of the state's anti-conversion law.

Amid arrests of Indian priests and nun, bishop calls for ‘storming of heaven’

Feb 9, 2024

By Anto Akkara

Eleven out of India’s 28 states have passed laws to criminalize forced conversions but, in practice, they have been used... Read more

Catholic pilgrims from Hong Kong came to see the pope at the welcome ceremony in Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Sept. 2, 2023.

Freedom of religion is ‘deteriorating’ in Hong Kong, new report says

Feb 6, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

The Chinese government is now tightening its grip on the region of more than 7 million residents, a Jan. 30... Read more

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022.

Victims of persecution testify at International Religious Freedom Summit

Jan 31, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The two-day annual event includes speakers who faced religious persecution and government officials who work to promote religious freedom globally.  Read more

Finnish lawmaker Päivi Räsänen (right) and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola are both on trial for violating Finland’s “hate speech” laws.

Exonerated Finnish politician and bishop to return to court over biblical ‘hate speech’

Jan 16, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The allegations stem from a 2004 pamphlet about the Lutheran teaching on sexuality, including the prohibition on homosexual activities. Read more

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Americans of faith feel less accepted by society, new survey finds

Jan 16, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Only half of people of faith in the U.S. feel their faith is “completely” accepted or accepted “a good amount,”... Read more