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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

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media on the opening day of the winter session of the Parliament, at Parliament House, New Delhi, India, Dec. 4, 2023.

U.S. religious freedom watchdog urges White House to list India as country of concern

Dec 19, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The USCIRF said it was “alarmed by India’s increased transnational targeting of religious minorities and those advocating on their behalf.” Read more

The Baphomet statue from the 'conversion room' at the Satanic Temple in Salem, Massachusetts, Oct. 8, 2019.

Iowa Satanic Temple display not protected by First Amendment, Catholic legal expert says

Dec 14, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A legal analyst for EWTN said the display installed at the request of a prominent atheist group is not religious... Read more

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When an Oregon town told a church to limit its meals to the homeless the DOJ stepped in

Nov 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, Oregon, has for years regularly provided meals for homeless people in the area up... Read more

Mid Vermont Christian School is suing the state over a ban from athletic competitions due to the school's transgender policy.

Christian school sues Vermont after ban from sports league over transgender policy

Nov 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The lawsuit, filed by Mid Vermont Christian School, a K–12 school in the town of Quechee, argues that the ban... Read more

The Hall of Justice building in downtown Lansing is home to the Supreme Court of Michigan.

Jewish, Muslim groups call for religious liberty protections in Catholic school lawsuit

Nov 27, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The suit is challenging a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories under a... Read more

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Are these the best and worst states for religious freedom?

Nov 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

First Liberty Institute released its analysis Wednesday ranking all 50 states based on how free its residents are to practice... Read more