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Jessica Tapia displays a sign outside the Garden Grove Unified School District board meeting on behalf of the Teachers Don’t Lie program.

California teacher fired for religious beliefs gets six-figure payout in court

May 16, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

After refusing to comply with a preferred pronoun rule, Jessica Tapia was fired by the Jurupa Unified School District from... Read more

Vandalism of a pro-life display outside St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton, Missouri on Oct. 3, 2023.

Religious Americans’ lives possibly at risk in 2024, new report by U.S. bishops says

Jan 16, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The State of Religious Liberty in the United States report released annually by the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty decries... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the USCCB religious liberty committee.

Cardinal Dolan condemns religious hatred, urges people to ‘stand courageously for peace’

Nov 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week condemned what he said were “outbreaks of religious hatred” in the United... Read more

U.S. Capitol viewed through the columns of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Decision expected Friday in Christian wedding website designer case

Jun 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

303 Creative LLC v. Elenis is one of four cases the Supreme Court has yet to decide before its term... Read more

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling June 29, 2023, in favor of Gerald Groff, a Christian postal worker who says he was targeted and disciplined by his employer for refusing to work on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.

UPDATED: Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian postal worker in unanimous religious freedom decision

Jun 29, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Employers must show that the burden of granting an accommodation would result in substantial increased costs, the court said. Read more

Former U.S. postal worker Gerald Groff believes his religious freedom was violated when he was reprimanded for refusing to work on Sundays.

God or your job? Supreme Court to hear case of postal worker who refused to work Sundays

Apr 12, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Gerald Groff refused to work Sundays so that he could abide by the Third Commandment, to “keep holy the sabbath... Read more

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Bishops to Biden administration: Keep in place federal rules to protect college religious groups

Mar 28, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Biden administration seeks to rescind the “equal campus access” provisions of the Trump administration’s 2020 Religious Liberty and Free... Read more

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Seal of Confession under attack? Delaware, Vermont bills draw Catholic criticism

Mar 9, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The proposed requirement would be practically “nearly impossible to meet” for Catholic clergy, the Diocese of Wilmington has said. Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Cardinal Sarah: ‘Religious liberty is under threat in the West, too’

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Christians in the West should not take religious liberty and freedom of worship for granted, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in... Read more

Arkansas Capitol Building in Little Rock, AR.

Religious freedom on the Arkansas ballot: what to know

Oct 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Voters in Arkansas will see a ballot measure related to religious freedom when they go to the polls Nov. 8. Read more

Displaced Nigerians camped near St. Francis Xavier Parish in Agagbe, Nigeria, in 2022.

Human rights activists call on US State Department to return Nigeria to religious freedom watchlist

Sep 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Human rights advocates are calling on U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to put Nigeria back on a list of... Read more

Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Becket.

Indiana Supreme Court backs archdiocese in religious freedom case

Aug 31, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday upholding the dismissal of a Catholic school teacher who had contracted a same-sex marriage. Read more

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Religious freedom objections to mandatory health care coverage part of broader lawsuit

Aug 11, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Religious freedom violations are among the claims of a federal lawsuit challenging mandatory “preventive care” coverage in employee health plans.... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Religious freedom conflicts ahead after Michigan Supreme Court redefines sex

Aug 2, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Michigan Supreme Court decision that state civil rights law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may conflict... Read more

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EWTN survey: Catholic voters back religious freedom, but aren't always consistent

Jul 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic likely voters tend to be strong supporters of religious freedom and conscientious objections in general, but conversations still need... Read more

A panel discussion at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C., June 2022.

Women worldwide face sex-based religious persecution

Jul 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder, Maisy Sullivan

Religious women around the world suffer unique forms of violence and persecution because of their sex — and their ability... Read more

Joseph Kennedy, the ex-high school football coach at the center of the Supreme Court prayer case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

Supreme Court sides with football coach in prayer case

Jun 27, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Joseph Kennedy lost his job for refusing to stop praying at the 50-yard line after games. Read more

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Large US companies rated on respect for free speech, religious freedom

May 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

With some American companies able to have a profound impact on the exercise of free speech and religious freedom, Alliance... Read more

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Afghanistan, other countries see worrisome religious freedom trends, USCIRF warns

Apr 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Afghanistan and four other countries should be added to the ten countries already recognized by the U.S. State Department for... Read more

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India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

Mar 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the state’s highest court has ruled,... Read more