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Rabbi David Saperstein in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.

Outgoing ambassador sees major strides in religious freedom

Feb 11, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. has made significant strides in promoting religious freedom abroad in the last two years, says the outgoing U.S.... Read more

Church pew.

Legal expert: Religious freedom does not justify child abuse

Jan 5, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Two Minnesota parents are facing charges of child neglect after they prayed over their severely ill son rather than seeking... Read more

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" Purnama (L) meets with the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, March 3, 2016.

In Indonesia, Christian governor rejects blasphemy charge

Dec 16, 2016

The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, could face stiff penalties if convicted of insulting the Quran –... Read more

European Commission officials visit camps for internally displaced Rohingyas in Burma.

Muslims and Christians in Burma still face persecution, US officials warn

Dec 14, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship, and threats... Read more

Religious leaders: sexual orientation laws threaten freedom

Dec 14, 2016

It’s time to end coercion against those who recognize marriage as a union of one man and one woman and... Read more

Legal group: Federal law can't require sterilizations at Catholic hospitals

Dec 10, 2016

Hospitals run according to Catholic ethics shouldn’t be coerced into performing sterilizations, a legal group has said after the American... Read more

The site where the Christian couple were lynched at a brick factory in Pakistan's Punjab province in November 2014. Photo courtesy of Legal Evangelical Association Development.

In Pakistan, 13 sentenced over lynching of Christian couple

Nov 30, 2016

Five men in Pakistan's Punjab province were sentenced to death last week for their leading role in the November 2014... Read more

A Muslim chaplain at prayer.

For religious freedom advocates, a 'Muslim registry' is inconceivable

Nov 24, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The incoming Trump administration’s immigration policy must avoid a religious registry or any “stigmatizing” of religious groups, religious freedom advocates... Read more

Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016.

Why religious freedom could be at risk, regardless of who wins

Nov 3, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Religious liberty is a pressing issue in this election, advocates say – but both major presidential candidates have shown serious... Read more

United States Capitol.

Why the 'Catholic Spring' mentality worries black Christian leaders

Nov 1, 2016

Several black Christian leaders suggested the “Catholic Spring” leaked emails showed “open contempt for religious freedom” and asked Democratic presidential... Read more

Rainbow flag.

Why LGBT activists are standing by these Christian businesses

Oct 28, 2016

By Matt Hadro

When Kentucky t-shirt designer Blaine Adamson declined to print promotional shirts for a gay pride festival, he found himself facing... Read more

Prisoners of conscience remembered on International Religious Freedom Day

Oct 27, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Leading religious freedom advocates called for the release of all “prisoners of conscience” worldwide on International Religious Freedom Day.  Read more

Church's fear of 'civil rights' prosecution justified, Iowa court says

Oct 17, 2016

A church’s lawsuit may go forward because it reasonably feared that Iowa’s strict anti-discrimination law would create legal penalties for... Read more

The White House.

Why religious leaders asked Obama to condemn his civil rights chair's rhetoric

Oct 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

A coalition of religious and civic leaders has denounced a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which said... Read more

One fewer Christian-owned bakery after religious freedom fight

Oct 10, 2016

A Christian couple has closed their Oregon bakery, which faced heavy fines after they declined to make a cake for... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Use 'moral authority' to push for change in Vietnam, advocates tell the US

Sep 15, 2016

By Matt Hadro

If the U.S. uses its moral authority' to pressure Vietnam on human rights issues, the southeast Asian country will change... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court of the Unite States after oral arguments for their case against the HHS mandate, April 14, 2016.

US Bishops to government: End legal standoff with the Little Sisters

Sep 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The United States government has an opportunity to end its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and... Read more

To this Christian woman, headscarves are a religious freedom issue too

Aug 31, 2016

A devout Christian woman has said Alabama county officials violated her rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf for... Read more

The dedication Mass of the first Catholic church on the Sinai peninsula, Our Lady of Peace, in Sharm El-Sheik, Feb. 15, 2015.

Will Egypt take step towards religious freedom with new law?

Aug 30, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Christians in Egypt are hoping that a new law will make it easier for them to build churches, particularly after... Read more

The US talks tough on religious persecution - but do its actions match?

Aug 16, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates praised the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report published last week, but insisted that words must... Read more