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Catholics take part in a candle-lit procession at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yangon, Myanmar.

Religious liberty threats pose 'real danger' in Indonesia, Burma

Sep 19, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The persecution of religious minorities in both Indonesia and Burma pose dangers not only to the two countries, but to... Read more

Court: Christian photographers cannot refuse gay ceremonies

Aug 26, 2013

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline... Read more

American flag.

Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Jul 16, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious... Read more


Report sees new hostility to religion in US military policy

Jul 11, 2013

The Family Research Council has reported a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl gives a homily during Mass at tomb of St Peter, January 16, 2011.

Laity must help restore religious liberty, Cardinal Wuerl says

Jul 4, 2013

To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love,... Read more

Religious freedom press conference, July 2. From L to R: Prof. Anne Hendershott, Archb. William E. Lori, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, Dr. Russell Moore, and Dr. Yui Mantilla.

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Jul 2, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley.

Lincoln bishop: strengthen faith to restore religious freedom

Jul 1, 2013

The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting... Read more

Geneva College president Ken Smith speaks at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.

Christian college gets temporary relief from HHS mandate

Jun 21, 2013

Geneva College in Pennsylvania has been given temporary relief from having to provide emergency contraceptives in its health insurance plans,... Read more

US dioceses prepare for second Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 5, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom – now in its second year – by... Read more

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious liberty is 'endangered,' warns Hispanic Christian leader

Jun 3, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Current threats to religious freedom in the United States demand that people of faith speak out in defense of their... Read more

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program.

Political scholar says religious freedom unites society

Jun 1, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Through respect and healthy debate, society can find a balance in respecting the rule of law while accommodating the religious... Read more

Katrina Lantos Swett. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

May 31, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S.... Read more

Rabbi Soloveichik. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

May 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi... Read more

Tyndale House employees at a company meeting.

HHS appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to Bible publisher

May 7, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference to announce the Defending Freedoms project Dec 6, 2012.

Global report warns of 'dire' religious freedom plight

May 4, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

A recent report on international religious liberty cautioned that severe threats to freedom of religion exist in diverse communities through... Read more

St. Joseph's Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio.

Diocese affirms need for Catholic fidelity after teacher fired

Apr 26, 2013

Following controversy over the firing of a Catholic school gym teacher who was in a homosexual relationship, the Diocese of... Read more

Pres Barack Obama with HHS Sec Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Descendant of founding American files 50th mandate lawsuit

Mar 14, 2013

A Baptist small business owner whose ancestors fought religious persecution as founding Americans has filed the 50th lawsuit challenging the... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini with his family.

Congress, UN petitioned for release of Iranian pastor

Mar 12, 2013

Efforts have intensified to free an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his work as a Christian pastor, with religious... Read more

David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder.

Legislators behind religious freedom law support Hobby Lobby

Feb 22, 2013

Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its... Read more

Brian Walsh, executive director of the American Religious Freedom Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

HHS mandate changes protect only 'a few more ministries'

Feb 5, 2013

Legal analysts warned that the government’s new proposals on the HHS mandate do little to expand religious freedom protections for... Read more