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US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosts an event on 'The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang' in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.

International reactions to Chinese detention of Muslims remain mixed

Sep 25, 2019

As China's detention of Muslims of the country's northwest in re-education camps continues, few countries are openly denouncing the practice... Read more

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Polls show majority support in US for medical conscience protections

Sep 19, 2019

New poll results show that a large majority of Americans believe that healthcare professionals should not be forced to provide... Read more

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Lawyers' group hesitant about Australia's religious discrimination bill

Sep 4, 2019

The president of the Law Council of Australia signalled dissatisfaction with the government's religious discrimination bill Wednesday. Among his concerns... Read more

Advocacy group: Ill Chinese citizens grilled on religious belief before treatment

Sep 3, 2019

As part of its crackdown on religion, the Chinese Communist Party is requiring healthcare workers to grill gravely ill patients... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Inter-religious leaders in Pakistan urge protections for religious minorities

Aug 9, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

Catholic and other religious leaders signed a joint resolution Thursday encouraging the Pakistani government to adopt policies to protect religious... Read more

Catholic Church in Wisconsin opposes bill attacking seal of confession

Aug 8, 2019

By Perry West

Two bills were announced in Wisconsin this week intended to protect victims of child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church in... Read more

Joelle Chung, who was disqualified from participating in the tennis postseason by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Tennis competition neglected student athletes who observe Sabbath, lawsuit says

Aug 7, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

High school tennis players who observe the Sabbath on Saturday have challenged a Washington state athletics association in court, saying... Read more

Dutch burqa ban prompts concern for religion in the public square

Aug 2, 2019

A law professor at a Dutch university has noted concerns over the effects of a newly implemented law banning women... Read more

Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the CPC Committee and chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, July 30, 2019.

Chinese officials claim most Xinjiang detainees have been released

Jul 30, 2019

Government officials from China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region said Tuesday that the area's re-education camps for Muslims have been successful,... Read more

Uighurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China continues to rebut Western claims about repression of Uighurs

Jul 24, 2019

An article published Wednesday in a state-run paper from mainland China repeated government talking points regarding the situations of the... Read more

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

Christian baker asks for dismissal of lawsuit over cake signifying gender transition

Jul 23, 2019

Attorneys for Denver-area cake artist Jack Phillips filed a motion this week to dismiss a third lawsuit seeking to force... Read more

Fla. McDonald's sued for denying employment to Hasidic Jew because of his beard

Jul 20, 2019

An Orlando-area McDonald’s is being sued for denying employment to a man on account of his beard.  Read more

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Australians debate merits of religious discrimination bill

Jul 10, 2019

The religious discrimination bill proposed by Australia's coalition government is being well received generally, though some conservative members of parliament... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks about the 2015 World Meeting of Families during a press conference at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

'Never accept' separation of faith from political engagement, Chaput says

Jul 9, 2019

Christians are called to win the battle of ideas and values in secular society, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Tuesday.  Read more

Tony Perkins.

Family Research Council president elected to chair religious freedom commission

Jun 20, 2019

The president of a Christian political advocacy and lobbying group has been elected to serve as chairman of the U.S.... Read more

Peace Cross, Bladensburg, Maryland.

Peace Cross can stay, Supreme Court rules

Jun 20, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled in the case American Legion v. American Humanist Association that the Bladensburg Peace... Read more

Quebecois bishops: prohibition on religious garb will 'fuel fear and intolerance'

Jun 18, 2019

The Canadian province of Quebec passed a law Sunday prohibiting future government employees “in positions of authority” from expressing their... Read more

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US Supreme Court will soon decide 'Peace Cross' First Amendment case

Jun 18, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Before the month is out, the US Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in an establishment clause case... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Jun 18, 2019

The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics... Read more

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

Colo. baker sued a third time, for refusal to make cake signifying gender transition

Jun 12, 2019

Jack Phillips, a Christian cake baker based in Colorado, is being sued for a third time for declining to make... Read more