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Critics: Utah bill on confession would criminalize priests, not counter sex abuse

Jan 16, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A Utah legislator’s proposal to remove protections for priests and other clergy who hear confessions of the sexual abuse of... Read more

Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jan 10, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the... Read more

New book explores: How should Americans think about religious liberty?

Dec 30, 2019

Helping Americans understand the importance of religious freedom, as well as a measured view of contemporary threats to it, is... Read more

HHS rule again allows religious adoption agencies to serve in face of LGBT demands

Dec 20, 2019

A federal rule change once again allows faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding without being required to place children... Read more

Australia's bishops protest national move to force priests to reveal confessions

Dec 2, 2019

Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards... Read more

A student at Bethel Christian Academy.

US justice department supports Christian school banned from voucher program

Nov 27, 2019

The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a statement of interest in support of a Christian school in... Read more

Uighurs learn gardening at reeducation camp (vocational skills training center) in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture in Xinjiang.

Leaked manuals detail regime at Chinese 'reeducation camps'

Nov 25, 2019

Leaked government documents from China have shed light on the country’s extensive network of internment camps for religious minorities, and... Read more

Former Labour MP and Liberal Democrat candidate Robert Flello.

Catholic politician kicked out of UK party over religious beliefs

Nov 22, 2019

Rob Flello was removed as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Parliament over his views on same-sex marriage and abortion.  Read more

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Support for religious freedom still strong despite culture wars

Nov 20, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A new report by a leading legal group claims that, despite deep division and polarization in the U.S., there is... Read more

Principal Claire Dant with students at Bethel Christian Academy in Savage, Md.

Federal judge allows Christian school's suit to go forward in voucher case

Nov 19, 2019

A federal district court judge on Thursday denied Maryland's motion to dismiss a suit by a Christian school against the... Read more

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

China defends detention of Muslims in Xinjiang

Nov 18, 2019

The Chinese government is defending its policy of mass detention and re-education of Muslims in the country's northwest as an... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Catholics in Australia seek religious protections despite indifference, hostility

Nov 11, 2019

While the Catholic bishops of Australia have said a religious discrimination bill does not go far enough to protect religious... Read more

The Elbert P. Tuttle US Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, home of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will Trump's judicial appointments matter for abortion, religious freedom?

Nov 7, 2019

By Matt Hadro

US President Donald Trump has nominated more than one-fourth of federal circuit court judges – but what, if anything, might... Read more

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Australian government limits scope of report on anti-discrimination laws

Oct 22, 2019

A hearing of the Australian Senate was told Tuesday that the government had narrowed the purview of an independent inquiry... Read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks in Nashville, Oct. 11, 2019.

US Secretary of State discusses international religious freedom threats

Oct 15, 2019

In a speech on Christian leadership Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted international religious freedom threats, especially in... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Christian think tank warns of flaws in Australian religious discrimination bill

Oct 1, 2019

Freedom for Faith, a Christian legal think tank, expressed concerns last week over unintended consequences of the Australian government's religious... Read more

Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Macau, China.

Amid Hong Kong protests, Beijing cracks down on some Chinese Catholics

Sep 30, 2019

The persecution of Catholics in mainland China is increasing after prominent Catholic figures in Hong Kong continue to speak out... Read more

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