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Does Religious Freedom Report Need More ‘Teeth?'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Watchdogs say the State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry Monday. ...

National Day of Prayer: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. Editor's Note:  Below is the text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for t ...

15 Countries Cited for Religious Freedom Violations
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

For its annual report of violators, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty is “systemic, egregious, and ongoing.” ...

State Attorneys General Push Obama on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

A group of attorneys general believes any employer who says he or she objects to contraception should not have to provide contraceptive coverage. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen state a ...

Critics: State Department is ‘AWOL’ on Iran’s Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Religious freedom activists scolded the U.S. State Department for not appearing at a hearing Friday on Iran’s treatment of religious minorities, and called for greater government action to secure the release o ...

White House Expands Religious Exemptions to Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday sought to placate religious groups by broadening religious exemptions and giving faith-based organizations more room to maneuver around its controversial contraception mandat ...

Poll Shows A Double Standard on Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square ...

Something to Celebrate on Religious Freedom Day
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Celebrate because our government does not use our tax dollars to propagate religion, something Jefferson found “sinful and tyrannical.” Today is Religious Freedom Day — a day t ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Nadarkhani Acquitted of Apostasy Charges in Iran, Released from Prison
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

According to a report late Friday from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an international organization devoted to issues of religious freedom, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Muslim convert to Christianity who has b ...

Conservative Law Firm Fights Atheists’ Suit Over Cross at 9/11 Museum
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

A lawsuit that was filed by the group American Atheists to keep a revered cross out of the National September 11 Museum is being challenged by a conservative law firm that defends the public display of religio ...

Missouri 'Right to Pray' Amendment Passes By Wide Margin
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a "right to pray" amendment to the state's constitution on Tuesday, despite concerns about the measure's necessity and legality. ...

Missouri to Vote on Prayer Amendment as Critics Warn of Legal Nightmares
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Missourians will vote on Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that supporters say would protect residents' right to pray in public. If a recent poll is any indication, it could pass b ...

Poll: Catholics Side With Bishops on Religious Liberty, But Warm to Obama
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that American Catholics tend to agree with their bishops’ concerns that religious liberties are at risk in the U.S. Nevertheless, Catholics seem to be warming to President Obama. ...

Wheaton College Files Injuction for 'Emergency Relief' from HHS Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Today Wheaton College, a leading evangelical Christian school and the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham in Illinois, sought an injunction for "emergency relief," as it seeks to remain exempt from t ...

Does the Contraception Mandate Really Kill Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Aug. 1 — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings fr ...

State Department Highlights Global Religious Restrictions in New Report
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported on Monday, with a rise in blasphemy laws and restrictions on faith practices. ...

What Religious Freedom Is — And Is Not
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Today, the State Department released its 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. Religious freedom means different things in different places. Right now, it’s difficult to vo ...

Should Judge Prevent Man from Attending Church?
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

MARINE, Ill. — Joseph Haegele remembers going to the church across the road from his grandparents' house on Windmill Street in this farm town in 1956, when he was 5 years old. A Madison County Circuit Jud ...

First Amendment Protects Everybody’s Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Although Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher plan passed last month without her support, State Rep. Valarie Hodges vowed to keep looking for alternative ways to “support funding for teaching the fundamentals of Americ ...

Pennsylvania Atheist Threatens to Desecrate Quran Over State Bill
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

The director of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists says he will desecrate the Quran if the state House of Representatives doesn't drop a "Year of Religious Diversity" resolution. ...

Seventh-day Adventists File Suit Over Door-to-Door Solicitations
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Seventh-day Adventists have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two ordinances in an Alabama city that the church says bars it and other religious groups from door-to-door solicitation ...

Fortnight for Freedom Kicks Off, But Who is Funding It?
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

On June 21, Catholics across the country will amplify what is an already loud outcry from the hierarchy over the federal government's so-called contraception mandate. ATLANTA ...

Iran Releases Christian Pastor, Two Others Remain Imprisoned
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

BosNewsLife.com reports : TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran has released Pastor Mehdi “Petros” Foroutan who served about one year in prison following a police crackdown on his and other house churches,  a spokesman told BosNewsLife late Tuesday. Jason ...

Monks’ Caskets Suit Heads Back to Court
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks who sued for the right to sell handmade caskets will head back to court this week, fending off an appeal from the state funeral industry after a federal judge last year struck down a ...

Obama and the Two Types of Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of President Obama's declaration of his personal support for the right of same-sex couples to marry under civil law, the nation is understandably focused on debating the merits of this positio ...

Mosque Construction Continues to Attract Opposition Across U.S.
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

In the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, animosity toward Muslims sometimes has taken the form of opposition to construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities CHICAGO ...

Catholics See Rallying Cry for ‘Religious Freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy is loving it. The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting ...

Supreme Court Decision on Religion Upends Campus Religious Groups
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Now, nearly two years after the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez ruling, the case is causing strife across U.S. college campuses. When the Supreme Court ruled that a Christian ...

Vatican Official Calls for Stronger Protection for Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

A senior Vatican official on Tuesday called for stronger protection for conscientious objection for both the Catholic Church and individual Catholics when they are faced with laws that conflict with their “mor ...

Religious Questions for Pa. Voter ID Law Draw Fire
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers ID cards for those with religious objections to being photographed, including the Amish and certain Mennonite groups. But in order to get a nonphoto ID for ...

Religious Freedom Ambassador Settles into Role, Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 03/30/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Nearly a year into her stint as the State Department's point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook has traveled to eight countries and seems to have moved beyond questions about her lac ...

The Sacred Rite of Hunting Bald Eagles
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Until recently, it was illegal for Native Americans to acquire bald eagle feathers and parts – relics used for a variety of tribal rituals and ceremonies – by any means other than family or the National Eagle ...

Senate Rejects Conscience Clause Change to Contraception Rule
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican-led bid to insert a broad religious exemption into a federal mandate that requires most employers and health insurance companies to provide free contraception cover ...

Court: Pharmacists Can’t Be Forced to Dispense Morning-after Pill
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:08am | Type: Blog

A federal court has struck down a Washington state rule that requires pharmacists to dispense the morning-after pill even if it violates their religious beliefs. A federal court ...

The Court Has Spoken. Now What?: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The only way for a civil fact finder to evaluate these claims is to try to assess the quality of the sermons, their consistency with scripture, and the nature of the minister’s spiritual leadership within the ...

Lawmakers Angry Over Loss of "God" From Air Force Logo
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office. Dozens of members of ...

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Exempts Religious Groups from Contraceptive Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Facing growing furor from religious groups, President Obama on Friday unveiled an "accommodation" in which health insurance companies, rather than religious institutions such as Catholic hospitals an ...

Sojourners' Statement on Obama Administration's Contraception Policy Change
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The Obama Administration announced earlier today a change to its policy regarding conscience exemptions and contraception coverage for faith based organizations. The Obama Adminis ...

News Analysis: 5 Reasons Why Obama is Losing the Contraception Fight
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise and provide a broader religious exemption in its controversial regulations requiring a ...

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011 RNS: Hanukkah Music: Young, Hip Jews Leading a Makeover A year after a group of Yeshiva University students hit it big with what some called th ...

The Morning News: Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A morning round up of news related to the Sojourners' commitments to social justice. NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Conference: Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery Thriving In U.S., Abroad. ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani: UPDATES: Earlier ...

'We Are All One'
Originally Posted: 08/05/2011 - 2:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Around the world, religious freedom is under threat -- but people of faith continue to reach across divides. ...

Liberty and Justice for Some
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of the tragic bombing in Norway this past weekend, we are left with an unsettling picture of the state of anti-Islamic sentiments in the United States. In the wake of ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...