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  • Gorsuch defends religious liberty ruling in hearings

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch steadfastly refused to provide judge-like commentary on such issues as abortion and assisted suicide in his confirmation hearings but was not reluctant to explain his ruling in a vital religious liberty case.

    President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court answered questions about his role in supporting the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby Tuesday (March 21) as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Gorsuch responded to questions about the religious liberty case from both Democrats and Republicans during 10 hours of questioning by the 20 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More

  • Wyo. judge censured for gay marriage opposition

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (6 days ago)

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (BP) -- Proponents of religious liberty have expressed mixed opinions on the Wyoming Supreme Court's censure of a judge for saying her religious beliefs would prevent her from performing same-sex weddings. Read More

  • Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The persecution of Christians in China has increased, and is expected to continue to do so, as a result of a dramatic policy change by the communist government, according to the human rights organization China Aid.

    In its annual report released March 2, China Aid said Beijing's shift in how it seeks to manage religion and the adoption of that new policy by government agencies resulted in expanded persecution of individual Christians and greater oppression of unregistered house churches in 2016. Conditions for Christians in the world's most populous country are expected to deteriorate further this year, the non-profit organization reported. Read More

  • ERLC, LifeWay release religious liberty curriculum

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (20 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have combined efforts to produce a small group study on religious liberty at a time when the fundamental freedom appears to be both threatened and misunderstood in the United States.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and LifeWay Christian Resources announced the release of the study -– "Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom" -- Tuesday (March 7). The six-week study is available for purchase through LifeWay. Read More

  • Ky. religious expression bill clears final hurdle

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017 (21 days ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Students would be able to express religious and political viewpoints in public schools and on college campuses without interference from administrators under a bill that cleared its final legislature hurdle Monday (March 6) and was headed to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to be signed into law.

    State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, said he decided to sponsor Senate Bill 17 after a Johnson County elementary schools removed biblical references from a presentation of "Charlie Brown's Christmas Carol" in 2015. Read More

  • Attack on religious liberty focus of NRB panel

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 06, 2017 (22 days ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Three clients of Alliance Defending Freedom described their battles for religious liberty March 2 at National Religious Broadcasters' convention, Proclaim 17, in Orlando. A wedding cinematographer, preschool director, and former fire chief shared about their legal efforts in a public policy session sponsored by ADF at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

    Their cases and others likely will determine the future of religious freedom in America, ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley told the audience. Read More

  • Christian bakers continue court fight

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 03, 2017 (25 days ago)

    SALEM, Ore. (BP) -- Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein took their religious liberty fight to court March 2 after they were penalized for refusing business for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony.

    First Liberty Institute defended the Kleins before a three-judge panel in the Oregon Court of Appeals, promoting the couple's constitutional rights to religious freedom, free speech and due process in a court session webcast online. Read More

  • Florist aims for Supreme Court for religious liberty

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (one month ago)

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman has lost her appeal of a ruling declaring she cannot refuse business that violates her religious beliefs.

    The Washington Supreme Court today (Feb. 16) upheld a lower court ruling convicting Stutzman of violating the federal and state civil rights of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when she refused to design floral arrangements for their homosexual wedding nearly four years ago. Read More

  • Pastor in discrimination case to collect $225,000

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (one month ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- A Georgia pastor fired from his government job over sermons alleged to be discriminatory will instead receive a $225,000 settlement from the state based on his own discrimination lawsuit.

    In 2014 the State of Georgia's Department of Public Health hired Eric Walsh, a lay minister, to serve as a district health director. Walsh accepted the offer but not long thereafter state officials requested samples of Walsh's sermons and searched online for others. Days later Walsh received a voice message from the officials requesting to speak with him about the position. Unintentionally, Walsh later noted, he learned of his firing when the callers mistakenly thought the call had ended and could be heard laughing and using phrases such as "you're out" on the voicemail. Read More

  • Congress proposes Johnson Amendment overhaul

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Members of Congress have introduced legislation to enable churches and other non-profit organizations to endorse candidates or otherwise participate in political campaigns without fear of penalties from the Internal Revenue Service.

    The Free Speech Fairness Act -- introduced Feb. 1, the day before President Trump reiterated his intent to eliminate the so-called Johnson Amendment -- would free pastors, churches and other tax-exempt entities to intervene on behalf of or against candidates in an election campaign. The measure would still prohibit financial donations from such organizations to candidates or campaigns, a bill sponsor said. Read More