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  • UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (14 days ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multifaith nongovernmental group advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally.

    Alliance Defending Freedom International's Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, formed in 1991 to advocate for international agreements upholding such freedoms from within U.N. headquarters in New York. Read More

  • 3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

    Richard Land, who advocated for passage for the International Religious Freedom Act that established USCIRF in 1998, applauded the additions. Read More

  • 'Hate group' status blocks ADF from Amazon charity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP) -- A nonprofit Christian legal defense organization cannot receive donations through an Amazon charity program because the law firm is erroneously labeled a "hate group."

    The faith-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is blocked as an Amazon Smile recipient because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists ADF as a hate group with an anti-LGBT agenda. Another Christian organization, D. James Kennedy Ministries, currently is waging a federal lawsuit against Amazon and SPLC over its exclusion from Amazon Smile. Read More

  • 2 Pulse massacre survivors in ex-LGBT Freedom March

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two survivors of a 2016 gay nightclub massacre who say they are no longer gay will celebrate in an ex-LGBT event May 5 in Washington, event organizers said.

    Luis Javier Ruiz and Angel Colon will participate in Freedom March, a worship service and public march including men and women who claim Jesus as their deliverer from homosexual and transgendered lifestyles.

    Many ex-LGBT Christians plan to worship and testify from noon-3 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater, afterwards marching through the streets of D.C., according to the Freedom March Facebook page. Read More

  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator's charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples.

    But Squires followed federal law and Army and Southern Baptist Convention chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Feb. 9 Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-SBC chaplain, thereby accommodating the attendance of a lesbian couple, First Liberty Institute said in an April 17 letter to the Army in Squires' defense. Read More

  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 12, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.

    The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected the workplace under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read More

  • Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but the decision comes as a similar case is already pending in the nation's highest court.

    Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision in the Superior Court of California in Kern County, one of the state's 58 trial courts. Read More

  • Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Monday, December 18, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the minister's housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days after all appeals are exhausted, meaning it currently does not have any impact.

    Observers expect the government to appeal the order by Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin, who issued her ruling on Oct. 6 following a 2013 ruling she issued that was overturned. Read More

  • MOVIES: One film, 2 big themes

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (10 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "Because of Gracia" ventures into two challenging themes -- chastity and freedom of speech -- in a poignant teen drama featuring former "American Idol" contestant Moriah Peters.

    Set for a limited theatrical release by ArtAffects Entertainment on Sept. 15, the first scenario in Because of Gracia concerns a Christian high school student who finds herself in a debate class defending the right to teach creationism.

    The second plot involves her pledge to remain chaste until her wedding, while a fellow student loses her battle for virtue to a devious boyfriend. Read More

  • Tillerson's religious liberty stand draws praise

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other religious freedom advocates praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's defense of religious freedom -- especially his unequivocal labeling of the crimes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as genocide -- upon the release of an annual report Tuesday (Aug. 15).

    In introducing the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, Tillerson said he was removing "any ambiguity from previous statements or reports by the State Department." Read More