Category: Religious Freedom

Supreme Court denies abortion clinic’s appeal for Catholic pro-life deliberations

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from an abortion clinic seeking access to records belonging to the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops concerning its pro-life deliberations.

Whole Woman’s Health, a pro-choice health facility in Texas, had subpoenaed the bishops’ religious deliberations on abortion and any communications with government officials, after the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops offered to provide burials for aborted remains following a state law requiring hospitals to properly dispose of fetal tissue through cremation or burial rather than in a sewer or landfill.

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After Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, New York Wants to Shut Down Christian Adoption Agency

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a faith-based adoption provider will be available for media interviews after a federal court hearing Tuesday in New Hope Family Services’ lawsuit against the state of New York. New Hope asked the court in December to stop the state from targeting it for its religious beliefs and to preserve its ability to continue placing children in adoptive homes while the lawsuit moves forward.

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Protesters rally against anti-Semitism in France after more graves vandalized

Protesters gathered Tuesday night in cities across France to march against anti-Semitism after a rise in such incidents in the country.

The marches came after around 80 graves were desecrated with swastikas overnight in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, according to local officials. Photos showed tombstones spray-painted with blue and yellow Nazi symbols and other graffiti.

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Aid agencies highlight Christian persecution on anniversary of ‘Coptic Martyrs’

Four years after the so-called Islamic State released a propaganda video showing the beheading of 21 abducted Coptic Christians in Libya, aid workers and politicians continue to highlight the dangers facing Christians in the Middle East and across the world. On Feb. 15, 2015, a video was released showing IS fighters beheading Egyptian workers as they knelt on a Libyan beach wearing prison-style orange jumpsuits. The Egyptian government and the Coptic Church later confirmed the video’s authenticity.

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School Will No Longer Play Sports Over Christian School’s LGBT Stance

A self-described “progressive” K-8 school in Washington, D.C., is figuratively jumping through hoops in efforts to avoid playing basketball at a private Christian school in Northern Virginia that espouses traditional Christian sexual morals.

The Sheridan School is refusing to play division basketball games at Immanuel Christian School, a private, evangelical school in Springfield, Virginia, affiliated with Immanuel Bible Church, because of its policy on LGBT issues. Immanuel Christian School’s views drew wide attention after Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, announced she would be teaching art at the school.

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Trump Speaks About Abortion, Faith-Based Adoption at National Prayer Breakfast

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defended faith-based adoption centers and his anti-abortion beliefs at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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Democrat Senator Asks Judicial Nominee to Answer Whether Gay Marriage Is ‘Sinful’

Sen. Ted Cruz, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Booker, expressed concern about the “growing pattern among Senate Democrats of hostility to religious faith,” and said the Judiciary Committee should not be “an avenue for persecution. … I have to say, I was deeply troubled a few minutes ago to hear questioning of a nominee, asking your personal views on what is sinful. In my view that has no business in this committee,” Cruz, R-Texas, added.

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Trump talks life, religious freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the unborn and religious liberty at the National Prayer Breakfast, held Thursday morning. Repeating a line from his state of the union address earlier this week, Trump told the assembly that “all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” The room gave the president’s pro-life affirmation loud applause.

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Putin on Ukraine schism:

“The Russian government believes that any meddling in church affairs is off-limits. We’ve respected and will respect the independence of church life, especially in a neighboring sovereign country,” Putin said on Thursday, while meeting heads of several Orthodox churches in Moscow. 

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