Category: Religious Freedom
The proportion of US adults who describe themselves as Christian has fallen to two-thirds, a drop of 12 percentage points over the past decade, according to data from the Pew Research Center.Read More
The bill would require each school district to offer courses related to “religion, Hebrew scriptures and the Bible to certain students as elective courses.” The requirements could include courses on the New Testament and the Old Testament and be offered to high school students.Read More
Officials from the Kingsport, Tennessee City Schools are reviewing the charge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) that their mentoring program in partnership with a local church is “unconstitutional.”
The FFRF, which describes its members as “free-thinkers (atheists and agnostics)”, alleges in a letter to the school district that its mentoring program with Christ Fellowship Church “impermissibly advances religion” and that the district “cannot allow its schools to be used as recruiting grounds for churches.” As evidence that this is happening, FFRF cites the church’s Facebook page where it tries to recruit volunteers for the mentoring program and where current mentors describe their work as a type of “missionary work” and “an opportunity to share Jesus’s love.”Read More
Beto O’Rourke’s position on religious liberty isn’t uncommon.
During CNN’s Equality Town Hall last week, Don Lemon asked O’Rourke, “Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”Read More
Attorney General William Barr said declining religious values and the loss of the “traditional moral order” is causing many of society’s ills.
Speaking at the University of Notre Dame Law School Friday, Barr said that because of a “moral upheaval” there has been an increase in drug use, children born out of wedlock, and people being alienated.
“The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided and I believe has brought with it immense suffering and misery. And yet the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy,” the attorney general said.Read More
Oct. 1, 2019, marked the 70th anniversary of the brutal, communist takeover of China.
The Friday night before, I received an anguished phone call, begging me to write about the state of the Christian Church in China. The caller (whose name or location I cannot divulge for her protection) was an attorney in China who had worked within the Chinese court system. When she became a Christian, however, she realized that she could not compromise her faith and join the officially atheistic Chinese Communist Party, as all judges are expected to do in China.
She explained that three major house churches in her city in Guangdong Province are facing persecution. One was forced to register with the Chinese government, and accept the heavy risk of surveillance. The other two, who refused to register, are no longer allowed to gather together to worship. They have been disbanded. She pleaded with me to write about the persecution of House Church Christians in China, specifically in Guangdong.Read More
“We are appalled by reports of an attack near a Jewish religious site on one of the Jewish high holy days. While USCIRF primarily focuses its work on other parts of the world where egregious religious violations routinely occur, we have become increasingly concerned about the rise in anti-Semitic activity across Europe.”Read More
Although the federal constitution and many other laws offer protection for individuals and groups of faith, majoritarian policymakers and government actors sometimes fail to consider – and occasionally target – religious minorities and their interests. This clinic will provide an opportunity for students to defend the free exercise of politically vulnerable religious minorities.Read More
You’ve heard of seeing red. You’ve heard of feeling blue. And now you’re about to hear of a new state of mind brought to you by “The Color Purple”—resoluteness.
That resoluteness was shown by a 25-year-old British actress, Oluwaseyi Omooba. Omooba was set to star in the stage musical based on the Alice Walker novel “The Color Purple,” but was abruptly fired for her Christian beliefs.Read More
If you believe gender is determined by biological sex, consider yourself warned: You are not welcome at West Point High School in West Point, Va.
Or at least, if you do believe as much, keep your mouth shut about it.
On Dec. 6, the school board overseeing West Point High School voted unanimously to terminate the employment of French teacher Peter Vlaming. The reason? Vlaming refused to use a transgender student’s preferred pronoun, citing religious reasons.Read More
WASHINGTON — The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1 asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
This has a familiar ring because in 2016 the Supreme Court granted the sisters a religious exemption from the government’s mandate requiring them to include coverage of contraceptives in their employee health plans or pay hefty fines.Read More
At the U.S. Supreme Court, the long-awaited showdown over the rights of LGBTQ employees is center stage. On Tuesday, the justices hear a set of cases testing whether the federal law that bars sex discrimination in employment applies to LGBTQ employees.Read More