Category: Religious Freedom

USCIRF Warns that Forced Sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is Evidence of Genocide

Since 2017, the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has detained more than a million Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslims, often targeting individuals engaged in religious practices, such as growing beards or wearing veils. According to leaked government documents, many individuals were detained because they had too many children. As stated by newly published research, the Chinese government’s sterilization policies have led birth rates in Xinjiang to plummet 24 percent last year. In addition, nearly half a million Muslim children have been separated from their families and placed in boarding schools, where they have been forced to denounce Islam and speak Mandarin.

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Navy bans troops from indoor religious services while allowing protests, house parties

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Navy is facing backlash after issuing a directive banning personnel from attending off-base religious services due to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases while greenlighting participation in protests and parties.

“In open defiance of the Commander in Chief, who recently declared churches as essential to America, the U.S. Navy has threatened to court-martial service members if they go to church,” said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute general counsel.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships

SALT LAKE CITY — The Supreme Court opened the door Tuesday to more state financial support for religious schools, ruling that it’s unconstitutional for taxpayer-funded scholarship programs to exclude faith-based institutions.

The justices ruled 5-4 that preventing students at private, religious schools from receiving publicly funded scholarships amounts to religious discrimination. These students must be treated the same as students at other private facilities, they said.

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This Pregnancy Center Standing Up to Planned Parenthood Is True Bravery

In today’s turbulent political climate, speaking the truth is often an act of bravery.

Lately it seems like many who are willing to speak up are met with malice, anger, and even threats. To make a stand for what’s right during this time is noble, but it is also increasingly rare.

Standing up to a big business with vast resources and passionate supporters is even more rare.

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