Andy Crouch: Religious freedom is at a greater global risk than ever before

Law Grads from Trinity Western University will not be allowed to practice in Ontario

In Hawaii, atheists “lei” in wait for churches meeting in public schools

Violating your conscience will haunt you

ACLJ files lawsuit on behalf of student denied admission due to religious beliefs

ADF represents Colorado-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Student told by teacher not to bring Bible to class; school district responds

Most Americans wish to preserve the language in the Pledge of Allegiance

On pro-life case involving Obamcare abortion funding, Supreme Court has free speech concerns | Christian Post

The HHS mandate: It’s all or nothing | Townhall

Judge sides with Upper Arlington in Tree of Life lawsuit | ThisWeek

Baptist jailed through Easter in Kazakhstan to be released

    Due out of prison in Sergeyevka in North Kazakhstan Region at lunchtime tomorrow (23 April) is Denis Yenenko. The 31-year-old Baptist, who is married with three young children, will have completed a six-day prison term – which included his Easter. He was imprisoned to punish him for refusing to pay an earlier fine to punish him for exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief, according to court documents seen by Forum 18 News Service.

  • Posted: 04/22/2014
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Government “swings for the fences” in Obamacare hearings

Wrestling shirt that quotes scripture subject of controversy

Churches are tax-exempt for a reason, aren’t they?

IRS revokes tax exempt status for Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty

Public school teacher puts up religious message on school marquee; complaints abound

St. Joseph Medical Center could lose religious tax-exempt status

Cato: Laws that criminalize “false speech” don’t replace “truthiness and snark” with “just the facts”

Village in Ohio asked to remove seasonal crosses

Catholic schools asked to be more inclusive of non-religious students

Chaplains encourage Va. legislators to override governor’s veto

ADF on oral arguments in SBA List case: Americans have the right to speak up for free speech

U.S. Military won’t back out of National Prayer Day

New Jersey lawsuit seeks to ban Pledge of Allegiance

Is Islam in America on the rise?

Kennedy’s question: How will the court decide Hobby Lobby?

Governor Chafee declares May 1 “Day of Reason” in Rhode Island

Most voters favor prayer, minus Jesus, at public meetings

Lawmaker pulls bill to make Holy Bible Louisiana’s official state book

James Dobson’s Birthday Gift: Latest Court Victory Over Obamacare Contraception

Todd Starnes: Christians Risk Losing Their Right To Practice Their Faith If They Ignore The Political Realm

Nazareth Area lawsuit over Valentine’s Day cards brings questions of free speech rights

Atheist group vows to scrutinize Hobby Lobby president’s public school Bible class

Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

Texas seizes polygamist group’s secluded ranch

Group calls for Department of Defense to withdraw from Prayer Day event

NJ woman’s rejected atheist license plate violates First Amendment, lawsuit argues

Kentucky Supreme Court: Religious jobs exempt from some labor laws

Suit over sale of former public school to Orthodox Jewish schools is settled

3 USCIRF commissioners are reappointed

ADF appeals decision against churches meeting in NYC public schools

Bible study after school ban overturned as NY Superintendent reverses decision | Christian Post

Va. community colleges relax speech restrictions

Mormon elder sees hope despite “alarming” religious liberty trends

Mich.: Warren mayor says atheist can’t put up “reason station” inside city hall

Appleton man hopes for “In God We Trust” license plates in Wisconsin

Rubio expresses “concern” over still-vacant State Dept. religious freedom post

No legal recourse for Gallaudet University official demoted because she signed anti-same-sex-marriage petition

Pismo Beach City Council stops prayers before meetings

Luis A. Silva: Religious freedom and the American settlement

    Luis A. Silva at Public Discourse: “In his new book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, University of San Diego law professor Steven D. Smith notes this trend and explains its causes. In this sense, the book is pessimistic. Yet there is a hopeful note in the midst of this pessimism. According to Smith, the original genius of the United States, what he calls ‘the American settlement,’ which used to protect religious freedom, has long been lost. But is it gone forever? Nothing lasts forever in this world, the author reminds us, including governments. But here’s the hopeful part: Smith argues that, although it will be difficult, it is still possible to recover what made the United States a land of free and flourishing belief.”

  • Posted: 04/16/2014
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Crosses spark a Constitutional fight

Va. college system eliminates “free speech zones”

Okla. school district approves Hobby Lobby president’s Bible course

N.H. education tax credit challenge draws national interest | AP

Settlement sought in free speech case by Christian student at TNCC | Daily Press

Lawsuit filed after teacher throws away child’s Valentine’s Day message | Christian Today

Russell Moore: Same-sex “marriage” and the future

NYPD pulls plug on Muslim surveillance program

Atheist group accuses Clemson football program of “Christian worship”

Air Force’s restrictions on religious expression under review

    CBN News: “Religious restrictions in the Air Force are coming under review after a cadet at the Air Force Academy was forced to remove a Bible verse from his personal message board. Top officials, chaplains, and legal officers will meet to make sure current policies don’t prevent service members from expressing their religious beliefs.”

  • Posted: 04/15/2014
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Media, rights groups urge court to revisit takedown of anti-Muslim YouTube video

ACLU seeks to oppose diocese in birth control suit

Ohio: Muslim cab drivers refuse to promote “Gay Games”

SBC leader says evangelicals paying price for “narrow vision” of religious freedom

Ala. pastor barred from feeding the homeless without food truck permit

Ryan T. Anderson: It’s time to protect religious liberty in the marriage debate

    Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage: “State and federal policy should respect Americans’ ability to live and work in accordance with their beliefs. Even in states where marriage is redefined, government should not coerce individuals and organizations to violate their moral or religious beliefs about marriage. Although Americans are free to live as they choose, no one should demand that government compel others into celebrating their relationship. And Americans should continue to work for laws that reflect the truth about marriage. If marriage is redefined, attempts to marginalize the view of marriage as one man and one woman will only increase.”

  • Posted: 04/14/2014
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Elizabeth Corey: Religious liberty and the tragic approach to legal theory

    Elizabeth Corey reviews The Tragedy of Religious Freedom by Marc O. DeGirolami at The University Bookman: “The book’s argument proceeds as follows. Many modern scholars of religious liberty, whom DeGirolami terms ‘monists’ for their desire to arrive at a unifying principle of explanation, see their essential task as finding or discovering the one master value by which all religious liberty disputes can be explained and future cases decided. . . . The author designates thinkers like these (and there are many others) ‘comic’ theorists. . . . DeGirolami suggests an alternative way of thinking about the conflicts inherent in religious liberty jurisprudence. He calls this the ‘tragic’ approach. It shares with the extreme skeptics a doubt about the efficacy of theory as a magic bullet for solving real-world disputes. But it also agrees with the comic monist assumption that abstractions—equality, neutrality, noncoercion—are not empty of meaning but rather can be emblems of important values that law aims to protect.”

  • Posted: 04/14/2014
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Ross Douthat: Diversity and dishonesty

Oregon City students protest Day of Silence with “Gay is not OK” T-shirts

Jerry Newcombe: What would the Framers think of evicting churches from NYC schools? | The Christian Post