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    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Latest Victim Is Religious Freedom

    It has not even been two years since Obamacare was enacted, and already the President’s health care law has taken another victim — the religious freedoms Americans hold dear, as reflected by the First Amendment. The Obama Administration recently reaffirmed a rule under Obamacare that requires many religious employers to … More

    Supreme Court Decision in Hosanna-Tabor a Major Win for Religious Freedom

    Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that resoundingly affirms the freedom of religious groups to choose their own ministers. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC involved a lawsuit brought by an employee against a church-operated school. The employee alleged that her employment was terminated in … More

    2011 Victories and Challenges for Religious Liberty

    As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at a few of the victories and challenges for religious liberty during the past 12 months and look forward to greater respect and protection for religious liberty in 2012. HHS “Preventive Service” Mandate In August, the Department of … More

    Veterans' Groups Win Right to Religious Freedom

    Last week, a federal judge approved a settlement agreement that will help ensure that religious freedom is respected at the Houston National Cemetery and other national cemeteries around the country. Several veterans groups, represented by the Texas-based Liberty Institute, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed to a … More

    Court Hears Case on Religious Freedom, Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Policies

    Last week a federal appeals court heard arguments in an important religious freedom case known as Ward v. Wilbanks. The case illustrates how sexual orientation nondiscrimination policies can impose government burdens on religious and moral conscience and create serious civil society conflicts. Julea Ward was a student in the graduate … More

    Christian Charity Free to Staff on a Religious Basis

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review in an important religious freedom case called Spencer v. World Vision. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that was sued by two former employees who alleged they had been fired for religious reasons. In general, Title VII of the Civil … More

    Is Religious Freedom Just for Churches?

    On October 5, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a very important case concerning religious freedom. Several religious freedom cases have been in the news lately. Such cases should remind us to take seriously the nature of religion itself. Is religion something only to be preached about and … More

    New California Law Illustrates How Nondiscrimination Mandates Can Burden Conscience

    Last week, California passed a law that penalizes organizations that refuse to provide benefits to employees’ same-sex domestic partners or spouses on the same terms they provide benefits to employees’ opposite-sex domestic partners or spouses. Known as SB 117, the law excludes those organizations from competing for state contracts worth … More

    China: “A Serious Crisis Between State and Church That Is Still Unfolding”

    Nineteen Chinese pastors have joined together to send a remarkable petition to the National People’s Congress on behalf of one of Beijing’s largest underground churches. The Shouwang church is the most recent target of Communist authorities’ crackdown on the unauthorized house church movement that now numbers some 50–70 million Chinese … More

    Growing Religious Intolerance in Pakistan Spells Demise of Democracy

    Today’s murder of Pakistani Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti by religious extremists establishes a pattern of growing religious intolerance. It is undermining Pakistan’s struggling democracy by shutting down free speech and political expression in the name of a ruthless ideology disguised as religion. The murderers left pamphlets at the scene … More