religious freedom

Religious Freedom Comes to Europe’s Second-Newest Nation. But Christians Are Concerned.

Deep within the Orthodox heartlands of the Balkans, one might expect local evangelicals to celebrate the passage of Montenegro’s first religious freedom law. Instead, as tens of thousands fill the streets to protest against it, the relative handful of believers find themselves on the sideline of a struggle between giants. And the stakes could further …

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Religious harassment worsening across world, Pew study shows

Government restrictions on religion have increased in many places around the world — not only under authoritarian countries but also in democracies, most notably in Europe, according to a report released Monday. Of the 198 countries surveyed, Pew Research Center found that 143 harassed Christians, while 140 did so to Muslims. The study showed that the number of populous …

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Christian school raided by California gov’t as religious freedom concerns cloud future

A Christian boarding school run by Teen Rescue in Northern California faces the possibility of closing after it was raided by state investigators earlier this year. The head of the school claims that its First Amendment rights, as well as parental rights, are being violated. River View Christian Academy (RVCA), which serves to help troubled …

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The Lessons of the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case–for Both Sides

Let’s start with with the lesson for culture warriors on the left: Religious objections to state policies have to be handled without prejudice. Seven of the Supreme Court’s nine justices, liberals and conservatives, agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acted prejudicially in handling the complaint of a gay couple who were refused a wedding cake by …

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Australian Students May No Longer be Able to Share Gospel, Hand Out Christmas Cards

Australia is considering a ban on certain religious expressions in public schools, which would include talking about Jesus and handing out Christmas cards. According to Christian Today, Queensland, Australia’s state education department recently conducted a review into religious instruction in public schools. The review led to proposals that public schools should maintain stricter policies regarding …

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Florida Fortifies Religious Freedom in Public Schools

Florida public school students will have added protection for expressing their faith on campus during the upcoming school year, thanks to a new law that went into effect July 1. Supporters say the bill just reiterates existing constitutional protections for religious liberty by listing specific practices with which educators cannot interfere. Opponents say the bill …

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Christian Geologist Wins Four-Year Fight over Grand Canyon Rocks

The National Park Service has finally agreed to let a Christian geologist collect rock samples from the Grand Canyon for research. Andrew Snelling, who has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Sydney, tried for four years to get permission to collect the samples. The park service only agreed after lawyers with Alliance Defending …

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What’s More Important to Americans–Religious or Sexual Freedom?

A new study has found that Americans are divided over whether religious freedom or sexual freedom is more important in situations in which the two clash. The study was conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research and surveyed 1,000 Americans. According to a press release from LifeWay, the study found that, in a situation in which sexual …

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Trump: ‘It’s Time to Put a Stop to Attacks on Religion’

President Trump told his political base of evangelical Christians that he would continue to restore the religious liberty many of them feel they’ve lost. “It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion,” Trump said in a speech Thursday (June 8) to the Faith and Freedom Coalition that began shortly after former …

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