Tag : Religious Freedom
Shi Xinhong title : Christians Detained for Praying for China’s National People’s Congress
summary : As a meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) convened this month, Beijing police detained two Christians who had travelled there specifically to pray for the proceedings.
date : Mar 15, 2017 02:47 PM EDT
NJ Bayonne Muslims title : Pastor's Home Vandalized After He Opposed NJ Mosque Construction
summary : New Jersey pastor Joseph Basile said his home was vandalized multiple times due to his lack of support of a proposed, new Islamic community center; construction of the center was denied by local zoning board members last week.
date : Mar 15, 2017 01:35 PM EDT
Dennis Daugaard title : Religious Adoption Protections Based on Faith, Sexual Preferences Enacted by SD Governor
summary : South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed a bill Friday that gives broad legal protections to faith-based, taxpayer-funded agencies whose representatives refuse to place adoptive children in certain households for reasons based on religious beliefs, especially relating to sexual orientation of child-seeking parents.
date : Mar 11, 2017 11:14 AM EST
Aaron-Melissa-Klein-Oregon-Bakery.jpg title : Christian Bakers Accused of Hate Say They Will Continue to Serve God at Whatever the Cost
summary : Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian couple who were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, have said their lives are "dedicated" to serving God and obeying His commands - whatever the cost.
date : Mar 03, 2017 09:25 AM EST
Ark Encounter Noah's son title : The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum Trip Planned by Virginia City Canceled Due to Constitution Backlash
summary : A roundtrip to The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, planned by Virginia parks and recreation department employees of a city ironically named "Christiansburg," was canceled after Freedom From Religion Foundation representatives pointed out the trip would violate the Constitution due to the "Christian and proselytizing nature" of the destination's exhibits.
date : Feb 21, 2017 09:56 AM EST
Christian Florist title : Barronelle Stutzman Case Update: Thousands Sign Petition Urging Trump to Sign Executive Order On Religious Freedom
summary : Thousands have signed a petition launched by a leading conservative organization urging President Donald Trump to protect religious liberty through executive action after the Washington Supreme Court ruled that Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman violated an anti-discrimination law for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding.
date : Feb 17, 2017 11:12 AM EST
Barronelle Stutzman title : Washington Christian Florist Refusing Service To Same-Sex Wedding Ruled Against by Court
summary : A Richland, Wash., florist who, due to her religious beliefs, refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding was found to have broken the state's antidiscrimination law.
date : Feb 16, 2017 04:48 PM EST
Peter Bormuth title : Christian-Only Public Prayers at County Meetings Are Illegal, Rules Federal Judges
summary : The tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings by Michigan county commissioners violates the U.S. Constitution by promoting one faith over others, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
date : Feb 15, 2017 07:21 PM EST
Jeff Sessions title : Religious Freedom May Drive Jeff Sessions' AG Civil Rights Priorities
summary : The new, 84th Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to champion religious freedom in the US Justice Department.
date : Feb 15, 2017 03:58 PM EST
Monifa Sterling title : Historic Religious Freedom Case of US Marine Advocated by 7 New Parties in Unusual Move
summary : The Sterling legal case began when former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for refusing an order to remove Bible verses from her workspace. Others are joining in now in the name of religious freedom.
date : Feb 14, 2017 02:01 PM EST
Marco Rubio title : Marco Rubio Slams China for Crackdown on Religious Freedom; Calls for Release of Two Human Rights Lawyers
summary : Florida Senator Marco Rubio has criticized the Chinese government for its continued crackdown on religious freedom and called for the release of two human rights attorneys, Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jingling.
date : Feb 13, 2017 05:43 PM EST
Church in Sudan title : 25 Christian Churches to Be Demolished in Sudan for ‘Trespassing Into Residential Areas’
summary : At least 25 Christian churches in Khartoum state in Sudan are in danger of being demolished because they were “trespassing into residential areas.”
date : Feb 07, 2017 03:03 PM EST
Rienzi Christian flag title : Christian Flag Forced to Be Removed From Veterans Memorial, Mississippi Citizens React
summary : Residents of Rienzi, Miss., rallied Saturday after the town's mayor said he was forced to remove a Christian flag from Veterans Memorial Park, following the threat of a lawsuit by an atheist organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation. More than 100 supporters united at the park, where the group waved Christian flags. FFRF representatives said the flag in question needed to come down to avoid unconstitutionally endorsing religion on public grounds.
date : Feb 06, 2017 09:27 AM EST
Donald Trump title : Over 700 Advocates Urge Trump to Swiftly Appoint Ambassador for International Religious Freedom
summary : Over 700 human rights and international religious freedom advocates have signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration to "signal your commitment to people of faith and freedom of conscience" by moving swiftly on a nomination for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
date : Feb 04, 2017 02:19 AM EST
Lyndon Johnson title : Church Political Limits, IRS Rule Via Johnson Amendment May Be Repealed by Trump
summary : Proclaiming that he believes U.S. religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that indicates pastors who endorse political candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status.
date : Feb 02, 2017 03:09 PM EST
Donald Trump at National Prayer Breakfast 2017 title : National Prayer Breakfast: Donald Trump Says Washington Must 'Never Stop' Asking God For Wisdom
summary : President Donald Trump highlighted the importance of remaining a "nation under God" and protecting religious liberty during a speech delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday.
date : Feb 02, 2017 09:51 AM EST
Neil Gorsuch title : Trump Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch a Major Win for Religious Freedom, Says First Liberty CEO
summary : President Trump's decision to select federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill a Supreme Court seat has garnered the praise of Christian and conservative leaders across America, who say it's a major win for religious freedom.
date : Feb 01, 2017 08:43 AM EST
Immigration Protests Washington DC title : Trump Defends His Immigration Executive Order Amid US, Global Outcry: ‘This Is Not Muslim Ban’
summary : President Donald Trump defended his controversial executive order that bars the citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, as thousands of protesters chanted outside of the White House and at multiple, major U.S. airports on Sunday in opposition of the president's sudden immigration policy change. Trump denied the ban was religiously-driven, but confused matters by also announcing Christian refugees would get first priority for U.S. entry. Many people now are seeking answers about why Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not on Trump's immigration ban, which are countries in which Trump companies do business.
date : Jan 30, 2017 12:22 PM EST
16th Street Baptist Church title : Churches Amid Historic Civil Rights' Sites Designated by President Obama as National Monuments
summary : Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and other civil rights landmarks in Birmingham, Ala., were designated on Thursday as the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument by President Barack Obama in one of his last official acts as U.S. leader. This church is where four girls died in 1963 after Ku Klux Klan members detonated more than a dozen sticks of dynamite outside the church basement. He also deemed two other new national monuments: Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Ala., and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina.
date : Jan 15, 2017 09:35 AM EST
Mark Mackey appeal title : Christian Vindicated as Court Finds Bible-Related Arrest Unlawful by Highway Patrol Officer
summary : Pastor Mark Mackey was arrested for reading the Bible aloud in front of the California Department of Motor Vehicles office in Hemet, Calif., in 2011. But on Wednesday, three federal appellate judges in the Ninth Circuit issued a final ruling in favor of the Christian, rebuking the officer's original claims and finding him not guilty.
date : Jan 13, 2017 04:28 PM EST
Gu 'Joseph' Yuese title : China's Largest Megachurch Ex-Pastor Arrested by Authorities for Supporting Religious Freedom
summary : In what some people are calling the most high-profile religious persecution case since the Cultural Revolution, the former pastor of China's largest state-run megachurch was arrested on Saturday by a local public security bureau in China's coastal Zhejiang province, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. Authorities reportedly re-apprehended Gu "Joseph" Yuese sometime before Christmas; on Jan. 7, his family received an announcement he had been arrested on charges of embezzling funds.
date : Jan 13, 2017 03:13 PM EST
United States Flag title : US Listed Among World's Top Nations That Persecute Christians
summary : For the first time in history, the United States was named among the list of nations that persecute Christians.
date : Jan 13, 2017 01:22 PM EST
Protect American Families Act of 2017 SB 54 title : Religion Registry: US Federal Bill Introduced to Protect Religious Freedom, Liberties
summary : Bill (S.54) was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday to prohibit creation of immigration-related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin or nationality. The Protect American Families Act of 2017 was introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), in response to statements from then-candidate Donald Trump, indicating he would create a federal registry of Muslims, seek to deny Muslims entry to the United States, or otherwise add a religious test to American immigration procedures, if he became president.
date : Jan 08, 2017 10:26 AM EST
Church Barn title : Christian Church Services in Barn Resume in California After Religious Ban
summary : Northern California county officials recently reversed their decision to ban a Christian congregation from meeting in a barn. Located just outside of Oroville, Calif. in Butte County, a group of Christians had been holding meetings in a barn, but county officials informed the owners of the barn and property they could no longer use the space to host church services. The same officials later even banned church gatherings in an open pasture on the property.
date : Dec 30, 2016 12:06 PM EST
Zhang Kai title : Christian Lawyer Zhang Kai Once Again Disappears in China
summary : Zhang Kai, a Chinese Christian lawyer who was released in March after being detained while defending churches that were being forced to remove their crosses, has once again disappeared after he was summoned to the police station in China's northern Inner Mongolia yesterday morning.
date : Dec 29, 2016 11:39 AM EST
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