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Tillerson: Religious Persecution Far Too Prevalent
Tillerson: Religious Persecution Far Too Prevalent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious freedom restrictions lead to "instability, human rights abuses and violent extremism," says the State Department's annual religious freedom report. Nearly 200 nations were listed in the report.

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Report: Blasphemy Laws Remain 'Astonishingly Widespread'
Report: Blasphemy Laws Remain 'Astonishingly Widespread'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Blasphemy laws remain 'astonishingly widespread,' according to a new U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report. Seventy-one nations retain such laws, with 59 allowing imprisonment upon conviction.

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India: When Government Fails to Protect Minorities
India: When Government Fails to Protect Minorities

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
While hate crimes committed by and against Muslims in Europe receive increasing attention in the global media, the rise of Hindu vigilantism in India has received scant coverage.

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How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?
How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?

By: Martin Accad
The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa region has become a well-documented tragedy. Amid all of it, Christians struggle to find the appropriate response to their suffering.

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Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 2
Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 2

By: Olu Q. Menjay
Global migration makes constructive religious conversation and coexistence essential. A plane trip illustrates how people of different faiths can coexist with no difficulty.

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Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 1
Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 1

By: Olu Q. Menjay
Religious intolerance continues to destroy lives and threatens human security in our contemporary world. As Baptist Christians, we believe in religious liberty and rights for all, even non-Christians.

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What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?
What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?

By: Matt Sapp
President Trump's executive order to instruct the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment raises the question of the church's role in shaping policy. Hint: It's not about fairness; it's about generosity.

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Religious Hate Crimes in U.S. Spike by 23 Percent
Religious Hate Crimes in U.S. Spike by 23 Percent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. has seen a 23 percent increase in religious hate crimes from 2014 to 2015. Crimes against Jews were the most common while crimes against Muslims were the fast growing by 67 percent.

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Report: Religious Freedom 'Worsening' Globally
Report: Religious Freedom 'Worsening' Globally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious freedom globally "is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations," says the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual religious freedom report.

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Report: Christians 'Most Widely Targeted Religious Community'
Report: Christians 'Most Widely Targeted Religious Community'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians are "the most widely targeted religious community" and commonly respond in one of three ways: survival, association or confrontation, a report from Under Caesar's Sword says.

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Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness
Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness

By: Lee Beach
When Muslims become targets of hatred, Christians need to stand with our Islamic brothers and sisters and support initiatives that condemn these racist, hateful acts, even if the initiative is not perfect from our perspective.

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Being Thankful Even in Times of Great Desperation
Being Thankful Even in Times of Great Desperation

By: Gary Furr
Thanksgiving is a sober and joyful realization that without God and God's gifts we could not survive. And there's no better illustration than Squanto, whose generosity helped the Pilgrims survive their first brutal year.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2

By: Ashley al-Saliby
We must reject the superiority and hatred in all of us because it leads to horrors that we couldn't imagine our friends and neighbors capable of carrying out. With love, we must stand up for our Muslim neighbors.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Three men were arrested for planning to bomb a Muslim community in Kansas. Not too far back in our history, another group successfully carried out a similar atrocity. Where does such murderous hatred begin?

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President
World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President

By: EBF Staff
European Baptist leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during which the president signed a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in the eastern European nation.

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Annual Religious Freedom Report Highlights Restrictive Laws
Annual Religious Freedom Report Highlights Restrictive Laws

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Laws against blasphemy and apostasy violate human rights and can inflame passions related to these matters, according to the latest annual U.S. government report on religious freedom.

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When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed
When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed

By: Larry Eubanks
When 300 Islamic leaders united to denounce religious extremism within Islam, the news received little media attention. These Muslim leaders are closer to the position of Jesus than many of his followers.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2

By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1

By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?

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Religion in Global Affairs
Religion in Global Affairs

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Countering the words of partisans at home and abroad who use religion to advance causes of hate and distortion, John Kerry called for understanding the role religion plays in the lives of billions.

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Britain Urged to Build Up Religious Freedom in Foreign Policy
Britain Urged to Build Up Religious Freedom in Foreign Policy

By: Paul Hobson
Following an Easter suicide bombing in Pakistan, the Evangelical Alliance's Religious Liberty Commission is urging Britain to raise the status of freedom of religion in its foreign policy.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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Global Majority Supports Freedom of Expression with Certain Qualifications
Global Majority Supports Freedom of Expression with Certain Qualifications

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A global majority supports wide-ranging freedoms of expression, including religious liberty and freedom of speech, a Pew report found.

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How Islamophobia Hurts America
How Islamophobia Hurts America

By: Martin Brooks
The polarization between the Muslim and Christian communities is doing great harm to our nation and to our Christian witness. And many churches respond with fear instead of Christ's love.

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Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit
Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against a Chicago suburb in September, following that city's refusal to allow a vacant office building to be used as a mosque.

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Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears
Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions.

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What Is G-Word? And Why It Needs to be on Your Church's Agenda
What Is G-Word? And Why It Needs to be on Your Church's Agenda

By: Robert Parham
Religious leaders have urged President Obama to declare the actions of ISIS as genocide. Church leaders can help by doing what is morally prudent and stepping up with statements and sermons about genocide.

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Report: 4 Areas Where Religious Freedom Falling Short
Report: 4 Areas Where Religious Freedom Falling Short

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by non-state actors, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was a primary emphasis in a new U.S. State Department report.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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Religious Freedom Report Cites Countries of Particular Concern
Religious Freedom Report Cites Countries of Particular Concern

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Five nations - Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma - have been recommended to be designated as "countries of particular concern" because of severe violations of religious freedom.

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Gov't Restriction, Social Hostility Toward Religion Down Slightly
Gov't Restriction, Social Hostility Toward Religion Down Slightly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Government restrictions on religious freedom and social hostility toward religion saw a slight decline in 2013, says a newly released report from Pew Research Center.

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British Christians Speak Out for Religious Freedom
British Christians Speak Out for Religious Freedom

By: Paul Hobson
The Religious Liberty Commission, launched in central London on Feb. 4, is calling on the British government to intervene to prevent religious cleansing and violent persecution.

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Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
By: Paul Hobson
Recognizing freedom of religion as a fundamental right, a European human rights group passed a resolution urging greater tolerance of other faiths, including Christian minorities.
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Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness
Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness

By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.

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Subpoenaing Sermons: Houston, We Have Another Problem
Subpoenaing Sermons: Houston, We Have Another Problem
By: Danny Chisholm
Houston has subpoenaed five pastors who opposed a change to an anti-discrimination ordinance. While churches shouldn't endorse candidates, they can speak out on moral and ethical issues.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four.
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Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares
Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"

By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.

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Religious Freedom: Making the World Safe for Diversity
Religious Freedom: Making the World Safe for Diversity

By: Rick Love
Everyone struggles with diversity at some level. Diversity, however, is a fact of life in the 21st century, and America is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations on earth.

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Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?

By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Target Ukrainian Christians
Pro-Russian Separatists Target Ukrainian Christians
By: Paul Hobson
Pro-Russian separatists are increasingly targeting evangelical Christians in eastern Ukraine. The attacks include the killing of four Baptists, who were dragged out of their church in Slavyansk.
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Global Religious Persecution and Displacement High in 2013
Global Religious Persecution and Displacement High in 2013

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Displacement of religious communities reached record heights in 2013. Persecution, violence and imprisonment impacted numerous religious traditions, a new report says.

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Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptist speakers urged greater advocacy, especially for religious freedom, among churches and conventions at the local, national and international levels at the Baptist World Alliance in Turkey.
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All Baptists Invited to Observe Human Rights Day
All Baptists Invited to Observe Human Rights Day
Baptists have a long history of advocating for human rights around the globe. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging all Baptists to observe Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8.
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Roger Williams: Champion of Religious Freedom
Roger Williams: Champion of Religious Freedom

Roger Williams, founder of the first Baptist church in the soon-to-be United States, championed religious freedom and absolute separation of church and state.

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Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists honored an Englishman, who wrote 400 years ago to the King England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed they had the divine right to determine their subjects' faith.
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Court Says Quebec Parents Can’t Pull Students Out of Religion Class
TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.
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British High Court Rules Against Prayer at Town Meetings
LONDON (RNS) A British High Court justice has triggered dismay with a recent decision that declares prayers at town hall meetings are against the law.
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Obama Exempts Religious Groups from Contraception Mandate
(RNS) President Obama unveiled an "accommodation'' in which health insurance companies will provide employees with contraception coverage.
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Lawmaker Angry over Loss of ‘God’ in Air Force Logo
(RNS) Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office.
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Court Says Student’s Faith May Have Led to Expulsion
(RNS) A counseling student who declined to advise a gay client might have been expelled from her university because of her faith, a federal appeals court ruled.
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After Minor Turbulence, Alaska Airlines Suspends Prayer Cards
(RNS) After causing a bit of turbulence with some passengers, Alaska Airlines will no longer serve prayer cards with in-flight meals, the company announced.
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Workers at Religious Institutions Fear Future of Pensions
NEW BRUNSWICK (RNS) Sue Fritz tended to the sick for more than two decades as a nurse at St. Peter's University Hospital.
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Pope Warns U.S. Bishops of ‘Radical Secularism’
(RNS) “Radical secularism” is gaining ground in American society and poses a “grave threat” to the Catholic Church’s freedom of expression in the public square.
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Judge Rules Against Prayer Banner in R.I. School
(RNS) A federal judge ruled in favor of a teenage atheist who sought the removal of a prayer banner from her Rhode Island high school.
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Religious Leaders: Same-sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom
(RNS) A coalition of nearly 40 religious leaders has published an open letter that seeks to recast the battle against same-sex marriage as a fight for religious freedom.
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Supreme Court Sides with Churches in Employment Fights
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher.
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Christmas Banner Causes Big Spat in Small N.J. Town
PITMAN, N.J. (RNS) Located just 17 miles southeast of Philadelphia, Pitman, N.J., has the rural feel of fictional Bedford Falls in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
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Clinton Hosts Summit on Religious Intolerance
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a summit of international leaders this week to explore specific steps to combat intolerance.
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Religious Freedom Panel Prepares to Close
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal watchdog panel that monitors religious freedom around the world is preparing to shut down unless Congress passes a last-minute measure.
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Israelis, Resentful of Orthodox Grip on Society, Fight Back
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Kolben Dance Company’s studio faces a busy downtown plaza, but few passers-by have ever glimpsed one of the troupe’s rehearsals inside.
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Supreme Court Upholds NYC Ban on Churches in Schools
NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court let stand ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for worship services.
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2012 Candidates Asked to Sign Religious Freedom Pledge
(RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating they would make religious freedom a priority.
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Nurses Say They Were Forced to Assist in Abortions
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Twelve nurses accused the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of abruptly forcing them to assist in abortion cases.
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Faith-healing Parents Sentenced to Six Years
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) An Oregon judge sentenced two members of a faith-healing church to more than six years in prison.
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Supreme Court Won’t Wade into Roadside Crosses Fight
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court announced that it will not reopen a case concerning highway crosses memorializing Utah state troopers.
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Activists Bemoan Low Priority Given to Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates lamented America’s failure to protect the faithful abroad, saying things have gotten worse.
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Some Baptists Are Eroding Religious Freedom
Some Baptists Are Eroding Religious Freedom
Regardless of one's feelings about Mormonism, Baptists ought to be concerned about the free exercise of religion – even for those who aspire to the highest office in our land.
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Under Pressure, D.C. Shelter Ends Church-service Requirement
WASHINGTON (RNS) A taxpayer-supported homeless shelter in the nation’s capital will no longer require its clients to attend religious services.
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Charges Dropped Against Clergy Who Prayed in Capitol
WASHINGTON (RNS) A city court dropped charges against a group of religious and civic leaders who were arrested during a prayer vigil for the poor.
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Jury Convicts Dale, Shannon Hickman of Manslaughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A jury unanimously convicted an Oregon couple, Dale and Shannon Hickman, in the faith-healing death of their infant son.
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Supreme Court to Weigh Churches’ Hiring Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court will hear one of the most important religion cases in decades, centered on religious institutions exemption from anti-discrimination laws.
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U.S. Christians Rally Around Iranian Pastor
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
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Clock Is Ticking for Religious Freedom Panel
WASHINGTON (RNS) The independent and bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom could be forced to shut its doors.
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Groups Press Obama on Religious Hiring
WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of religious and civil rights organizations challenged President Obama to end religious discrimination in federally funded jobs.
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More Americans Desiging Make-your-own Religion
(RNS) If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be “Gods Bless America.”
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State Dept. Chides Eight Countries on Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department designated eight nations as the most serious violators of religious freedom.
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Clergy Denounce Anti-Muslim Bigotry
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders gathered to remember the victims, foster interreligious unity and speak out in defense of religious freedom.
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Czech Government Agrees to Turn over Seized Churches
WARSAW, Poland (RNS/ENInews) A prominent Czech church leader has welcomed an agreement that would allow churches to reclaim land and buildings.
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Judge Rules for Atheist Bus Ads
(RNS) A federal judge ruled that the public transit system in Little Rock violated the free speech of atheists by refusing to run their advertisements.
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Religious Restrictions Increased for 2 billion, Study Says
(RNS) A third of the world live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report.
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Army Agrees to Host Concert for Atheists on N.C. Base
(RNS) A group of military atheists have won the backing of U.S. Army officials to hold a “Rock Beyond Belief” concert for nonbelievers at Fort Bragg.
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Lawn Cross Becomes First Amendment Flash Point
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (RNS) It could have implications far beyond the quiet New Jersey street where Patrick Racaniello affixed a wooden cross in his front yard.
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Manhattan Declaration Comes to New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Nearly 200 pastors, policymakers and other New Orleans-area Christians were urged to sign a declaration circulating nationally.
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Colleges Sign Up for Obama’s Interfaith Program
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 250 colleges, universities and seminaries have submitted plans to the White House for yearlong interfaith service projects.
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Judge Bars Witch Hunt Comment from Faith-healing Trial
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (RNS) A state medical examiner will not be allowed to offer "witch hunt" opinion when the defendants go to trial next month.
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Christians Divided on Belgium’s Burqa Ban
(RNS/ENInews) Belgian Christians expressed mixed reactions to the country’s new “burqa ban,” as Belgium joined France in criminalizing the Islamic veil.
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Church-state Groups Slam Obama on Hiring Issue
WASHINGTON (RNS) The status-quo stance on the issue of faith-based hiring has drawn criticism from atheists and church-state watchdogs.
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Churches Divided on Hungary’s New Religion Law
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders in Hungary are divided over a restrictive new law on religion.
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Toronto School Defends Muslim Prayers in Cafeteria
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
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Panel Says Judges Have Been too Hard on U.K. Christians
LONDON (RNS) A panel said judges have erred in supporting employers who fire Christian workers for such acts as wearing crosses.
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Mormon Leaders Told to Stay Out of Politics
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon officials are telling their top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns.
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Houston VA Cemetery Draws Discrimination Claims
(RNS) People are outraged that a Veterans Affairs official in Houston discriminates against clergy who want to use religious references in memorial ceremonies.
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China Ordains Bishop without Vatican Approval
(RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained a bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Justices Rely on Standing in Church-state Disputes
WASHINGTON (RNS) Legal scholars say a decision issued two months ago is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come.
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Liechtenstein Churches May Lose Government Support
(RNS/ENInews) Churches in Liechtenstein could face financial disaster under government plans to withdraw state subsidies under new legislation.
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Faith-healing Parents Sentenced to 90 days in Jail
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A county judge sentenced two members of a faith-healing church to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
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Report Says Islamophobia on the Rise
(RNS) A new report asserts that anti-Muslim prejudice has worsened in recent years, but argues the trend could be reversed with greater community outreach.
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U.S. Jews Not Able to Fly on Delta Flights to Saudi Arabia
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership.
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Orthodox Basketball Player Allowed to Cover Her Arms
JERUSALEM (RNS) The federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions.
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Rowan Williams Sparks a Political Row in England
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nearly a millennium ago, four unruly knights crossed the English Channel from France and confronted the archbishop of Canterbury.
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Religious Freedom Envoy Condemns Religious Intolerance
GENEVA (RNS) The U.S. envoy told a U.N. commission that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful ideology.
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Evangelicals Wade into Circumcision Debate
(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco.
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Principal at Paddling School Vows to Remain in Job
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job.
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First Amendment’s Free Exercise at Heart of Abuse Cases
(RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his Mormon church in Portland, Ore.
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Ore. Couple Convicted in Faith-healing Trial
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Jurors found two members of a faith-healing church guilty of felony criminal mistreatment for not seeking medical care for their daughter.
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Muslim Cabbie Fights Ticket over Religious Cap
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Langrial was chatting with another cabbie when an enforcement agent stopped to tell him his hat did not conform to the driver dress code.
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Ore. Faith-healing Trial Draws to a Close
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents accused of denying medical care to their infant daughter are the victims of religious persecution, a defense attorney said.
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Egyptians Want Advice, Not Rule, of Clerics
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they do not want a theocracy.
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Clinton Defends Religious Freedom Envoy
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
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Canadian Parents Sue over Religion in Daycare Centers
TORONTO (RNS) A group of parents is taking the province to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers.
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Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama
(RNS) President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested.
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Bill Would Strengthen Role of Religious Freedom Envoy
WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority.
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After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer, just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law.
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Panel Cites Egypt for Religious Freedom Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A religious freedom watchdog panel has added Egypt to its list of the worst violators of religious liberty.
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Bill Would Limit Military Funeral Protests
WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder to protest outside military funerals.
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Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Gets Job Back
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) The New Jersey Transit employee fired for burning pages of the Quran near Ground Zero will get his job back.
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Supreme Court Limits Prisoners’ Right to Sue
WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison inmates who are deprived of their religious rights cannot sue states for monetary damages.
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State Department Fires Back at Ambassador
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department fired back at a prominent Catholic ambassador who said the agency has a “rigidly narrow” view of foreign policy.
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Senate Confirms Religious Freedom Ambassador
WASHINGTON (RNS) A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration’s long-vacant position to oversee international religious freedom.
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Kmiec’s Gospel Falls Flat in Foggy Bottom
(RNS) The State Department has a “rigidly narrow” view of diplomacy that neglects religion’s role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged.
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Russian Jehovah’s Witness Cleared on Extremism Charges
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) A Jehovah’s Witness on trial in Siberia was found innocent of charges of inciting religious hatred and enmity.
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Court Dismisses Challenge to National Day of Prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president.
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French Ban on Full-face Veils Takes Effect
PARIS (RNS) Police arrested several and protests continued to spread as France’s controversial ban against the full-face veil came into force.
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Embattled Religious Freedom Envoy the New Iron Lady
WASHINGTON (RNS) The embattled nominee is comparing herself to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Court Rules for Pharmacists on Morning-After Pill
(RNS) Pharmacists with religious objections to “morning-after” emergency contraceptives cannot be compelled to sell the product.
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For Every Action, an Equal and Opposite Reaction
(RNS) The website of the Dove World Outreach Center describes the tiny church as “a New Testament church based on the Bible, the Word of God.”
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Supreme Court Takes Dim View of Church-state Challenges
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program.
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Faith-healing Ore. Couple Released from Prison
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of a controversial Oregon City church that rejects medical treatment were released from prison.
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Religious Freedom Envoy Tries for a Second Time
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s nominee to oversee international religious freedom returned to Capitol Hill.
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In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere.
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Coalition Works to Protect Religious Employees
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious and civil liberty groups is pushing the EEOC to stop employers from segregating visibly religious employees.
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UN Passes Religious Freedom Resolution
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that sidestepped a divisive debate.
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Court Rejects Mother’s Religious Home-school Arguments
(RNS) The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that orders a girl to enroll in public school instead of being home-schooled.
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Justice Department Backs Sikh Inmate
(RNS) The DoJ has filed suit against California prison officials on behalf of a Sikh inmate who says his religious freedom was violated.
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Court Rejects Challenge to `In God We Trust’
WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheist Michael Newdow plans to continue his fight to get “In God We Trust” off U.S. currency.
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Supreme Court Rejects 10 Commandments Case
WASHINGTON(RNS) The Supreme Court chose not to reexamine its decision to strike down displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses.
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Quebec Mayor Vows to Fight Order to Remove Crucifix
TORONTO (RNS) The mayor says he will appeal a decision by a human rights tribunal that bans prayer at city council.
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Judge Rebuffed on Ten Commandments
(RNS) An judge who argued that it was his right to hang a poster about the Ten Commandments in his courtroom was overruled.
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Pakistani Churches Criticize Government’s Refusal to Amend Blasphemy Law
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Pakistani churches say they’re frustrated by the government’s refusal to amend a controversial blasphemy law.
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Pa. School District Takes Street Preacher to Court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Should a street preacher be banned from approaching students at a bus stop?
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VFW Sues Obama Administration over Disputed Cross Memorial
WASHINGTON (RNS) The VFW has sued the Obama administration over the ownership of land under a controversial California war memorial.
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Army Faces Questions over Spiritual Fitness Test
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army is facing questions over a “spiritual fitness” portion of a mandatory questionnaire.
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Calif. War Memorial Cross Ruled Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal appeals court ruled a veterans’ memorial featuring a 43-foot cross on California’s Mount Soledad is unconstitutional.
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Despite Abysmal Track Record, Calif. Atheist Keeps Suing in Lonely Crusade
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (RNS) He is the most famous—and the loneliest—atheist in the country.
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U.N. Adopts Defamation of Religions Resolution with Fewer Votes
(RNS) The Assembly passed a resolution on “combating defamation of religions,” drawing criticism from human rights organizations and the U.S.
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Muslims Allege Inappropriate Questions by Security Agents
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
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Pope Calls Lack of Religious Freedom a Threat to Security and Peace
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called limits on religious freedom a “threat to security and peace,” and said Christians are persecuted more than any other faith group.
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Muslim Women at Center of Suits over Hajj, Headscarves
(RNS) The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
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Oregon Releases Policy for Religious Clothing at Schools
(RNS) Oregon state officials released a policy intended to give school districts guidance in applying Oregon’s new law on religious clothing.
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Oklahoma’s Top Lawyer at Center of Fight over Shariah
(RNS) Backers admit they suffered a setback when a judge issued a temporary injunction last month.
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Former Anglican Head Bemoans Attempt to Air-brush Christianity
LONDON (RNS) George Carey has slammed attempts to “air-brush” Christianity.
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Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
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Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
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U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Defamation Resolution
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the UN to vote against the latest proposal from Islamic countries.
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Study Calls for Sensitivity in Muslims’ Medical Care
(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care.
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Judge Puts Hold on Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment
(RNS) Lawyers have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment.
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Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Sues State
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran.
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Supreme Court Wrestles over Religious Scholarship Program
WASHINGTON (RNS) Is a state law that allows tax credits for donations to scholarship programs unconstitutional?
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Air Force Academy Cites Progress in Tackling Religious Intolerance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey showed that 41 percent of non-Christian cadets face unwanted proselytizing.
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Ice Cream Company Loses Second Racy Religious Ad
LONDON (RNS) A British ice cream maker has been forced to yank a second racy ad that featured two male priests on the verge of a kiss.
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Church Arsonist Sentenced to Nine Years
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The first man charged with torching a black church hours after President Obama’s 2008 election was sentenced to nine years in prison.
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Religion, Politics Getting too Cozy, Carter Warns
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Jimmy Carter has some strong words for what he sees as an “excessive melding of religion and politics.”
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Hoping to Avert Disaster, Democrats Turn to Black Churches
WASHINGTON (RNS) Democrats are turning to a key part of their base—African-Americans—and are using the black church to help get voters to the polls.
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ACLU Questions Sunday Morning Voting at Churches
WASHINGTON (RNS) The ACLU is criticizing plans by two Iowa churches to host early voting during worship services.
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Feds Tell Tenn. Officials to Protect Muslims’ Building Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney.
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Evangelicals Regret Chinese Delegates Banned from Travel
CAPE TOWN(RNS/ENInews) The WEA expressed disappointment after China prohibited a delegation of some 200 Christians from traveling.
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Canadian Court Says Judges Will Decide on Veiled Witnesses
TORONTO (RNS) Ontario’s highest court has ruled that female witnesses may testify in court while wearing a face-covering burqa or niqab.
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European Bishops Establish Christian Rights Watchdog
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Europe have set up an organization to defend the rights of Christians.
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American Shariah? That’s News to Muslims
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
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Courts Uphold Teen’s Piercing, Religious License Plates
(RNS) Two federal courts have issued strong defenses of religious expression in two separate decisions.
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Critics Waiting for Action from Faith-based Office
WASHINGTON (RNS) Some critics say the office has been used to push the president’s health care reform.
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ACLU Files Suit over Nose Ring
(RNS) The ACLU has filed two federal lawsuits alleging discrimination over a nose ring and lack of books other than the Bible.
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Druids get Official OK in Britain
LONDON (RNS) Druidry gained recognition by the British government as an official religion after a four-year legal battle.
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Baptists – Voices of Reason or Bitter Rhetoric?
Baptists – Voices of Reason or Bitter Rhetoric?
As midterm elections draw closer and bitterness over mosque construction spreads, the discord within several denominations also grows louder. Will Baptists be voices of reason or part of the overheated rhetoric?
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Judge Rejects Suit Against Religious Language at Capitol Visitor Center
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a suit arguing that the engraving of “In God We Trust” is unconstitutional.
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Mich. Attorney General Defends Campaign Against Gay Student
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) An assistant attorney general in Michigan is defending his rights to denounce the openly gay student.
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Buddhist Bhutan Bans Clergy from Voting in Elections
(RNS) Officials in Bhutan have barred Hindu and Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections.
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Lord Jesus Christ Booted from Library
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (RNS) Lord Jesus Christ has been booted from the library for recurring bad behavior.
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EEOC Charges Auto Store with Harassing Sikh Employee
WASHINGTON (RNS) AutoZone harassed a Sikh employee for wearing a turban and eventually fired him, according to a lawsuit.
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Court Puts Limits on German Church’s Ability to Fire Workers
BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a church organist’s employment rights were ignored when he was fired by a Catholic church for remarrying outside the church.
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Justice Department: Land-use Disputes Often Involve Religious Minorities
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious minorities figure prominently in religious freedom investigations by the Justice Department.
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Justice Department: FBI Erred in Targeting Interfaith Center
WASHINGTON (RNS) A DoJ inspector concluded that the FBI improperly targeted U.S. advocacy organizations for surveillance.
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Russia’s Prisons Look to Faiths to Bring Moral Guidance
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian prisons are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
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Poll: Most Americans OK Student Religious Speech
(RNS) A majority of Americans think students should be able to express their religion in public schools.
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Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Angry protests over an Islamic center near Ground Zero. A Florida pastor threatens to burn the Quran. If we don't guarantee religious freedom for all, we betray the genius that lies behind the U.S. Constitution.
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Muslims Invited, Disinvited to Pray in Hartford
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
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Early End to Daylight Saving Time Frustrates Israelis
JERUSALEM (RNS) The government’s decision to end daylight saving time early has set off an angry debate.
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Court Says Belgian Raid on Church Offices Was Illegal
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Belgian court ruled that recent raids by police investigators on church offices were illegal.
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Facebook Withdraws, Restores Pastor’s Access over Quran Controversy
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Facebook revoked a Portland minister’s posting rights to his page opposing the Quran burning.
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Judge Dismisses Ministers’ Suit Against Hate-crimes Law
BAY CITY, Mich. (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Midland man and three Michigan ministers.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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World Vision Wins Right to Hire, Fire Based on Religion
(RNS) World Vision can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled.
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Ruling Could Prompt More Suits Against Highway Crosses
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court ruling that said highway crosses are unconstitutional could prompt additional challenges.
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Church Vows to Burn Qurans Without Fire Permit
(RNS) Fire officials in Gainesville, Fla., have denied a permit to a church that wants to burn Qurans on Sept. 11.
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Baha’i Community Stunned by Harsh Sentences in Iran
(RNS/ENInews) The Baha’i followers said the sentences against Iranian Baha’i leaders are an unjust punishment.
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Fight over N.Y. Mosque Becomes a Partisan Wedge issue for Obama, GOP
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
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Religious Leaders Blast Gingrich, Palin on New York Mosque
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
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Kenyan Church Leaders Defend Opposition to Constitution
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan church leaders have rejected calls for an apology after they campaigned against a new constitution.
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Appeals Court Sides with Prison in Headscarf Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court has sided with a prison system whose policy forbids Muslim women from wearing headscarves.
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Conservatives Will Appeal Go-ahead Vote for Ground Zero Mosque
(RNS) A law firm plans to appeal a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.
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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
An anonymous letter-writer fears the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will lead to Western civilization's destruction. It's sad to see so much fear and misunderstanding packed into a one-page letter.
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Nation's Founders Valued Religious Freedom
Nation's Founders Valued Religious Freedom
Some suggest that our nation's founding was the work of men who wanted to create a decidedly religious nation in general, or a Christian one in particular. You have to wonder if they've even read the Constitution.
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Finding Balance: Religion and the Public Square
Finding Balance: Religion and the Public Square
Shami Chakrabarti is arguably one of the most influential women in the United Kingdom today. Whatever your view, she's in the thick of arguments about civil liberties, tolerance and religious freedom. (Photo: BMS World Mission)
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Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
The growing influence of Islam in Europe has led to a public backlash. French officials, for example, have urged a ban on wearing burqas, but living in a pluralistic age requires mutual understanding.
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University Can Reject Christian Courses, Calif. Court Rules
(RNS) The University of California has the right to reject courses taught at Christian high schools.
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Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
The Swiss recently banned construction of minarets. Baptists become upset when Muslim countries close a church or expel our missionaries. Will we remember that religious liberty's door swings both ways?
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Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Although people of faith should be allowed a voice in the public square, their views seem to be marginalized on many fronts, including education, government and health care.
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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Baptists are at the crossroads of history, a Dutch theologian said at the European Baptist Federation meeting in Amsterdam. Will we be spectators or partakers?
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Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Gathering in Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement, global Baptists reflect on how they can remain champions of religious freedom.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Three Baptist women were detained and fined for "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths" in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan on March 25.
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BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
Raimundo César Barreto Jr. of Brazil is being recommended as the BWA’s first director of its Division of Freedom and Justice.
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Baptist Monitoring Group Cites Problems in Azerbaijan
Representatives from the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) recently issued a report citing human rights and religious liberty shortcomings in Azerbaijan.
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Mind Your Manners
The apostle Paul saw genuine freedom not as the right to do what I want to do, but the responsibility to seek the well-being of others. Self-indulgence is the opposite of freedom.
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Anti-Christian Violence Spreads in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist leaders in the southern state of Karnataka in India have informed the Baptist World Alliance that persecution is on the rise in that state.
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Religious Liberty Contradictions in Supreme Court Case
Sekulow's arguments on behalf of Pleasant Grove City suggest that his legal focus is not really in protecting religious liberty but in promoting Christianity.
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Church Leaders Urge U.S. President to Take Action on Anti-Christian Violence in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Several church leaders in the United States have written to U.S. President George W. Bush to protest the outbreak of violence against Christians in India, urging him "to hold the Indian government accountable to its own constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion and religious expression for all its citizens."
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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La. Governor Used State Funds to Attend Churches
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticized for spending tens of thousands of dollars of state funds on helicopter flights to attend church services. At least one visit was to a Southern Baptist church where Jindal shared his testimony and spoke about campaigning.
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Christians Concerned About Bangladesh Elections
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Christians in the Muslim-majority country of Bangladesh are concerned about general elections in the South Asian country set for Dec. 18 and sub-district elections on Dec. 24 and 28.
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Don't Poison the Well of Public Discourse
It was the religious people who first injected the language of battlefield into the civic debate. They did so, first, in religious struggles, as Baptists in the South can attest. The struggle to dominate was not simply among brothers who disagreed on this or that; it was the forces of good against the forces of evil, truth against error, right versus wrong, orthodoxy over heresy.
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Be the Answer to Your Prayer
What is the real purpose of a National Day of Prayer? I have often been puzzled by efforts to get large numbers of people praying about something. Is the assumption being made that God only responds to a critical mass of people praying. That until a certain number is reached, God will not act?
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Public School 'Bible Curriculum' Too Evangelistic, Some Say
Public education advocates say a Bible course curriculum recently recommended by four Texas education board members is too evangelistic and that such public school courses should provide a broader perspective of the Bible.
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Church Tax Exemption Isn't a Right
This past Sunday 33 pastors from all across the country deliberately broke the law. Prompted by the Alliance Defense Fund, a socially conservative legal consortium based in Arizona, these pastors stood in their pulpits and endorsed political candidates.
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Critics of Christianity in China Don't Get It
China gets hammered again in the annual report on international religious freedom, as they do every year. Having visited (not as a tourist) churches in cities and villages in 21 of China's provinces I have to admit there is not the freedom of religion enjoyed (and exploited) by believers in America.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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The Golden Rule and the Separation of Church and State
In Franklin County, Idaho, the Mormon population is 91.5 percent. In Utah County, Utah, it is 88.1 percent. If your job transferred you to one of these counties and you sent your child to a public school, would you object if the teacher began class by reading from the Book of Mormon each day? Well, obviously not if you are Mormon. If you are of any other religion or none at all, chances are good you would object.
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The 232nd Fourth of July

The American Independence Day did not have much going for it when we lived in Hong Kong. In those days it was a Crown Colony of the British Empire and had been since 1842. Groundhog Day meant more to the British than the Fourth of July.

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A Prayer for Independence Day
Good and gracious God, you have given us the privilege and the responsibility of living in the most resourceful land in the world. From sea to shining sea most of us enjoy unparalleled freedom, comfortable homes, nutritious meals, preferred vocations and unique religious liberty.
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Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the Other
When John Winthrop sailed across the Atlantic in 1630 the perceptions of others was at the forefront of his mind. Born into a family of English gentry, Winthrop was elected governor of Massachusetts Bay by speculators and investors who had never set foot in New England.
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Render Unto the IRS
Kenyn Cureton is vice president for church ministries for the Family Research Council. The FRC is a right-wing religious organization that lobbies for the usual litany of right wing religious concerns-anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, prayer in schools and so on.
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Facts Don't Back Up SBC Leader's Non-Partisan Claim
A Southern Baptist spokesman who once asked the Republican Party for a "wedding ring" for the Religious Right accused a recent North American gathering of Baptists of being too partisan.
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Name Calling in the Name of Jesus
I've been following an interesting back and forth between two prominent American religious figures. The individuals involved are Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest and professor of American religious history at Columbia University.
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A Godly Constitution
If elected president of the United States Governor Mike Huckabee plans to bring the U.S. Constitution into alignment with God:
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One Nation, Indivisible?
Over the holidays my wife and I enjoyed watching the movie classic "The Bells of St. Mary's." It's not really a Christmas movie, but it has all the themes of faith and grace that we celebrate during the season, and the story has a nice holiday feel to it.
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Celebrating Independence by Celebrating Religious Liberty

July Fourth is an opportunity for churches to celebrate religious liberty, but it is not a time for holding a patriotic pep rally, according to a church-state expert.

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