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Religious Liberty

Some Christians seem willing to support political leaders who lead in ways that violate basic human – much less Christian – principles because they think they will make the country stronger. But at what cost? […] Read More

When AG Jeff Sessions and other politicians seek to appease Christians who falsely believe their religion is under attack, it distracts the church from its legitimate mission. […] Read More

As long as they’re willing to give up their tax-exempt status, U.S. churches can endorse candidates or play politics from the pulpit. For the danger of politics and religion mixing, look at China. […] Read More

A group of Radical Reformers, known as Anabaptists, found themselves facing a penalty of death at the hands of the Protestant government in Zurich, Switzerland, during the 16th century. Escaping their death sentence, Anabaptists fled to the foothills of the Alps. […] Read More

Nationalistic tendencies contributed to a noticeable increase in government restriction on religious freedom in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center report released on June 21. Of the 198 nations assessed, 28 percent (55 nations) were deemed to have “high” or “very high” government restrictions on religious faith and practice – a 3 percent increase […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on travelers entering the U.S. from certain majority-Muslim countries demonstrates the paradox between security and freedom. On the one hand, the court’s decision followed precedent allowing for broad presidential powers when it comes to national security. On the other hand, the decision seemed to […] Read More

Baptists from nearly 50 nations focused on religious liberty concerns in multiple nations during the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Bangkok, Thailand, the first week of July. Through resolutions, presentations and advocacy, the historic Baptist concern for religious liberty led to attention given to Iraq, Myanmar, Russia, Thailand, the United States and […] Read More

U.S. Christian leaders offered divergent responses to President Trump’s May 4 executive order, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” Several U.S. Catholic leaders voiced support for the president’s action, according to the National Catholic Reporter, with many expressing appreciation for it addressing the preventative-care (or HHS) mandate. “Today’s executive order begins the process of alleviating […] Read More

I had the opportunity to speak to U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) in Washington, D.C. The experience confirmed for me simple truths about community, about the responsibility we all have to be involved in the political process, and about how authentic transformation is made possible through love even with the immense power that governments wield. […] Read More

Religious restrictions and social hostility toward religion worldwide increased slightly in 2015, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. Government restrictions of and social hostilities toward religious practices had increased each year from 2008 to 2012, before decreasing each year from 2012 to 2014. This three-year trend was reversed in 2015, with 50 […] Read More