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Religious freedom trumps contraceptions

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Source: Religion News The author argues, correctly, that free contraception is not as important as religious freedom — specifically discussing Obama’s mandate in his health care bill. The author states, “to the greatest extent possible, people should not be compelled by the state to violate their consciences. That’s what religious freedom means, and it is a foundational American value . …

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America needs to take religious freedom more seriously

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Source: Charisma News Admittedly I am not familiar with Charisma News, but they seem to get some right and some wrong here. First, as Charisma News states, “federal law doesn’t define ‘religious persecution’ as it applies to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Now, several of those groups are asking the Supreme Court to take up the case of Xue Ting, …

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The Pope and President agree religious freedom must be protected

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Source: La Stampa (Italy) According to the Italian site, La Stampa, during President Trump’s visit to the Vatican, Pope Francis and Trump agreed that they have “the common commitment in favor of life and freedom of worship and conscience.” There are other areas of disagreement — namely Trump’s immigration policy, but religious freedom is a key area of concern. Read …

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Supreme Court Justice Alito says there is a “cause for concern” regarding religious freedom

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Source: CNA Daily News When the Supreme Court discusses religious freedom it is important to listen, so when Justice Alito asserts there is “cause for concern,” it perks my ears up. Alito states that religious freedom is “one of the most fundamental rights,” and the founders “saw a vital connection between religion and the character needed for republican self-government.” Alito …

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Rumor is Trump will pick Gov. Brownback as U.S. Religious Freedom Ambassador

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Source: World Religious News According to World Religious News (and a few other non-major sources), the President will choose former Senator, and current governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback. As a conservative Catholic, and strong advocate for religious freedom, Brownback would be a great choice. In fact, Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, stated …

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Does Trump’s religious order do much to protect religious freedom?

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Source: The Hill President Trump recently signed an executive order that is intended to, according to The Hill, “‘destroy’ the Johnson Amendment, a federal tax law that prohibits non-profit organizations from, among other things, endorsing or opposing political candidates. Religious-right activists have long criticized this law as infringing their speech.” But not everyone thinks the order does all that much. …

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Christian’s religious freedom upheld!

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Source: The Stream The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld Blaine Adamson’s “freedom to operate his business consistent with his faith.” Adamson owns a printing shop, Hands on Original, in Kentucky. A few years back, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) ordered t-shirts for a gay pride parade. Adamson told GLSO that he could not complete the order due …

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Oregon official who denied Christian’s rights to freely live out their faith has lost election

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Source: CNN Former Oregon Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, became famous when he publically went after Christians whose faith kept them from using their art to represent ideas that were contrary to their beliefs — namely gay marriage. He took his publicity and ran for Secretary of State, but lost that election. Avakian’s campaign promised for more progressive values “like wage …

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Trump signs religious freedom order!

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Source: Reuters Trump signed an executive order that protects churches from persecution by the IRS, and allows them to speak freely from the pulpit in regards to political activity. The order “also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor.” This is a major win for religious freedom and freedom of …

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Newly appointed Justice Gorsuch could deliver immediate impact

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Source: Los Angeles Times There are several cases before the US Supreme Court where Justice Gorsuch can have an immediate impact. According to the Los Angeles Times, Justice Gorsuch “joins the Supreme Court just in time to cast potentially significant votes in cases that pit religious liberty against gay rights, test limits on funding for church schools and challenge California’s …