Freedom of Religion

Feds investigate Michigan town for religious discrimination

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Federal housing authorities are investigating religious discrimination complaints against a Michigan resort community that requires homeowners to be of "Christian persuasion."<p>The U.S. Department of Federal Housing notified the Bay View Association last month that the …


Global Religious Freedom Takes Its Biggest Hit in Over a Decade

Christianity is the biggest religion in the world. It's also still the most restricted. Christians around the world face mounting political and …


“Religious Freedom Annual Review 2018: Religion and the Common Good”

“Religious Freedom Annual Review 2018: Religion and the Common Good”<p>June 21, 2018 by Dan Peterson<p>I spent almost all day yesterday (Wednesday) at the …


Bring back human rights envoy to protect religious freedoms: Inquiry

The advocacy group's Australian Director, Elaine Pearson, said religious freedoms are under sustained attack around the world, particularly in …

Human Rights

Looking Forward to Religious Freedom Week - CNA Columns: Guest Columnist

The plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East is shocking to American sensibilities. Because we are only occasionally reminded by the press …


Globe editorial: Canada’s top court strikes a balance on religious freedom

The Supreme Court’s decision affirming the right of provincial law societies to refuse to licence graduates of Trinity Western University’s law school is nominally a question of administrative law, but it touches on a more polarizing issue: the contest between traditional religious belief and the …


Bishops' video series encourages prayer, action for Religious Freedom Week

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2018 / 12:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted a video series for Religious …


New Mexico diner sued by agency for religious discrimination

Federal authorities say the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a diner in Farmington, New Mexico for subjecting a Muslim woman to …


Airtel says allegations of religious discrimination against it are ‘untrue and factually incorrect’

The telecommunications firm faced backlash for responding to a user’s request to assign a ‘Hindu representative’ to handle her …

India News

Bible used as cover for bigotry

Just wondering if that baker in Colorado hands every prospective customer a questionnaire to determine whether they participate in premarital sex, …

Las Vegas

What does Trinity Western’s Supreme Court loss mean for the summer jobs attestation?

The case shows the court's narrowing view of what can be justified on grounds of religious freedom but the two cases have important …

Human Rights

Some news on the religious freedom front

June 18, 2018 by Dan Peterson<p>On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Brigham Young University’s very significant International Center for Law and …


Serving Others in God’s Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018

People of faith are committed to serving others in God’s love in healthcare, child welfare, migration and refugee resettlement, education, and more. …

Child Welfare

AP-NORC Poll: Christian-Muslim split on religious freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey.<p>Solid majorities said it was extremely or very important for the U.S. to uphold …


Challenges to religious freedom continue, archbishop tells USCCB

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Challenges to religious freedom continue to emerge and the U.S. Catholic Church will remain steadfast in addressing them …


Canada's Supreme Court rules LGBT rights trump religious freedom

<b>Canada's top court has ruled in favour of denying accreditation to a Christian law school that banned students from having gay sex.</b><p>Friday's ruling against Trinity Western University in British Columbia (BC) was closely watched by both religious freedom and gay rights advocates.<p>The university made …


Trump Administration To Take On Religious Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is ready to take on claims by houses of worship that they face discrimination in seeking building permits …

Trump Administration

Rally supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop draws hundreds

Denver, Colo., Jun 12, 2018 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people attended at a rally outside Masterpiece Cakeshop last week, showing …


NW Tribal Members To Appeal Religious Freedom Case

Northwest tribal members plan to appeal a decision by a federal magistrate judge in Oregon over the destruction of a spiritual site near Mount Hood.


Recognizing religious freedom as an LGBT issue

On June 1, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines – First lady makes …


"Serving Others in God's Love," is the theme for 2018 Religious Freedom Week

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Catholic Church's 2018 religious freedom observance begins June 22, the feast of two English martyrs who fought …


Warnings of WWIII, the Iranian Danger, EU Military Integration, U.S. Religious Freedom

Civil Rights

Archbishop Angaelos

Archbishop Angaelos, who has served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999, was enthroned on 18 November …


Pruitt interrupted by protester holding lotion - CNN Video

A protestor with lotion interrupted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during his speech at a religious freedom summit today. Pruitt has asked his security detail to assist him with errands ranging from picking up his dry cleaning to helping him look for lotion, The Washington Post reported.

Scott Pruitt

U.N. Human-Rights Dissonance: From Religious Freedom to Criminalizing Blasphemy

In international-affairs parlance, ‘rights’ has a very different meaning from the one we know.<p>When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the State …

Human Rights

Holly Richardson: Religious freedom for some is religious freedom for none

Religious freedom only for some is religious freedom for none.<p>For millennia, religious conflicts over one “right” religion have resulted in reigns of …


New Australian law requires priests to report abuse admissions made in confessional

SYDNEY (CNS) -- Laws requiring Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in some cases passed the Australian Capital Territory's Legislative …

New South Wales

Masterpiece Cakeshop leaves a tasty morsel for the travel ban case

Jeff Jacoby (“The Supreme Court says no to ‘clear and impermissible hostility,’ ” Opinion, June 6) is correct that the Supreme Court in Masterpiece …


Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Religious Freedom

In the closely watched Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court dealt a blow against the small-mindedness that so often characterizes the …

Civil Rights

Court Sees 'Hostility' To Religious Beliefs In Case Of Baker And Same-Sex Couple

By upholding the right of a baker not to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, the Supreme Court rekindled the debate over whether religious freedom …

Civil Rights