Faith Leaders to Congress: Don't Change Vital Religious Freedom Law (RFRA)

June 30. 2014

By: PR Newswire

In the wake of this week’s Supreme Court decision affirming the religious liberty of Americans who go into business, leaders of diverse faith communities representing over 100 million Americans are calling on Congress not to tamper with a key federal protection for the religious freedom of all Americans of all faiths.  President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law in 1993 after all but three of Congress’s 535 members voted in favor of it.  Read more>>

Victory for Religious Autonomy at the European Court of Human Rights

June 12. 2014

The American Religious Freedom Program played a role in a new victory for religious liberty in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).  In the case of Fernández Martínez v. Spain, the ECtHR’s Grand Chamber granted a landmark victory for faith communities’ religious autonomy.  Read more>>

Religious Freedom Is the New Civil Rights Issue, Samuel Rodriguez and Rick Warren Say

June 10. 2014

By: Christian Post

At a panel discussion on religious freedom hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren argued that religious freedom is emerging as America’s key civil rights issue for the coming decades.  Read more>>

25 Years After Tiananmen Square China Tightens Grip on Religious Freedom

June 2. 2014


In remembrance of the 25th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square protests that resulted in government violence against peaceful protesters, CNN documents the restrictions to religious freedom of people of all faiths in China today.  Not only do Christians face arrests, fines, and the closing of churches, but Buddhists, Muslims, and other groups are undergoing persecution that is worse now than it has been in the last decade.  Read more>>

"In God We Trust" on currency doesn't violate the First Amendment or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

May 28. 2014

By: Washington Post

A federal court in New York ruled that the United States’ official motto "In God We Trust" is a "reference to our religious heritage" and therefore constitutional to print on currency.  The court ruled that the printing of the motto does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, nor does it violate the Free Exercise Clause or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Read more>>

Seven Reasons Why Religious Freedom is Good for Business

May 26. 2014

By: Canon and Culture

Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, explores seven positive impacts that religious freedom has on business. Among other things, religious freedom multiplies trust in the marketplace, develops the economy, and lays the groundwork for broad expression of other fundamental freedoms.  Read more>>

Quebec Rejects Secularism

May 21. 2014

By: American Interest

Sociologist and scholar of religion Peter Berger reflects on the significance of an April election in Quebec’s National Assembly that many saw as a rejection of the province’s proposed secularist “Charter of Values.”  The charter, which had been introduced by the ruling Parti Quebecois, required all public employees to maintain strict “religious neutrality.”  All teachers, nurses, judges, and others were to be banned from wearing any visible symbol of religion to work.  Read more>>

Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer at council meetings

May 5. 2014

By: Washington Post

The Supreme Court held today that legislative bodies that begin meetings with a prayer do not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Court concluded that the plaintiffs were asking federal courts to “act as supervisors and censors of religious speech, a rule that would involve government in religious matters to a far greater degree than is the case under the town’s current practice.”  Read more>>

USCIRF: State Department should double list of worst religious freedom offenders

April 30. 2014

By: Religion News Service

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 15th annual report, which provides foreign policy recommendations to the U.S. State Department. This year's report recommends that the State Department cite a total of 16 countries on its list of "Countries of Particular Concern." The State Department only lists eight countries – Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan – and has not changed since 2006.  USCIRF recommends adding Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.  Read more>>

ARFP Condemns Anti-Semitic Attack Against Kansas City Jewish Community

April 14. 2014

The American Religious Freedom Program is outraged by the anti-Semitic shooting and murders at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City yesterday and expresses deepest sympathy for the victims, their families, and the members of the American Jewish community.  Read more>>

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