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    'I will pray for you,' draws personnel warning

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (3 hours ago)

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    AUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him.

    Attorneys for Toni Richardson, an educational technician with the Augusta (Maine) School Department, are awaiting a response from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the complaint filed May 16. First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas and the Maine law firm Eaton Peabody filed the complaint May 16 regarding the September 2016 incident at Cony School. Read More

  • Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Five states in the U.S. have passed laws protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs, and at least two other states are considering similar legislation. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizing

    by Scott McConnell, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (17 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States.

    Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. And they want churches to be free to practice their faith, which includes discussing politics without any government intervention.

    But few want their preacher's advice on which candidate to vote for. Read More

  • Trump order to enforce 'robust protections' for religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates commended President Trump's new executive order to protect faith beliefs and practice, but some said it fell short of what is needed.

    Trump's order -- issued today (May 4) on National Day of Prayer in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden -- says:

    -- The administration's policy will be to enforce vigorously the "robust protections for religious freedom" in federal law. Read More

  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (25 days ago)

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate. Read More

  • Court's hypothetical questions may prove telling

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    A series of hypothetical questions from across the U.S. Supreme Court's philosophical divide has buoyed advocates of increased freedom for churches to participate in government programs that have a secular purpose. Read More

  • Supreme Court arguments buoy church's supporters

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (one month ago)

    The constitutionality of a state's refusal to include a daycare center in a playground resurfacing program was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today (April 19). Read More

  • Reprimand of Air Force colonel sparks protest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one month ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Liberty Institute is seeking justice for U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid, a flight surgeon the institute said was reprimanded in 2016 for his Christian religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

    The U.S. Air Force originally cleared Madrid in 2014 of charges that he made unsubstantiated derogatory comments against homosexuality to an openly gay airman prior to the airman's court martial for unrelated criminal offenses. But when Madrid was placed under the command of Maj. Gen. John E. McCoy two years after the case was closed, McCoy accused Madrid of having lied during the ... Read More

  • Gorsuch defends religious liberty ruling in hearings

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch steadfastly refused to provide judge-like commentary on such issues as abortion and assisted suicide in his confirmation hearings but was not reluctant to explain his ruling in a vital religious liberty case.

    President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court answered questions about his role in supporting the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby Tuesday (March 21) as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Gorsuch responded to questions about the religious liberty case from both Democrats and Republicans during 10 hours of questioning by the 20 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More

  • Wyo. judge censured for gay marriage opposition

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (BP) -- Proponents of religious liberty have expressed mixed opinions on the Wyoming Supreme Court's censure of a judge for saying her religious beliefs would prevent her from performing same-sex weddings. Read More