Religious Liberty

Obama stresses religious freedom at prayer breakfast

While it isn’t always easy, the president says pushing foreign leaders to respect human rights of religious minorities is the right thing to do.

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Mosque opponents appeal to Supreme Court

Plaintiffs ask the Supreme Court to decide whether concerns about terrorism outweigh religious-freedom safeguards in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

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Obama administration to appeal clergy tax ruling

Government attorneys will appeal a ruling striking down a widely used tax benefit extended to clergy.

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Kazakh Baptists refuse to pay fines

A group of Baptists that claims the government has no right to require them to register with the government had another run-in with the law in Central Asia.

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Baptists arrested at worship in Belarus

Police have resumed raids on meetings by unregistered Baptist churches in Belarus, according to reports by the international news service Forum 18.

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Birth control and the Bill of Rights

If religious liberties do not include all religions, then our rhetoric becomes the height of hypocrisy.

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Starr: Hobby Lobby case tests liberty

Former Whitewater prosecutor and current Baylor President Ken Starr says the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby’s objection to mandated contraception coverage under Obamacare tests the principle of accommodation of religious beliefs.

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Satanists want equal time in Oklahoma

An out-of-state group turned up the heat in debate over a Ten Commandments monument on public property in Oklahoma by requesting equal access for a statue honoring “the historic/literary Satan.”

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Supreme Court to hear Hobby Lobby case

A ruling is expected in June over whether the government can require for-profit employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers contraceptive services that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

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Court strikes down clergy tax break

The ruling, which does not take effect until all appeals are final, would remove what GuideStone calls “the most important tax benefit available to ministers.”

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