House Republicans are rallying around a compromise bill that would add protections for religious organizations in addition to granting discrimination protections to LGBT citizens. The bill comes one day after House Democrats passed the Equality Act, which critics say infringes on religious liberty rights and is likely to fail in the Senate. Rep. Chris StewartContinue reading "House Republicans Push Bill Aimed at Balancing LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom"
The House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly passed the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would expand U.S. anti-discrimination laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference or self-proclaimed gender identity. Supporters say the bill will establish basic legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans nationwide that will establish equal justiceContinue reading "House passes the Equality Act, sweeping anti-discrimination legislation that threatens religious liberty"
A leading Catholic bishop on Wednesday condemned President Biden's stances on abortion and religious liberty ahead of the new administration's expected series of executive actions. "Our new president has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, andContinue reading "Leading Catholic Bishop Rips Biden for Expected Abortion and Religious Liberty Actions"
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that pits a religious college graduate against a public university that allegedly threatened him with disciplinary action for distributing Christian material on campus. Chike Uzuegbunam, an evangelical Christian who has since graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College, is accusing his alma mater of violating his free-speech rights in aContinue reading "High Court to Weigh Campus Speech Rights"
A federal appeals court ruled against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and knocked down lockdown restrictions they called a violation of free speech rights. The 2nd Circuit panel ruled on Monday that Cuomo's order to restrict attendance at religious services in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus was unconstitutional. That sameContinue reading "Appeals court says Gov. Cuomo's lockdown restrictions on religious gatherings violated the Constitution"
Fallout from the Supreme Court's Thanksgiving decision blocking New York governor Andrew Cuomo's (D.) worship restrictions is spreading nationwide, as the justices tee up similar orders in other blue states for a legal reckoning. The High Court since Dec. 3 has invoked the Cuomo ruling to erase decisions favoring public health authorities over the faithfulContinue reading "Supreme Court’s Cuomo Rebuke Has Nationwide Ripple Effect"
The Supreme Court said Thursday that federal agents can be forced to pay out of their own pocket for religious liberty violations. The decision allows three Muslim men to seek monetary damages from FBI agents who allegedly placed them on the no-fly list as retaliation for turning down requests to become informants. Justice Clarence ThomasContinue reading "Supreme Court Puts Agents on Financial Hook for Religious Freedom Violations"
Church leaders in California continue to object to coronavirus restrictions that they say are unconstitutional infringements on Americans' right to worship. Appearing on Fox News Wednesday, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone accused the state of "intruding" its authority into church matters by ordering churches not to hold indoor worship services. Last week, Gov. Gavin NewsomContinue reading "San Francisco archbishop slams COVID restrictions, says the state 'does not have authority' over the church"
House Democrats are setting the stage to overturn the longstanding ban on taxpayer-funded abortion in anticipation of a Biden administration. Democrats denounced as racist the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 prohibition on the use of federal funding for abortions, at a Tuesday subcommittee hearing. President-elect Joe Biden supported the amendment throughout his Senate career before flip-floppingContinue reading "Dems Signal Coming Push for Taxpayer-Funded Abortion"
Republican lawmakers and religious-liberty groups are campaigning to defeat President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The selection of Xavier Becerra (D.), California's attorney general and a former member of the House of Representatives, drew condemnation because of his record on religious liberty in one of the biggest jurisdictions inContinue reading "Biden HHS Pick in Jeopardy Over Religious-Freedom Concerns"