Religious Freedom

Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

"Serving Others in God's Love" is the theme of this year's Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
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Supreme Court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.
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Nibbles or bites, tax policy fights eating away at church exemptions

For generations, religious denominations in the United States have been largely exempt from paying taxes. However, some cracks are beginning to show in that armor.
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Trump signs order to give faith groups stronger voice in government

In front of a small crowd of cabinet members and religious leaders at the White House Rose Garden May 3, President Donald Trump announced, and then signed, an executive order giving faith-based groups a stronger voice in the federal government.
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In Henan, Chinese Catholics warned to follow rules on religious affairs

A clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, Catholic-run institutions closed, people expelled from Mass.
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Washington Archdiocese considers next step in lawsuit over transit ad

The Archdiocese of Washington was weighing its options after a federal judge denied a request for an emergency injunction over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's advertising guidelines.
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French symposium focuses on religious freedom

When the government starts putting restrictions on the practice of the faith, the lieutenant governor said, it is good to keep in mind “why we have the Constitution and the amendments and the sacrifices of the Carroll family.”
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Knights CEO praises plan for getting U.S. aid to persecuted Christians

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, praised the decision by the Trump administration to provide direct U.S. aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East and route it through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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Archbishop Lori calls line of questioning of judicial nominee ‘deeply disappointing’

“These comments are a reminder that we must remain vigilant against latent bigotries that may still infect our national soul,” Archbishop William E. Lori said.
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Court: Company can take sisters’ land to build natural gas pipeline

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ and other landowners in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have lost their court case to keep a natural gas pipeline from being built on their property.
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Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

The Knights are following the example of the Hungarian government, whose new spending bill allowed for $2 million to be sent to the Archdiocese of Irbil in Iraq to rebuild a Christian community near Mosul, Iraq.
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