Report: Religious freedom under ‘serious and sustained assault’ around the world

May 3, 2016 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: Religious freedom has come under “serious and sustained assault” across the globe in the past year, according to an annual report released today. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom  (USCIRF) today released its 2016 report, and found that religious liberty has deteriorated around the world, with abuses committed by both state and non-state actors. A number of countries are “plagued by extremism and religious freedom...

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Christian baker loses appeal in same-sex wedding cake case

Apr 27, 2016 by

by Kiley Crossland, World Magazine: The Colorado Supreme Court will not hear the case of a Christian baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding celebration. The decision, released yesterday, upholds a prior ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals against the baker, Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. Philips had appealed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s order to create cakes for same-sex weddings, re-educate his staff on discrimination policy, and file...

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Response: Christian Concern and the Victoria Wasteney case

Apr 22, 2016 by

by Ian Paul and Tim Dieppe, Psephizo: On Wednesday I was contacted by Tim Dieppe, a long time reader of this blog and recently appointed as Director of Islamic Affairs at Christian Concern, following the publication of the article about CC and the Wasteney case. I was happy to offer Tim a right of reply, giving Christian Concern’s more detailed perspective. I would like to thank Ian Paul for allowing me to reply to the article published here on the Victoria Wasteney case. I have long admired...

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Canadian Court Rules University Can Shut Down Pro-Life Student’s Group’s Free Speech Rights

Apr 21, 2016 by

by Conor Beck, Life News: Pro-life activists at the University of Victoria in Canada have lost a free-speech battle through British Columbia’s highest court on Monday. The decision was not even close. The Times Colonist reports the British Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously rejected arguments by a pro-life student club that insisted the university consider freedom of expression when restricting use of campus common space. The pro-life group Youth Protecting Youth was approved for a...

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Christian charities urge opposition to Government plans for registration and inspection of Church youth work

Apr 18, 2016 by

From Christian Concern: Christian charities CARE, Christian Concern, Evangelical Alliance, Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship and The Christian Institute have today issued a joint statement and call to action over Government proposals to register and inspect church youth work. The statement reads: “Requiring churches in England to register before they are legally allowed to help children learn the Christian values our nation was built on is an unjustified restriction of religious...

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Kim Davis Just Won in Kentucky

Apr 18, 2016 by

by Bob Eschliman, Charisma News: Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who made national headlines last summer after refusing to issue marriage licenses over her opposition to same-sex “marriage,” won in the end. With little fanfare, and barely a mention, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law a bill that transforms the state’s marriage license form and removes the requirement that county clerks must sign or affix their official seal to them. He called it a “statutory...

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