• Globally and abroad, experts say religious freedom more than a ‘commodity’

    SOUTH BEND, Indiana - At first blush, it might seem there’s not much in common between the stark, in-your-face persecution against Christians in regions such as the Middle East, where people are being killed for their faith, and subtle persecution in other places, such as the quiet removal of... Read more
  • Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be “the end of a long cultural war fight” over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government “never needed nuns to give out contraceptives” to women, said the president of the Becket law... Read more
  • Halt the hostility: Colorado baker forced back to court by state persecution

    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner, Jack Phillips, filed a motion in federal court Tuesday to stop Colorado officials from violating his constitutional rights while Phillips’ lawsuit against them proceeds. Although the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more
  • Another Major Victory for Religious Freedom in America

    On January 9, 2015, I wrote an article titled, “The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom.” Now, more than three-and-a-half years later, sanity has prevailed and religious freedoms have been preserved. Atlanta must pay up. The case involved Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, a man... Read more
  • Despite Pastor Brunson’s Release, Religious Freedom Concerns Persist in Turkey

    On Friday, a Turkish court revised its ruling against U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson. This allowed the Presbyterian minister to return to the U.S. after nearly two years in prison. Religious leaders across theological and political spectrums praised the Trump administration’s role in ensuring... Read more
  • Religious Liberty Victory for UK Bakers

    Evangelicals in the United Kingdom secured a major legal victory for freedom of conscience today, as the nation’s Supreme Court ruled on behalf of a Christian bakery that declined to fulfill an order for a pro-gay cake. The high court declared that the owners of Ashers Baking Company in... Read more
  • California Governor Vetoes Campus ‘Abortion Pill’ Law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Sunday that would have mandated that public universities in the state offer abortion-inducing “medication” through campus student health centers starting in 2022. The bill, S.B. 320, was “not necessary,”... Read more
  • After the referendum, will Irish doctors have conscience rights?

    Patient and society’s demands have given rise both to changes in ideas about the goals of medicine and to changes in medical practice. Many of these changes are welcome improvements to medicine and to the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients. However, problems in this... Read more
  • After 95 Years, NY Rules End Catholic Adoption and Foster Services in Buffalo

    Buffalo, N.Y. — Adoption and foster services through Catholic Charities of Buffalo are ending because state rules do not allow the agency to maintain its practice of only placing children in homes with a mother and a father. “Because Catholic Charities cannot simultaneously comply... Read more
  • Will Trump Sanctions Help Andrew Brunson More Than They Hurt Turkish Christians?

    Governments are supposed to take care of their citizens. For Andrew Brunson, an American detained in Turkey for almost two years, it may be his best hope. Charged with threatening national security because of alleged ties to terrorist groups, the pastor for two decades of an evangelical church... Read more