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Supreme Court Says Employers Can’t Be Forced to Violate Their Pro-Life Religious Beliefs

Supreme Court upholds religious exemptions for pro-life employers who don't want to be forced to provide contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs.

Christian Photographer Sues to Stop Virginia from Fining Him for Sharing His Marriage Beliefs

A photographer based in Virginia, filed a lawsuit against the commonwealth this week, arguing a new law could threaten his religious freedom & business.

Ohio Governor Signs Law Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools

A bill protecting religious expression of public school students “before, during and after school hours” has been signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Churches Continue to Fight Back in Court Against State Lockdown Orders

Across the country, lawsuits have mounted as houses of worship fight back against restrictions limiting how many people can gather for services.

Ban on Praying & Protesting Outside Abortion Clinics Discussed in UK Parliament

Labor Party MP raises topic of abortion clinic buffer zones in the UK House of Commons; Fiona Bruce responded that such a law would damage free speech.

Senate Dems Renew Push for So-Called ‘Equality Act’; Conservatives Warn Bill Majorly Threatens Freedoms

Conservatives say this deceptively titled bill will undermine freedoms; Sen. Lankford: 'The Equality Act says ‘you no longer have the right to disagree'

Canada Prevents Hospice from Avoiding Euthanasia by Voting to Become a Christian Organization

BC judge blocks hospice society from voting on becoming a Christian society, which if adopted would exempt it from legal obligation to allow euthanasia.

Amazon Continues to Discriminate Against Religious Conservative Groups

Amazon has doubled down on its efforts to exclude conservative nonprofits from its charity donation program AmazonSmile based on recommendations from SPLC.

Franklin Graham: SCOTUS Transgender Ruling ‘Erodes Religious Freedoms’ Across US

People of sincere faith who stand on God’s Word as their foundation for life should never be forced by the government to compromise their religious beliefs.

Supreme Court Rules 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Employees

Supreme Court rules term “sex” applies to sexual orientation, gender identity; many warn ruling will have “seismic implications for religious liberty”

Trump Admin Overturns Obama Rule, Doctors Won’t Be Forced to Perform Trans Surgeries and Abortions

The Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule on Friday that overturns an Obamacare rule that attempted to normalize transgender ideology.

Trump Signs International Religious Freedom Order

President Trump signs executive order advancing international religious freedom, appropriating $50 million for programs to further religious liberty.

Chief Justice Roberts Sides with Liberal Justices as Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Restrictions on Religious Services

Chief Justice Roberts sides with 4 liberal justices to side with California’s legal argument that they had the right to shut down or limit church services.

California Ends Ban on In-Person Religious Services as One Church Takes Ban to US Supreme Court

On Memorial Day, Governor Newsom announced guidelines for such worship services two days after one a church asks Supreme Court to end Newsom’s ban.

Trump Announces That Churches Are ‘Essential,’ Calls On Governors To Open Them Up

Trump announces new CDC guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now”.

Baltimore Pastor Rips Up Cease-And-Desist Letter Mid-Sermon: ‘We’re Gonna Do It God’s way!’

Baltimore pastor tares cease-and-desist letter mid-sermon after local officials threatened a $5,000 fine earlier in the week for holding in-person services.

Attackers Burn Mississippi Church to the Ground After It Defies Lockdown

A Church in legal battle over lockdown measures was burned down Wednesday; perpetrators spray-painted, "I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits [misspelled]."

Illinoisans Revolting Against Lockdowns as Chicago Mayor Orders Parking Bans Around Churches to Thwart Services

The blue state of Illinois is beginning to revolt against the nation’s strictest Covid-19 lockdowns even as those in charge seek to strengthen their power.

Trump Says Dem. Governors Not Treating Churches with Respect: ‘I Want to Get Our Churches Open’

President Trump Thursday criticized Dem. governors for not allowing churches to open back up and said his administration will be addressing the issue soon.

Cuomo: Churches Will Be Among Last Permitted to Reopen

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is urging pastors to sign a letter to Cuomo demanding he include churches as part of phase 2 of the reopening plan.

Federal Judge Overturns NC Governor’s Restrictive Measures on Church Services

In an order released on Saturday, a federal judge has temporarily blocked North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's restrictive measures against religious services.

Christian Groups Urge Defense Secretary: Protect Military’s Religious Freedom

A coalition of religious freedom advocates penned a letter to Defense Sec. Mark Esper asking him to intervene in Army actions against religious speech.

North Korea ‘Church’ Doesn’t Look Like Any Other But It Exists: Watchdog

Being a Christian in North Korea means using mysterious, spylike tactics to read the Bible, facing threats of concentration camps, the death penalty.

California Tries to Trick Church into Paying for Abortions: Here’s How the Scheme Was Exposed

Can a church be forced to pay for elective abortions even if it goes against its religious beliefs? Apparently, the state of California thinks so.

Churches Across U.S. File Lawsuits Against Democrat Governors

Churches across US file lawsuits against governors who aren't including them among “essential” services that immediately “reopen” as lockdowns ease.

Courts Halt Kentucky Gov. Beshear’s Ban on In-Person Church Services

The injunctions send a loud message that Gov. may no longer discriminate against churches for gathering – whether in-person or in the parking lot.

172 Pastors Petition Virginia Governor to Allow Weekly Church Services

After 6 weeks of not being allowed to gather in church buildings for corporate worship, more than 170 pastors in Virginia are respectfully saying “enough.” 

HUD to Pay Atheist Group Over $3K After Settling Lawsuit Involving Cabinet Bible Study

Leading secular legal group says Department of HUD has agreed to settle a lawsuit related to Ben Carson’s participation in a Bible study.

VP Pence: ‘Beyond the Pale’ for Virginia to Sanction Church for Holding Small Service

Mike Pence: “Even in the midst of a national emergency, every American enjoys our cherished liberties, including the freedom of religion.”

NYC Council Speaker Demands Christian Relief Organization Samaritan’s Purse Leave City

NYC Council Speaker attacks Samaritan’s Purse because they believe in Biblical definition of marriage, Speaker demanding they be booted from the city.

Canadian Police Vow to Hold Christians ‘Accountable’ for Attending Drive-in Sunday Service

Police from an Ontario town say churchgoers taking part in a Sunday drive in service will “be held accountable” for allegedly breaking coronavirus rules.

Canadian Police Fine Preacher Feeding Homeless for ‘Coronavirus Health Orders’

Electronics stores are essential services, abortion clinics, liquor stores, marijuana stores are essential services but feeding the homeless is not?

Gov. Abbott Tells Church to Draw on their Faith During Coronavirus Outbreak

Governor Greg Abbott to Prestonwood Baptist Church: God never promises us a life free of storms. What God promised was a pathway through those storms.

Saskatchewan Reverses Ban on Drive-in Church Services After Legal Challenge

The Govt. of Saskatchewan has reversed decision of Health Authority prohibiting drive-in religious services; instead issuing social distancing guidelines.

Judge Blocks Democrat Kansas Governor’s Order Limiting Church Gatherings to 10 People

Today’s judicial ruling is a much-needed reminder that the Constitution is not under a stay-home order and the Bill of Rights cannot be quarantined

California County Threatens to Jail Worship Teams Over Online Church Services

A County in California is restricting churches from streaming worship singing in online church services unless worship originates from individual homes.

CNN Host Exploits Pastor’s COVID-19 Death: ‘Let That be a Lesson’ to Christians who ‘Defy the Authorities’

According to CNN's Don Lemon, a Virginia pastor's death should be a “lesson” for those who believed God is larger than the coronavirus.

Nigerian Genocide Continues to Mount Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

In 5 weeks, from March 1 through the first week of April, more than 60 Christians were murdered in Nigeria while the country has fought to contain virus.

UPDATE: Mississippi Mayor Reverses Ban on Drive-in Church Service After DOJ Intervention

One day after the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest supporting a Mississippi church, Mayor lifts ban on drive-in worship services.

Christian Minister Takes Legal Action Against Belfast Hotel for Shutting Down Marriage Seminar

A Christian minister from Northern Ireland is suing a Belfast hotel after its staff ordered him to halt a conference on Biblical marriage.

Mississippi Pastor Sues Police After Congregants were Ticketed at Drive-in Service

A Mississippi Pastor is suing his city after police officers issued tickets to people attending the church’s drive-in service last week.

Franklin Graham Releases Statement after Samaritan’s Purse Unjustly Takes Fire

Franklin Graham & Samaritan's Purse have recently come under opposition from groups attempting to smear the name of the widely respected organization.

Cake Artist Jack Phillips Has Yet Another Day in Court

Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips is in court for the third time defending his right to operate his business according to his Christian faith.

GOP Governor Refuses To Cave, Keeps Church Doors Open As ‘Essential’

Despite media pressure to close down houses of worship, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to cave, overruling some counties within his state.

‘This Is Evil’: MyPillow’s Mike Lindell Punches Back at Media Critics

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell hit back at criticism from CNN’s Jim Acosta and others regarding his remarks at Monday’s White House coronavirus briefing.

De Blasio Threatens to Permanently Close Places of Worship that Resist Shutdown Order

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio warned religious leaders that places of worship could be shut down permanently if they don't follow city's order to halt services.

Silencing the Christian Church: Canadian Politicians Introduce Bill to Criminalize “Conversion” Therapy

Make no mistake, this Canadian Bill seeking to Criminalize "Conversion Therapy" is targeted to silence Churches & Christians. Canadians need to stand up.

Christians Fear Threats to Religious Freedom in Coronavirus Crisis

Christian groups have expressed concerns that sweeping government actions to combat the spread of coronavirus endanger religious liberty.

Despite Coronavirus, Chinese Government Continues to Destroy Churches, Steal Crosses

With China forced to devote resources to contain COVID-19, you would think the communist gov. might lay off persecuting the Christian community. Sadly not

Franklin Graham: Proud & Thankful that we have Leaders who know that our Help comes from God

Franklin Graham: proud & thankful that we have leaders who know that our help comes from God & aren’t ashamed to bend their knee or bow their head in prayer

Interactive TV Show Gives Iranian Christians a Voice

Through an interactive satellite TV program called “Signal,” members of the country’s underground church have the opportunity to share their stories.