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Supreme Court protects religious freedom from Obamacare contraceptive mandate

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In another win for the Trump administration and religious liberty advocates, the Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause exempts religious organizations from employment discrimination lawsuits. It also ...

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Pompeo, Brownback focus on China and ‘decades-long war on faith’

Religious persecution in China has intensified over the past year as the regime continues with its “decades-long war on faith,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 10 while presenting his ...

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Author interview: Annika Bergen is digging up spiritual roots

Kansas City is an area rich in religious history. Annika Bergen, a member of the Heart of America Christian Writers Network (HACWN), also based in Kansas City, recently co-authored a book on ...

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Americans maintain faith in God throughout pandemic, study finds

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Although Americans have not been able to meet in churches for several months, their faith in God remains strong. That is one of the key findings of a recent survey by UChicago ...

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DOJ warns California over closing churches: “there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution”

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state’s public health orders may be discriminatory against churches. In a letter on May 19 the DOJ expressed “several” concerns over the state’s ...

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One-quarter of Americans say their faith has grown during pandemic

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Many Americans say their faith is growing stronger despite challenging times during the pandemic, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. One-quarter of U.S. adults overall (24 percent) say their ...

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‘State of the Plate’ poll: most churches see giving decline

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A new “State of the Plate” poll involving more than 1,000 churches across all 50 states shows that more than six out of 10 churches have seen a decline in offerings since ...

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Man arrested for arson at Missouri mosque

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A Southeast Missouri man was arrested this week on suspicion an arson fire that damaged a mosque at the start of Ramadan. Nicholas Proffitt is accused of starting the fire at the ...

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Finding peace in the pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruptions in our lives at a level not experienced for generations. As a counselor, I have recently heard people describe feeling paralyzed, paranoid, hopeless, fearful about the ...

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Pope Francis blames ‘environmental sins’ for coronavirus

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Environmental degradation is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, according to Pope Francis, who is calling for a worldwide response to climate change. He made the remarks on the 50th anniversary of Earth ...

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Fulani Islamists slaughter Nigerian children at home from lockdown

As Fulani militants murder children in Nigeria, Release International is calling on the African country to protect its Christian minority in the north. The charity reports Fulani Islamists continue to carry out attacks against ...

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Slavic Gospel Association calls for prayer as coronavirus peak approaches in Russia

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With the coronavirus disrupting life in the United States, it can be easy to forget the impact it is having in the rest of the world, such as Russia, where the expected ...

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Jewish congregations adapt to new reality of online services

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As most Christians transition to online services, traditional Jewish congregations also are adjusting to the new reality. Although many have livestreamed Shabbat services for years — mostly for the benefit of shut-ins ...

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Number of practicing Christians continues decline in U.S.

U.S. churches will have to adjust to new data that show that the number of practicing Christians continues to decline. Practicing Christians are now a much smaller segment of the entire population, ...

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500 years after Spanish Inquisition, Jews return to Spain

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CASTELO DE VIDE, Portugal – The Spanish Inquisition is an ugly chapter in the history of the church.  It lasted more than three hundred years, spanned continents and became one of the ...

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New research traces growth of Spirit-empowered Christianity

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An in-depth study finds that Spirit-empowered Christianity is growing exponentially around the world and shows no signs of slowing. Oral Roberts University will hold an event on February 24 to release new ...

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Singer Chynna Phillips sees growing role for Christians in entertainment

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Entertainers such as Justin Bieber and his wife can make a positive impact for the kingdom of God, popular singer Chynna Phillips has said. “They are awesome examples of what it is ...

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Faith In America: Belief And Practice

An in-depth study has found wide-ranging views on religious belief in America and its personal and public perspective. As the nation changes, it’s interesting to note where faith and its practice stand ...

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Technology now powering persecution of Christians around the world

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Imagine facial recognition technology to get into a house of worship and surveillance cameras inside watching every move of the Christians there. Or a “social score” system that awards points for good ...

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Fox News reporter lists top five religion stories of 2019

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New Year’s week is when journalists look back at the top news stories of the year that is ending. Mark Heckler of Fox News offered his top five religion stories in 2019 ...

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Average sermon length determined by type of church

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Many people heard a sermon for the first time in a long during the Christmas season. How long the service lasted depends upon the type of church, according to a new survey ...

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Tofu for Christmas?!

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Thinking of the increased stress we can feel during the holiday due to the attacks on Christmas itself, in particular the push to wipe out the focus of Christ.  This movement to ...

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Church of Scientology in Kansas City offers Christmas display despite not believing in Jesus

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Although the Church of Scientology doesn’t believe in the deity of Jesus, it apparently believes in celebrating Christmas. It recently opened a Winter Wonderland display near its new headquarters at 18th St. and ...

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What’s the truth about the first Thanksgiving?

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There’s a lot of pressure to do away with Thanksgiving. Is it a day of gratitude or a day of guilt? Like Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is being attacked. Many stories surrounding the ...

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Proposed Trump administration rule would overturn Obama restrictions on adoption and foster agencies

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Adoption and foster care agencies that receive federal funding would be able to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity under a new rule proposed by the ...

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