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Marines become first military branch to get religious exemptions

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The Pentagon has finally begun to grant religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The U.S. Marines approved several requests in the last week. The news comes as the Armed Services have ...

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Report: Western nations soft-peddle China’s persecution of Christians, other minorities

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The belief that downplaying Beijing’s human rights abuses would lead to reforms in China has not only validated the Chinese Communist Party’s approach against Christians and other religious minorities but has also ...

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Court finds Maryland violated Christian school’s rights

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A federal district court ruled Friday that Maryland officials violated the First Amendment rights of a church-run grade school. The state had revoked the school’s eligibility to participate in a voucher program ...

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Supreme Court hears arguments in school choice, parental rights case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in an important school choice case. Carson v. Makin challenges a Maine law that prohibits parents from using a state student-aid program if ...

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Religious Christmas postage stamps still point to ‘reason for the season’

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Step up to any United States Post Office counter or log onto its official government-sponsored website, and anyone in the market for “Christmas”-themed postage stamps has three options: “A visit from St. ...

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Survey: More people support religious freedom after divisive year

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Religious organizations are finding it more difficult to serve their communities because of new policies initiated by the federal government.  It comes as a new survey finds that Americans’ support for religious ...

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How X-Men addressed the faith of one of its most popular characters

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Included in Disney+’s extensive movie and TV library are classics such as the 1990s animated Marvel series, X-MEN. While modern depictions of the team of mutant superheroes have become increasingly violent, such ...

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Policy protecting religious liberty of federal contractors to be rescinded by Biden administration

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The Biden administration plans to end a Trump administration policy that protected the religious liberty of federal contractors and put them on an equal footing with other contractors. At issue is a ...

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Navy SEALs sue President Biden after religious exemption denied

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The Biden administration is being sued for denying religious vaccine exemptions to Navy SEALs. The vaccine mandate deadline is approaching for all service members and thousands are speaking out about their denial ...

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Atheist scientists defend religion against vicious attacks from peers

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Distrust of atheists is strong in the United States. The General Social Survey consistently demonstrates that as a group, Americans dislike atheists more than any other religious group. According to various studies, nearly half ...

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Apple caves to Chinese Communists, bans Bible apps

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Apple is giving in to pressure from the Chinese government and removing Bible apps from its app store in the communist nation. Chinese officials claim the apps violate laws that prohibit the ...

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Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small & midsize US congregations

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A new survey of 15,278 religious congregations across the United States confirms trends sociologists have documented for several decades: Congregational life across the country is shrinking. The most recent round of the ...

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Major religious groups and their stand on vaccinations

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As the debate over COVID19 vaccinations continues, some people cite religious beliefs as a reason not to take the shot. Most religions have no prohibition against vaccinations, although some have considerations, concerns ...

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Award-winning film ‘Nine Days’ celebrates beauty of life

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Filmmaker Edson Oda has made a new movie about the gift of life. “Nine Days” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is captivating audiences in its current theatrical release. ...

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Religious freedom winning big in the U.S. Supreme Court

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Despite what sometimes seems like continuous negative news, religious liberty actually is winning in the U.S. Supreme Court. A study published in “The Supreme Court Review” says that the Supreme Court under ...

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Poll finds partisan divide in opinions about Biden’s faith            

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Americans have widely varying perceptions about President Biden’s faith, a survey from the Pew Research Center found. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed correctly identified Biden’s faith as Roman Catholic. An additional 31 ...

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Canadian pastor will remain imprisoned for holding church service

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Christians around the world are speaking out on behalf of a Canadian pastor imprisoned since Feb. 16 for holding in-person worship services. Pastor James Coates with GraceLife Church of Edmonton was arrested ...

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins American Center for Law and Justice

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Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state, has joined the American Center for Law and Justice as senior counsel for global affairs. “Secretary Pompeo is joining the ACLJ as of today and will ...

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Biden voters much less likely to have biblical worldview, survey finds

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President Biden’s base of supporters is 60 percent less likely to hold a biblical worldview than other Americans. Although nearly two-thirds of those voters consider themselves to be Christian, many of their ...

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Biden Administration’s crackdown on religious liberty raises alarm

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Christian leaders are bracing for religious liberty to be curtailed under President Joe Biden. “Early indications are troubling,” Professor Edward A. Morse, a member of the board of directors of the Thomas ...

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Federal court strikes down transgender mandate for health-care professionals

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A so-called “transgender mandate” that required medical professionals and religious health-care workers to perform gender transition procedures on patients has been struck down by a federal court in North Dakota. According to ...

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Religious background of the new Congress

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Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver made headlines on the opening day of Congress when he added “a-women” to the close of his prayer. His remarks, which drew scorn from all sections of the ...

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Can employers require workers take a Covid vaccine?

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said that employers can require employees to get vaccinated before entering ...

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Government restrictions on religious freedom reach highest level since 2007, study finds

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Government restrictions on religious freedom in 2018 were at the highest level they have been since 2007, according to a study by Pew Research. “We look at this religious freedom foundational right ...

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Colorado restrictions on religious gatherings

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The U.S. Supreme Court continues to side with churches that are challenging overreaching state restrictions. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of a Colorado church that sued Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. ...

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