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Senate confirms Gingrich as ambassador to Vatican

In a vote of 70-23, the United States Senate approved the nomination of Callista L. Gingrich as the United States Ambassador to the Vatican. Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (m. 2000), is an author, documentary producer, and former congressional aide. Her husband, Newt Gingrich, was raised as a Lutheran who became Southern Baptist during graduate school […]

 
 

EEOC files suit against physician who mandated daily religious meetings

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he U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four former employees of a Texas physician who allegedly discriminated against them on the basis of religion by unlawfully requiring them to attend daily Bible studies, requiring them to discuss religious matters in these meetings, and for terminating them for religious reasons. According to the EEOC's complaint, […]

 
 

ReligiousLiberty.TV is now part of non-profit Founders First Freedom

Founders First Freedom / ReligiousLiberty.TV

Los Angeles, California – On September 19, 2017, the board of directors of Founders First Freedom, a non-profit organization that promotes religious liberty, voted to merge with ReligiousLiberty.TV, a website dedicated to celebrating liberty of conscience. Founders First Freedom was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2005 to carry forward the desire of John and Cecil Hedrick and the Hedrick […]

 
 

States Rights, Slavery, the 14th Amendment and Religious Liberty

Midred Jeter and Richard Loving in 1967. The couple was jailed for a year for violating Virginia's statute against interracial marriage.

Have you ever wondered what legal mechanism existed that permitted the legalization of slavery in the United States after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? How it was that men, women, and children were held in bondage after Francis Scott Key wrote the famous words, "land of the free, and the home of the brave" in 1812? How segregation persisted in law until the late 1960s?

 
 

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with an executive order that at most expressed the administration's desire that the Department of the Treasury should not unnecessarily threaten the tax-exempt status of religious non-profit organizations if they engage in political activity. Despite stating during the campaign that he would "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, the administration ultimately made a benign gesture affirming existing law while describing its parameters and limits.

 
 

CALENDAR: Holly Hollman to speak at La Sierra University on April 25, 2017

CALENDAR: Holly Hollman to speak at La Sierra University on April 25, 2017

Calendar Event Annual Isaac Backus Lecture Holly Hollman, Esq. General Counsel Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty April 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. Cosssentine Hall La Sierra University 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy Riverside, CA 92505 Riverside, California – On April 27, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty general counsel and associate executive director Holly Hollman will be presenting the annual La Sierra […]

 
 

'Hacksaw Ridge' calls Adventists to revisit commitment to non-violence

'Hacksaw Ridge' calls Adventists to revisit commitment to non-violence

Gibson's portrayal of Doss calls this generation of Seventh-day Adventists to rediscover and embrace the church's heritage of non-violence.

 
 

Iowa church drops transgender restroom lawsuit

Iowa church drops transgender restroom lawsuit

ast week the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit against the state and the city of Des  Moines over language in a brochure that they interpreted as interpreted as requiring churches to accommodate transgender bathroom access. The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but the Iowa Civil Rights Commission indicated that churches […]

 
 

California Governor Brown signs SB1146 into law

​Last Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1146(SB 1146) into place which requires private religious universities that have been granted a federal exemption from Title IX to disclose the fact to the California Student Aid Commission and notify students and staff. Title IX prohibits institutions that receive federal funding from discriminating based on gender, sexualorientation, and gender identity but some […]

 
 

EU not a greater guarantor of religious liberty than UK

EU not a greater guarantor of religious liberty than UK

There will be risks to our human rights and religious liberty protections if citizens of the United Kingdom choose to leave the European Union. However, I do think as well that there will also be risks on our human rights and religious liberty protections if voters choose to remain in the EU, and we need to keep a balanced view on the Brexit/Remain debate over human rights and religious liberty.