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FEMA's reversal of no-aid policy for churches raises Constitutional concerns

FEMA's reversal of no-aid policy for churches raises Constitutional concerns

Last summer, Hurricane Harvey created a wake of destruction across southeast Texas, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stepped in to provide disaster-relief grants to some organizations. Under FEMA’s policy at the time, churches could receive funding to repair only those portions of their facilities where less than 50 percent of the space was used for religious purposes. As a result, schools or church-run hospitals and community centers could receive aid, but not church sanctuaries.

 
 

The Top 5 Religious Liberty Stories of 2017

The Top 5 Religious Liberty Stories of 2017

A brief outline of America's top religious liberty issues in 2017.

 
 

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed its version of a major tax bill. Although there are a number of indirect ramifications for religious institutions, the Senate bill keeps the Johnson Amendment intact. 

 
 

Potential Outcomes in Supreme Court Wedding Cake Case

Potential Outcomes in Supreme Court Wedding Cake Case

Next Tuesday, December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a difficult case that pits the free exercise of religion and free speech rights of a wedding cake maker against the anti-discrimination rights of a same-sex couple. The couple demands the cake; the baker refuses because he thinks he will be sinning. The question is – can the state of Colorado make him bake the cake?

 
 

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Approximately 500 years ago, Martin Luther sparked a “Reformation” within the Roman Catholic Church that shook Europe. Slumbering minds awoke. Controversy erupted. An unstoppable movement was born. The Pope trembled. When the dust settled, countless Catholics-Turned-Protestant had abandoned their church. Fast-forward to today. Interdenominational cooperation has become the norm. Differences are being minimized. Many Protestant Churches seek unity with Rome. Many are even […]

 
 

Bruce Cameron: Luther, Life, and Law

Bruce Cameron: Luther, Life, and Law

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not […]

 
 

Scott Fales: Luther's Transformation of the West

Scott Fales: Luther's Transformation of the West

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of the Wittenberg church, it began a radical transformation of western thought and culture. But it wasn’t until the Bible was printed in the common languages that mainstream cultures began to embrace the radical truths presented in the Scriptures and the West was truly transformed. The historical effect that the 95 theses initiated, was that the […]

 
 

Advocate Realities: Tips and Principles

Advocate Realities: Tips and Principles

By Shawn D'Abreu – Some suggestions for your life as an activist.

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Supreme Court may consolidate same-sex wedding cake and flower cases

Supreme Court may consolidate same-sex wedding cake and flower cases

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a same-sex wedding cake case in the next term and is considering whether to grant certiorari in a similar case involving a florist.