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Why the 14th Amendment and Federal Courts are Essential to Protecting 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?

 
 

Government Official Jailed for the "Right" to Discriminate Against Citizens Based on Official's Religion

Government Official Jailed for the "Right" to Discriminate Against Citizens Based on Official's Religion

Rowan County, Kentucky, is the flash point of a culture war that threatens to take us away from a Constitutional democracy and toward an American theocracy.

 
 

Americans United Expresses Church-State Concerns on Eve of Papal Visit to U.S.

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued an open letter to the mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, among other government leaders on August 31, 2015 calling for them to maintain separation of church and state during Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. in September.

 
 

News Briefs and Commentary – July 16, 2015

The United States, along with China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom has inked a nuclear agreement with Iran. Responding to concerns that the release of American hostages, including American Christian pastor Abedini Saeed, was not part of the deal, President Obama said that tying the release of Americans to the deal would give Iran extra leverage for additional concessions. The […]

 
 

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Finds National Right to Same-Sex Marriage

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How the Supreme Court's decision could affect the religious liberty rights of religious organizations and individuals

 
 

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

In March 2015 a Ventura County Superior Court judge upheld the right of a for-profit Christian preschool to compel teachers to make a statement of faith and to obtain a statement by a pastor regarding how frequently they attend church, comment on their faith, and to endorse them as employees a Christian preschool.

 
 

Understanding RFRA: Is Religious Freedom the New Bigotry?

Understanding RFRA: Is Religious Freedom the New Bigotry?

By Nicholas Miller – Is supporting religious freedom an act of bigotry? This question is seriously being asked in the wake of the recent media eruptions surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bills passed in Indiana and Arkansas. The firestorm surrounding these bills has brought the tension between religious freedom and gay rights to a new level of public scrutiny and focus.

 
 

Understanding RFRA: A History – From an Adventist Mill Worker to Hobby Lobby

President Clinton signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act - November 16, 1993 - National Archives

Tracing the history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act from a Seventh-day Adventist textile mill worker to Hobby Lobby.

 
 

Illinois Governor Issues Order Banning Compulsory Public Sector Union Fees

On February 9, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced an executive order that would stop public sector labor unions from requiring that all state workers pay the equivalent of dues.

 
 

Washington Bill Simplifies Accommodation for Religious Objectors to Labor Union Dues

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In practical terms, SB 5552 would make it easier for the employee and union to agree upon a charity, and take the union out of the position of evaluating the theology of the employee.