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Supreme Court Rules Closely-Held Corporations Have Religious Rights

Supreme Court Rules Closely-Held Corporations Have Religious Rights

Most business owners set up corporations as legal alter-egos to avoid being held personally responsible if their businesses get sued, but in this case, the employers (in Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and Mardel) are saying that their corporations can still manifest the owners' religious beliefs even if it comes at the potential expense of their employees. The Supreme Court agrees.

 
 

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

By Stephen N. Allred – Ultimately, 2013 was a rough year for Christians in many parts of the world who were harassed, raped, murdered and persecuted on account of their faith. In comparison, American Christians, though they faced some challenges, fared rather well.

 
 

Oregon Pastor Calls for End to Elective Abortions in Adventist Hospitals

Oregon Pastor Calls for End to Elective Abortions in Adventist Hospitals

On November 2, 2013 Pastor Tony Brandon delivered this sermon at the Baker City Seventh-day Adventist Church addressing the issue of elective abortions in Seventh-day Adventist hospitals.

 
 

Fewer children aborted, more children in need: how pro-lifers should respond

Fewer children aborted, more children in need: how pro-lifers should respond

By Sarah Terzo – This is where Texas pro-lifers need to step up to the plate. There are women who will be having their babies who are no longer able to abort. This is a good thing. But we as pro-lifers need to be there for these women and children.

 
 

Why The Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer Won't Affect All Christians

Why The Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer Won't Affect All Christians

By James Coffin – Whatever the justices decide concerning legislative prayer, their decision will have little impact on what I'll do when, as a member of the Christian clergy, I'm asked to pray at such gatherings. I don't wear one of those WWJD? wristbands. But I regularly ask the what-would-Jesus-do question. And I'm convinced about what he'd do regarding legislative prayer.

 
 

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates File Lawsuits Challenging Utah and Michigan Laws

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates File Lawsuits Challenging Utah and Michigan Laws

In order to force the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling on the merits of same-sex marriage, advocates have filed lawsuits in Utah and Michigan.

 
 

Religious Liberty News Briefs

Religious Liberty News Briefs

On September 19, a bipartisan group introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating through the tax code against individual religious believers who hold the principle that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. According to bill author, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)H.R. 3133, the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” “will ensure tolerance for individuals and organizations that affirm traditional marriage, protecting them from adverse federal action.” The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

 
 

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

By Michael Peabody – Despite serious public opposition to involvement in another quagmire in the Middle East, chances are the United States will soon be involved in the two-year-old civil war in Syria. While there are many questions regarding how this will help or hinder national foreign policy aims, few have considered how a shift in power could affect the religious freedom of the people of Syria.

 
 

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

This October the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that could change the way that prayers are conducted in legislative proceedings. The Court will determine whether city council rules, which do not openly discriminate against non-Christians or permit prayer to be used to promote a particular religion, are unconstitutional when most of the people offering the prayers are Christians.

 
 

Egypt: Mob burns Adventist Church in Assiut (ANN)

Egypt: Mob burns Adventist Church in Assiut (ANN)

The Assiut Adventist Church, located approximately 220 miles south of Cairo, was attacked by a mob and heavily damaged after it was set on fire. The pastor and his wife hid in their upstairs apartment and were not found by the attackers, who set the building on fire. The pastor and his wife were rescued from the burning building by Muslim neighbors.