Category: Religious Freedom

Aid agencies highlight Christian persecution on anniversary of ‘Coptic Martyrs’

Four years after the so-called Islamic State released a propaganda video showing the beheading of 21 abducted Coptic Christians in Libya, aid workers and politicians continue to highlight the dangers facing Christians in the Middle East and across the world. On Feb. 15, 2015, a video was released showing IS fighters beheading Egyptian workers as they knelt on a Libyan beach wearing prison-style orange jumpsuits. The Egyptian government and the Coptic Church later confirmed the video’s authenticity.

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School Will No Longer Play Sports Over Christian School’s LGBT Stance

A self-described “progressive” K-8 school in Washington, D.C., is figuratively jumping through hoops in efforts to avoid playing basketball at a private Christian school in Northern Virginia that espouses traditional Christian sexual morals.

The Sheridan School is refusing to play division basketball games at Immanuel Christian School, a private, evangelical school in Springfield, Virginia, affiliated with Immanuel Bible Church, because of its policy on LGBT issues. Immanuel Christian School’s views drew wide attention after Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, announced she would be teaching art at the school.

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Trump Speaks About Abortion, Faith-Based Adoption at National Prayer Breakfast

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defended faith-based adoption centers and his anti-abortion beliefs at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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Democrat Senator Asks Judicial Nominee to Answer Whether Gay Marriage Is ‘Sinful’

Sen. Ted Cruz, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Booker, expressed concern about the “growing pattern among Senate Democrats of hostility to religious faith,” and said the Judiciary Committee should not be “an avenue for persecution. … I have to say, I was deeply troubled a few minutes ago to hear questioning of a nominee, asking your personal views on what is sinful. In my view that has no business in this committee,” Cruz, R-Texas, added.

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Trump talks life, religious freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the unborn and religious liberty at the National Prayer Breakfast, held Thursday morning. Repeating a line from his state of the union address earlier this week, Trump told the assembly that “all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” The room gave the president’s pro-life affirmation loud applause.

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Putin on Ukraine schism:

“The Russian government believes that any meddling in church affairs is off-limits. We’ve respected and will respect the independence of church life, especially in a neighboring sovereign country,” Putin said on Thursday, while meeting heads of several Orthodox churches in Moscow. 

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Religious Freedom: Human Rights Organizations calls for shutdown of the Korea’s Christian Council

On January 27, 30,000 people gathered in at Seul’s Gwanghwamun Square in a rally coordinated by the Global Citizens’ Human Rights Coalition. People from civil society organizations and religious groups came together calling the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) to be held accountable for their ”unconstitutional actions and ultimately shut down,” local media reported.

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Reclaiming Religious Freedom

Last month, the most religiously diverse U.S. Congress in our nation’s history was sworn into office. For proponents of religious liberty, this was an incredible opportunity to celebrate this fundamental American right. At the same time, however, the current political context raises crucial challenges to religious liberty that this Congress must urgently address. Even as more religious minorities are elected to our nation’s highest offices, protections for those groups are widely being stripped away.

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