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Seattle-Area Christian Mission Asks Supreme Court to Let Them Hire Believers

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, a Christian non-profit group that aids the homeless, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday after the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that forced it to hire non-Christian employees. The Washington Supreme Court ruled in Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods that the Christian organization...

9th Circuit Rules in Favor of Seattle-Area Church Forced to Fund Abortion

The 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that Washington state cannot force a Seattle-area Christian church to pay for abortion in its health insurance plan, Alliance Defending Freedom reported in a press release. "No church should be forced to cover abortions, and certainly not a church like Cedar Park...

THREE Victories for Campus Religious Freedom in Iowa This Year

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday in InterVarsity v. University of Iowa that America's universities cannot force Christian student groups to accept non-Christians into leadership roles. "What the University did here was clearly unconstitutional," the court's opinion stated. "It targeted religious groups for differential treatment under the...

California Writes $1.35M Settlement Check After COVID Shutdown of Churches

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) One year after Liberty Counsel sued Gov. Gavin Newsom on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, the state of California paid a settlement of $1.35 million on July 15. As a result of Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit, a federal district court in May approved...

Wisc. Bishop Removes Priest Who Said Dem-Supporting Catholics Will ‘Burn in Hell’

(Associated Press) A Wisconsin bishop has taken the unusual step of removing a priest from the ministry after he made a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic. The Diocese of La Crosse said in a statement Friday that Bishop William Patrick Callahan has issued a decree immediately removing...

Ted Cruz: Biden is Weaponizing the IRS Just Like Obama Did

UPDATE 7:00 AM 7/8/2021: Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Chip Roy, both Republicans from Texas, issued statements after the IRS reversed its decision to deny Christians Engaged tax-exempt status after accusing the organization of being a Republican front group. Cruz: Sadly following in the footsteps of the Obama IRS, the Biden...

Oldest Black Church in US to Address BLM, Gay Marriage, in Delayed Meeting

(Headline USA) The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the United States' oldest historically black denomination, launched its General Conference on Tuesday with delegates expected to address racial issues such as voting rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. “Our church claims to have the issue of justice in its DNA,” Senior...

Supreme Court Turns Away Florist Who Refused Same-Sex Wedding Job

(Headline USA) The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said they would have agreed to hear...

Republicans Call for Firing of IRS Employee for Targeting Christian Group

(The Center Square, Casey Harper) Several Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate sent a letter to the IRS Friday demanding the agency correct a ruling they say could have major implications for churches and faith-based organizations in the U.S. Fifteen members signed the letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig...

Army Backs Down on Punishing Chaplain Who Voiced Support for Trans Ban

The Army has abandoned an attempt to censor and formally reprimand a chaplain who shared his religious beliefs and endorsed Defense Department policies on his personal social-media account, First Liberty reported. Chaplain Andrew Calvert, an Army major, commented on a news article that he supports the Defense Department's now-repealed prohibition...

HAWLEY: Religious Freedom Commission Should Consider Adding Canada to ‘Watch List’

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., wrote in a letter to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that the commissioners should consider placing Canada on the watch list for persecuting Christians, according to a press release. "I am troubled that our Canadian neighbors are effectively being forced to gather in secret,...

IRS Denies Christian Nonprofit Tax Exemption, Saying Biblical Values are Republican

(The Center Square, Casey Harper) A Christian group in Texas has released documents showing the IRS denied their organization's application for tax exempt status in part because the IRS says "Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the party and candidates.” Christians Engaged, a faith-based group working to get Christians...

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