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Friday, July 12th, 2013
In this article the question of how court rulings on same-sex marriage will impact religious liberty in the U.S. is considered. Already many conservative Christians in the U.S. are alarmed at various developments in recent years that pose a threat to religious liberty. Several businesses in the U.S. are already facing lawsuits after owners declined to provide services for gay weddings on the basis of their Christian faith.
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
In this article a Texas pastor theorizes that the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Defense of Marriage Act will eventually lead to the persecution of Christian churches and business which refuse to endorse gay marriage. The idea is that persecution will come through prosecution, with any churches and businesses that refuse to provide all services risking lawsuits and possibly financial ruin. There are already multiple cases in the United States of businesses facing lawsuits for refusing to provide services to gay weddings, including a bakery in Oregon, a Florist in Washington State, and a photographer in New Mexico. The business owners argue that do so would violate their religious beliefs.
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
As part of the greater debate over religious freedom and discrimination against the expression of religious beliefs in the United States today, a coalition of Congressmen and conservative groups have gathered in Washington D.C. to support the passage of the Religious Liberty Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment would help guarantee the right for service men and women to express their religious beliefs without fear of punishment. Supporters of the amendment argue that military personnel are increasingly seeing their ability to express religious views curtailed.
Sunday, July 7th, 2013
The Obama administration through the Department of Justice had decided that a German Christian family seeking refuge in the U.S. is not being persecuted by the German government, which has demanded the Romeike family send its children to public school or face fines and jail time. Under Adolf Hitler in 1938 homeschooling was banned in Germany and the law has never been repealed. The Romeike family says they are homeschooling their children to instill more conservative Christian values than the German public school system.
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
In yet another case of religious discrimination against Christian expression in the U.S., a 19-year-old student at Sonoma State University was ordered twice by a school official to hide or remove a small cross necklace she wore during a freshman orientation fair. The order was called "obvious religious discrimination" by the Liberty Institute, a legal firm that is seeking an apology from the school.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
In the ongoing culture war to remove Christianity from the sphere of public life in the United States an atheist group, American Atheists, has struck another blow. On July 1st the Christian Post reported that the group had unveiled a completed monument "bench" at the sight of a Florida courthouse which also boasts Christian monument containing the ten commandments.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
A German couple continues to seek political asylum in the United States to peaceably homeschool their children—for religious reasons—after having been fined thousands of Euros and forcibly separated from their children by the German government for having attempted to do so in Germany. Earlier this week, the couple's legal counsel, The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), received a response from the Department of Justice (DOJ) asserting the administration's agreement with a U.S. Court of Appeals's ruling on May 14 refusing the family asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, the HSLDA promises to take the case to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to win the couple and their children asylum.
Friday, June 28th, 2013
A diverse group of non-governmental organizations is calling upon the United States to strengthen its policies towards religious freedom and to do more to promote this universal right around the world. Although the U.S. does have an office of International Religious Freedom at the State Department, many believe much more could be done to encourage governments in other countries to protect or promote their citizens rights to worship without restrictions or fear of persecution. The majority of religious adherents in the world face some level of restrictions on the practicing of their faith.
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Are Christians in the United States becoming a hated group? The battle over same-sex marriage and the lack of vocal opposition, especially from conservative and evangelical Christians, has some arguing that Christians in the U.S. are fearful of verbalizing their faith-based beliefs for fear of being attacked or labeled as bigoted. Their does seem to be an increasing trend towards pushing traditional Christian values out of the public sphere in the U.S. This article from last month takes an in-depth look at the discussion.
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
The case of a New Jersey teacher fired last year for giving a Bible to a curious student has taken another demoralizing turn after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission threw out his claim of unequal treatment. Walter Tutka, the fired teacher, has had his case taken on by the Texas-based Liberty Institute which says the EEOC is discriminating against Mr. Tutka for his faith just as the school did last year.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
A city in California is being sued by a group of humanists for helping to fund a war memorial depicting a soldier kneeling at a gravestone marked with a cross. The group says the monument endorses religion and is therefore a violation of the "separation of church and state." A legal group is representing the city and argues that is simply another attempt to remove any reference whatsoever to Christianity from the public square in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
In this very interesting report Fox News explores the possibility that Christian films may face ever greater challenges in obtaining backing and release by major Hollywood production companies as the Chinese market for films becomes a major factor in movie production. The Chinese government strictly censors the content of films before they can be released in China and at least one experienced producer says that Chinese authorities dislike movies with a strong Christian theme. The report is all the more reason to continue working towards the end of persecution in China and greater religious freedoms for its 1.3 billion citizens.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
A petition demanding a ban on the teaching of intelligent design and creation science across the U.S. public school system is currently gathering signatures before submission to the White House. The petition is one of the latest developments in an ongoing clash between many of the beliefs and values held by the majority of Christians in the United States and various groups determined to see those beliefs and values eradicated from the public sphere.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Twenty Congressmen have urged Secretary of State John Kerry to put pressure on the Romanian government to return church property and end “persecution”. When Romania was under communist rule, the government “confiscated 2,140 schools, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable and civic institutions from the Roman Catholic, Hungarian Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran, and Unitarian churches, as well as 1,980 Jewish communal properties, as well as all properties, including church buildings themselves, from the Greek Catholic Church that it summarily banned.” The letter demands that “illegally confiscated religious institutions be immediately returned in a fair and equitable manner.”
Sunday, June 16th, 2013
In a very welcome public statement Senator Rand Paul has spoken out strongly against the funding of governments in nations were severe persecution of Christians take place. Senator Paul made the remarks Thursday while speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference. The Senator had previously sponsored legislation that would restrict foreign aid to countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Libya, but the measure was voted down.
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Marking a small step towards preserving religious values in American culture, an appellate court in Arizona has thrown out a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the states governor, Jan Brewer, for her "Day of Prayer" proclamation. The plaintiffs argument that they were harmed by the proclamation was dismissed by the courts.
Friday, June 14th, 2013
The Obama administration has recently voiced its "strong opposition" towards a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would expand and protect the religious freedom of U.S military service members. At least one organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, views this rejection as yet another example of the current administrations bias against religious freedom. According to the organization Christians in the military, as well as members of other faiths, do face discrimination and should have their constitutional right to freedom of religion protected.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
All around the world there is a notable rise in persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamists—it is on its way to “reaching pandemic proportions. This includes entire Christian colonies burned down in Pakistan and the bombing of churches in Nigeria. “The Nigerian government recently did go on the offensive to try to contain the jihadis [of Boko Haram], only to be chastised by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying he was "concerned by credible allegations that the Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations" against the jihadi mass murderers.”
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Monday, June 10th, 2013
Three authors well known in the field of religious advocacy—Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea—have teamed up to write a book that documents and discusses the “global assault on Christians.” The author of the article reviewing this book says, ‘This is a depressing book to read, but perhaps that is how it should be. In country after country, the facts are marshaled, laid out and laid bare, and the story is primarily a sad one—one of Christians harmed, squeezed, battered and sometimes martyred. For Christians in the Islamic-majority world, particularly, there is great despair and fear, and the reader begins to share in this.”
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Illinois Senate passed a “non-binding resolution” on Friday which criticizes the Turkish government’s restrictions of religious freedom, particularly as it refers to Orthodox Christians. Orthodox leaders have stated that this is “an important statement on worldwide religious freedom.”
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Christian civil rights groups cheered a recent ruling by a Texas judge allowing cheerleaders at an East Texas high school to continue using scripture on banners displayed at football games. The banners were challenged by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in the small town of Kountze, Texas. Such debates about the proper seperation of church and state are taking place across the country. Unfortunately many of those opposed to such public displays seem to have the ultimate goal of removing any type of display of religious faith from the public sphere whatsoever.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Christian public school students in the U.S. are speaking out for possibly the first time in recent history about the persecution and ridicule they face for their faith in the American school system. A new YouTube video on the topic is focusing on criticism and censorship that many Christian public school students in the U.S. face for their Christian worldview, especially on topics such as marriage and abortion.
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
This report by the Washington Post claims that the Pentagon says they are not targeting any particular religious group for persecution. While they actively barr proselytizing, defined as ”unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs,” they do not oppose evangelization which they define as an individual sharing their faith. While this is commendable, it may come down to “he said, she said” if one person believes they are merely sharing their faith and another feels as though an interchange was forced and intrusive. Where is the line drawn, how is this decided and are punishments really necessary? Will persecution increase amongst service members? Only time will tell.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Christians are greatly concerned with announcements and changes in religious tolerance in the military. Soon, a soldier may be Court Martialed for sharing his or her faith. “It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators,” Mikey Weinstein told Fox News.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Coptic Solidarity calls on the Morsi government to end these diversionary tactics and provide equal protection for all Egyptians. Morsi should immediately initiate a thorough and objective investigation into the events bringing the perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, Coptic Solidarity emphasizes that Copts in Egypt need special attention from the international community.
Please join Coptic Solidarity and others who believe that all individuals deserve human rights and dignity, in a peaceful demonstration to protest the persecution of the Copts and all religious minorities in Egypt and the Middle East.
Monday, April 1st, 2013
The following opinion article, originally posted by Charisma News, reveals the startling ban placed by an Alabama elementary school on the word 'Easter'. Apparently the school administration found the term to be too "religious" and banned its use by teachers so as not to offend students of various faiths. ICC believes this is another small example of the concept of "separation of church and state" in the United States gone too far.
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Unfortunately only a small percentage of Christians in the West are even aware of the extent that their brothers and sisters are persecuted worldwide. The article below provides a good brief overview of all of the avenues through which persecution comes, whether by Islamic radicals or one of the five remaining Communist governments. An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in Jesus on a regular basis.