Texas Senate Passes Bill Protecting Operating Values of Faith-Based Foster, Adoption Agencies

Texas Senate Passes Bill Protecting Operating Values of Faith-Based Foster, Adoption Agencies

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has passed a bill allowing faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate in accordance with their religion without punishment. The measure now moves to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott for signing. “I am obviously very excited about it passing the Senate, and I fully expect … that Governor […]

Pro-Lifers Challenge Addition of Abortive Mothers to St. Louis Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Pro-Lifers Challenge Addition of Abortive Mothers to St. Louis Nondiscrimination Ordinance

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Pro-life entities in St. Louis, Missouri have filed suit to challenge the recent addition of abortive mothers to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. As previously reported, Board Bill 203 was presented earlier this year by Alderman Megan Green, who said that the protections were necessary to keep employers and landlords from acting adversely […]

Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities

Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities

DES MOINES, Iowa — Four Planned Parenthood locations in Iowa will close next month following a newly-passed budget bill that strips state and federal funding from abortion providers. The organization announced on Thursday that it would close its Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk offices, leaving eight Planned Parenthood locations in the state and five abortion […]

Virginia Sheriff Instructed to Remove ‘Peacemaker’ Bible Decals From Patrol Vehicles

Virginia Sheriff Instructed to Remove ‘Peacemaker’ Bible Decals From Patrol Vehicles

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A sheriff in Virginia has been instructed to remove decals bearing the words of Christ from patrol cars in the midst of an inquiry and complaints from two church-state separation groups. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had been gifted with the decals in March, which quote from Matthew 5:9, which reads, “Blessed are […]

Alaskan Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Criminalize Abortion as Murder

Alaskan Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Criminalize Abortion as Murder

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaskan lawmaker has proposed a bill that would abolish abortion in the state and criminalize the act as murder. Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, recently introduced H.B. 250, which “brings state law into conformity with the Constitution of the State of Alaska, which provides that ‘all persons have a natural right to life,’ […]

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

WASHINGTON — An annual government report outlining the state of affairs for religious freedom across the globe has found “worsening” conditions worldwide, and urges the U.S. Department of State to designate 16 nations as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). “Overall, the Commission has concluded that the state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the […]

Texas Attorney General Moves to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Judge Sued Over Chaplain-Presented Prayers

Texas Attorney General Moves to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Judge Sued Over Chaplain-Presented Prayers

AUSTIN, Texas — The attorney general of Texas has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against a judge who was sued by a prominent professing atheist organization over his practice of opening court with a chaplain-presented prayer. “The lawsuit against Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to […]

Maine School Employee Reprimanded for Telling Churchgoing Coworker ‘I Will Pray for You’

Maine School Employee Reprimanded for Telling Churchgoing Coworker ‘I Will Pray for You’

AUGUSTA, Maine — A special education technician at a public high school in Maine has filed a federal complaint against her school district after she was reprimanded for telling a coworker, who is a member of her church, that she would pray for them. According to her complaint, Toni Richardson began expressing concern last fall […]

Jerry Falwell Jr., Who is ‘Convinced’ Trump is ‘Christian,’ Bestows Liberty University Doctorate on President

Jerry Falwell Jr., Who is ‘Convinced’ Trump is ‘Christian,’ Bestows Liberty University Doctorate on President

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The president of what heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, who declared during the 2016 presidential election that he was “convinced” that Donald Trump is a Christian, conferred an honorary doctorate upon the nation’s leader on Saturday during his visit as commencement speaker. Standing in front of a backdrop bearing the motto “Training Champions […]

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