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Texas Senate Advances Bill Banning Sharia Law in Family Court When in Conflict With U.S. Law

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate recently advanced what is dubbed as the “anti-Sharia bill,” sending the matter on to the House for consideration. S.B. 531, an amendment to the Texas family code, was introduced by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). Although the bill does not mention Islam or Sharia law, its intent has been understood to keep Sharia […]

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California Assembly Advances Bill Ordering Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would require pregnancy centers to inform all clients that they can obtain an abortion at state-funded facilities. As previously reported, AB 775 is known in the legislature as the Reproductive FACT Act, but to pro-lifers, it is dubbed the “bully bill.” The text of the […]

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Humanists Sue Texas School Board for Practice of Presenting Christian Prayers

FORT WORTH, Texas — A prominent humanist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Texas school district on behalf of a former student who takes issue with the practice of presenting Christian prayers at board meetings. The American Humanist Association (AHA) filed suit against the Birdville Independent School District earlier this month on behalf of […]

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Chinese Authorities Shut Down ‘Illegal’ House Church Gathering

Yinchun, Heilongjiang (China Aid) — Authorities in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province raided a house church gathering in late April and demanded that the church members attend a government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) church. “When we were gathering on April 29, people from the domestic security protection squad (DSPS), the local police station and the religious […]

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Senate Approves Amendment Requiring Govt to Consider Religious Freedom During Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to a trade bill this past week that requires the president to take religious freedom into consideration when making international trade agreements. U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) proposed Amendment 1237 to the “Trade Promotion Authority Bill” to require the executive branch of government—which includes the president, vice president and the […]

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Predominantly Roman Catholic Country Ireland Votes to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

DUBLIN, Ireland — Residents in the predominantly Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland voted to legalize same-sex “marriage” on Friday, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. According to reports, 1,201,607 voted in favor of changing the country’s constitution, while 734,300 voted against the measure—equating to a 61 percent passage. Only […]

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Appeals Court Rules New York May Ban ‘Choose Life’ License Plates for Fear of Road Rage

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a right to decline to make “Choose Life” specialty plates if the commissioner deems the message as being “patently offensive.” The Children First Foundation, which raises funds to support adoption and safe havens for babies […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers Reject Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Overrides With Executive Order

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers rejected a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that provided protections to business owners and others who have convictions not to participate in same-sex ceremonies, resulting in the state’s governor issuing an executive order to ensure that protections are in place. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) had introduced H.B. 707 to […]

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South Carolina Federal Judge Partially Upholds Christian Prayers at School Graduation

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has partially upheld the practice of Christian prayers during high school graduation ceremonies. As previously reported, an anonymous couple contacted the American Humanist Association (AHA) in 2013 to complain that Mountain View Elementary School had held its graduation ceremony at the chapel on the campus of […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg Officiates Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ as Supreme Court Deliberates National Case

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex “wedding” last weekend as the nation’s high court deliberates a monumental case that will decide states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage. Ginsburg wore her traditional black robe and lace collar as she presided over the ceremony of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem. According to […]

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