Congressional Prayer Caucus: 2013 Year in Review

December 20. 2013


The Congressional Prayer Caucus's 2013 Year in Review details the work of the caucus's congressional members to defend religious freedom and the role of faith in the public square.  Read more>>

Frank Wolf, champion of religious freedom, will end congressional career

December 17. 2013

By: Religion News Service

Congressman Frank Wolf, one of official Washington’s leading champions of religious freedom, announced he will end his three-decade congressional career and not run for reelection in 2014.  Among a number of other crucial efforts, Wolf sponsored the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.  IRFA has proven to be a vital measure in ensuring the protection of religious freedom remains a key aspect of American foreign policy.  Read more>>

Urban Outfitters removes 'Lord Ganesh' socks from stores, issues apology to Hindus everywhere

December 16. 2013

By: Hindu Currents

Hipster fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has apologized and agreed to stop sales of crew-length socks that the Universal Society of Hinduism stated were offensive to members of the Hindu faith community.  The socks included an image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh.  Read more>>

Two Modest Victories for Common Sense

December 11. 2013

By: American Interest

Peter Berger, one of the world's leading scholars on the sociology of religion, comments on a pair of recent decisions by American and European high courts rejecting new attempts to purge religious symbols from public life.  Read more>>

Human Rights Day: Still pursuing religious freedom

December 10. 2013

By: Reuters

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Prof. Mary Ann Glendon write on Human Rights Day to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Katrina Lantos Swett is the vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon serves as a USCIRF commissioner.  They challenged both the United States and the world community to do more to hold accountable those nations that continue to violate fundamental human rights, including religious freedom.  Read more>>

Hotel Security Guard Pleads Guilty To Federal Civil Rights Charge of Desecrating Religious Paraphernalia

December 9. 2013

By: U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson, Tennessee, announced that a hotel security guard has pled guilty to violating the civil rights of the students and faculty of a Hebrew school, who were were staying at the hotel for a school service project.   The security man broke into one of the rooms and scrawled profanity and Satanic phrases on a Torah and Jewish prayer books.

Stated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton, “Freedom of religion and the freedom to practice it without harassment are bedrock principles upon which our nation was founded.”  Stanton called the security guard's anti-religious and anti-Semitic acts "an attack upon the rights and freedoms enjoyed by every citizen, which generations of Americans fought and died to ensure and protect.”  Read more>>

Mandela's 'long walk to freedom' ends

December 5. 2013

By: Baptist Press

In memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Baptist Press recounts his fight for justice and his views on the importance of religion and freedom.  Read more>>

The righteousness in Hobby Lobby's cause

December 5. 2013

By: Los Angeles Times

Leading law and religion scholar Richard Garnett explains the importance of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Clinton with overwhelming support in 1993, to Hobby Lobby’s upcoming case before the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act’s HHS preventive services mandate.  Read more>>

Jewish groups protest US court decision deeming clerical tax breaks unconstitutional

November 26. 2013

By: Jerusalem Post

A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a federal income tax allowance for clergy housing.  Jewish groups across the theological spectrum are speaking out against the ruling.  Read more>>

Statement from the American Religious Freedom Program on the Supreme Court's Decision to Rule on the HHS Mandate

November 26. 2013

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "preventive services" mandate:  Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, a family-owned Mennonite custom wood cabinetmaking business and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a family-owned neighborhood crafts retailer.  The mandate is a regulation issued by HHS that forces conscientiously objecting individuals and organizations to violate their deeply held beliefs - or face crippling fines. Read more>>

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