Religious Liberty
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Churches, synagogues join fight against FEMA faith bias

First Amendment | Catholic and Jewish leaders file legal briefs arguing that the government should not exclude religious facilities from disaster relief aid
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/10/17, 02:54 pm

Houston-area Catholic and Jewish congregations have filed legal briefs in support of three churches suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying disaster relief funds because of their religious identity. The churches—two non-denominational and one Assemblies of God—are united in their fight against religious discrimination that could spell financial ruin for congregations across the storm-ravaged United States. 

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Powerful proclamations

Religious Liberty | Two big moves from the Trump administration make a bombshell day for religious liberty protections
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/06/17, 05:11 pm

After months of delays, vague promises, and frustrations from religious freedom advocates, the Trump administration issued two major documents on the same day that will establish immediate and wide-reaching religious freedom protections.

One is a regulation that has been long expected. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) widely expanded the religious exemption to Obamacare's contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.

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Justice Department expands religious liberty scope

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/06/17, 01:13 pm

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued new government-wide religious liberty guidance Friday granting increased deference to First Amendment freedoms. The 25-page memo outlined 20 principles that convey the Justice Department’s interpretation of religious freedom protections Americans have under federal law. “Except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law,” Sessions wrote.

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