Religious Liberty

High school outcasts

Religious Liberty | Student clubs feel the pinch of political correctness
by Steve West
Posted 11/26/19, 02:25 pm

An increasing number of public school districts across the country are giving the boot to faith-based, pro-life, and politically conservative student groups. The administration at Bozeman High School in Montana told students last week that their local Fellowship of Christian Athletes club had lost approval because it holds a Biblical view of marriage that some students consider noninclusive.

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Becket Fund

From watchdogs to lapdogs?

Washington | USCIRF commissioner resigns over attempts by Congress to ‘undermine the independence’ of commissioners
by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/14/19, 05:27 pm

A commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is resigning in protest over what she says are attempts to muzzle the panel.

Commissioner Kristina Arriaga cited a legislative attempt to “undermine the independence of the commissioners” to the point “where I can no longer be an effective advocate for religious freedom,” she told me.

While USCIRF commissioners have at times disagreed on various religious freedom issues, a commissioner resigning over being unable to perform her role effectively is unprecedented.

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Christian doctors between a rock and hard place

First Amendment | Court rejects HHS conscience protections for medical professionals
by Steve West
Posted 11/12/19, 04:48 pm

A federal court in New York last week threw out a new Trump administration rule protecting health care professionals who decline to participate in medical procedures that violate their religious conscience, in particular, abortion. U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer, in a 147-page opinion, said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to issue the new rule, that was set to take effect on Nov. 22.

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