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China banning home churches and ‘social organizations’ even as State Department reverses emphasis on religious liberty

      China has started a campaign to crack down on “illegal social organizations,” including Christian groups who do not register with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), at the same time that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that he is reversing the existing U.S. diplomatic policy that emphasizes religious liberty as a...

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Arkansas legislature overrides governor’s veto and passes law banning transgender treatments on children

    The Arkansas legislature overrode Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill that prohibits providing hormone treatments, puberty blockers, or gender reassignment surgeries to minors.   Quick Facts   The Arkansas legislature recently passed HB 1570, known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill, claiming it...

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Arizona moves to protect its citizens’ Second Amendment rights against federal overreach on gun control

    Even before President Joe Biden announced new executive orders on gun control on Thursday, Arizona had preemptively passed a law preventing the enforcement of federal gun restrictions deemed unconstitutional.   Quick Facts   Biden announced on Thursday that he is enacting new gun control measures using executive orders. The President is also expected...

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Another federal court rules that colleges that discriminate against religious clubs or students can be held accountable

    In what is becoming a judicial trend, a federal district court this week ruled that Wayne State University in Detroit discriminated against a Christian club and that university officials can be held liable for violating the group’s First Amendment rights.   Quick Facts   A federal district court ruled that officials at Wayne...

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A Biblical Rebuke of the Equality Act

  David Closson is the director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Closson received his M.Div and Th.M from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He regularly appears on Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch radio where he provides a biblical perspective to cultural narratives. Follow David Closson on Twitter at...

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What My Win at the Supreme Court Means for True Freedom

  Chike Uzuegbunam is an evangelist who, while in college, was told he could not preach on campus. Partnered with Alliance Defending Freedom, Uzuegbunam fought this violation of his religious rights all the way to the Supreme Court where he was victorious. Read more about his story here. ____________________   Growing up, I heard countless...

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Healthcare Providers Must Use Their Voice to Advocate for Religious Freedom and Moral Integrity

  Dr. Shanna W. Akers is the dean of the Liberty University School of Nursing. Akers has filled a variety of influential roles in the medical community including critical care nurse, director of a cardiovascular service line, and multiple senior academic positions. She has presented on topics such as sudden cardiac death in women and...

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Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God

Jack Hibbs is the founder and senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. Hibbs’ church started 30 years ago as a congregation of six members and currently ministers to over 10,000 weekly. Prioritizing the gospel above all ministry and activism, Hibbs also speaks about the importance of Christian influence in the political sphere. Follow Pastor...

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Equality: A Dream for Patriots, A Mask for Tyranny

  The Standing for Freedom Center is proud to announce the publication of our Spring 2021 journal, “Equality: A Dream for Patriots, A Mask for Tyranny.”   While leadership was discussing a topic for our next journal, we had the advantage of multiple options. Nothing time-sensitive was mustering — until the House of Representatives passed the...

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Woke Liberalism is the Greatest Threat to Religious Liberty

  Kelly Shackelford is the president, CEO, and chief counsel at First Liberty Institute.  Shackelford is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before the U.S. House and Senate, and has won a number of landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases. Follow him on Twitter at @_KShackelford. ____________________  ...

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