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Religious Liberty

The First Amendment was written not to keep the church out of the government, but rather to keep the government out of the church. To that end, we fight for the freedom to speak the Truth without consequence, live by our Christian beliefs without persecution, and raise our families without government intrusion.

Federal court rules that Christian web designer must create websites for same-sex weddings

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a web designer must create websites for same-sex weddings, raising concerns about religious liberty, free speech, and artistic expression.   Quick Facts   Lorie Smith, a Christian, owns 303 Creative, a web design company. She wants to create websites celebrating weddings, but also wanted...

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Virginia judge says self-censorship, chilled speech are not enough to show LGBT law poses threat to religious liberty

    A Virginia judge was unconvinced that churches and other religious organizations are at risk of being punished under the Virginia Values Act, a state law that bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and dismissed the plaintiffs’ argument that their self-censorship is indicative of harm.   Quick Facts...

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China’s state-run Christian church now feeding pastors pro-CCP talking points to deliver in sermons

    The Chinese state linked Three-Self Church recently held a training session for pastors on how to integrate the major points of President Xi Jingping’s speech celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1.   Quick Facts   The Three-Self Patriot Movement and the China Christian Council recently held...

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Franklin Graham wins discrimination case in the U.K., setting precedent for religious freedom and free speech

    A U.K. judge has ruled that the town of Blackpool, England, discriminated against Franklin Graham when it removed the American evangelist’s advertisements from public buses amid outcry over his biblical views on same-sex marriage and Islam.   Quick Facts   In 2018, evangelist Franklin Graham caused an outcry in the U.K. after telling...

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Parents sue District of Columbia over law that allows children to be vaccinated without parental consent or knowledge

    A group of parents is suing the District of Columbia over a law that allows children to be vaccinated without parental consent or knowledge.   Quick Facts   The Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act was passed by the District of Columbia City Council in December. The bill allows children as young as...

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Nothing but the Gospel can change a society for the better

    Not quite 2,000 years ago, Christianity created a disturbance in Ephesus, and this disturbance soon became a full-blown riot. The Gospel had taken root in the city that was committed to the worship of the false goddess Artemis and the change in attitude was palpable.   Acts 19:18-20, NASB, tells of this seemingly...

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Proclaiming Liberty with the Reverberating Courage of our Founders

    John Wesley Reid is the editor-in-chief of the Standing for Freedom Center. Follow John on Twitter at @johnwesleyreid.   __________   Every Fourth of July, the Philadelphia-housed Liberty Bell is tapped 13 times by descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Inscribed on this national heirloom is a summary of our...

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A Republic, If We Can Keep It

    Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and host of the “Eric Metaxas Show.” You can follow Eric on Twitter at @EricMetaxas.   ____________   In the summer of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was leaving the Constitutional Convention when a Philadelphia matron named Mrs. Powell asked him a question. “What have...

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Progressivism Undermines American Progress

    Mike Huckabee is the host of the “Mike Huckabee Today” show on TBN and a former governor of Arkansas. Follow Mike Huckabee on @GovMikeHuckabee.   _________   “What we got here is failure to communicate.”   That famous line uttered by Strother Martin as the captain in the classic film “Cool Hand Luke”...

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Religious Liberty — The Bedrock of Freedom

    Mike Pompeo is a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute, former Secretary of State, and former CIA director. You can follow Mike at @mikepompeo.   __________   In 1790, early in his tenure as our young nation’s first president, George Washington wrote in his timeless and eloquent letter to the Hebrew Congregation in...

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