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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.

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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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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Canadian police barricade the church of Pastor James Coates, who was jailed for violating COVID-19 orders

    GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, which catapulted into the news earlier this year after its pastor, James Coates, was jailed for holding services during the pandemic, has been shut down and barricaded by police to prevent future worship services.   Quick Facts   Pastor James Coates was jailed for violating Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions...

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Democrats’ Complicated Past with Religious Freedom

  John Wesley Reid is the Editor-in-Chief at the Standing for Freedom Center. John has worked in Washington D.C. for several years covering politics, the Supreme Court, and church relations within the political sphere. John is published in the Christian Post, CBN News, Disrn, Family Research Council, and other publications. Follow John on Twitter at @johnwesleyreid. ____________________   Thirty...

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