Colorado baker Jack Phillips — whose refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple led to a Supreme Court case — lost his case before a state appeals court over his refusal to make a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition.
‘Bear Witness to the Truth’ on Religious Freedom Day, Cardinal Says
The U.S. Catholic bishops marked Religious Freedom Day Jan. 16 by encouraging Catholics engaged in public life to examine their consciences and heed the late Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in prioritizing truth and reason.
Supreme Court Appears Ready to Support Web Designer in Free Speech Case
In a case examining the scope of free speech protected by the First Amendment, the Supreme Court Dec. 5 ultimately seemed to favor a broad view of free speech.
Cardinal Dolan Says Senate’s Marriage Bill Threatens Religious Liberty
A bill on same-sex marriage advancing in the Senate is “a bad deal for the many courageous Americans of faith and no faith who continue to believe and uphold the truth about marriage in the public square today,” said New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.
Religious Freedom Under Fire Worldwide, Experts Warn
Experts gathered in Rome this week for a conference organized by the University of Notre Dame contend that religious freedom is under attack all over the world.
Religious Persecution In Nigeria ‘Has Gotten Worse’: Aid Groups
Religious freedom advocates are confused over the omission of Nigeria from a U.S. State Department list of countries known for having the world’s worst attacks on Christians. “We’re baffled,” said Ed Clancy, of Brooklyn-based Aid to the Church in Need-U.S. “By every single measure, Nigeria has gotten worse.”
Former Governor Pataki on Cuomo, Religious Freedom, and NY’s Need For a ‘Change in Direction’
George Pataki, former New York governor, made his personal “state-of-the-state” comments in the wake of Andrew Cuomo’s resignation as governor.
Cardinal Dolan: Religious Freedom Is a Human Right and ‘Essential’ to Human Dignity
The University of Notre Dame observed the conclusion of Religious Freedom Week in the U.S. with a Religious Liberty Summit June 28-29 that invited ecumenical leaders and scholars from around the nation to discuss the various challenges to religious liberty.
Charter on Religious Freedom Rights Released Ahead of International Summit
Religious freedom advocates released a charter declaring the right of every person around the world to freely believe — or not believe — religious tenets and join with others in a religious community and for believers and religious communities to live peacefully in society.
Asia Bibi Appeals for the Repeal of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws
During the presentation of a report on religious freedom produced by a papal charitable foundation, Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges, appealed to her country’s government to put an end to this discriminatory law.