• Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support

     Government authorities in Shanxi, China, are ordering people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken... Read more
  • Sudan Drops Death Penalty for Apostasy, Alcohol Ban for Christians

    In one of a wide-ranging series of legislative reforms, apostates from Islam no longer face the death penalty in Sudan. “We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said Sunday during an interview on state... Read more
  • Supreme Court rules religious schools shielded from teachers’ employment discrimination claims

    The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision on Wednesday that civil courts cannot get involved in employment discrimination claims brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function. The decision expanded on a previous ruling from 2012... Read more
  • Little Sisters have big win in Supreme Court decision

    The Little Sisters of the Poor had a victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, nine years into the religious order’s bouts of litigation over the Obama-era “contraception mandate” which obliged employers to provide for contraceptive coverage for employees through their health care... Read more
  • A cultural genocide before our eyes

    The last time Akida Pulat saw her mother, renowned Uighur anthropologist Rahile Dawut, was in 2016. Dawut had come as a visiting scholar to the University of Washington, where Pulat was studying for her master’s degree. She remembers her mother spending hours cooking Uighur polo, a... Read more
  • Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in ‘slow genocide’

    The Chinese government is forcing Uyghur women to take contraceptives in an effort to slow the growing population. One expert called the campaign "a slow, painful, creeping genocide" of the religious and ethnic minority. In a report released on Monday, June 29, AP found numerous... Read more
  • Righting a Historic Wrong

    A century-old constitutional provision will no longer block religious schools in Montana from receiving fair treatment. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state’s Blaine Amendment, which barred public aid from going to educational institutions “controlled in whole or in... Read more
  • Cardinal Zen: ‘No confidence’ in HK religious freedom after new security law

    Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead to a clamp down on religious freedom.  In a series of videos posted Tuesday on the Facebook page “Catholics Concerned about the Hong Kong National Security Law Group,”... Read more
  • US religious freedom commissioner says ‘no excuse’ for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions

    A federal religious freedom commissioner has said there is “no excuse” for the Trump administration “delaying action” to place sanctions on Chinese officials for abuses committed in the mass internment of Uyghurs.   Nury Turkel, a commissioner of the bipartisan... Read more
  • A Morally Empty Jurisprudence

    Conservatives were bracing for the defection of Justice Gorsuch on the cases dealing with the “transgendered” and “sexual orientation.” But even the anticipation of the jolt did not diminish its depressing force. The reactions, coming with disbelief and anger, have not been understated.... Read more