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Suzan Johnson Cook defends her work on religious freedom and explains why she left

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, who resigned this month as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said she left for … Continued

Religious groups feel the pinch of government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and … Continued

Conservatives say religious freedom is ‘under attack’ in military

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is “under attack” are rallying behind a … Continued

Coalition to protect religious freedom shows its fault lines

WASHINGTON — In a conference full of people who champion traditional religious values, Amardeep Singh knew that everyone might not … Continued

Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains success

When Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a 2010 ballot measure that prohibits state courts from considering Islamic law, or Shariah, the … Continued

Pew study: 99 percent of Afghans want sharia to be ‘law of the land’

In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 file photo, Afghans listen to preacher while offering the Eid al Adha’s prayers outside … Continued

A new era for Mormon women?

For the first time in the history of my religion, women will offer an invocation or benediction at the LDS … Continued

European court says U.K. equality laws trump personal religious beliefs

CANTERBURY, England — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (Jan. 15) ruled that equality laws trump personal religious … Continued

Contraception opponents hail DC court ruling

WASHINGTON — Foes of the federal contraception mandate are cheering a Tuesday (Dec. 18) appeals court decision requiring the Obama … Continued

The ‘maverick’ Egyptian-American Copt behind the anti-Muslim film

When inflamed mobs stormed the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday (Sept. 11), the media quickly looked to … Continued

State Department highlights global religious restrictions in new report

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported Monday (July 30), with … Continued

Sikh TSA agent wins suit over religious wristband

WASHINGTON — A Sikh security officer at New York’s largest airport won a $30,000 settlement against the Department of Homeland … Continued

Activists gather to plot defense of ‘religious liberty’

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic bishops have used the Obama administration’s contraception mandate as Exhibit A in their high-stakes defense of … Continued

Catholics see a rallying cry for ‘religious freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’ film

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy … Continued

Catholic activists pushing politicians to turn tide against the death penalty

Soon, probably next week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy will sign into a law a bill that abolishes the death penalty … Continued

Muslims call new religious freedom appointee a ‘puppet’ for Islam foes

WASHINGTON — One of two new members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has Muslim civil rights groups … Continued

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student … Continued

Can the Catholic Church embrace the pill?

The Catholic bishops are in the process of lifting the ban on the birth control pill. The problem is they … Continued

Religion at the GOP debate

ABC News hosted a halting debate Saturday night at St. Anselm College. It was followed by a far better “Meet … Continued

Religious law for the modern world

Many of us have long thought the world had become liberal enough to stop execution of persons for practicing their … Continued