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A look at the nominee for Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom

President Trump announced Wednesday that he is nominating Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas to be the Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. The Kansas City Star reports:

Brownback had long been expected to be named to the post.

“Religious Freedom is the first freedom,” the governor said on Twitter Wednesday evening. “The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause.” …

The ambassador serves as the United States’ main spokesman for oppressed religious minorities around the […]

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Church of England responds to EU headscarf ruling

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers are within their rights to ban visible symbols of religion, including clothing and accessories. The Church of England issued a statement via Tumblr decrying the ruling as “preferencing ‘freedom to conduct a business” above the religious freedom of expression, and voicing concerns about the potential breadth of the ruling’s impact on individuals of faith.

…A Church of England spokesman said,

“This ruling raises significant questions about freedom of religion and its free expression. Whether […]

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What unites Ted Cruz and cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas?

This tiny city of some 2,000 is overwhelmingly white and Christian, and home to a group of young women who sued their school district for the right to display banners bearing Bible quotes, while serving as cheerleaders for their high school team.

The case was brought in 2012, after the school district banned the banners, following letters threatening legal action from the Freedom From Religion group, based in Wisconsin. Passages were chosen to reference Lions, the team name, and provide more positive […]

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“Religious freedom” ruling absolves priest who didn’t report sexual abuse

The law of the confessional has trumped the law of Louisiana in a February 26 court ruling. The ruling favors a Catholic priest, the Reverend Jeff Bayhi of Our Lady of Assumption in Clinton, who allegedly advised a 14-year-old (now 22-year-old) girl to “sweep it under the rug” when she told him she had been sexually abused by another parishioner.

From The Advocate:

The state Children’s Code says members of the clergy, including priests, rabbis and other ordained ministers of faith, are […]

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Taking the veil in France: Racism or secularism? Liberation or imprisonment?

The effects of French laws passed in 2004 and 2011 banning veils worn by Muslim women, as well as other public dress expressing religious views, seem to be snowballing in ways that are restrictive rather than freeing, and conducive to anti-Muslim action ranging from community enforcement and proposal of legislation:

Mainstream politicians continue to push for new measures to deny veiled women access to jobs, educational institutions and community life. They often say they are doing so for the benefit of […]

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Arkansas cities rebel against state laws, seek to protect against discrimination

Arkansas’ state capital of Little Rock has just passed legislation protecting its citizens against state legislation. As reported in news outlets including the Associated Press and picked up by news media including  The Colorado Springs Gazette, a 7-2 vote in city council passed an ordinance “to prohibit the city and companies contracted with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.”

“‘I think we’re sending a message that we’re a welcoming community, […]

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