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Supreme Court Protects Prolife Rights in Abortion Clinic Case

June 26, 2014

Moments ago, IRD staff joined the victory cheers outside of the U.S. Supreme Court as we listened to the McCullen v. Coakley ruling. This decision is not only a huge victory for the pro-life movement, but hopefully a forecast of the decisions to come regarding Hobby Lobby and religious freedom.

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Something Rotten? The State of Religious Freedom in Denmark

June 18, 2014

Is something rotten in the state of Denmark with regards to same-sex marriage and religious liberty?

From left to right, Phillip Bethancourt, Samuel Rodriguez, Rick Warren, David Platt, and Russell Moore participate in an ERLC panel on religious liberty. (Photo credit: Mark Kellner)

Southern Baptists Urge Action on Religious Liberty

June 10, 2014

A group of Southern Baptist thinkers and pastors, including Pastor Rick Warren, Pastor David Platt, and Dr. Russell Moore, participated in an forum Monday evening, where they discussed religious liberty and the implications of the Hobby Lobby case.

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A New Vow: Gay Rights and Religious Freedom

May 31, 2014

The question posed at the Newseum on Wednesday, May 28, took the brunt of the gay rights movement head-on as the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Moment Magazine co-sponsored a panel discussion titled, “Gay Rights and Religious Freedom: Is Common Ground Possible?”

U.S. citizen, Martin Wani, son of Meriam and Daniel, is in prison in Khartoum with his mother! (Photo Credit: Hardwired Global Social Justice Movement)

State Department Stands Idly By as Pregnant Christian Awaits Execution

May 17, 2014

For U.S. citizens, the first priority must be to push our own government — Congress and the Obama administration alike — into action. It is unacceptable that the wife and mother of U.S. citizens be allowed to be put in this position.

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Pregnant Christian Woman Married to U.S. Citizen Sentenced to Death in Sudan

May 16, 2014

Sudanese doctor Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, a graduate of the University of Khartoum Medical School, is the beautiful wife of an American citizen, Daniel Wani, originally from South Sudan…

Pakistani police beat a Christian protesting the burning of Christian houses and belongings in Lahore March 10, 2013. (Reuters)

Commission: Sharia Source of Worldwide Religious Oppression

May 14, 2014

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s new report recommends that eight more countries be designated as Countries of Particular Concern.

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America praying for the Bishop of Iran during their meeting in January 2013. (Photo credit: Anglican Church in North America).

41 American Anglican Bishops Stand in Solidarity with Persecuted Believers

May 9, 2014

Forty American Anglican (U.S.) bishops, as well as the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, have signed on to a Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action on behalf of Christians and Other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. The Anglican bishops represented the largest single group to declare their solidarity with the persecuted in these three beleaguered nations.

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IRD Podcast Update

May 1, 2014

Dennis Crowley has the latest update from Washington

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Sports Mirror the Battles of Life

April 19, 2014

We say we “play” golf, tennis, soccer, football, and other games. Even professionals “play” their sport. The problem is that we’ve figured out a way to “play” these sports without actually playing.

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Religious Freedom Defenders in Ottawa

April 3, 2014

Last week I traveled to Ottawa for a consultation of religious liberty organizations working in partnership. Being with others who have a passion for the persecuted was very encouraging. So were messages from Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom and from a member of the Canadian Parliament.

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Hobby Lobby and the Ideology of Discrimination

April 3, 2014

“We are now entering a realm where the government is seen as the insurer of autonomy and must grow in power to achieve that end.”