In the News: Breaking Religious Freedom Stories Across the Country

November 18, 2022
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Catch up on the latest and most important religious freedom headlines around the web.

Sen. Mike Lee Warns Religious Liberty Protections in Senate Marriage Bill Are ‘Severely Anemic’

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah criticized the “Respect for Marriage Act” arguing the bill has inadequate protections for religious liberty, Fox News reports. Lee noted that he had offered an amendment that would strengthen religious liberty protections by preventing the government from removing tax-exempt status for religious organizations based on their convictions on marriage, but said the sponsors “refused even to consider that.”

Senate Marriage Bill Declares War on American Parents 

American Family News reports that in addition to negatively impacting religious freedom, the “Respect for Marraige Act” will also hamper the right of parents to have a say in their children’s education. The article explains that “if you hold the belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman—the mainstream view for all of human history—and stand in the way of the Left’s redefinition in any way, the full weight of the Justice Department will be brought to bear.”

Senate Marriage Bill Opens Door to American Persecution

A Daily Signal op-ed discusses the Senate’s recent vote on the “Respect for Marriage Act.” The article explains that the language of this bill is “light-years more radical than the justices’ ruling seven years ago” in Obergefell v. Hodges, which radically redefined marriage. It adds that if this bill becomes law, “the government would be declaring open season” on parents, charities, adoption agencies, teachers, Christian schools, counselors, and Bible-believing professionals—on anyone with deeply-held religious beliefs about marriage.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Declines to Block NYC Public Sector Vaccine Mandate

CNN reports that Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a recent request that the Supreme Court block New York City’s public sector COVID-19 vaccine requirement as it applies to employees who have religious objections to the vaccine. The emergency application was filed by a group called New Yorkers for Religious Liberty.

Boston To Pay $2 Million To Christian Group for Refusing to Fly Its Latin Cross Flag at City Hall

The Washington Times reports that the city of Boston has agreed to pay more than $2 million to a Christian group after refusing to fly its flag over City Hall—despite flying other flags communicating various messages throughout the years.

Hal Shurtleff, who leads the group Camp Constitution, was represented by our friends at Liberty Counsel in his Supreme Court fight. He won in a 9-0 decision earlier this year.

Montana Opens Door to Religious Vaccine Exemptions In Childcare

NBC reports that Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services will not enforce vaccination requirements for licensed childcare facilities that grant religious exemptions to participants. The decision comes three months after the department proposed a formal rule to loosen religious exemption standards for childcare settings.

America Has a Long History of Upholding Biblical Values 

A Christian Post op-ed discusses the long and cherished history of biblical principles in the United States. The author recounts how America’s Founders created a system of government that would protect the right of all people to freely worship God and live out their beliefs. She writes:

“They created a form of governance that would best preserve the freedom to preach the Gospel. They found no inconsistency in securing their rights politically and living righteously. They also had no intention of removing the Church from the state. Quite the contrary, they enacted laws to preserve religious liberty, not destroy it.”

Americans Who Aren’t Sure About God Are a Fast-Growing Force in Politics

Religion News Service reports that atheists and agnostics are rapidly growing their influence in the American political landscape. According to recent data, secular Americans comprise only about 10% of the population However, they are more politically engaged than their religious counterparts, especially when compared to white Evangelicals.

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