Listen: USCIRF Commissioner Confirms China’s Forced Sterilization of Uyghurs

Nury Turkel, USCIRF commissioner and chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, says he’s not surprised by the AP report outlining forced abortions and sterilizations.

AG Barr: Churches Can’t Be Singled Out During COVID-19 Crisis

Attorney General William Barr said that state and local governments could not single out churches for “special burdens” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bair: Holy and Spineless

Phil Bair: If the church had the courage and an acute awareness that they are being oppressed by an evil and insidious form of tyranny, traditional physical Easter services would continue.

Trump Calls For Ending Religious Persecution

President Donald Trump: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”

A Win for Religious Freedom and Free Speech in Federal Court

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said that wedding videos created by Carl and Angel Larsen are a “form of speech that is entitled to First Amendment protection.”

Episode 76: Jason Schultz Discusses Funnel Week in the Iowa Senate

State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) discusses the first funnel week with Shane Vander Hart on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.

Tulsi Gabbard Goes For the Pro-Religious Liberty Democrats

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) advocates standing up for religious freedom setting her apart among Democratic presidential candidates.

U.S. Department of Labor Protects Religious Liberty

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a new policy directive which focused on protecting religious freedom.

Army Chaplain Faces Possibility of Court Martial Over Marriage Retreat

An Army report recommended Chaplain (Major) Jerry Scott Squires (USA) be found guilty of “dereliction of duty” for taking three business days to reschedule a marriage retreat he was prohibited from facilitating.

U.S. State Dept. Releases Potomac Declaration in Support of Religious Freedom

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: These documents reassert the United States’s unwavering commitment to promoting and defending religious freedom.

SCOTUS Sends Christian Florist’s Case Back to Washington Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States vacated the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling against Barronelle Stutzman in Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington and remanded the case back to that court for consideration in light of their recent ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

If Elected, Fred Hubbell Won’t Allow Religious Liberty Protection to Be Passed

After the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission favoring religious liberty, Iowa Democrat Gubernatorial Primary frontrunner Fred Hubbell said of legislation to protect religious liberty, “I’m not going to allow that kind of law to get passed in our state.”

HHS Launches New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Alliance Defending Freedom: 2017 – A Banner Year for the First Amendment

With a critical victory at the U.S. Supreme Court and two other cases in progress there, Alliance Defending Freedom action in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience—including artistic freedom—is having far-reaching effects for the good of all Americans.

Episode 19: The University of Iowa’s Attack on Religious Freedom

Daniel Blomberg with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Shane Vander Hart discuss the University of Iowa kicking a Chrisitan group off campus.

Young Americans Are Less Protective of Religious Liberty

Kelvey Vander Hart: Although older generations still tend to protect religious freedom, younger Americans (those under 30) are not quite so supportive.