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Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

(UPDATED) Christian college cancels health insurance for students over emergency contraceptives.
Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

Update (July 30):

Wheaton College has announced that, effective tomorrow, it is canceling its student health insurance program, which covers an estimated 700 students, in the aftermath of the appeals court ruling that the school's health insurance provider offer emergency ...

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Christian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Owners Lose Emergency Contraceptive Appeal

Court rules that dispensing Plan B and ella does not violate religious freedom.
Christian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Owners Lose Emergency Contraceptive Appeal
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Vimeo

A federal appeals court in Washington State has ruled that Christian pharmacy owners and pharmacists there must dispense FDA-approved emergency contraceptives, despite the pharmacists' religious objections.

“We recognize that there is a ‘trend of protecting ...

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Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Ends after 25 Years

Veterans memorial symbolized debate over keeping crosses public by neutering their religious meaning.
Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Ends after 25 Years
Art4TheGlryOfGod / Flickr

The quarter-century controversy over the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has finally ended, after the US Department of Defense sold the government land on which the 29-foot cross stood.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals referred to the cross as a “distinctively ...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Scrapped in California

(UPDATED) Christian, disability, and medical groups persuade lawmakers to reject End of Life Option Act.
Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Scrapped in California
ChurchMilitant.com

Update (July 8): At least until 2016, California's End of Life Option Act is dead. Sponsors of the controversial measure on Tuesday withdrew it from the California Assembly Health Committee after a majority of the committee indicated they would vote against it.

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Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage's Religious Liberty Ramifications Begins

(UPDATED) Liberty Institute sees good news, but other Christian legal groups disagree.
Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage's Religious Liberty Ramifications Begins
Elvert Barnes / FLICKR

The second act of the national debate over same-sex marriage began this week with a focus on religious liberty.

The Liberty Institute framed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage as actually a victory for religious liberty. The assessment was ...

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Did Supreme Court Skip the More Important Obamacare Subsidies?

Pro-life groups argue taxpayer premiums are funding abortions.
Did Supreme Court Skip the More Important Obamacare Subsidies?
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Two leading pro-life groups say the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means that taxpayer dollars will continue to pay for abortions.

“Federal taxpayer subsidies are helping pay for over 1,000 health ...

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Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won't Scare People Away

Americans favor Baptist, Catholic churches more than nondenominational congregations.
Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won't Scare People Away
Flickr / laurenprofeta

Last year, the National Association of Evangelicals asked its members if they included denominational affiliation in the name of their church. Well over half—63 percent—said they did not.

It’s a tricky line to walk. Naming your denomination may come across ...

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Why Christian Education in Israel Could Vanish

Forty-eight Christian schools say unfair treatment by government may force them to close.
Why Christian Education in Israel Could Vanish
Catholic News Service

Christian educators in Israel say their 48 high-achieving primary and secondary schools may be forced to close due to funding discrimination by the state’s Ministry of Education.

“For years, the ministry has been consistently cutting the budget of Christian ...

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Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support

Evangelical, Catholic, mainline leaders openly endorse measure.
Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support
Flickr: Josh Rushing.

The Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday repealed the state’s death penalty by overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts's veto on a 30-to-19 vote. Evangelical pastors, Roman Catholic bishops, and mainline Protestant ministers, in a rare display of political advocacy and consensus, ...

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Many Evangelicals Wary of Faith Requirements for Campus Groups

But few Americans want ministries like InterVarsity punished for sticking to convictions.
Many Evangelicals Wary of Faith Requirements for Campus Groups
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

For campus ministries like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, choosing student leaders is a bit like finding a new pastor.

What those students believe—and how they behave—is an essential part of the job.

That’s just how religious groups operate, says ...

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Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas

Christian law professor calls for federal international mandated reporting law.
Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas
GRACE

Imagine you are the elderly wife of a low-level missionary at a remote Christian hospital and elementary school in the developing world.

By happenstance, you witness the highly esteemed chief physician repeatedly spending long hours alone with a young girl in a private ...

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Feeding the Homeless Is a Religious Liberty Issue Too

Good Samaritans fight attempts to ban food-sharing programs.
Feeding the Homeless Is a Religious Liberty Issue Too
David Davies / Flickr

The latest battle over religious freedom doesn’t involve wedding cakes or pizza.

Instead, it’s about a warm meal of vegetable soup, pasta, and Southern greens, offered to the homeless in San Antonio. That meal earned Joan Cheever a $2,000 fine from a police ...

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Abortion by Dismemberment Banned in Kansas

Surge in pro-life legislation in states enters fifth year.
Abortion by Dismemberment Banned in Kansas
G.Skidmore

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this week signed a first-in-the-nation law that prohibits dismembering the body of an unborn child during an abortion.

“Dismemberment abortion kills a baby by tearing her apart limb from limb,” said National Right to Life (NRL) Director ...

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NY Cardinal, 'AD' Producers Step Up Campaign against Mideast Persecution

80 leaders sign letter. Pope Francis critical of weak response to ‘unacceptable crimes.’
NY Cardinal, 'AD' Producers Step Up Campaign against Mideast Persecution
Courtesy, AINA

New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and AD: The Bible Continues miniseries producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have assembled a diverse group of mostly US church and ministry leaders to intensify their advocacy on behalf of the persecuted church in the Middle ...

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Death Penalty Repeal Gains Support from Latino Evangelical Coalition

Leaders say 'death penalty is plagued by racial and economic disparities.'
Death Penalty Repeal Gains Support from Latino Evangelical Coalition
Courtesy, Brookings

A national network of 3,000 Latino evangelical churches is throwing its weight behind a ban on the death penalty. The announcement came two days after Pope Francis made his strongest statement yet against capital punishment.

“After prayer, reflection, and dialog with ...

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