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Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters Case Back to Lower Courts

(UPDATE) Justices don’t have a final answer for religious organizations that oppose Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters Case Back to Lower Courts
Becket Fund

Update (May 16): The Supreme Court announced today that it would not rule on a case involving Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of Catholic nuns leading the challenge against contraception requirements for religious nonprofits. Instead, justices unanimously decided to send ...

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The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Move over, 'Fun Home.' More people asked American schools and libraries to remove Scripture last year.
The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books
San Jose Library / Flickr

Last year, the American Library Association (ALA) fielded 275 formal challenges to materials in schools and libraries—a record low.

Making the top 10 list of challenges for the first time: the Bible.

The reason: “religious viewpoint.”

But the ideological grounds ...

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More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It

Survey suggests tone matters when advocating for religious liberty.
More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It
Phil Roeder / Flickr

A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that Christians face growing intolerance in the United States.

They also say American Christians complain too much. In agreement: two out of five evangelicals, both when measured by beliefs and by self-identity. ...

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How Religious Can Tourism Be? Noah’s Ark Park Passes Test

Judge rules Answers in Genesis attraction of biblical proportions qualifies for tax breaks.
How Religious Can Tourism Be? Noah’s Ark Park Passes Test
Ark Encounter

Last month, a federal judge told Kentucky’s tourism board that it can’t kick the Answers in Genesis (AiG) Ark Encounter—a followup to its nearby Creation Museum—out of a tax rebate program for tourist attractions because of its Christian focus.

The Blue ...

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8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday

Leaders seem to have little influence on voters. Church attendance might have much more.
8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Why are many self-identified evangelicals selecting Donald Trump as their presidential candidate of choice?

Some, like Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr., have revealed their reasons. But for the overall “evangelical vote,” the only clear trend is that it’s ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

The 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian, 'The Boy from Heaven' retracts his story, Elisabeth Elliot passes through gates of splendor, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

What do ISIS, Tullian Tchividjian, YWAM, and Family Christian Stores have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2015.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

ISIS releases ...

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Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections

Inspired by subpoenaed sermons, conservative Christians overturn HERO.
Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections
Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle / AP

By a 3 to 2 margin, Houston voters rejected an anti-discrimination law yesterday that would extend protections for LGBT residents among other groups.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was branded the “bathroom bill” by opponents who feared accommodation ...

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First Day of Prayer Draws Debate in One of Africa's Christian Nations

President of Zambia seeks solution to economic problems. Christians debate whether motive matters.
First Day of Prayer Draws Debate in One of Africa's Christian Nations
Chola Kunkuta / Facebook

Home of the “world’s worst currency” and a sputtering economy, Zambia needed a national day of prayer. At least, its new president decided it did. So last Sunday, the southwestern African nation had its first.

"I wish to thank the Almighty God for ...

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66 Missionaries Must Leave UK after Operation Mobilization Loses License

Same visa problem almost led YWAM to lose hundreds of workers last year.
66 Missionaries Must Leave UK after Operation Mobilization Loses License
Alison Ralph / Operation Mobilization

One of the world’s largest missions agencies will lose 66 staff members from its British office after United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officials stripped away its license to sponsor visas.

Following an inspection by the UKVI office earlier this year, Operation ...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide in California Becomes Legal as Gov. Brown Signs Bill

(UPDATED) Controversial law, inspired by Brittany Maynard, allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill.
Physician-Assisted Suicide in California Becomes Legal as Gov. Brown Signs Bill
Church Militant

Update (Oct. 5): California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a controversial physician-assisted suicide bill despite concerns among conservative Christians and disability advocates that the terminally ill elderly, poor, and disabled will feel pressure from their families to ...

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Yes, the US Is Deporting Iraqi Christians. Here's Why.

Would-be asylum seekers admit lying to Homeland Security.
Yes, the US Is Deporting Iraqi Christians. Here's Why.
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A federal immigration judge has ordered 15 Iraqi Chaldean Christians deported for immigration fraud.

The Chaldeans have been held for more than six months in detention by Homeland Security. They were arrested earlier this year for using false documents to enter the United ...

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March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate

Judge accepts secular pro-life group’s moral, not religious, rationale.
March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate
Monica Elizabeth

At least one secular nonprofit has been allowed to opt-out of the Obamacare birth control mandate.

A federal judge on August 31 ruled that the March for Life, a secular organization that stages the annual January Roe v. Wade protest in Washington, is exempt from offering ...

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65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites

(UPDATED) 'The tide has turned' against leading abortion provider, claims pro-life leader.
65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites
Desiring God

Update (Aug. 24): More than 65,000 people turned out to protest this weekend at 342 Planned Parenthood (PPFA) clinics, pro-life organizers reported on Sunday.

"This is a tipping point in the history of fighting Planned Parenthood," said Jim Sedlak, vice president ...

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One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse

Pastors are more understanding when adultery, spousal abuse, or abandonment occurs.
One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse
Courtesy, Bartolone Legal Group

About a third of Americans—and a quarter of Protestant pastors—say it is a sin to get divorced in cases of spousal abuse.

And many Americans are less forgiving than their pastors when it comes to divorce, especially in cases of adultery or abandonment.

Those ...

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Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

(UPDATED) SCOTUS will determine if the rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

Update (Nov 6): The Supreme Court will hear seven cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate. Religious charities, hospitals, and universities have challenged an Obamacare rule which requires that employers provide female employees with insurance ...

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