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State Department's Unusually Short Religious Freedom Update: ISIS Is Bad
Months late, new Secretary of State highlights ongoing genocide in Middle East.
Trump Picks Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador
President makes his nomination much faster than President Obama.
Jehovah's Witnesses Remain Banned as Russia Rejects Appeal
And most Russians are okay with it.
In Sex Disputes, Most Americans Still Favor Religious Rights
But 1 in 5 think conservative Christians are motivated by hate.
Supreme Court to Decide If Christian Businesses Must Serve Gay Weddings
Colorado baker faces fines for refusing cakes for same-sex couples.
Play On: Supreme Court Gives Christian Schools a Big Victory
Trinity Lutheran ruling defends religious institutions from discrimination in certain public benefits.
Christian Orgs Labeled Hate Groups on Top Charity Site
(UPDATED) GuideStar adopts Southern Poverty Law Center’s controversial designations.
Leaked Trump Rule: Any Religious Employer Can Opt Out of Contraception Coverage
Draft broadens exemptions to controversial Obamacare mandate. But Little Sisters will still sue.
Texas Adoption Law Could Jumpstart Christian Agencies Again
Some providers paused services out of fear of legal backlash for not placing children with gay couples.
The Invisible Heroes of the Persecuted Church Subscriber access only
The case for Christians investing in the profession only 1 in 5 Americans trust.
Defending the Faith (of Others) Subscriber access only
Russian evangelicals’ hesitancy to back Jehovah’s Witnesses could backfire.
Indonesia's Blasphemy Conviction Threatens Muslim Democracy. But I Still Have Hope.
Why Christians should support the type of Muslims who support Ahok.
Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy
Indonesian court gives Ahok harsher sentence than prosecutors requested.
Trump’s Religious Liberty Order Doesn’t Answer Most Evangelicals’ Prayers
Prayer breakfast pledge to ‘totally destroy’ Johnson Amendment comes up shy; conscience exemptions from LGBT anti-discrimination rules missing.
For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom
USCIRF annual report expands countries of particular concern.
Trump Continues Contraceptive Fight; Sanders Defends Pro-Life Democrats
The political lines on abortion blurred (a bit) this week.
Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists
High court ruling puts pacifist faith in same category as terrorists.
Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot
Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.
Does the United States Belong on Persecution Lists? Subscriber access only
Experts weigh in.
Putting Pastors to Pasture in Nigeria Subscriber access only
Churches protest law requiring ministry leaders to resign after age 70 or 20 years.