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In Québec, Christian liberalism becomes the religious authority

(RNS) — Bill 21, like the previous secularism bills, disproportionately targets religious minorities’ symbols and practices.
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Civil rights experts question Supreme Court execution rulings

(RNS) — Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to block Texas’ planned execution of a Buddhist inmate because his chaplain was not allowed in the execution chamber. Religious freedom advocates say the decision has left them flummoxed: Just a month prior, the same court greenlit the execution of a Muslim inmate…


Unification Church succession case threatens protections for minority religions

(RNS) — If an obscure D.C. court decision about the movement known as ‘the Moonies’ goes unchallenged, it could weaken religious freedom protections for all Americans.
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Jews and Muslims say Belgian animal cruelty law trammels religious freedom

PARIS — A ban on slaughtering livestock without stunning them first is seen as a direct attack on kosher and halal practices.
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US Muslim leaders call on China to end persecution of Uighurs

(RNS) – The letter called for the release of detainees from the internment camps and for U.S. consumers to boycott imports produced by detainees’ forced labor.
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Andrew Brunson, back in US after detention, hopes to return to Turkey one day

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The evangelical pastor recalled at an event hosted by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that its commissioners were among the first people to visit him in prison after his arrest in 2016.
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S.C. foster care agency tests public’s will to exclude on the basis of faith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) — When Sue Barrise wanted to foster a child, Miracle Hill asked her what church she belonged to. When she answered, the response was as direct as it was abrupt: ‘Sorry, we can’t help you.’
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Government allows S.C. foster care group to keep Protestants-only policy

(RNS) — The exemption will allow Miracle Hill, a Greenville-based Christian ministry, to continue to accept only Protestant churchgoing parents to its federally funded foster care program.
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Texas GOP leader who is Muslim declares victory over bigotry

(RNS) — The vote ends a bid to unseat a Tarrant County GOP vice chair by those who consider any follower of Islam as a soldier in a ‘stealth jihad.’
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Black seminarians take first-time religious freedom course

WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen students from religious graduate schools at historically black colleges and universities attended a pilot course on religious freedom to learn the lessons and lingo of a field that has traditionally been predominated by white men.
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