Latest Freedom of religion News

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

Another Texas execution delayed on religious freedom claims

Sep. 16, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Another Texas inmate has had his execution delayed over claims the state is violating his religious freedom by not letting his spiritual adviser lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. Ruben Gutierrez was set to be executed on Oct. 27 for...

Americans less positive about civil liberties: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 10, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, Americans were reasonably positive about the state of their rights and liberties. Today, after 20 years, not as much. That’s according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that builds on work...

Alabama: Pastor can hold inmate's hand during execution

Sep. 09, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama said it will allow a death row inmate's pastor to hold his hand during a lethal injection next month, a decision that was made to end litigation over the issue. Lawyers for Alabama wrote in a June court document that inmates can now have...

Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

Sep. 08, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the...

Jeff Colyer has cancer, drops out of Kansas governor’s race

Aug. 30, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. “While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am going to focus on my...

Catholic school in Lansing loses appeal over mask policy

Aug. 24, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic school in Lansing has lost an appeal over a Michigan policy that required masks on young kids earlier in the pandemic. Although the statewide mandate ended, some counties are stepping in and requiring masks in schools when the 2021-22 year...

Religious health care providers win injunction on ACA rules

Aug. 13, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction on behalf of religious health care providers who feared the Biden administration would interpret the Affordable Care Act as requiring them to perform abortions or gender-transition treatment against their conscience. The...

Christian baker appeals ruling on gender transition cake

Aug. 03, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Christian baker found to have violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman has appealed the ruling to the state appeal appeals court. In a notice filed Monday, lawyers for Jack Phillips asked the...

Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles

Jul. 30, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for four key religious freedom roles, including Khzir Khan, the Muslim-American father of a slain U.S. soldier who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump throughout both of his campaigns. ...