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Statement on Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center Attack

Early Saturday morning, while most people were still sleeping, the imam and members of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota prepared for their morning prayers. Just then, the building shook and there was an explosion in the imam’s office. Thankfully, no one was injured in the attack on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. […]

1AP’s 3 Things to Know—Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital

If SCOTUS grants cert and rules in favor of Evans, the entire U.S. will have a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) law in the federal employment context.

“Nondiscrimination for All”

In the latest edition of National Affairs, Jonathan Rauch offers a solution to move past the absolutist, myth-based model of nondiscrimination at the heart of the debate over religious freedom and LGBT rights.

Faith Leaders Welcome Leaked HHS Draft Loosening Contraception Mandate

A leaked draft copy of the rule from the Department of Health and Human Services would exempt religious groups from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

1AP President Comments on Pivotal Religious Freedom Supreme Court Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—Tomorrow, Wednesday April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court—including Justice Gorsuch—will hear oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer.  The case could have a major impact on state constitutional questions involving the application of Missouri’s “Blaine Amendment”.  The outcome will determine whether religious groups have the right to […]

Interfaith Leaders Call On President And Congress To Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report

A group of faith leaders representing a broad coalition that includes the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Congress and President Obama to reject a biased report on religious liberty released by an independent commission. Click here for details and full text of […]

Washington Lets Apaches Wear Feathers

Attorneys from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the U.S. Department of the Interior are jointly seeking a settlement that will allow members of the Lipan Apache Native American tribe to use eagle feathers in their religious ceremonies. Click here for more from the Wall Street Journal.  

Family Finds Religious Freedom in America

With religious freedom being threatened around the world, click here for this heartwarming story and video about Kazam (aka “Casey”) who served as a translator for U.S. Military operations in Afghanistan, had to flee the Taliban, and found religious freedom with his family in America.

Kristina Arriaga, Freedom Fighter

The 1st Amendment Partnership would like to congratulate Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on her recent appointment to the U.S. International Religious Freedom Commission. Click here to read her recent interview with National Review where she discusses her background and years of hard work for the cause of […]

U.S. House Passes Upgraded International Religious Freedom Bill

Named for former Virginia Congressman Frank R. Wolf, a longtime religious freedom advocate, the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. This bill will help the U.S. more aggressively address the growing problem of persecuted religious minorities around the world. Click here to read more from CNS News.