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Faith Leaders Welcome Leaked HHS Draft Loosening HHS 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 and was welcomed by faith leaders, religious freedom advocates  and attorneys representing the Little Sisters of the Poor, one of the groups that challenged the mandate at […]

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.

Everything can be taken from you – Except your conscience

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty held its annual Canterbury Medal Dinner, where Armando Valladares–a longtime Cuban prisoner of conscience–was given the group’s highest honor. Introduced by the legendary Holocaust survivor, and fellow Canterbury Medal recipient, Elie Weisel, Valladares recounted his torture at the hands of Cuban authorities simply for his refusal to violate his […]

Great News From The Sunflower State!

The 1st Amendment Partnership is in the news today with this  great Op-Ed in today’s Wichita Eagle from our president, Tim Schultz, discussing Kansas SB 175. This new law safeguards the religious freedom of college students and their religious groups while on campus, protecting both freedom of religion and freedom of speech in an area where it’s […]

Religious Freedom Law Lets Couple Provide Soup

“I think it’s a good example of where the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is practically effective — where it is used and implemented to protect a person’s religious rights and to help people,” said Ballinger.  -via Arkansas Online (February 16, 2016)